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Water strictly refers to the liquid state of that substance; it can be used for washing, soaking, boiling, steaming, simmering, diluting, etc. Ask questions about using water in a recipe.

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Watery Gummies - Yuk!

I have a similar problem as another post but after reading through the suggestions, I think I found part of what I did wrong but not everything. My recipe was simple: 1 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp Gelatin ...
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Does fully frozen food (bread) give off any moisture?

Or "does bread benefit from being in a sealed bag once frozen?" I bake bread rolls regularly and freeze them in sealed plastic bags, and then I thaw one or two at a time. Sometimes I don't ...
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Does simmering, boiling or roiling boiling water while cooking makes a difference? [duplicate]

So I've seen a few cooking styles when it comes to cooking things in high temperature water. You have people that blast heat at max and get the water to roiling boil, you have people that bring the ...
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After the first 30 minutes of water thawing my 20 pound turkey, I discovered water had leaked into the wrapper. What can I do to save it?

I had my 20 pound turkey defrosting for two days in the refrigerator and just began the cold water thaw. After 30 minutes I came back to change out the water and discovered water had leaked into the ...
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Best way to deal with drying dishware to minimize hazards?

I have a glass/ceramic bowl. I've used the bowl so now I gotta wash it; instead of using a dish cleaner I manually wash it with soap and rinse it off with hot steamy water for about 1 minute. I pour ...
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How do I make the dough for soup dumplings?

I recently tried to make soup dumplings in the style of the Din Tai Fung restaurant. Their dumplings are relatively small and have very soft and thin skin that is still strong enough to not leak out ...
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How to make distilled water? [closed]

Sort of unrelated to cooking, but for steaming my clothes using a steamer, I need something called distilled water. I am completely confused by seeing guides on the internet on how to make it. Could ...
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Why wouldn't a cast iron pot rust/corrode if I cook liquids in it?

Cast iron cookware newbie here. I've been told that it's okay to make soup in cast iron, but that the soup should not remain in cast iron after it's cooked, otherwise the pot will rust. But hot or not ...
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Why do my recipes say I have to pour boiling water over the mung bean sprouts?

I've got a bunch of recipes, and nearly all of them expect me to boil water and pour that over the mung bean sprouts, before adding those bean sprouts to the rest of the dish. None of them clarify how ...
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I put five times (1.25 cup vs 0.25 cup) the recipe's amount of water but the correct amount of oil into my brownie mix

I put 1 & 1/4 cup of water & 1/3 cup of oil in my brownie mix. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of water & 1/3 cup of oil. I added a second box of brownie mix. Should I add another 1/3 c of ...
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What causes tea to foam?

Sometimes my tea has some foam on top. Is the "white" foam caused by denatured proteins in the tea leaves when heated? And is there a method that I can always get this white foam, because ...
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Thawing Turkey with cold and refrigerator methods

After I have started with cold water method for partial thawing, when I switch back to refrigerator should ai remove Turkey from original wrapper, pat dry, and place in another bag to complete the ...
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Why did the juice start coming out of the jar as soon as I lifted them out of the water?

I was water bath canning tomato juice. I filled them within 1/2" from top and put the lids on. The juice wasn't scalding hot but hot enough. When I was lifting the wire rack out all of a sudden ...
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Do electric tea kettles make chlorinated water taste worse than microwaving it?

At work I frequently brew my own coffee. I use a "coffee cone," which works very easily when you pour boiling water over the grounds - coffee simply drips through the filter. I am not ...
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Can you steam a potato for too long?

There are several questions which cover overboiling a potato, where you would excessively hydrate it. However when it's being steamed this seems to not occur, and in other overcooking settings you are ...
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Water concentration of butter post-melt

Perhaps this is different for various kinds of butter and of course the temperature that is applied to it... Most (USA-generated, I assume) butter is ~18% water. Without approaching the steaming ...
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How can I cook parboiled rice in absorption method?

How many cups of water (not liters) should I add to 1 cup of parboiled rice in case of the absorption method of cooking? How many minutes should I cook?
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Graphene oxide drying

Suppose you have a food that is naturally liquidy, such as curry. You like the flavor but need it less "wet". The problem with drying it is that the aromas also get lost to an extent. ...
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Is it safe if I use house hold scissors instead of special kitchen scissors?

I used scissors to cut a straw for my hydroflask, then I drank out of it. Is is safe if I used plain household scissors? I rinsed the straw before I drank out of it, right after using the scissors to ...
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Amount of water needed to soak buckwheat groats together with apple cider vinegar as prep for buckwheat milk

I'm attempting a recipe for buckwheat milk from Blissful Basil. The recipe calls for the following ingredients: 1 cup raw buckwheat groats 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 3 cups filtered water 2 ...
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Given that fat has a lower specific heat than water, why do meats with higher fat content take longer to cook?

Meats with a low fat content, like shrimp and chicken breast are often suggested to be cooked at a high temperature for a short period of time. However meats with a higher fat content, such as beef ...
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Rice finger rule for figuring water quantity

I've seen some videos where people recommend the "finger rule" (as opposed to measuring) when figuring out how much water to put in a pot to boil rice. However, the explanations are pretty ...
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Would some dry herbs sprinkled on the surface prevent water from superheating in the microwave?

I know about the risks of superheating water in a microwave (and some countermeasures), but suppose that someone didn’t have any sort of wooden skewer, tooth pick, or something like that to act as a ...
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Why Does My Sugar Wax Turn Out Different When Scaling Up The Volume?

