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What if I microwave Beyond Meat?

There are no health concerns with microwaving food. Microwaves excite water molecules to heat food, they don't change food or make it dangerous. When a product says do not microwave it means one of 3 ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

My response to this kind of question is always just ask, and if you absolutely can't, err on the side of caution. I'm assuming here that you're talking about a pretty thorough heating and brushing. ...
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Adding a smoky flavour without adding spiciness

Depending on what food you are trying to imbue with a smoky flavour, you have multiple options. I here focus on methods that will just give you a smoke flavour, rather than smoked ingredients. ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

Depends on the person but typically... no. I'm not sure how bad cross contamination is in terms of food safety, but grills are high heat, though you might not always heat the food through. Many ...
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Substituting black beans for ground beef in a meat pie

I often use beans instead of meat, and I think you'd get away with it, but your concerns are certainly valid - it might come out a little dry. It partly depends on the proportions, especially of the ...
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Adding a smoky flavour without adding spiciness

In addition to the other good answers, I would add that a lot of the smokey flavour in Mexican foods comes from the chili varieties used. A good variety for smokey flavour is Ancho (dried Poblano), ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

Imagine if someone grilled a cat or dog, and then rinsed the grill surface to cook your burger. Would you be happy? This is how you have to think about it. I am not vegan or vegetarian but used to ...
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Substituting black beans for ground beef in a meat pie

Beans make for a good pie, but not one that tastes or feels much like beef. From your question, particularly the last line, it sounds as if you might actually be looking to imitate the flavor and ...
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Adding a smoky flavour without adding spiciness

Good quality mild/sweet smoked paprika does have quite a smoky flavour. Pimentón de la Vera is a Spanish variety that's reliable whatever the brand (dulce is what you want, not picante). Adding ...
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How to reproduce meat flavor

I am definitely not a vegetarian, but I do love vegetables. The flavor of meat cannot be reduplicated by vegetables, but there are definitely certain things you can do to help. Smoke Seasoning Two ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

There is a huge variety of motivations and feelings involved in the choice to not eat meat. If you're serving a large group, it would be best to choose the safest option and use separate surfaces and ...
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Adding a smoky flavour without adding spiciness

I distill my own whisky (it's legal here in New Zealand). Occasionally if I want a really nice smoky flavour to the endproduct and I can't be bothered with actually smoking oak pieces, and I cheat a ...
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Vegetarian replacement for pork mince in Chinese style stir fry

Let's recapitulate the textural options you have: Crumbled firm tofu, sauteed (with or without some soy sauce and/or wheat paste - mind the color you want too!) Brunoised/minced fresh/reconstituted ...
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What are the ingredients that make vegan meat taste like real meat?

The meaty taste is Umami. It is the flavour of monosodium glutamate, in the same way that salty is the flavour of salt. Both mushrooms and tomatoes of the right variety are quite rich in it, as is ...
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What if I microwave Beyond Meat?

On the Beyond Meat website there's no mention either way of microwaving (other than the section that reproduces the packaging you've already seen), however searching their tweets reveals that they ...
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Adding a smoky flavour without adding spiciness

Another additive that I don't see mentioned much is smoked salt. Obviously it will add salt to a dish, but it capable of delivering quite a bit of smokey flavor. I have some that my sister in law ...
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What if I microwave Beyond Meat?

Health related concerns are off-topic here, but pretty much anything that can be cooked on a stove can be heated in the microwave, whether the food is then palatable is another issue. There are a few ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

Just adding another dimension to this good question. Hope it helps someone. Sometimes when Muslims can't get halal meat they tend to go for vegetarian meals. I can't speak for everyone, but in my ...
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Why remove the vegetables from vegetable stock?

The point of stock is to extract the maximum flavor from whatever you are using, be it bones or vegetables. Once extracted there's not a whole left, which is why you don't boil stock bones over and ...
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How to reproduce meat flavor

You cannot. Meat tastes "like" meat because it is meat. What you are sensing through taste is the physical and chemical structure of the stuff you're eating. It is absolutely impossible to replicate ...
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A vegan alternative to Quorn?

Quorn have introduced some vegan products themselves since that question was asked (as of 2017).
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How can I make vegetarian marshmallows?

Try using mallow root. It is where the confection got its name, and is the very ingredient that has been superseded by gelatin.
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How to reproduce meat flavor

Contrary to what others might tell you, you can, at least partially, replicate characteristics that make meat taste "meaty." There are specific chemical compounds that create this flavor profile. ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

The thing about offence is that you can never be absolutely certain. You can only do your best. If the guests are your friends, you can ask them. If it's a commercial situation or similarly catering ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

Most vegetarians will (strongly) dislike finding meat juices or the like on their food, because at a certain point there really kicks in a sense of disgust for meat, aside from the mental reasonings ...
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How to remove the distinct flavor of vital wheat gluten when making faux meat?

One way to avoid the vital wheat gluten taste is to develop wheat gluten directly from flour (a somewhat popular food in China). To do so, make a dough of bread flour and water, knead it well, rest 2-...
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Can I make vegetarian soup dumplings?

I have successfully made it with agar agar and I serve it at my restaurant in Lucknow, India. I call it Soup Burst Momo (TM) It stays liquefied if consumed within 5 mins of steaming. After that it ...
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Is it safe to reheat mushrooms?

That's a myth, and as such your follow-up questions are moot. There is no scientific evidence of any kind that any particular method of reheating mushrooms -- or not reheating them -- is dangerous or ...
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Is there a substitute for dashi?

Dashi (だし) is a class of stocks, and while katsuodashi (かつおだし) made with bonito flakes is the most common type, there are plenty of alternatives. The most common purely vegetarian one in Japan is ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

I grilled some chicken once on a charcoal grill. I scraped it down and ran a wet towel over it and then grilled some tomatoes. The tomatoes tasted like chicken and were terrible. You need to be ...
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