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I need help with pasta

I have to make a pasta bake for 20 people take it to the meeting 6 hours before it will be reheated for dinner. How do I stop all the sauce from being absorbed and the pasta going soggy.
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Canning for couple of days to one week of low acidic cooked food without pressure canning?

I would like can low acidic cooked food like vegetables or meat (chicken) to use with in couple of days to one week during summer vacations. I dont have pressure canner so, can I do it using Hot ...
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What's the secret to pan-searing a steak with regard to oil's smoking point?

Lately I've been trying my best to learn how to pan-sear a steak at home and the main takeaways I've gathered from my research and distilling tips from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver etc. ...
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What is the advantage to using a knife beveled on one side only?

In European tradition, knives are beveled on both sides of the blade; coming to a point in the middle. In Japanese tradition, however, the bevel is only formed on one side (usually the right-hand side)...
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Ganache alternative for “Nanaimo bars”

I'm making Nanaimo bars for my coworkers. Some of them don't like chocolate, so I'm going to make a second, terribly non-traditional batch with different flavours (I'm thinking maple syrup is the ...
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1answer
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Help identifying squash

Hi, everyone – – I’m wondering if I could get some help identifying this type of squash. I grew it in my garden, and the plant seedling was marked as a pattypan squash, which it’s obviously not! The ...
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Beans should not be served with potatoes?

Huffington Post writes: Potatoes conflict with digestion of the beans, so avoid eating them in the same meal. Is this true? I couldn't find any reliable source.
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1answer
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How do I prevent my sugar coating from melting on my gummy bears

I am making homemade gummy bears and I cannot prevent the sugar coating from melting way into a puddle of watered sugar? I tried drying the gummy bears for a day but it still melts away.
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What am I doing wrong when cooking meat?

I've been baking some meat(either lamb chops or boneless beef - not sure of cut). I coat in oil, rub some salt on and them immediately oven for 30 minutes at about 150f. Apparently the oven is ...
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1answer
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Which kind of mortar and pestle replaces a blender?

I can't stand the noise, and even just the idea, of a blender in my kitchen. I want to keep things more natural (less plastic) and waste free (less products). So I was looking into getting a mortar ...
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Bread Cooktime Calculator

A similarly-titled question here does not answer mine. Is there any way to calculate bread cooktimes by taking approximate dimensions, cook time, and perhaps other factors, such as thermal mass of ...
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Can I still use my oven, even if it has melted aluminum foil stuck to the bottom?

I have melted aluminum foil on the bottom of my oven. Can I still use the oven for baking?
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Can you make nut butters without dehydrating nuts?

It's normally recommended to soak nuts, then dehydrate them and at some point in the future make your nut butters. Now what if you want to bypass the dehydration process, I understand there will be ...
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Recipe for Caramelized Goat Cheese Balls without Breading?

I was recently at a restaurant where I was served fried balls of goat cheese. They were white, oily, very slightly browned, and appeared to be without any breading. Sweet on the outside. Very soft and ...
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What would be a good sub for pineapple, any other fruit or veggie for a strawberry pineapple mint salsa

I need to sub pineapple with something else, im highly allergic to it.
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Is it important to let meat sit in oil before grilling/baking?

You should put oil on your meat to prevent it drying out. Does it make a difference if you coat then cook straight away or leave coated for a while, if so how long should you keep it for?
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Why would the exterior of a cake cook and not the interior?

I attempted to make the blueberry corn cake from "All About Cake" by Christina Tosi, and for both layers, the top of the cake got rock solid and started to collapse down, but the inside of the cake ...
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Fixing a dry cake batter

I made a chocolate cake batter last night to test for my sons birthday cake. I made a batch of cupcakes with it to test it and it came out dry. Now I’m not sure if it’s from over baking or something ...
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Can I safely mix beef tallow and canola oil in a tabletop fryer with a submersible element?

I'm working on Belgium-style frites at home and would like to get as close as possible to the traditional recipe. I know that they would traditionally be double fried in beef-tallow, but I have a ...
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1answer
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Beef suet in fridge [duplicate]

How long is beef suet good in fridge? Does it make any difference if I store it as a whole or chopped into pieces? EDIT: This is suet, not tallow, which can even be left outside the fridge for 1 ...
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What kind of olive oil should I use?

When you cook pasta, something you have to mix the pasta in the pan with olive oil and various ingredients. For example, in this recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/spaghetti-cacio-e-pepe/ ...
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How to tell if Koji rice is bad?

I have some store bought Cold Mountain brand Koji rice. On the container it says it keeps in the fridge for "6-12 months". I've had it for about 8 months, but can detect no change from when I bought ...
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After steaming for 5 mins, why are live PEI mussels shriveled, but PC's mussels plump?

In both cases beneath, I steam the PEI mussels for 5 mins. on a pan on my stove that rules out any possibility of overcooking. When I buy mussels live from Whole Foods Market (that were individually ...
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1answer
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Why does adding salt to microwaved broth make it foamy?

I had a nice bowl of clear yellow chicken broth which was not salted. It was in a serving bowl when this happened. I poured the cold unsalted soup into the bowl and then microwaved it and it came out ...
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5answers
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How to make hamburger buns as fluffy as in McDonald's?

I make buns and they comes out soft, but not as fluffy and light as the ones they have in McDonald's. Is there any specific ingredient or technique I should use to achieve the desired fluffiness? ...
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Is it safe to eat hard boiled eggs after washing with peroxide and cold water?

