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How to tell when roasted bell peppers are ready to skin?

Once roasted, rather than immediately plunging into cold water, place the peppers in a container with a tight fitting lid, or a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let them steam for 15–20 minutes or ...
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Why does it take longer for food to bake when the oven is full?

Regular domestic oven - so, not convection. Fill it up with pans, poor air circulation. The area near the thermostat sensor may well be at 400 °F (or depending how much your oven lies, it may not - I'...
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When should I add the garlic to a roasted leg of lamb?

There's no benefit to putting the garlic in as slices from a flavor point of view, it's the cooking that brings the garlic flavor out. I've found that no matter how you do it the garlic flavor pretty ...
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What is a good way to roast hazelnuts?

While using a pan on the stove top can result in roasted hazelnuts (or any nut), it does require constant movement and attention. It can be quick, but it can also go wrong quickly if your heat is too ...
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Why does it take longer for food to bake when the oven is full?

It is not true that your oven is at 400 degrees, that's a convenient fiction which is easy to put on a dial. In fact, an oven has two heating elements, which are pumping energy into the inside of the ...
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Coffee in a rattlesnake recipe? Why?

It's not a mistake. It's there because people like the taste of coffee in meat dishes. It adds some richness to the flavor, definitely something that works well with meat, and I doubt rattlesnake is ...
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My roasted vegetables turned out soggy, can I roast them again to make them crispy?

No, cooking them for too long will make them mushy, whether they’re roasty or not. You could try oiling then a bit and sticking them under the broiler for a couple of minutes (watch them closely!), ...
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Roasting nuts with versus without oil. Is there any significant difference?

The primary reason to toast nuts with oil is to get better heat transfer from the pan/oven to the nuts themselves; this is particularly important if toasting nuts on the stove, as you can end up with ...
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Is roasting the same thing as broiling?

Assuming an electric oven as typically seen in the US: Roasting is the same setting as baking. The words mean slightly different things, but not to your electric oven. Using the baking setting has ...
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Arby's Roast Beef - what cut of meat?

The "Arby's we grew up on" was a Steamship Round. That is the entire "round primal" shown in diagram. However, several years ago they went to a processed version in order to make production more ...
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How long to cook a 150 lb. pig in the ground?

Last time I did one it was an overnight proposition, sources I find recommend planning on 24 Hours for a 150lb Kalu-a-que. A pig roasted in the ground, Hawaiian or Kalua style, can take 12 hours ...
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Should I use my toaster oven for slow roasting?

In the question body, you say that you aren't trying to get roasted tomatoes, you are trying to get dried tomatoes. This is a very different process from roasting. Toaster ovens are great for roasting ...
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What to do to get tender, edible steak instead of it being rubbery?

Starting with a "random piece of meat" may be part of the problem. Some cuts are more suitable for this than others. If the meat seems "raw", then something is very wrong here. An hour at pressure-...
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How do you separate whole chicken skin from the breast (for basting) without ripping it?

I'd say experience ? You need to try it a few times to get the feel of the skin and the meat and how much pressure is needed to separate the skin from the meat. Try putting more pressure on the ...
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Conflicting instructions from different sources: roasting chicken

One is pointless, and the other is very specific. Keller's approach - bringing the chicken out of the fridge 45 minutes before - is pointless, because there's no way in hell any significant ...
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Oven temperature for multiple ducks?

Let's do some physics again: All culinary aspects aside, a roast is a (more or less) solid "blob" with a certain mass and volume. To get the roast to the desired doneness, you want to reach a ...
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How much meat do I need to serve 26 adults?

Generally speaking, a 1/2 lb per person should be plenty assuming you have some food other than meat they will be eating, and it sounds like you do. I'd recommend buying 15 lbs total and you will ...
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Why do people put Coke on their ham?

sugar. With all the effects it has in a marinade. caramel coloring. Well, it colors and caramels. acid. Both the (volatile) carbonation and the phosphoric acid (not that much of it - undiluted ...
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How to roast potatoes in the oven to make them crispy?

First you want the right potatoes, a medium starch content works best. Waxy potatoes don't work, they have too much water in them. Maris Piper potatoes work well, in the US Yukon Golds are a good ...
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Rescuing a tough brisket roast

Brisket is not a roasting cut; you didn't miss your train, it never left the station. Brisket is a very tough cut because of the presence of collagen, which breaks down at 72°C, and needs the presence ...
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Did broiling kill my pork loin?

When the meat reached 62C (145F) it was done. The "warm" setting on most crock pots is between 74C and 80C (165F to 175F). So, any time spent in the warming mode, then the broiler, ...
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Roasting rack? I'm stumped as to what this is....Help! :)

The rack on the right looks just like a rack to hold tacos. See the below image:
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What does it mean for a dish to be called poêlé?

"Une poêle" (pronounced "pwal") is a frying pan, so we have the verb "poêler"(pronounced "pwale") which means to cook in the pan. So we use the word "...
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Pre pan-fry marinaded meat before oven roasting?

The concept that a "crust" on meat is protection for moisture loss is a myth. So, searing meat before roasting or braising is not a step to prevent drying. You may, however, want to sear ...
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What nutritional changes occur to vegetables when you roast them?

1. The main nutrients destroyed by heating are vitamins from B complex and vitamin C (possible loss 50-70%). (NutritionData: Nutritional effects of food processing). The extent of this effect depends ...
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Roasting rack? I'm stumped as to what this is....Help! :)

The rack on the left appears to be the "King Kooker 12-Slot Leg and Wing Rack for Poultry". It is used for roasting or grilling chicken drumsticks or whole wings.
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Why put flour in Oven Bag?

See this 1972 NYT article from back when these bags were a recent invention and the explosion problem was still current news. https://www.nytimes.com/1972/04/08/archives/why-cooking-bags-explode.html ...
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Can you roast soybeans directly in a popcorn popper or microwave?

No, you can't cook dried beans just by roasting them. All this would do is it dry them out even more and that wouldn't make them more edible. Indeed, dried beans are used as baking beans to weigh down ...
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Which oils or fats make the crispiest roast potatoes?

During the fall, upon acquiring sacks of russets during the potato harvest, I have found that using deer fat works very well. The fat on the rear haunches, just above the tail of the deer can be ...
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Chop nuts before or after toasting?

Toast the nuts evenly first, it will let off the steam in the nut. Then chop them. If they are evenly toasted the toasty flavor & crunch will be present throughout the nut. You will notice the ...
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