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Why did James Bond heat up the knife for his foie gras?

From this link The key to slicing and portioning foie is to treat it like a rich mousse-cake: Make sure to heat up your knife under running water in between every slice. A cold knife will ...
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How can I cool tea quickly?

What is wrong with a regular ice cube? As you state that the tea is not yet ready, you just use slightly less water and then add the ice cube, which has a fixed temperature. I use this for large ...
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What is the temperature range for food not to burn your mouth?

I made myself some spicy chicken and macaroni soup, and put it in a bowl while it was still boiling. I put a thermometer in it as it cooled and I started to eat. I figured the soup was a good thing to ...
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Is there no use for high temperatures in ovens?

There is lots of use for high temperatures. Especially pizza is the first thing that comes to mind; there is no home oven which can get to the proper temperatures for a Neapoletana (which are above ...
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Should pasta be started in cold or boiling water?

As stated in another answer, Italian tradition is that all pasta is cooked in boiling water. A reasonable explanation for this usage is that it's easier to get the time right this way. Pasta is very ...
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How can I cool tea quickly?

One solution would be to use Whiskey Stones. These are essentially stone (or metal) cubes that you normally use for whiskey to chill it without diluting it. This will also work for your tea However, ...
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How can I cool tea quickly?

Possibly even easier than using ice or fridges or anything... pour it repeatedly from one container to another. Constant exposure to the air will rapidly cool the drink, you can get it to drinking ...
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Should pasta be started in cold or boiling water?

For dried pasta it doesn’t really matter if you start with cold or hot water, as most of the time pasta spends in water is for hydration. And once the hydrated starches reach a certain temperature ...
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Can I slow cook noodles?

If by “noodles“ you mean pasta that comes in the dry form with or without eggs, then yes, you can make that in the slow cooker. There is one caveat though: other than your meat, which won’t be ...
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How do I avoid my food becoming brownish/dark while cooking?

The "browning" or "coloring" of food during cooking and baking1 is a reaction of temperature and/or time. As a rule of thumb, the hotter your pan or oven, the faster the food will brown. There are ...
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How accurate is the hand technique for grilling?

While I suspect that the formula is mostly reliable if you repeat the experiment with the same person, I found the individual heat sensitivity varies a lot. Most professional cooks and seasoned ...
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"Place pan in a large pan; add 1 inch of hot water to larger pan." -- Why?

Couldn't I just use a lower temperature setting? No, you can't. Ovens are very bad at keeping a constant temperature. Not only is the oven thermostat usually off, it also cycles around its mean ...
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Is there an acceptable way of cooling red wine?

Putting your bottle of wine in the fridge is fine. Even the BBC says so, as does Wine Enthusiast. It's even OK if you forget about it, let it get down to 5deg, then take it out and let it warm up to ...
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Why does cooked fruit seem to retain more heat than the other foods in the recipe?

The same phenomenon occurs with tomato sauce on pizza, or vegetables in a casserole: the moist filling feels much, much hotter than surrounding crust or noodles. In short, this phenomenon is caused by ...
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What, if at all, is the difference of cooking an egg on high or low heat?

The proteins in egg white and egg yolk behave differently at different temperatures. It is an ingredient that responds to very subtle temperature variations. That is why it is a favorite item to ...
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How can I cool tea quickly?

I do this everyday before I leave for work. I can't have really hot tea. So once my tea is ready: I put it in a tea pan (a deep pan used to make tea). You can substitute with any other clean deep ...
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Preheating oven increases temperature?

Sadly, yes. Your oven most likely has been running too hot for a while and now that you are actually measuring it, you noticed it. We have a lot of Q/As on the site that recommend using a separate ...
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Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?

SUMMARY: Unless I'm missing something here or you're doing very odd things with your refrigerator, you'd at most save a couple dollars per year by keeping your fridge/freezer full. Moreover, stocking ...
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Sous vide chicken without an internal temperature of 165 °F (75 °C)

The reduction of bacterial growth, and thus food safety, follow a logarithmic pattern that factors in temperature plus time. During sous vide cooking, lower temperature are frequently used for longer ...
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Is there an acceptable way of cooling red wine?

There's nothing wrong with using the refrigerator if you remember to take the wine out. Else perhaps run a large volume of cold water (e.g. into an ice bucket or the bath) and put it in that, with or ...
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Why does hot food placed in a picnic cooler keep cooking?

What you call a "modern picnic cool box", I assume, is also known as a "cooler" in other parts of the world. This is generally a well-insulated, most often plastic, container. It could be hard-sided ...
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Lactic fermentation related question: Is there a relationship between pH, salinity, fermentation magic, and heat?

Your question is missing the word 'bacteria'. All bacteria have a growth curve. These will vary quite a lot by species. This is the growth curve for salmonella As you can see the growth peaks around ...
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If a US recipe specifies 'vegetable oil' what type of oil should I use in the UK?

Peanut (groundnut) oil is a great option. In the US vegetable oil generally means soybean oil or a soybean oil blend. The main things are that it be neutral (little or no taste of its own), with a ...
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What temperature is 'High' in a 950 watt microwave?

It is impossible to convert Microwaves into Celsius or Fahrenheit. Temperature(Celsius): Temperature is a measure of the average translational kinetic energy of the molecules of a system. Heat is ...
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Charles Darwin high altitude cooking of potatoes

My guess of what happened was that the potatoes were sitting in an open pot that was not in a rolling boil. I'm going to assume that they went down from the pass and the place where "they took up &#...
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How can I cool tea quickly?

Pour the tea back and forth between two cups until the desired temperature. Adjusting the height of pouring is fun to play with to get faster results but try it over a kitchen sink.
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Why did James Bond heat up the knife for his foie gras?

I think it helps the knife to pass through the foie gras quickly without anything sticking to the surface of the knife blade, making for cleaner cuts. Enjoying foie gras
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Do I have to change the baking time when I convert fahrenheit to Celsius?

No. 350F is exactly the same as 176.66...C Follow the recipe in exactly the same way
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Fully submerged water bath for stove top baking?

Unlikely. Without even getting into the mechanics of how it would work, simple physics dictates that you can't get the temperature of this "immersion oven" above 100 degrees Celsius. Most cakes and ...
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Can I slow cook noodles?

You cannot add the noodles at the START, because the noodles will get soggy and make you a very unhappy eater. BUT: You can still eat things with pasta, of course! This page advises to add pasta just ...
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