I'm in the process of making sugar wax made of heated sugar, lemon juice and water. I have found a ratio that works great when it's heated up to 119 C (246.2 F). It gives me a wax that has the perfect ...
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Can distilled water in gallon plastic bottles expire?

I am puzzled about this. Depending on what article I read I get different results. There are no experts per say. It's just a bunch of people voicing their opinion concerning distilled water expiration ...
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How much oil can flour absorb?

I know that flour can absorb about 60% of its weight in water. Hence, the 5/3 flour to water ratio when making bread How much oil can flour absorb?
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Can I dissolve mint in water and drink it?

I like mint and sometimes put some in a cup of water. My question is can I grind the mint into a fine powder and dissolve it? Maybe if the water is warm? Usually mint like in this pic just settles on ...
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Should I salt the water when boiling store-bought dry potato gnocchi?

Should I salt the water when boiling dry gnocchi? I have seen some recipes where they do salt the water, but also advice on some websites recommending not to do so. Most information on the internet ...
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If you boil food in water, does the volume of water matter for the amount of flavorful compounds lost to the water?

Let's say that you'd just put pieces of meat or other food in plain water, for science, and don't season or do anything else to the food afterwards. You use two amounts of water, both of which are ...
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Bread: Hydration change for making Wholewheat bread with oats

I make 100% whole wheat bread with 80% hydration. I want to experiment by replacing some whole wheat with oats. How should I change the hydration level? I replaced 50% whole wheat with oats and made ...
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Is ginger soluble In water, fat or both?

Is ginger soluble/can it creates strong flavours in water, fat or both together?
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Residue in a cup of tea using household filter

I'd like to ask some insights re potential cause of residue in a cup of tea when I used water from household filter but no residue when I used the water bought from purified water vendor. I boiled the ...
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Measurement of water

I've been making chicken soup for decades, but today I'm in a little bind. I have two large enough chicken thighs with bone in. How much water and broth should I use?
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Does water "go bad" in this sense?

I have an electric water boiler in the kitchen. I put fresh tap water into it, boil it up, and use it for my coffee. Then, an hour later, I go back and press the button again and have it re-boil the ...
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Why are my Rucola and Lettuce washed in ice-water?

I bought rucola and lettuce at the grocery store today and on the packaging is said in Dutch Drie keer gewassen in ijswater which translates to washed three times in ice-water. Is there a reason why ...
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What are good ways to flavor water? [closed]

I'm having a hard time to keep hydrated... and really, I think a good part of it is that straight water is really meh. I know of ways to flavor water, but I find fruits to be a bother (you then have ...
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Is it healthy for no frost fridge to have water in ice cube forms?

It's said that we should close liquids when we put them into fridge that has no frost system (no ice formation in the freezer).Or ice will appear and the fridge will not serve that long. At the same ...
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Can copper vessel be boiled?

I have the habit of boiling water before drinking. I am planning to buy a copper dispenser. In this context, I am getting the following doubts: Can I boil water using copper water dispenser? Is it ...
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Should I be reducing salt amounts in recipes if cooking with tap water that has passed through a salt based water softener?

Should I be reducing salt amounts in recipes if cooking with tap water that has passed through a salt based water softener? Or is the amount of salt from the softener negligible? I'm probably over-...
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Does salty water become more or less salty after boiled?

If I have water containing a certain concentration of salt and I boil the water to the point that I have, say, half of the initial water left, will the leftover half have a higher, lower, or equal ...
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What would result from not adding fat to pastry dough?

I'm preparing some form of pastry. The usual ingredients: flour, water, and shortening. What would happen if I don't add shortening?
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In uk, can I buy fresh fish directly off the boat? [closed]

In England, can I buy fresh fish directly off the boat?
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Dumping hot water without steam burns

Does anyone know a technique to prevent rising steam from burning you when you are dumping hot water into a sink? For example, putting a strainer into the sink and pouring off water from spaghetti. ...
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Why does water color go red when you boil maizes or lentils? Is it bad?

I was boiling two maizes in a pot. After about twenty minutes the water inside the pot became red-colored. Also, some days before that, I was boiling lentils and the same happened. Why did this happen ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

Some websites suggest putting salmon in a bag before thawing in cold water. Is it safe to omit the bagging, and instead thaw directly in water? (If not, why?)
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Can you use CO2 cartridges in a N2O dispenser?

UNlike this post (Are N2O and CO2 chargers interchangeable for culinary purposes?) I want to know whether you can use the same dispenser for both carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. I see that the heads ...
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When I boil cereals (rice, quinoa, etc.) to freeze, shall I drain water first?

When I boil cereals (rice, quinoa, etc.) to freeze, shall I drain water first? (the water I want to drain is the water I used to boil which was not absorbed by the cereals during cooking) I am ...
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what noise is the water boiling pot making when boiling water?

I tried to boil water in a Whistling boiling water kettle tea pot on a stove. The stove has electric stove top coil burners. So when boiling water with those, there is some noise and sometime a ...
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Extracting flavor of ginger in cooking

I have noticed and tried the practice of frying the combination of ginger and garlic pieces in oil/ghee at the very beginning, prominently in Indian cuisines. However, pungent taste from the uncooked ...
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Does liquid temperature matter when making bread in a bread maker?

Let me start by saying this is my first attempt at using a bread maker. I just wanted to know if the temperature of the liquid used in the bread recipe matters? Cold vs room temp or warm?
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