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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 also found an article by Amass' ...
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Artificially marbled beef

I was going to buy some supposed 'ribeye' steak today (in Indonesia). However it looked weird. The marbling did not look anything like any ribeye I've ever seen. I found it was 'Meltique' http://www....
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What determines the amount of oleo saccharum that you get when combining the lemon zest and the sugar?

Lately I started making the "State fair lemonade" from food wishes and learned about oleo saccharum. The first two times I made the oleo saccharum I peeled 6 lemons and used 250 grams of ...
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What replacement makes a good training material for shaping Japanese tea-ceremony sweets?

Many Wagashi are made from a mix of rice flour, Shiroan (white bean paste), sugar, and other ingredients. Of those Namagashi are among the most beautiful, shaped as little art pieces and then served ...
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White texture on natto

I'm making first time natto in natto/black garlic pot. So I go by the recepie. First soak beans for 24h then steam to be softer. Put natto starter inside small amount of water and mix it with soya. ...
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Does Chipotle make salsas hotter in some states?

I've lived in several midwest states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan), and while the midwest isn't known for spicy food, in these states I've always ordered the hot salsa for my burrito bowl when ...
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Cause of Spoiled idli?

I have prepared idli which was spoiled after steaming. I followed the following process: Soaked idli rava (coarsely ground rice) along with whole black gram(without skin). Grinded with mixie to ...
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Preparing pine and fir needles collected in the wild

I live near a small patch of forest that features various pines and firs. I have been thinking to use their needles for home-made gravlax. What would be the safest way to prepare them in a way that ...
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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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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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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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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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Guidelines for cooking Desert Truffels?

I have gotten my hands on a number of fresh blackish Desert Truffles, which are apparently quite different from the European ones. To quote: Desert truffles have nothing to do with their European ...
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Refinishing Griswold No. 8 waffle iron handles

I'm in the process of restoring a badly neglected Griswold No. 8 waffle iron (885 886 if it makes any difference). I've got all of the cast iron parts stripped down and re-seasoned and just started ...
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Poppy seeds with bitter aftertaste from boiling

I've followed the recipe here to make a poppy seed filling. The filling ended up with a somewhat bitter aftertaste, and I am wondering the following: At what point of that recipe could something have ...
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What is the minimum processing time for salsas?

I found a recipe (Wonderful Salsa at Food.com) that called for it to be processed for 10 minutes. I'm seeing now that other salsa recipes call for 15 or more minutes. Is this true for all salsas, or ...
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Carbonation diffuser versus shaking

Currently I use the "shake" method of carbonation to carbonate beverages. You pressurize the bottle with CO2 at about 35 PSI then shake it vigorously for about 30 seconds and it is fully carbonated. ...
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Difficulty Working with Koji

I've made a shio koji "starter" using koji-inoculated rice grains, salt, and water, and have added fresh rice to it once in a while to keep it living and fed. I've heard many chefs and home cooks talk ...
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Recipe I have been using for years suddenly does not give good results

I have a carrot cake recipe I have been using for years that always produced a nice evenly cooked cake. The last 3 times I made it, it is super thin in the center and does not rise as high as it used ...
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Which emulsifer to use for low viscosity emulsions of 10-20% fat and water

I'd like to create low viscosity emulsions of between 10% to 20% fat and ~80% water, the hope was to have a viscosity somewhere around that of milk or cream. Slightly thicker could be ok as well but ...
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What are the slimy bubbles in soaked kombu?

I have made dashi a couple of times now, starting soaking kombu in water. And always I found these little bubbles on the leaves, containing white slime: I have never worried about them much and ...
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Why did this roux fail?

I needed to make gumbo for someone with a gluten allergy, so I used glutinous rice flour in the roux instead of wheat flour. At first it looked ok: click any image for full size When I added the &...
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Gluten free bread initially rises but collapses into itself later

I've noticed that the gluten free bread I make in the breadmaker does reach the size of the gluten one but later ends up collapsing into itself later. I've tried to make this recording of the process ...
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How do I clean my gas oven at the very bottom where the burner is?

Last night I was baking a peach cobbler at 400F when my son noticed orange flames coming out of the vent holes at the sides of the bottom panel of the oven. I shut off the oven and eventually the ...
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How to get Garlic & other strong Spices' smell out of my Zojirushi Flask/ Thermos acquired via a herbal Immunity decoction?

How to get Garlic & other strong Spices' smell out of my Zojirushi Flask/ Thermos acquired via a herbal Immunity decoction? Major components of this decoction were: Garlic cloves Black Pepper ...
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Home sausage making

I have been attempting to make home beef sausages. I have pretty much did everything according to the playbook. (Cure, spices salt, casing, etc.). However due to climate I cannot dry them outside (I ...
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I'm Making Shio Koji - I Have Questions About The Process

So I'm fascinated by what I have read about the myriad culinary possibilities at my fingertips using shio koji. Bought some good rice koji (IseSo Miyako Koji) and have started two similar mixtures ...
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What is this Burmese/Myanmmarese Brown to Black dried tea leafs?

While in Phra Khanong market, the only Burmese market I know of in Bangkok I bought the following seemingly-to-me similar products of Brown to Black dried tea leafs (pictured below). I dranked a ...
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What are food additives that help popsicle/shaved ice melt slower?

What are food additives that help popsicle/shaved ice melt slower? Simple popsicle ingredients: water, sugar, flavoring I used agar agar and gelatin before, but don’t want to: The texture is not ...
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Calculating Salt/Sugar additions for Mushroom based Jerky

I'm working on a mushroom based jerky recipe and there are a couple questions about water activity that I am having trouble finding answers to. What salt and sugar content should I be aiming for to ...
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What's this orange jelly on pomelo?

I was peeling my pomelo when I noticed this orange gelatinous substance between slices. No other places were found and the fruit looks good from inside. Is it safe to eat?
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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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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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Rice Cooker Technology Best Suited for White Basmati Rice?

This is my staple food and unfortunately my 25 year old National rice cooker just died. The crop of new models are bewilderingly complex--most troubling is that few seem to have a "Non-Sticky" or "...
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Plain vs flavored Crema Catalana

I have in front of me two recipes for Crema Catalana, one plain and one coffee and cardamom flavored. The amount of milk in the former is equal to the amount of milk plus coffee of the latter. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How much of toxins really penetrate melons?

[realsimple.com:] Cantaloupes often contain five of the longest-lasting chemicals, one of which is dieldrin, an exceedingly toxic and carcinogenic insecticide. Though it was banned in 1974, residues ...
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I would like to use my Miele steam oven to cook a steak and kidney pudding. How long should I cook it for?

I would like to make Nigella's steak and kidney pudding on New Year's Day. I've successfully made it before lots of times by following her recipe to steam it in a steamer on the hob for 3 hours but ...
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What is the shelf life of herbal ghee: at room temp, fridge, or freezer?

What is the shelf life of herbal ghee? At room temperature? In the refrigerator? In the freezer? (Does ghee even freeze well?)
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Can anyone identify this RED GINSENG CANDY?

Can anyone identify this RED GINSENG CANDY? Do you know where to buy? In 1992, a realtor in Edison, NJ, gave me one of these wonderful candies. She didn't know where to buy more because the ...
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Why are my potatoes sour?

I've noticed that when we roast potatoes in the oven, they will often have a very sharp tangy aftertaste to me, and often that taste will linger in the back of my mouth for a while after I've finished ...
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Irish Cream Manufacturing

What do you need to make Irish cream in a more professional way that lasts for a long time without going bad like baileys. Do you have to use a homogenizer, and is there alternatives so it doesn't ...

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