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Chilli powder in the UK

Today, chilli powder in the UK, as sold by the major supermarkets and the largest independent brand, is a US/Mexican style blend of powdered red chillis with herbs, spices and seasonings such as ...
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Baking beetroot in coffee crust

I've just read a blog post from Amass restaurant. I got very curious about roasting beetroot in coffee grounds as they said in the article. Looking a bit further, I've found also found an article by ...
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salamande(?): name of bread

Last weekend, I had a delicious bread, whose name was Sal-ra-man-d. Since English is not my native language, its name was written in non-english. It sounds like french. But I don't know its exact name....
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Discolored ring in squash

Our yellow squash has some brownish discoloration inside in a ring down that extends length-wise. Is this normal variation and safe to eat, or is this an indicator that the squash has gone bad?
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Chocolate cake baked from recipe is too delicate/fragile

I tried baking a chocolate espresso cake from this recipe. The idea was to produce a cake that could be used for a layered cake, similar to the entire recipe itself. I baked a single layer as a test, ...
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Choux pastry, general questions with gluten free flour

I have a few questions regarding choux (cream puff pastry) and gluten free flour. After trying a few different recipes with a huge range of butter/ flour ratios, I settled with this one https://www....
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Is it good to store a salt block with silica packs?

We recently started using an Himalayan salt block. We cleaned it as per the directions, and the storage said to scrub it, dry it, let it air dry, and store it in an airtight container. It seems ...
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Can potassium sorbate (E202) be tasted and smelled by everyone or just a few people?

Potassium sorbate (in Europe: E202, or 'Kaliumsorbat' in German) spoils a lot of the packaged food for me – I clearly smell and taste it. I can also clearly smell it e.g. in a medicinal cream I bought ...
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Equipment: Intense candle for nabemono. What is it?

I went to a Japanese Nabemono (Chankonabe?) place, in Tokyo. The meal was basically a hot pot. But instead of the typical small candle or small methanol pot/gel I've seen used elsewhere, they had a ...
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Mysterious Minty Yams?

Last night some friends sliced and roasted some purple yams, which came out nicely. We were very perplexed, however, that 1 in 4 had a strong minty taste, a lot like teaberry. They didn't use any ...
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Why do Irish & British sausages have soft casings?

Growing up in Ireland has given me a certain expectation about how a sausage should taste. Travelling the world however, has taught me not only that most Irish and British sausages tend to have softer ...
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Is it safe to cook large cuts of meat sous vide?

I sous vide a lot and am familiar with the relationships between food safety, internal temperature, and time. I'll eat chicken breast cooked at a long time at 138F just to make a point. Some large ...
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How do they commercially coat gummies in wax?

I've been making gummies very successfully for a couple years and just coating them in citric acid/sugar before i dry them, which works well, but im curious how i can make them shiny like haribo ...
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Is there any way to counteract the calcium chloride included in most canned beans?

All the beans I can find in the local supermarkets have calcium chloride in them, which helps them retain their firmness. But I want soft beans. Yes, I can cook my own beans from dry, but sometimes ...
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What term should i use to describe the taste intensity of a crop?

I am making a questionnaire about food and one of things people can rate is the taste intensity or taste strength of a vegetable/fruit/nut etc. Right now i just call it taste intensity and people can ...
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How do I create a meat like bite resistance/snap and texture in Vegan sausages?

I have been trying to create a vegan and gluten free sausage. The flavors thus far are tasty and enjoyable. I just want a better snap/bite/tear when I bite into the dog. I use soy isolate (I have ...
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What are these chocolate meringues called?

I've picked these up at a swiss/ french patisserie and I'd love to try making them myself, but I can't find anything online similar to this. They are dry and crusty on the outside and have a soft ...
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Why do my Gnocchi get sticky?

I am having trouble getting my gnocchi to behave properly. I nailed the recipe a few years ago but haven't made any in between and now they turn out sticky after cooking. The dough behaves wonderfully....
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Coconut yoghurt too thick

I've been trying to make a creamy coconut yoghurt in an incubator. Ingredients: Water Coconut milk powder Small amount of store-bought coconut yoghurt The first time it came out too thin. The next ...
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What’s the minimum sugar to egg white ratio in Swiss buttercream?

A Swiss meringue buttercream is a buttercream based on a sugar and egg white mix that is first heated and then whipped. The average recipes I could find use roughly one part egg white to two parts of ...
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Does cooking in a nonstick pan affect the finished food?

Whenever I cook in a nonstick pan, the food doesn't seem as crispy as compared to when I use simple aluminum pans. Is this due to the pan material or is there another factor behind it?
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Crisping Butternut Squash Chips

My goal is to make a crispy butternut squash chip without deep frying, but from all my various trials, the chips keep coming out chewy, with a texture similar to fruit leather. My main method has ...
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Reprocessing Salsa

I was using a new canner for the first time and while processing salsa I could not get the 10# control to jiggle. I processed for approximately an hour and the canner was under pressure during that ...
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Granola from oat groats

I would like to make granola using a completely whole grain- the oat groat. How can I make granola from oat groats? Should I half-cook them and then put them in the oven?
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My Candy Apple is too brittle, how to prevent?

