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Is it possible to cook an egg in a thermos flask?

Yes, it is possible to cook an egg in a thermos. After thinking about the physics some, I decided to try this out. In particular, I considered that the egg is maybe 50ml in volume; with 500ml of ...
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Food is still undercooked on cast iron

Your pan was too hot. Cast iron pans can get ripping hot (which is good) and retain heat very well (which is also good). But, on the other hand, if you have a thicker piece of meat and want medium ...
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I want my potatoes to be baked within an hour, but I forgot to preheat the oven. Should I put them in while preheating or not?

In the UK, we call these 'jacket potatoes'1. As already mentioned, putting them in a cold oven as it heats might win you five minutes, but not much more. It's very slightly more efficient overall than ...
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Bell peppers become either crunchy or soggy

There is a slight carry over with most things you cook. However I think the answer to most "Why is my stir fry not like the restaurant's?" questions, has to do with heat. Their stoves are much, much ...
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Double cooked pasta

It's par-cooking the pasta, cooling it down (typically an ice water bath), so that when a customer orders, they can significantly reduce the time needed to get the dish prepared for them. Yes Boiling ...
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What, if at all, is the difference of cooking an egg on high or low heat?

The proteins in egg white and egg yolk behave differently at different temperatures. It is an ingredient that responds to very subtle temperature variations. That is why it is a favorite item to ...
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Sous Vide ribs -- can't eat for 2 days... best choice?

Pull them out on time. Cool them rapidly in an ice bath. The rapid cooling is for food safety reasons rather than any affect on the cooking. Reheat them for cooking however you were going to finish ...
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Can I cook a slow cooker recipe on high instead of low, but for shorter time?

It will be safe and edible. It might not be quite as good. Part of the appeal of slow cookers is just the convenience of leaving them unattended. The other appeal is low-slow cooking that blends ...
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I want my potatoes to be baked within an hour, but I forgot to preheat the oven. Should I put them in while preheating or not?

You can put the potatoes in the oven while it's heating, and that's not going to make any overall difference in how long it takes the oven to get hot. Opening the door to put the potatoes inside ...
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How can I cook dried noodles with just hot water?

Par-boiling the noodles at home would allow you to finish cooking them with just hot water. I would boil your chosen noodles 2 minutes under the package recommended time. Then rinse and chill the ...
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How to cook dried red beans faster?

If you want to reduce total preparation time, you can skip the soak. Then you can just boil for about 4-6 hours, instead of soaking overnight. This is not a tradeoff most cooks are willing to make, ...
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Is it possible to cook an egg in a thermos flask?

There's no magic solution, to cook an egg you have to expend a certain amount of energy. The issue you had with the flask method was that there wasn't enough heat in the water to cook the egg fully. ...
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Is it possible to cook an egg in a thermos flask?

You don't need a dedicated device to steam an egg. I hard-boil eggs by placing the egg in a small pot with ~1.5 inches of boiling water. Cover with a lid and set over low heat (just enough that you ...
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Charles Darwin high altitude cooking of potatoes

My guess of what happened was that the potatoes were sitting in an open pot that was not in a rolling boil. I'm going to assume that they went down from the pass and the place where "they took up &#...
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Food is still undercooked on cast iron

The very short answer: You had bad temperature control. You have to leave meat on the skillet until the proper internal temperature is reached. If the outside burns before that, then you used too high ...
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How can I ensure that scrambled eggs will be fully cooked?

Temperature is the only foolproof way to determine doneness. Unfortunately it's not very practical to carry a thermometer over to your friend's house for brunch. There are other indicators, of ...
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Is it just me or do you have to cook for a long time for it to be intuitive?

If your goal is to cook more intuitively (i.e. to make food without always following a recipe, and to be comfortable adapting a known recipe to suit your ingredients/preferences), then you will need ...
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Vegetable lasagna a bit too wet. How to adjust baking temp/time?

Mushrooms can throw off excess moisture. I would suggest cooking them down a bit further and draining on paper towel before adding them to your lasagna. You didn't mention how you baked your lasagna,...
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What does this chart mean when it says "lbs per round" or "lbs per sqare/rectangle"?

It is a scalable recipe. First, you decide in which pan you want to bake the cake. You take your pan and measure it. Let's say you have a 9" round pan. You go into the column "lbs per round" and find ...
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Are cooking show minutes really minutes?

There is no single answer to that question: it is going to vary program by program. Some shows, like America's Test Kitchen, are going to be quite precise--at at least, they will intend to be. ...
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Meaning of do not thaw for frozen food

If you're cooking store-bought frozen food (a pot pie for instance) and you thaw it first, following the cooking instructions on the package will lead to over-cooking, burnt crust, and a dry meal. The ...
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I have been cooking yogurt cakes in the US for a while and each time it has to cook for an extra 20 min. Why?

My first suspicion would be your oven. Home ovens are notoriously inaccurate, and it may be that yours is just slow, which is to say that it doesn't quite reach the temperature to which you set it. If ...
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My oven seems to cook the outside faster than the inside

so I have used a laser temperature probe pointed at the chicken and adjusted the dial so that this value is 180C That's not how you are meant to do it. 180 C is the oven temperature, not the ...
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I want my potatoes to be baked within an hour, but I forgot to preheat the oven. Should I put them in while preheating or not?

Here's a hack: You can microwave your potato before baking it (like suggested in this great answer). From The Spruce Eats: The only problem is they take an hour to cook, which requires planning ahead....
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Cooking pasta longer to get it al dente?

This is almost certainly a packaging error. It is the reverse of what your picture shows, and you are correct. Al dente (or "to the tooth") is achieved before the noodle is completely soft ...
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Cooking multiple dishes at once in the oven

There aren't any very good "rules of thumb" for specific temperatures or cooking times. I'll take a stab at the question in general terms, but it really will vary depending on the specific dishes. ...
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Glass Dish Baking Temparature

First, the short answer: There's a lot of erroneous information circulating concerning glass bakeware, and very few reliable sources or repeatable experiments seem to be cited. In general, I'd say ...
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What is the lowest temperature possible (of water) to cook meat in?

The answer depends on the type of meat as well as the thickness. There are different things you need to worry about killing in different kinds of meat, and it takes a different amount of time for ...
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Why cool creme brulee?

Crème brûlée is supposed to be served cold, with a hard, crisp caramel layer on top. So that requires cooling after baking. The baking is needed to set the crème, it might just be a bit firmer after ...
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Bell peppers become either crunchy or soggy

Bell Peppers have a very fast change from crisp to soft This is why you usually encounter them either raw or fully roasted and peeled. They change quickly. In a stir fry, cook them just a couple ...
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