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Why would boiling milk in an electric kettle break the kettle?

The electric kettle is (clearly) not designed for this. The main issue is that milk doesn't evaporate, whereas water (obviously) does. The secondary reason is that milk will burn. Milk is a complex ...
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Why isn't Almond Milk (and other non-animal based 'milk') considered juice?

One reason is simple appearance, I think - opaque white liquids or saps have long been called "milky", including nut milks, coconut milk, dandelion or milk thistle saps, and several other white ...
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Why is putting hot milk in a thermos not recommended?

The cleaning is one thing (there are flasks without hidden crevices that can be easily cleaned), but there’s also another point to consider: A thermos flask that is doing its job will keep food warm, ...
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Is putting cold milk foam on hot coffee unsafe?

There is no safety issue with adding cold milk foam to hot coffee. Coffee aficionados recommend against adding cold milk to hot coffee, because they suggest it compromises the flavor of freshly ...
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Keep milk (or milk alternative) for a day without a fridge

I would invest in a small thermos bottle, about the size of what you need for one day. They are not only designed to keep hot food hot, they can also keep cold food cold. Choose a size that will be as ...
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Why did this gallon of milk stay fresh for so long?

Milk goes bad because it gets colonized by bacteria. There are two sources for this bacteria; ones already present in the milk because pasteurization didn't kill them, and from the environment (that ...
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Why is it recommended to mix yogurt starter with a small amount of milk before adding to the entire batch?

Dry powders are easier to mix if you make a slurry first with a small amount of liquid and then mix the slurry in. If you skip this step you will have clumps of dry powder floating on top of the milk ...
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How do they get double cream to have a higher fat content than heavy cream?

The percentages of fat in dairy products aren't the result of a natural process; whole, untreated milk is centrifuged, and dairy farms choose what portion of each layer goes into what products. ...
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Why isn't Almond Milk (and other non-animal based 'milk') considered juice?

I consider "Milk" to be the substance secreted from living being to sustain their young, whether they be human, cow, dog, etc... Other people consider "milk" to have a wider ...
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Keep milk (or milk alternative) for a day without a fridge

Your best bet for longevity is UHT milk - in individual portions. It's the same stuff you get in hotel rooms. Pic from Amazon, anonymised. Though it doesn't taste the same as 'real' milk it's ...
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Why do you need raw milk to make butter?

You don't need raw milk (or more precisely, raw cream). I've made butter from cream many times, but never from unpasteurized cream -- I prefer locally sourced organic cream for reasons, but the actual ...
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Is putting cold milk foam on hot coffee unsafe?

There's no plausible mechanism that would make it unsafe. It's usually impractical though, since milk foams better when heated. Steaming it automatically heats the milk, and most mechanical ways of ...
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How does adding vanilla extract help make a milkshake if the ice cream is already vanilla?

Fundamentally the answer is just 'it is added for flavour; you can skip it if you want'. A few suggestions as to why it might be a good decision to add it: Vanilla flavour can be stronger or weaker, ...
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Why would boiling milk in an electric kettle break the kettle?

It has been established in other answers that the kettle will likely burn the milk around the heating element. The reason why this might break the kettle is because it would lead to rapid overheating: ...
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Why doesn't milk create gluten when combined with flour?

Milk does create gluten1 when combined with flour. The water in the milk does create a gluten structure. If it didn't, any bread made with milk would be dense and flat. But the dinner rolls I made ...
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How can you cook milk without it burning the pan?

Double boiler. You can buy a purpose built double boiler and if you are going to do this often you should. But for now you can fake it the way I do. Here is my setup. The little saucepan is ...
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Why is it that veggies, fruit, and meat need to be salted or sugared when fermented to avoid pathogens, but milk and yogurt don't?

With all fermentation the goal is to create an environment where tasty microbes will thrive and harmful microbes won't. One way to do this is by changing the chemistry or temperature of the ...
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Canned Coconut milk is curdled when opened

I didn't notice an exact duplicate of this question anywhere, but it's quite common for canned coconut milk to separate leaving an opaque white solid layer of fat and solids, and a thin watery/syrup ...
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Is putting cold milk foam on hot coffee unsafe?

I suppose it's unsafe in a way similar to drinking microwaved liquids: Customer may feel the cold foam and take a big sip, not immediately noticing that the coffee itself is boiling hot?
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Why is putting hot milk in a thermos not recommended?

It depends on the design. Some can't be washed properly, and milky liquids are much harder to clean off by rinsing than water or most water-based drinks My genuine Thermos brand flask wouldn't be a ...
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Keep milk (or milk alternative) for a day without a fridge

In a similar situation in a previous job we successfully used an old camping trick: Wrap the bottle containing the day's milk in a damp cloth, and stand it in a bowl of water, in the draught from an ...
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How can I prevent curdling when adding fruit to milk?

All you have to do is to make sure you don't acidify your milk. It curdles with acid; the procedure you describe (adding fruit that exudes acidic juice, then bringing to a boil) is basically a recipe ...
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Milk curdles while heating to make yogurt…is it safe to eat?

I wouldn’t. If the milk curdled, it’s a sign of spoilage and the very last thing you want to do now is keep it in a warm environment for a prolonged time. And while many yogurt recipes include a ...
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Why did this gallon of milk stay fresh for so long?

Something to be aware of is where the milk is from and how it's pasteurized. My store brand milk is local and pasteurized only, but some other brands are ultra pasteurized and expected to last much ...
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Keep milk (or milk alternative) for a day without a fridge

As an alternative to the (very good) vacuum bottle suggestions, Insulated lunchboxes with an ice-pack are great. My kids use them for school and the ice-pack is often still partially frozen at the end ...
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Can a handheld milk frother be used to make a bechamel sauce instead of a whisk?

Answering for some additional information: Technically, you could use a milk frother for making bechamel, in the same sense that you could also use a pair of chopsticks or a large fork (I've done both,...
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What does it mean for a liquid to "crack"?

Roughly, it means for the liquid to separate into two distinct portions which won’t readily recombine. In this case, it’s referring to the sugar crystals causing the supersaturated sugar solution that ...
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What milk and yoghurt is the best for mango lassi?

It all depends on taste [of course]. Lower fat milk & yoghurt are sharper, more tangy, almost 'lemony'. High fat are rich, smooth & creamy. So, start with 'How tart do you like your lassi?' &...
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How can you cook milk without it burning the pan?

There are a number of ways to cook milk without burning it. My personal favorite is to bake it. When baked according to my instructions, it does not overflow, and the bottom of the pan does not burn ...
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Is my heavy cream not actually heavy cream?

You're comparing different quantities. A serving of cream (per your label) is a tablespoon. You're comparing that to 1 cup (or 16 tablespoons) of milk. The percentage that you're seeing is not what ...
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