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Instant coffee melts like chocolate

This also happens with common unsweetened instant coffee (without chicory) if you allow it to cake and then try to heat in a pan or any other kind of heat that is concentrated on a specific spot or ...
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Is butter ever the same after having been melted?

Butter may look totally amorphous, but there's actually a fair amount of structure in the fat, in particular fat crystals that make it firmer. Melting it disrupts all that structure, and it can't ...
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Is butter ever the same after having been melted?

Part of making butter is churning... the churning process introduces a ton of air into the butter. When you melt it, all of the air is released so you should never expect melted butter to return to ...
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Is butter ever the same after having been melted?

There is indeed a physical change that occurs. If you think back to grade school science you probably remember learning about solutions and suspensions, and how the former is a mixture that stays ...
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How can I melt mozzarella balls?

Very simply, with heat from above. I cannot comment on the microwave, since I have almost never used one, but a pan is clearly the wrong tool for the job, since there you are heating the bread from ...
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Melting yellow cheese for savory pancakes or crêpes

One simple option is to shred the cheese. The heat moves from the surface of the pancake into the cheese - so a thick slice has to melt all at once, and from the bottom up, and it may not melt in ...
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How can I melt mozzarella balls?

Mozzarella balls, particuarly the almost "Fluorescent" white variety, contain a lot of water. To get them to melt successfully, you need to get that water out. What I do is slice the balls ...
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If a cheese sold as pasta-cheese does not melt, is it "cheese"?

That's a processed cheese product. It may be allowed to be called cheese in some places, but that's a matter of product labelling regulations where you happen to be. The melting is a different issue. ...
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Melting yellow cheese for savory pancakes or crêpes

The method that you describe says you put all the cheese in a row, if you make that row thick it's going to have a hard time melting. Instead of a thick line spread the cheese out evenly across the ...
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Melting yellow cheese for savory pancakes or crêpes

However adding more cheese means making the row thicker and sometimes not all the cheese melts. I am looking for a way to add more cheese while still getting it all to melt One thing you can do is to ...
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How can I melt mozzarella balls?

First off your best bet is going to be an oven/air fryer but a pan should also work. Secondly, you are probably using the wrong type of mozzarella. What you want for things like pizza and other ...
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How can I melt mozzarella balls?

"Real" Pizza tends to have the balls broken up or sliced and done under intense heat. I've had decent luck getting fresh (balls in brine) mozerella to melt in a toaster oven simply by ...
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Mixing Ghee with Other Ingredients

There's two methods for this, which can also be combined. The first, as several people have mentioned, is to make sure that the eggs and water are slightly above room temperature. At 27C/80F ghee (...
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How to make a nutella chocolate sauce that stays liquid at room temperature?

I make a Nutella sauce regularly for waffles, the most effective way to thin it out is adding milk. You can use water and it does work as well, although it loses a bit of richness. I would not use oil ...
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Melting yellow cheese for savory pancakes or crêpes

Use a microwave to pre-heat the cheese. You'll need to experiment with timings for your cheese/quantities/microwave, but it's easy enough to microwave cheese until it's almost melting but not quite. ...
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Unmeltable cheese

Melted cheese is a mixture of mostly protein, fat, and water. The protein (mostly casein) will tend to clump into rubbery bits, but is held apart by the fat and water, giving the melted cheese texture ...
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Melting yellow cheese for savory pancakes or crêpes

I'm going to take something from Megha's answer and go a bit further. I think what you want is a quesadilla. A crêpe (which is the kind of pancake I think you're referring to) is very similar to a ...
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Solubility of chocolate in water and fat

So I think there are two big players in your experiments. Chocolate is complicated, and I won't pretend to know it all though. Chocolate has two big, arguably essential components: cocoa butter and ...
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Mixing Ghee with Other Ingredients

If the ghee was too hot, the eggs would cook on contact with it, so you can simply increase the temperature. Melting it in a heavy bowl (ceramic or Pyrex) would hold a bit more heat, even at sensibly ...
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Does cottage cheese melt like other cheeses?

No. Cottage cheese is a type of acid coagulated cheese, much like ricotta, feta and farmers cheese. It will continue to have lumps when heated, which will never be smooth. The other type of cheese ...
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How do you cook margarine with brown sugar without separating?

I’ve had this problem several times with melting brown sugar and butter together and boiling it. The key is to start on a lower temperature, stirring the brown sugar and butter as it melts. Allow the ...
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How do I separate my melted rock candies?

If you can get them out of the jar, I would suggest a hammer. Put them in a plastic bag and whack them with the hammer. You might be able to use a knife (carefully) to pry them apart depending on ...
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Should I have been able to melt white chocolate and marshmallows together?

This is definitely possible, though I should add that the addition of melted butter would be crucial. Do not simply toss "raw" marshmallows into the melted white chocolate, as they will ...
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How do I choose between shredded and finely shredded cheddar cheese?

You probably want to check for the lowest proportion of added anti-caking agent (here potato starch is used). That's the reason it doesn't melt very well. If you're going to freeze it, you could ...
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Chocolate won't melt

Chocolate is a peculiar substance. It consists of cocoa butter (a fat), cocoa solids, sugar and possibly some other components like what you listed. To get its smooth texture it goes through quite a ...
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What's the most efficient/effective method for removing the rind of a well-ripened Brie?

Addressing the frame challenge: I forgot about the Brie in the cheese drawer for a bit too long. It was nearly liquid, so there was no hope of removing the rind; I was happy just to get the plastic ...
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How can I unstick lollies stuck in a jar, welded by heat?

so i was trying to do some weird experiment and melt jolly-ranchers. However they stuck to the bowl. I COULD NOT get them off. So what I did was put a little water in the bowl. Then I microwaved it ...
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Why isn't the beef fat in my chili melting?

Your fat has, in fact, melted. It is what it does at these temperatures. What you did was to put a piece of beef in the pot. Not a spoonfull of tallow, but a piece of animal tissue. It is made up of ...
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How can I melt cheese for dipping?

Melt (nuke) shredded cheese in milk until it's soft, near melted. Add sufficient cream cheese to soak up the excess milk and form a dip-like substance when mixed. Works with most cheeses. For instance,...
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How can I melt cheese for dipping?

An EXCERPT from the Huffington Post article "How To Make The Creamiest Nacho Cheese." Entire article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/how-to-make-nacho-cheese_n_1202697.html (I leave out ...
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