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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 works as we all know so no one is bothering trying to grow a freezer-friendly tomato, yet.


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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 cooker) but still relatively intact. To wedge a cabbage, slice it in half, and then slice the halves into either 2 or 4 pieces (depending on how large a wedge ...


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By using a dehuller machine. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hegzzj9Rzk or http://www.buhlergroup.com/global/en/products/dehuller-dgba.htm How does a dehuller work? I don't know, but it seems that Google does: The most popular decorticator for sunflower is proposed by the Bühler Cie. It consists in a rotating blade that propels the seeds by ...


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Obviously, every manufacturer is going to have their own proprietary methods. However, canned goods are often made by combining ingredients (possibly partially cooked) directly into the cans, and then pressure cooking them in the can as part of the canning process. So, for example, the broth, some celery, and some carrots might be added to the open can in ...


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The three types of appliances you have listed have different primary uses, and best purposes, although they have some overlap in their capabilities. Blenders. Good at, well, blending: making smoothies, pureeing soup, grinding nuts to butter, and at the high end, making frozen ice drinks. By far the best device for this purpose, but not very versatile. ...


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YES YOU CAN!! As I said in the question, I used this recipe: Joe Pastry - Julia Child . Before I embarked on the experiment, I whipped egg yolks with my hand mixer and in my food processor. Since there seemed to be no difference, I proceeded. The first picture was before whipping, the second was whipped for 5 minutes with the food processor, the third ...


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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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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 rating. If you have a restaurant supply store in your area, you could go look around for "ingredient bins" and commercial garbage cans. Just remember, a white ...


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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 processor (they might offer blades that cut sticks instead of shreds).


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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 fine grating plus slicing discs. While these "do-everything" machines are not as good at some tasks as dedicated machines, I think this is the best option at ...


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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 soilds. Then a coagulant is added (either salts, acids, or enzymes depending on producer and type of tofu). Finally, the tofu is pressed. The one difference ...


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Evidently, despite your not doing so intentionally, the evidently the brine was in fact hot enough to heat the air in the head space enough that when it cooled, a partial vacuum was created. The jars are truly sealed as you noted from your description. While they are sealed, since you did not process the pickles, they are not certain to be safe for long ...


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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 [insert common American male problem here] before ammonia in rice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3138007/ This review has many free references in ...


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I've never drunk it (can't stand coffee myself), but the general theory is: A wet ferment. Some coffee producers have attempted to duplicate some of the processes with enzymes, as you've mentioned. More likely to be picked closer to peak ripeness. The animals have the advantage that they're picking berries to eat, and will pass over unripe ones to eat ...


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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 rinse them in clean water, and repeat till they are completely clean. Boiling will not work for cleaning them. It will rather completely cook them or par boil them ...


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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 trick. The cooked egg flavor you're looking for comes from pasteurizing the eggs for the mayo. If you've got an immersion circulator, you can do a relatively ...


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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 teeth with my nails.


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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, etc.). Don't forget that canning transforms tomatoes in a way which makes them particularly useful for sauces and the like, which is another reason why it is ...


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I believe the term you're looking for is 'chopper'. Here and here for example. This, a draw string powered chopper, is an interesting idea as well - I have difficultly believing it can produce enough force though. And there's the rotating handle, crank kind. You've got options. Or even more basic, 'knife' ;)


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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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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 turn around and touch my food with the same gloves on. Disgusting, and I refuse the food, and when I tell them why, they say the gloves are to protect me...what ...


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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 which form the proteins that make up the majority of your meat (along with other fats and connective tissues). The end result is not entirely unlike what ...


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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 fish will be unfrozen. http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/myth-sushi-grade/ For fish that contain parasites, the FDA provides guidance under their ...


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Some commercial food processors are available with metal bowls, although these models may be quite expensive. You may may also wish to consider that many tasks a food processor is used for can be performed with a blender which typically do come with a glass pitcher, or with an immersion blender.


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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 is also much less than to keep them frozen, so this combined with disadvantages of freezing tomatoes, manufacturers choose to use canning Yes, you can freeze ...


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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 found if you pick out two of the most hardest shells you can place them between your thumb and middle finger and use them to pinch the other seeds. By doing this ...


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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 though. If I were a commercial scale pesto producer, I think I'd probably pull the cut off plants bottom end first through a 18mm hole in a steel plate. That ...


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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) whereas I only use the yolk of eggs of vegetable and maize-fed chickens and mine tastes much more "eggy" than my aunt's... So: Buy your own chickens and feed them ...


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Reformed This is most often used to describe meat products such as "reformed ham" or "reformed scampi". You can occasionally see onion rings made with chopped onion described as reformed, e.g. here. Pringles could be described as "reformed potato snacks" for example. Pringles are less than half potato though, so that may not be entirely accurate. As for ...


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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 hand, or put the seeds and hulls into a bowl of water. Skim hulls using a slotted spoon. http://www.ehow.com/how_6148353_easy-way-shell-sunflower-seeds.html


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