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Baking beetroot in coffee crust

I've just read a blog post from Amass restaurant. I got very curious about roasting beetroot in coffee grounds as they said in the article. Looking a bit further, I've also found an article by Amass' ...
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What determines the amount of oleo saccharum that you get when combining the lemon zest and the sugar?

Lately I started making the “State fair lemonade” from food wishes and learned about oleo saccharum. The first two times I made the oleo saccharum I peeled 6 lemons and used 250 grams of sugar (which ...
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What was this "gravel gum candy" product from the early 1990s?

This is such a massive long-shot, but it's been eating me up for decades now. I need to at least try. In the early 1990s, my brother and I used to walk to this local little grocery store (long gone) ...
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What replacement makes a good training material for shaping Japanese tea-ceremony sweets?

Many Wagashi are made from a mix of rice flour, Shiroan (white bean paste), sugar, and other ingredients. Of those Namagashi are among the most beautiful, shaped as little art pieces and then served ...
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White texture on natto

I'm making a first time natto in natto/black garlic pot. So I go by the recipe. First soak beans for 24 h then steam to be softer. Put natto starter inside a small amount of water and mix it with ...
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Can sourdough starter be used for tenderizing meat?

This paper says that after: "Lactobacillus alimentarius 15M, Lactobacillus brevis 14G, Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis 7A, and Lactobacillus hilgardii 51B were selected and used in sourdough ...
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Why would acorn meal still be bitter after cold leaching for a month in the fridge?

I've successfully leached, ground and dried acorns to make flour in the past. Problem: currently have a batch of ground acorn meal which I have been cold leaching in the fridge for at least a month. ...
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What makes sencha karigane sweeter than sencha?

Why does the addition of stems and veins to the tea increase the sweetness of the brew? Is there a specific chemical in the stems and veins of tea leaves that's responsible for the change in flavor ...
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Cause of Spoiled idli?

I have prepared idli which was spoiled after steaming. I followed the following process: Soaked idli rava (coarsely ground rice) along with whole black gram(without skin). Grinded with mixie to ...
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How to tell if Koji rice is bad?

I have some store bought Cold Mountain brand Koji rice. On the container it says it keeps in the fridge for "6-12 months". I've had it for about 8 months, but can detect no change from when I bought ...
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How do I prevent my sugar coating from melting on my gummy bears

I am making homemade gummy bears and I cannot prevent the sugar coating from melting way into a puddle of watered sugar? I tried drying the gummy bears for a day but it still melts away.
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Eggless choux pastry recipe yields paper-thin top, gooey bottom

I'm trying to make eggless choux pastries for an egg-allergic friend (my eventual targets are croques-en-bouche and saint-honorés). I have experience with choux pastry, but I've never made an eggless ...
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Possible to get Sugar Syrup and Coconut Oil to solidify together (Emulsifier needed?)

I'm trying to make a 'magic-shell' like topping from burnt sugar syrup by mixing burnt sugar syrup (sugar + corn syrup heated until dark copper color, cooked with water until smooth) with coconut oil. ...
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Guidelines for cooking Desert Truffels?

I have gotten my hands on a number of fresh blackish Desert Truffles, which are apparently quite different from the European ones. To quote: Desert truffles have nothing to do with their European ...
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Poppy seeds with bitter aftertaste from boiling

I've followed the recipe here to make a poppy seed filling. The filling ended up with a somewhat bitter aftertaste, and I am wondering the following: At what point of that recipe could something have ...

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