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Why don't they sell frozen tomatoes like other frozen vegetables and fruits?

Freeze one, thaw it and see. The liquid separates out and leaves a pulpy structure behind. Tomato sauce (no chunks) thaws much better and separated liquid can be stirred back in well enough. Canned ...
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What does "wedge" mean, as in "wedge" a head of Cabbage?

Another way to say this is to quarter the cabbage. The goal is to make "wedges" (triangles, when viewed from above) that are smaller than an entire head of cabbage (easier to cook and fit in your slow ...
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Are all the processing steps of tofu harmless?

Making tofu for mass production and consumption and making tofu at home generally follow the same procedures. Soybeans are soaked, ground, and cooked. The resulting "milk" is separated from the ...
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Does dirt sink or rise in boiling water?

No, you can't clean your tubers by boiling them, you'll just end up cooking them in mud, which will stick to them when you take them out. You need to clean them first.
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Why don't they sell frozen tomatoes like other frozen vegetables and fruits?

They are :) (site in French). However, if you look at the reviews, the average customer isn't too pleased with the product, essentially for the reasons mentioned by @PatSommer (watery, poor texture, ...
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Are garbage cans food safe, or made of food grade plastic?

What you want is something that is listed as NSF rated for food storage. I know both Huskie and Rubbermaid Brute containers (10 gal, 20 gal, 32 gal, 55 gal) that are gray, yellow or white have that ...
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Easier way to shell out sunflower seeds

Here's a quick and easy way where you only your teeth and your nails. The tip of the sunflower seed shell has a little bit an edge, so I bite that off and then I crack open the cut that I made with my ...
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Is there a machine for thick shredded carrots for home use (not grated)?

I think this might be the closest to what you are looking for... it's a food processor attachment for the KitchenAid Stand Mixers. Of course, you might look for new blades to use with your existing ...
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Is there a machine for thick shredded carrots for home use (not grated)?

If you pick a versatile food processor, you can do it. There's a "fine Julienne disc" for various Kenwood models, for example. This is finer than the chip-making disc I have. I also have coarse and ...
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Are all the processing steps of tofu harmless?

Just wanted to state in addendum to all the comments and answers already given, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, and calcium sulfate are all classified as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) per ...
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Is white rice bleached before being processed?

No. It is not general practice to add bleach to rice. The brown rice bran is removed through mechanical processes. As to whether he should continue to indulge this worry...I'd be more concerned about [...
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Does dirt sink or rise in boiling water?

If your intention is just cleaning the sun chokes, just soak them in clean water for couple of hours. The dirt will loosen up. Then rub them off with your fingers. They will easily come off. Again ...
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How to achieve in my homed-made mayo the same strong 'egg flavor' as in store-bought mayo?

The sulfur content in the distilled white vinegar used in commercial mayo really emphasizes the egg flavor. If you're using a different vinegar, I think that you should switch to see if it does the ...
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Why meat gets tough after soaking it in vinegar solution for more than 24 hours?

Vinegar is acidic thanks to its concentration of acetic acid. It thus has a low pH, somewhere between 2.5 and 5 depending on the type of vinegar. Acidic substances can affect the delicate amino acids ...
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Why use gloves when handling food?

I am afraid that gloves make things worse. Even with proper training, people who wear gloves seem to be more complacent that those who do not wear gloves. I have seen people handle dollar bills then ...
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How is basil prepared for pesto most efficiently?

The picture shows a basil harvester. The stems remain in the ground, as you can see on the right; those stems that get harvested are processed together with the leaves.
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Process fresh salmon into Sushi / Sashimi salmon?

Sushi fishes are usually flash frozen for a few days before being used for safety (to kill off bugs) It might change the texture of the fish as it is unfrozen; the better the restaurant the better the ...
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Is industrially produced cream made with a gelatine sieve?

You read the site correctly, it's just that the information on the page is incorrect. Commercial cream production consists of 5 main steps (from here, lots of info about different types of cream ...
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Why don't they sell frozen tomatoes like other frozen vegetables and fruits?

There is no advantage to freezing over canning, and from many perspective there are disadvantages (discolouration, mushiness, overall general cellular destruction) The embodied energy required to can ...
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Easier way to shell out sunflower seeds

I have to soon partake in what is known as a "sweatshop" activity in my U.S. History class in a week. I went home and timed myself for 30 minutes to see how many i can do in that amount of time. I ...
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How is basil prepared for pesto most efficiently?

I mostly run my clenched fingers down the stem to break off leaves, rather than picking individually. It's much faster. The top bits with the little leaves/flowers do require a bit of hand plucking ...
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How to achieve in my homed-made mayo the same strong 'egg flavor' as in store-bought mayo?

The Organic way: You're saying that you've tried adding more raw eggs to your recipe, but do not provide any details, so I'm assuming you make mayonnaise with the entire egg (like my aunt does) ...
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In what ways can solid egg yolk from a boiled egg be processed/preserved?

I'll add an answer that doesn't address your question directly, but does address the underlying concern: If patrons regularly discard part of the dish, you should ask why. With hard boiled eggs ...
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How does the size of the ginger affect the candy process?

In my experience, it's easy to accidentally burn very small pieces. Candying grated ginger is probably possible, but would require excellent temperature control to prevent burned ginger. I like to ...
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Which foods are most likely contaminated by dairy due to processing methods used?

Practices will differ with country (or community in some cases) of origin. A country where few dairy products are commonly consumed or produced, or where a significant amount of the population is not ...
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Making spice pastes with a food processor

It sounds like you are doing it wrong! :) Grind spices in a spice grinder first (a rotary coffee grinder works fine for that). See How do you finely grind coriander seeds? Garlic, ginger, fresh ...
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Why don't they sell frozen tomatoes like other frozen vegetables and fruits?

Beside the reasons in the other answers, tomatoes really don't like low temperatures. They change their aroma and texture already at fridge temperature. They will go through the same temperature ...
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How do they extract kernels from sunflower seeds in mass production?

Just to visualize a bit Raco's answer. There is a scheme of the Buhler machine provided by Buhler Group. In the brochure from here (but not well explained). Also, oilseed processing machine looks ...
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Easier way to shell out sunflower seeds

This method uses a resealable plastic sandwich bag, 1/2 c. sunflower seeds, water and a rolling pin. Seal bag and roll over seeds to crack the hulls. If you have patience you can remove the hulls by ...
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How to achieve in my homed-made mayo the same strong 'egg flavor' as in store-bought mayo?

Use black salt, kala namak. It have a very strong egg flavour and aroma.

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