I am cooking the candy mixture to 302°F and dipping right away, but the candy seems to be brittle and not holding to the apple when you either cut into it or try and bite into it. How can I prevent ...
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Tempered chocolate thickens

I have now twice experienced that when I'm tempering dark chocolate is becomes incredibly thick - almost solid- in the cooling phase When it happens I will accidentally heat it up to much as to get it ...
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Eggless choux pastry recipe yields paper-thin top, gooey bottom

I'm trying to make eggless choux pastries for an egg-allergic friend (my eventual targets are croques-en-bouche and saint-honorés). I have experience with choux pastry, but I've never made an eggless ...
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Looking for 10" bamboo steamer that will last!

I've owned quite a few different bamboo steamers. First one I bought many years ago and it lasted many years. Last few I have purchased did not. We're talking normal use, hand washing only. Seems like ...
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Vegan Alternative to Monte au Beurre?

I was just in my kitchen making pasta and a wild thought appeared when I mounted my sauce: Can I do a vegan monte? What alternatives could provide the same bind and richness? Been looking for a ...
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Can a masticating juicer make good hummus?

Many masticating juicers are sold with the claim that they can also make nut butters. Seeing that chickpeas are easier to crush than roasted nuts, I wondered if they can also be used for hummus or ...
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Possible to get Sugar Syrup and Coconut Oil to solidify together (Emulsifier needed?)

I'm trying to make a 'magic-shell' like topping from burnt sugar syrup by mixing burnt sugar syrup (sugar + corn syrup heated until dark copper color, cooked with water until smooth) with coconut oil. ...
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Why does the grated coconut “float” to the top of quindim while baking?

Quindim is a typical Brazilian dessert made from sugar, egg yolks, butter and grated coconut. All those ingredients are mixed (yolks and sugar first, then the butter, then the grated coconut, in my ...
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Injeolmi - Korean Sweet Rice Cakes

I have never made injeolmi before but am keen to try - I have a few questions though before I try: steaming vs microwaving the rice dough? I imagine it gets uber sticky in the steamer, a recipe ...
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Final failure mode of Cosori electric pressure cooker when lid is left unlocked?

One reason I prefer an electronic pressure cooker to a regular stove for safety is that it won't start without setting the count-down timer to turn it back off. (I am forgetful, and have 3 times ...
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Creating some flakiness inside a Belgian Liege waffle

I have a pretty good basic recipe for Belgian Liege waffles. Its as follows: 1 egg, 40g butter, 5g salt, 20g sugar, 250g flour, 6g dry yeast, 90ml milk, once the ingredients are combined and the dough ...
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Technique to find and eliminate the needle bone in lamb shanks?

In lamb and in cattle, the fibula and ulna bones are vestigial (http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/~swatland/ch2_1.htm, "In beef and lamb carcasses there is a single major bone, the tibia or shank bone...") ...
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Where can I get Melfor vinegar in Spain? Or can someone suggest a good substitute?

It's a low-acid vinegar from the Alsace region of France, made with spirit (alcohol) vinegar and honey, and infused with herbs. There is a version of it available on Amazon. I can't find anywhere to ...
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I boiled sliced yellow squash with ravioli, and it turned bluish-green — why?

Boiled cheese ravioli for 10 minutes. Added sliced yellow squash for the last 3 minutes. Nothing else in the pot but boiling water, not even salt. It looked fine cooking but after I drained ...
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Separate coconut oil using microwave

I am cooking thai curry and wondering if I can seperate coconut oil using microwave?
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Why does cooked chicken taste different after a few days in the fridge?

I have observed that cooked (fried) chicken tastes a little bit different when left in the fridge for 2-3 days. I don't observe this with pork or beef. Is there a way to get around this or is this ...
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White spots of mould in the blue mould on the outside of my blue cheese

There are white spots of mould in the blue mould on the outside of my blue cheese. Is this normal? My cheese cave runs at 60F with 85 to 90% humidity. I took this pic today, after the cheese has been ...
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Turkey vs Chicken broth

I've tried to research this but can't find much on it. Most explanations don't really address what I am seeing in my soup pot each time I boil up a used bird. These are already cooked birds and are ...
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Why do frozen fishes have incision in the body?

I've bought a lot of frozen fishes say a pompano or mackerels. I've noticed that whenever i defrost the fishes, all of them have a small incision in the stomach and these fishes are almost never bled ...
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How to recreate the sauce in McDonald's 1955 Burger?

For a few weeks, my local McDonalds was selling a burger called the "1955 Burger", which had a really delicious sauce with lots of other things mixed in. I tried buying various BBQ sauces in the ...
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Can you add emulsifying salts when making mozzarella?

Pretty much what the title says, I want to improve the stability of melted mozzarella for a dish I want to make. Haven't made mozzarella before, but if I make it at home, is there a stage I could add ...
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How does FPC compare to mammalian rennet?

How does fermentation-produced chymosin (bio-chemically engineered rennet) compare to real mammalian rennet? Does it affect the flavor of the cheese?
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How to create very slimy natto?

Natto makers - I'm looking to make natto with plenty of "neba-neba". This is natto's characterist slime/string/goo. I read somewhere online that adding some japanese yam during the inoculation stage ...
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Avoiding gritty cockles

Is there any way I can identify whether or not a cockle is likely to contain grit before I bite down on it? I don't mean by cutting it open before hand, but a visual identification. General shade/...
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Multi-step Programmable Comercial Convection Oven

I have some Turbofan convection ovens which I use for baking. They have a program mode but it only supports one time and temperature setting. What I really need is to be able to create a program with ...
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What is the maximum temperature to use when cooking with flavor oils?

I'm using standard LorAnn's flavoring oils, which are supposed to be for 'high temperature' cooking with candy. So far 275 degrees F works as far as the flavor goes, but it's bad for efficiency, as ...

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