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How can I be more frugal with salt when cooking (dried) pasta?

It's perfectly possible to cook pasta with no salt at all, so you may be able to wean yourself onto a lower salt level, reducing it gradually. I don't know what, if anything, you're eating with your ...
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A cheap piece of equipment/appliance that can help with reducing stock in a room that is not suited for cooking

Well, what you’re looking for is called a “still”. It boils liquid and condenses and recovers the vapor. Most commonly (in cooking) a still is used to boil off and collect pure alcohol, but stills I’...
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How can I be more frugal with salt when cooking (dried) pasta?

If you can't get cheaper salt, or reduce the ratio of salt/water, and you don't want to compromise the finished result, then the only option I see is to use less water. Cooks generally gauge the ...
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Homemade salad dressing with raw garlic not safe?

A pH of less than 4.6 is enough to inhibit the growth of the bacteria that produce botulinum toxin. Your safest route would be to get some test strips and measure the pH of your dressing. For ...
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How can I be more frugal with salt when cooking (dried) pasta?

If your purpose is truly to save money, you can soak the dried pasta overnight, and it will cook much more quickly, as it will have rehydrated. This will lead to a similar cooking time to fresh pasta....
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A cheap piece of equipment/appliance that can help with reducing stock in a room that is not suited for cooking

It's probably a little more than your budget, but I run a dehumidifier in my kitchen in the winter. The utility room is adjacent and that's where I hang my washing up to dry so even without long ...
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How can I be more frugal with salt when cooking (dried) pasta?

It can be a conundrum, either you need more salt or less water. You don't want to reduce the water as this can prevent proper cooking and cause it to stick. Luckily salt will diffuse quite rapidly ...
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Homemade salad dressing with raw garlic not safe?

Indeed, garlic in oil has been responsible for botulism cases. Sufficient acidity would prevent growth of Clostridium botulinum, but it is not entirely clear whether your salad sauce is sufficiently ...
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How can I be more frugal with salt when cooking (dried) pasta?

Cook without any salt at all, and salt to taste at the table. Less will be used and none will be wasted.
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How can I be more frugal with salt when cooking (dried) pasta?

Maybe a stupid answer, but what about buying more salt? Salt is really cheap in most places, so maybe you just feel like you're throwing money down the drain because you're using up your salt so ...
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Are cockroaches a usable source of protein?

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/31/travel/china-cockroach-farming-food/ They should not be much different than crickets which are commonly consumed. An insect which does not inherently produce a toxin ...
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Are cockroaches a usable source of protein?

Cockroaches are generally edible. Indeed, the ediblebugshop.com sells roasted cockroaches. [I have no affiliation with the website] They state: These plain roasted cockroaches make a great snack to ...
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Way to Differentiate between Necessary vs Additional Ingredients in Recipes

Get a stack of 10 or 20 trustworthy recipes for a dish - and compare. Also take advantage of ingredient slots that seem optional in one dish - sometimes they are a way to use up something that you ...
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A cheap piece of equipment/appliance that can help with reducing stock in a room that is not suited for cooking

Get a portable induction cooktop. Put it underneath the existing vent and do your high-humidity cooking there.
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Cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese?

I think it's worth the money, but buy in bulk like from Costco or Wholesale. You can get a big block for about 20 bucks and it lasts a long time in the fridge. Parmesan is rich in glutamates, the ...
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Never ending soup; is it actually safe?

Ok, I have been making never ending soup for many years. I do not put it in the refrigerator at all. We really eat very luxuriously. So, it is not the savings that we are after. There is nothing ...
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Are cockroaches a usable source of protein?

can cockroaches (or insects in general) convert a simple starch into protein No, an insect cannot convert a simple starch into protein without other food. Starch (C6H10O5)n does not contain the ...
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Are cockroaches a usable source of protein?

Entomophagy (eating of insects) is a well established culinary tradition in some cultures. At time of answering, the relevant wikipedia article both claimed that the protein quality was comparable to ...
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Are cockroaches a usable source of protein?

From this page on one of my websites, here is a light hearted poke at eating insects: Anyone in the mood for fried caterpillars? Roasted silkworms? Braised crickets? You might be blanching, but ...
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Way to Differentiate between Necessary vs Additional Ingredients in Recipes

I suggest that you invest the time and effort to “learn to cook”. No, I’m not saying that what you do at the moment isn’t cooking, but from what I read in your question, you are following an ...
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How can I be more frugal with salt when cooking (dried) pasta?

After removing the pasta, keep the pot of water on the heat until all of the water evaporates. Then harvest the salt. This will most likely not save you much money, though.Alternatively, if you have ...
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Why is Tilda basmati rice so popular?

I don’t know to what degree things have changed over the years, but according to this article from The Independent in 2000 there is a lot of fraud in the rice business, with Patna or hybrid rices ...
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What are some cheap types of meat that are suitable for a stir fry?

The problem with a lot of cheap cuts is that they are not really suitable for stir frying or other short cooking methods because they are less tender, more muscular, more sinewy. Instead, cheap cuts ...
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What are some cheap types of meat that are suitable for a stir fry?

Chicken breast is popular in Western countries because: It can be cut in large portions with no bones It has a high protein to fat ratio (white meat), which is perceived as more healthful. ...
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What methods can be used to cook Skipjack tuna other than frying it in oil?

A few suggestions: Raw. If your fish is great quality and very fresh, and you have a good sharp knife (just look up the way to cut it for the nicest texture) Ceviche. This cooks (denatures) the fish ...
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Substitute of Celery in Harira

Celery has a very specific flavour profile. The closest substitute for a soup would be parsley leaves and stalks. To get even closer to the flavour, you could add celery salt or vegetable stock ...
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Beef Steaks : Cooking older-grade meat (C-Grade)

Older animals will have much more flavorful meat, but the only way to get the meat tender is to cook for a long time with moisture, at a relatively low temperature. This means braising or steaming. It ...
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Cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese?

oh goodness, never considered parmesan that way - but maybe another sharp Italian cheddar would be more to your liking? Try pecorino romano, or a sharp matured asiago or maybe an aged provolone if you ...
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Disposable cookware

I think you can bake rice with an aluminum foil container,and then decorate it become a Christmas gift,I think your girlfriend will be moved. Like these. Image borrowed from here.
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Can you re-use parchment paper when baking batches of cookies?

Please do reuse the baking paper. It is non-biodegradable and non-recyclable because of the silicone so if you MUST use it, make it go several rounds for the sake of the environment. We always used ...
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