I read that washing eggs with cold water will draw bacteria from the outer shell inward the egg. Are hard boiled eggs made with eggs washed with peroxide and rinsed with cold water before cooking ...
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using vital wheat gluten instead of flour?

I want to make Naan, but I am on the Keto diet and traditional wheat flour has too many carbohydrates. Can I make it with vital wheat gluten instead of flour? Do I have to add anything else?
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can paprika or other dried spice be substituted for red bell peppers?

Can paprika or other dry spice can be substituted for red bell peppers? This recipe call for 1/2 medium red bell pepper, but a child will not eat the red peppers and I am hoping that using a dried ...
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Fastest way to peel 2 dozen bananas?

The bananas do not need to stay whole. Halves and quarters are fine Surely kitchen professionals have come up with a way (Note: apparently, banana peels are edible. I found an example of someone ...
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I'm trying to make yogurt, but it won't turn out. Can someone help?

I followed this recipe. It follows the pattern outlined here but with different temps: Get milk. – I’m using 1 cup of 2% (no powdered milk). Get a starter. – I have tried Dannon Oikos plain greek ...
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How many grams of almonds are in a tsp of almond extract?

How many grams of almonds are in a tsp of almond extract? Looking for equivalency or concentration rations for almonds to almond extract.
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1answer
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Would freezing ruin an emulsified broth like tonkotsu?

I've developed something of an obsession with ramen lately. Tonkotsu ramen has a pork broth base, which is made with blanched pork bones left at a rolling boil for around 12 hours. Its creamy texture ...
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How long is garlic butter safe, and why is it not a botulism risk like garlic in oil?

I've been making garlic butter for years, storing it for months at a time. When I read that garlic-in-oil can grow dangerous amounts of botulinum toxins after similar lengths of time, I wondered how ...
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My ginger is moist and floppy… has it spoiled?

I have a piece of raw ginger root which I bought a couple of weeks ago and stored in the produce drawer of my fridge. I always store my ginger root this way, and it remains usable for weeks. Today I ...
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How to stop frozen bananas making everything else in the freezer taste like banana?

I freeze peeled bananas for making ice cream. I triple bag them in three Ziploc bags. This works fine. However, apparently they are making other things in the freezer taste like bananas. Apart from ...
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what are these darker stains in radish?

We have some radish that have these darker areas in the flesh. Currently, we are on the island of Malta where food ingredients are very low quality in general, so anything out of the ordinary ...
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Looking for unflavored gelatin and citric acid

I am looking for unflavored gelatin and citric acid products from legitimate companies. I am aware of the Knox brand, but, unfortunately, it is packaged and processed in a facility containing peanuts ...
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how to get a ciabatta with a more uniform shape

My ciabattas tend to have be domed along both axis. So towards the ends they are too thin, and near the middle I end up making them are thicker than I want. I think this is because the dough has so ...
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How to whip up a small quantity of Italian meringue?

Sometimes, I want to make a recipe (or train one) that involves Italian meringue, but I find it very difficult to whip one up when using small quantities of egg whites. I find it very hard to whip ...
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How to prepare dried tortellini?

I bought some tortellini with meat at a local mall. The problem is I didn't buy prepackaged, but just some 200g out of a big bin, at a stand where you just load as much as you need, and get the ...
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Making baking powder substitute with baking soda and powdered citric acid

I have no baking powder, but I do have baking soda and powdered citric acid. Can these be combined to substitute for 1 teaspoon of baking powder? If so, how much of each would I use?
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Can I reuse cedar grilling planks?

Since wooden cutting boards are safe for use with meat, I was wondering if I can reuse the cedar grilling planks. Yossarian's answer to this question about how to prepare a plank says you can use ...
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Ought dried WHITE fungus have black specks and dark areas?

Please see beneath. My grandma bought these dried white fungus at Sunny Supermarket in Toronto, Canada. But are those black specks and dark areas harmless? When she bought them, she didn't notice ...
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How do I get rid of bugs in rice?

Can you please suggest to me how to prevent rice from getting very small black coloured insects, they are really irritating us by spreading total house and bothering my little kid a lot. I am from ...
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Cooking pinto beans in a pressure cooker

So I have read some of the questions and answers regarding soaking and cooking pinto beans and I am still trying to figure out the best process for my needs. I cook a bunch of pinto beans at one time ...
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Sourdough starter with milk vs just using regular starter and adding milk separately?

How much of a difference would it make to the final product and which one would be the better choice for any enriched sourdough breads/pastries/cakes etc? And by "regular starter" I mean the normal ...
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Why does water always boil over when steaming shrimp?

Normally, with some typical amount of water, when steaming vegetables my steamer never boils over. However, when I steam shrimp, it seems like no matter how low I keep the heat or how little water I ...
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I want to substitute liquid oil with a dry product

I would like to know if there is a dry food product available that is a good substitute for vegetable oil or butter. I want to package dry mixes that I can take camping with me where hopefully all I ...
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Are chestnut mushrooms and baby portabella mushrooms the same thing?

Based on the information in Wikipedia - Chestnut Mushrooms and the answer located here at What are the mushrooms used in this (video) recipe? I would take an educated guess that since the chestnut ...
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Should indoor ripened tomatoes be used for sauce?

I was talking with a person about getting all my green tomatoes in and ripening them for one last batch of sauce. She told me as a matter of safety that you shouldn't use tomatoes that were picked ...

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