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Tea water: heat to 80 °C or boil to 100 °C and let it cool down to 80 °C?

It's actually the opposite, you shouldn't boil water for tea unless you want it boiling. Water has dissolved oxygen in it, the more you have the nicer your tea will taste. This has been covered in ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

The salmon will get water logged and mushy (and consequently release a lot of water during the cooking process) if you omit the bag. It's not unsafe, but it will decrease the quality of the salmon.
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Does water "go bad" in this sense?

It doesn't go bad, but it does change the taste. When water is just sitting there, water evaporates, but most things dissolved in it don't. Then, each time you boil it, the steam causes additional ...
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Can I dissolve mint in water and drink it?

No, mint won't dissolve in water (leaves are mostly cellulose), but it does make excellent tea. Boiling water, steep 5-6 minutes. For best results, I recommending purchasing whole leaf mint intended ...
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Is it safe to boil water in a microwave?

There is one very different issue to be kept in mind - water in a microwave can overheat and "explode" once it is disturbed. Another poster had exactly this problem a short while ago: Water exploded ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

I think the primary considerations are convenience (how much effort is it to set up and use the system?) and time spent (how long does the system take to heat the water?). A standard electric stove ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

Bear in mind that I'm using an electric kettle, rather than a stove-top one. First, the advantage of a kettle is that it is quite efficient, and turns itself off once the water is boiling. This as ...
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How do I stop my pans from boiling over?

You are doing precisely the opposite of 'normal' procedure, which is to put the lid on the pan until the water starts boiling, then remove the lid (either partially or completely) to prevent boiling ...
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What would result from not adding fat to pastry dough?

You'd end up with something somewhere between unleavened bread, pasta & laminate flooring, depending on what else you did with it. The first two are what you'd get if that's how you treated them, ...
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Can I dissolve mint in water and drink it?

Mint leaves, and plant matter in general, won’t dissolve in water no matter how finely you grind them. They are largely made of substances which are simply not (very) soluble in water. At best you’ll ...
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What can I do with vegetable water?

Make bread with it (let it cool enough that you don't kill the yeast, first.) Make soup with it.
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What can I do with vegetable water?

I've read that if you can't or don't use it for your own consumption, that houseplants really love it (after it's cooled, of course).
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

Osmotic Pressure If you boil vegetables in water, some of the compounds from within the cells will leach out of the vegetables into the water. The reason is because vegetables are bags of water with ...
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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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Does chlorine evaporate from water when cooking?

Water treatment often uses chlorine or chloramine to kill germs or algae. If you are smelling it it's more likely to be Chloramine than Chlorine. Chlorine will dissipate from water over time naturally,...
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Can I dissolve mint in water and drink it?

You have several options for mint-flavored water, and none of them includes dissolving dried mint leaves in it. As others said, leaves don't dissolve in water (plants would be in a lot of trouble if ...
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What are good ways to flavor water?

Lemon juice This one is fairly obvious and self-explanatory. Although the idea is mainly associated with highly sugarey lemonade, just a few drops of juice in a bottle of water and no extra sugar ...
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Water Exploded in Microwave

Joe is essentially right. Bubbles form in a liquid at what are called nucleation sites - small irregularies in the container or in the liquid itself. If you look at the bottom of some beer ...
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Does water "go bad" in this sense?

As far as I know it does not go bad, but there is a good reason not to fill your kettle completely when you fill it from the tap. Partly filled kettles come to the boil in less time. Also costing less ...
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What is water temperature after electric kettle switches off?

Seconds, not minutes. Just the act of pouring the water will cool it slightly. At sea-level pure water will be 100C at a full boil, the temperature will drop immediately when it's no longer being ...
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Does liquid temperature matter when making bread in a bread maker?

With a bread maker, it's important to follow the recipe closely, at least until you've got a reliable result , when you can start experimenting. Mine, for example, expects "tepid" water for most ...
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Water vs olive oil when sautéing

In terms of sautéing, the simple answer is that using oil is going to let you develop fond, i.e. the tasty brown stuff, on your veggies whereas cooking only with water will essentially boil/steam your ...
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Is it safe to not wash mushrooms?

I have read a couple of experiments (in Dutch so I will not link them here) where people cooked the same dish from the same shrooms, with one batch brushed and the other washed. The washed batch did ...
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How do I stop my pans from boiling over?

Besides temperature adjustments or stirring, in the case of boiling starches in water (pasta, potatoes, etc.), you can add a little bit of oil to mess with the formation of the bubbles. This won't ...
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How long can a pitcher of tap water be left out, and still be drinkable?

If you have a clean glass pitcher, the length of time we're talking is months, as mentioned by Tom's answer. I think you have a few questions that I can clear up: The bubbles that form over time are ...
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Is it safe to not wash mushrooms?

Alton Brown, Harold McGee, Robert Wolke, and Kenji Lopez Alt have all tested washing mushrooms by weighing them pre and post wash, and found they absorb an insignificant amount of water that does not ...
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Why do fry cooks use water to cook burgers?

I often use this technique at home to cook proteins. It shortens cooking time by using steam as a heat transfer medium to cook the top of the item at the same time as the bottom. You can also use ...
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Can I simply soak fruit and vegetables in water for several hours to sanitize them?

Washing fruit and vegetables in water is less an exercise in sterilisation and more a case of simply washing off any mud or debris. Soaking in still water does nothing to clean, well, anything really. ...
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Scaling up water for cooking soup

1.5 litres for 4 servings is 375ml per serving (plus some volume from the veg which I'll ignore) assuming no water boils off. That's a sensible portion. I reckon my soup bowls hold just a little less ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

Yes, if you use brine! (And keep an eye on it to make sure you don't leave it in too long after thawing.) It's interesting that Lawnmower Man brings up osmotic pressure. Though he makes some very ...
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