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Why might packaged pineapple contain egg, soy, peanut, fish, milk, sulphites, tree nuts, sesame, crustaceans, shellfish, mustard seeds, wheat?

Although it doesn't explicitly say so, that's allergy information. It's just been processed in a place that also (potentially) processes those things, so it potentially contains a trace amount, which ...
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Potato for a purpose

Yes, there are differences. Unfortunately, many potatoes have been bred for crop yield and storage over flavor ... and so the flavor differences that you might see in South America don't tend to be ...
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Potato for a purpose

If the potatoes are the same in different packages, it's just marketing. Some potatoes are better for baking, some for frying, some for mashing... It mostly depends on the starch content. See. https://...
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Finding cheap but quality steak for grill

There are a few things that you can do: Buy in bulk. There's typically a major discount for buying a 'family pack' (usually 5+ lbs) at once. I like shopping at Wegman's, because they sell steaks ...
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How can I examine fruits or vegetables in a market, while minimizing mechanical damage?

The first step is to only pick up items you're likely to buy. Then you should only have to put down items that have an actual problem already. For some things you want to check for ripeness, but ...
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Mild chili powder?

As you have found, often the generic chili powders that are sold in the US by the major brands like Schwarz aren't pure chili powder, they have other additives like oregano, salt and garlic. The best ...
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How can I tell which limes have the most juice?

Heavier limes tend to be more juicy, but another important factor is the color and texture of the skin. Look for the brightest green (sometimes with almost a yellow tinge) and smoothest skin you can ...
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Finding cheap but quality steak for grill

Since you mention Whole Foods, I'm assuming you're in the US. That being the case, you are likely within reasonable driving distance of a Costco or Sam's Club (big warehouse stores that require ...
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Mild chili powder?

You could look for chili powders online. Alternatively, you can buy (mild) dried chillies and grind them to a powder yourself, using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. This way, you can even ...
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How to buy eggs to avoid dark specks

The spots aren't anything to worry about. From Egg Safety Center Eggs with blood spots and meat spots are fine to eat. Most eggs with blood or meat spots are detected by electronic spotters and ...
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Is the lettuce inside the wilted outer leaves still good?

Yes it is still good. A lettuce that is kept outside (as in a farmer's market) will get wilted outer leaves, and the merchant will usually cut them off to make the heads nicer. Depending on the ...
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What kind of cheese did I buy in Bulgaria...and how am I supposed to eat it?

This is not a traditional Bulgarian product (*). It was created by one specific dairy company ("Jossy") and it is not even listed on their normal web page (http://www.josi.bg). There is one reference ...
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How can I tell which limes have the most juice?

The most tell-tale factor I have found -- and this applies to lemons and oranges too -- is the thickness of the pith. When there's a half inch of that bitter white stuff, the pulp which contains all ...
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How can I tell which limes have the most juice?

The juiciest limes will generally be the heaviest ones. Water is dense, citrus peel and dry citrus are not so much.
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Does the size of capers influence their taste?

I hadn't really thought about this until I saw your question. I don't use capers all that often, so I usually end up with the smaller ones as that's what I usually find at the market. Interestingly ...
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How do I know if water in supermarket's seafood tank is salty enough?

There are several ways to measure water salinity (water salt content), most are impractical for that situation. A very effective and quick way to measure salinity to use a salinity meter, these are ...
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What is size 2 pasta?

#2 pasta is a very large noodled pasta with a hole in the center running the length of the noodle. It's like a spaghetti noodle only much thicker around. Used often in Greek dishes and esp with the ...
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How to classify the parts of a recipe ingredient?

This is an exercise in data modeling, more so than cooking. What you are describing is the design of your database. You are on the right track. You will want to consider how many of each of the ...
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How to authenticate food products?

The marks and various labelling quirks might help you but this is something that's going to vary hugely from product to product. Ultimately, I can't see a good solution that doesn't involve talking to ...
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Where do I find the fruit tamarind?

You should try Mexican and Indian stores to start with, if you have any. After that try any sort of Asian store, since it's used in other southeast Asian food too. Might even be worth a trip to a ...
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Can powdered citric acid be used instead of baking soda?

No, those are absolutely not the same thing. They're completely different compounds: baking soda is sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), and citric acid is C6H8O7. And they're not even similar chemically: ...
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What kind of cheese did I buy in Bulgaria...and how am I supposed to eat it?

Pleten means knitted/braided, and indeed it is not unusual to see such a cheese made of relatively thin strings braided into a braid; often smoked: source
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What kind of cheese did I buy in Bulgaria...and how am I supposed to eat it?

The answer from user rumtscho ♦ put me on the right track so, as now I had a way to contact the producer company, I wrote them an email asking the same question I posted here: what's the idea behind ...
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What variety of tomato is typically used in Italian, canned, peeled tomatoes?

Based on what they say on their web page they use both early and late varieties. The type of tomato therefore probably changes throughout the canning season. Since they source their produce locally (...
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How can I tell an eggplant is not bitter and very seedy?

Eggplants become bitter as they mature so your best bet is to buy freshly picked eggplants and to use them as soon as you can. Look for a full-size eggplant with a glossy and firm purple. Once an ...
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Potato for a purpose

In my supermarket, in the Netherlands, you can also find that kind of division but mostly they will tell you the kind of potato and the usual way it is when cooked. Any potato can be used for any use, ...
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What is 91/100 CV when referring to olives?

CV is a common abbreviation for cultivar (ALLACRONYMS q.v. and used, e.g., in here (pdf) and here). The Gordal olive weighs about 12 grams (search for "size"). Assuming they are pitted, and ...
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Where can I buy bulk wild meat in Montreal?

From what I have gathered searching for an answer to this question, caribou, seal, and hare are the only actual wild game meats that can be purchased in Canada. Due to low demand, hare and seal may be ...
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Why might packaged pineapple contain egg, soy, peanut, fish, milk, sulphites, tree nuts, sesame, crustaceans, shellfish, mustard seeds, wheat?

If this was processed at the store then there's a pretty good chance they process everything in close quarters where there is a reasonable chance it was packaged alongside some of the other store-...
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Do Asian groceries carry vital wheat gluten?

Some Asian stores do carry it as it is used to make seitan. However, there isn't a blanket yes or no answer as it is up to the individual stores. The only thing you can do is to check the stores you ...
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