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Can I roast a chicken over 2 time periods?

Can it be done? yes. Is there a higher risk of food poisoning? yes. The way to get around that is almost more of a pain -- you cook it in a low oven until it's just barely cooked through (which is a ...
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Can I roast a chicken over 2 time periods?

When I have wanted to cook a chicken but I will not be home, I have used a slow cooker. You won't end up with a really crispy skin, but it makes for some wonderfully moist and juicy chicken. Most ...
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Why not incorporate eggs at the last moment when making crepes?

Your supposed advantages are not correct. I believe if eggs are mixed too much, whites can get a rubber-like texture. No, this is not correct. Are you thinking of gluten? That is the ingredient that ...
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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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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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Can I roast a chicken over 2 time periods?

As others have elaborated, cooking in two steps will lead to food safety issues if you don’t make sure that your food is cooled down properly in between. And yes, that also has the side effect of ...
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Modifying Pressure Cooker Timing for Beans

The beans/water ratio is not particularly important as long as there's enough water. You want the beans covered throughout cooking, keeping in mind that they'll expand and the water level will drop. ...
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Is there a difference between boiling water and almost boiling water?

There are two main differences, obviously: five degrees, and no boiling action. As Cascabel mentioned in a comment, dried pasta will "cook" even in water that's well below boiling ...
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Can I roast a chicken over 2 time periods?

How about cooking it sous vide? This method involves some prep work, but gives you the timing you want. Essentially, it consists of sealing the chicken pieces in plastic, and immersing them in water ...
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Does Sugar Cook Eggs?

It's not really chemistry¹, but simple physics: you can have the same result with salt. (and an experiment you can easily replicate at home: salt is much cheaper than sugar). What happens is that ...
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Why not incorporate eggs at the last moment when making crepes?

I have started to make pancakes, and we use a crepe recipe, only to notice I had forgotten to add the egg. I next added the egg and made the pancakes. It can be done, eggs last, but I see no advantage....
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To put aromatics at beginning or end of cooking?

Just like many other ingredients, when spices are added to a dish is a function of what effect you want them to have on the final dish. If you want deep, well-integrated flavors, or even undertones, ...
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Chemically speaking, why do you have to add chilli pwder earlier rather than at the end?

Like you would describe colour or music, you add dark at the beginning & bright at the end. Any type of deep curry or chilli flavour will improve over several hours in the pot, & even ...
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Does Sugar Cook Eggs?

The old wives are spectacularly wrong in this case - sugar not only doesn't cook eggs, it makes it harder to cook them. For example, see this passage from Shirley Corriher's "Cookwise" (...
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Can I cook two types of dried beans simultaneously?

I'd like to mention possible 'gotchas' if you're going to do this -- You want to use similar-sized beans. If you're mixing small & large beans, then they're likely not going to cook at the same ...
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Cake cooking times

The first time you do this, you'll need to keep an eye on it. Baking times vary by a wide variety of factors, so there's no magic number that we can give you. I generally don't recommend baking by ...
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Keeping Beef Wellington warm vs delaying cooking after assembly

Food safety wise, as long as you keep the food above 50C it should be fine. However, due to the nature of the BW, you’ll probably end up having a very soggy pastry if you do so. Refrigeration is an ...
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How can I keep a slow roasted pork belly roll warm while roasting potatoes?

It's normal to rest meat before carving, sometimes for quite a long time. The oven will already be hot after cooking the meat, even if not quite as hot as you'd use for potatoes. so I suggest you ...
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To put aromatics at beginning or end of cooking?

It really depends on the specific spice/herb, and on how strong you want it to be in the dish. Some aromatics are destroyed by prolonged heating, while others can't be tasted unless left to steep in ...
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Pressure canning issue with weight and timing

According to https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/applesauce.html Pressure canning applesauce requires 5 minutes at pressure for pints (half-litres) and 10 minutes at pressure for quarts (litres) It can ...
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Long cook with a pause - what happens to beef?

I think particularly for stews, where the meat is submerged in a braising liquid, the only thing to be concerned about is the danger-zone temprature you identified. For my own sanity, I'm gonna assume ...
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Sous vide timings for different cuts of steak?

Collagen should break down and proteins denature at the same time and temperature no matter what muscle it came from. Of course, the size of the cut is going to affect how the heat makes it into the ...
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Why does it take longer for food to bake when the oven is full?

Decreased air circulation and inaccurate oven temperature regulation are factors, but so is the amount of energy your oven can deliver per hour. If you put two glasses on the counter, one with 1 ice ...
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Can I roast a chicken over 2 time periods?

As said it can be done, but i wouldn't do it. Especially on chicken is it important that it is 'well done', if you put it in the oven it needs time to get warm inside. So if you stop heating it, you ...
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What are the best timings of adding flour and soda into batter?

Both effects you described are real, and the two goals of optimal leavening and optimal binding are mutually exclusive. So, it depends on what you (or the recipe author) considers the more important ...
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Is there a difference between boiling water and almost boiling water?

From What's Cooking America: Noodles added to water before it starts to boil gets a head start on mushiness. Noodles quickly begins to break down in tepid water as the starch dissolves. You need the ...
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How can I keep a slow roasted pork belly roll warm while roasting potatoes?

170C isn't far off a good temperature for crispy roast potatoes. If they're a floury variety, and you parboil them, then when as dry as possible, and still warm, gently shake them to rough them up a ...
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Can I cook two types of dried beans simultaneously?

Any kind of beans can be cooked together. It's all about preference and your imagination. Try white beans, kidney, lima and pinto beans. They cook well together and make an awesome baked bean dish.
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Vintage West Bend Slow Cooker number settings verses hi low settings

I usually start mine on #5 until the food is cooking & then I turn it down to #3 to slow cook. Works great. I find I use it more than my fancy other type of slow cookers. Just doesn't have the ...
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Adding parsley at the beginning of making chicken stock

A typical French Bouquet Garni would indeed have parsley in it, added at the beginning of simmering time. It may be a sprig of thyme, a bay-leaf, and a small bunch of parsley tied up in a neat little ...
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