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How do I get vegan "cheese" to melt?

I sometimes cook for someone who needs to avoid milk products, so I got some plant-based "cheese" (listed as cultured vegan cheese) to use instead of the real thing. I'm having trouble getting it ...

4 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3d ago by shreecaterers‭

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Bread maker bread without yeast?

I have a family member who reacts poorly to homemade bread with yeast in it. (Store-bought is fine, somehow. IDK.) I don't want to exclude him, but I also don't want my nice convenient bread maker ...

1 answer  ·  posted 12d ago by november‭  ·  last activity 12d ago by Monica Cellio‭

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What kind of silver NONstick pan is this? Even without grease or oil, sizzling pancake batter doesn't stick to it! [closed]

1. I need a new NONstick pan! Please identify and characterize this one, in this video starting from 0:03 seconds. This pan looks sufficiently NONstick! Normally, you must grease or oil a pan bef...

0 answers  ·  posted 17d ago by DNB‭  ·  edited 14d ago by DNB‭

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Protect a chrome salt shaker

TL;DR: is there something I can coat the inside of metal salt shakers with to protect them? Or am I missing a better clue? I have two pairs of antique glass salt shakers (of significant sentimenta...

2 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by Aliza‭  ·  last activity 17d ago by Strider‭

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1. Why did Kylie Kwong's wok — on a wok — burner flame up? 2. How safe is this?

See 2:11. I paste similar pictures from Google. Top. Middle. Bottom. These flames look hazardous to me! Kylie Kwong, and the 3 men below, aren't wearing any eye or face protection! What if these...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by mcalex‭

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What exactly is "apple topping"? You can serve scallops with apple topping? [closed]

I am befuddled that scallops can be served with apple??? The scallops was briefly cooked over fire and served with an apple topping.

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  closed 4mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Does the way of chopping the potatoes influence the way they get fried later on?

I'm a big fan of the Spanish omelette, which is called 'Tortilla de patatas' (potato omelette) in Spanish. To prepare them, one of the first steps is to peel the potatoes and then cut them into sl...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by fedorqui‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by dsr‭

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Indoor gas stove rectangular grill  vs.  Gas barbecue

How do indoor gas stove grills differ from gas barbecues? Is it redundant to use both? What can one accomplish, that the other can't? Which has more firepower? BTU? Sources — Top ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by DNB‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by dsr‭

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Safe and shrewd to thaw frozen seafood, take out 1/3, refreeze remaining 2/3, take out second portion of 1/3, refreeze remaining 1/3?

My parents eat this FROZEN lobster meat from Maine weekly. Each plastic bag of frozen lobster lasts 3 servings for them. But they're too lazy to put 1/3 of the frozen lobster meat into, then fre...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by Chgg Clou‭

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How can you 干/乾 燒 lobster on an electric cooktop, in a residential apartment?

I don't know the English translation of 干燒/乾燒? Perhaps dry sear, or dry sizzle? I don't use "grill", because Cantonese restaurants confirmed to me that they don't use grills for this dish. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by Chgg Clou‭

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How can Joya Octopus be cooked on an electric cooktop, in a residential flat?

What are some recipes or ideas for PREcooked Joya Octopus? I know this is PREcooked, but I don't want to eat it cold or warm! My apartment kitchen has merely a Frigidaire electric cooktop! I hav...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by Chgg Clou‭

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Can you get the starchy byproduct of canned beans starting from dried beans?

Canned beans (like great northern beans or black beans) come with fluid that is thicker than water. I believe this thickening is starch being leached out of the beans into the water during the can...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by dsr‭

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How to make a raw-vegan (no cooking) Malabi pudding?

I want to make a raw vegan Malabi (also named Muhallebi). A Malabi's firm "pudding" can be made by cooking corn starch with water and/or some vegan milk, but, I seek a totally no cooking version o...

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Peter Taylor‭

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What are these rusks with black flecks called, served with congee in Hong Kong?

Pls see the two pictures below, taken at Run Chinese Restaurant at the St. Regis Hong Kong. My arrows point to the wafers. Top. Bottom.

0 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by DNB‭

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To concoct 糟溜鱼片, what lone American alcoholic drink can substitute 米酒, 糟鹵, 花彫, 酒釀?

I travelled prior COVID. This Hong Kong restaurant served 糟溜鱼片. I am trying to reconstruct it at home. But my American town has no Asian stores, and nowhere sells the 3 Chinese wines listed below....

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by dsr‭

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Why don't executive chefs wear hats or toques, even when all their other chefs do?

I've noticed other executive chefs at other restaurants not covering their hair too. I added red arrows to point to Jayson Tang of Man Ho Chinese Restaurant at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. Sour...

0 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by DNB‭

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How safe and healthy is the water released from mushrooms during stir-frying?

After I wash mushrooms in salt water, I dry them in a salad spinner. Then I insert the spinned mushrooms into my wok, that's hot with safflower oil. At this point, the wok has no water. After 3 mi...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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What's the finest chinois to filter out grit from mussel broths?

I'm craving to buy a chinois to filter out the grime from mussel broth, but the issue is that online websites don't specify the mesh or filtration size. What do you recommend? Perhaps I should just...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to avoid air bubbles forming when baking a pancake in the oven?

I like to bake a pancake in the oven, instead of in a frying pan atop the stove. The basic recipe is the same (flour, milk, eggs, butter, salt; mix, pour into a roasting pan, bake in the oven at me...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How does sautéing minimize the acidity of the tomato?

Sautéing minimizes the acidity of the tomato. Add the tarragon sprigs and then the cognac (5). p 90, Fish and Seafood (2004) by Patrik Jaros, Günter Beer.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Which live Canadian oysters best for steaming?

I live in Toronto. I can't find living oysters that: got NO worms and parasites. can be steamed with garlic scallions and vermicelli: 蒜蓉蒸生蚝. I don't eat raw seafood. Sources for pics ben...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How can I Electric Power, Water Wash soiled fruits and vegetables?

I am physically unable to wash sullied fruits and vegetables, particularly ones just plucked from soil. I am disabled, and I injured myself. The water pressure out of my faucets are TOO LOW AND POW...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by DNB‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by dsr‭

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What's this yellow and white translucent rectangular solid dessert, with two layers, at T'ang Court?

Can anyone ID this dessert served at T'ang Court in Hong Kong?

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by dsr‭

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How do I protect my face while working with hot peppers?

Tonight I was preparing poblano peppers for baking (with stuffing). I wore gloves to protect my hands from the oils, and (after a recent case where that wasn't enough) I also ran the vent fan. Ho...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by dsr‭

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How to make a vegan cononut-milk based, simple (cookingless), coconut chutney?

I desire to make a vegan, cookingless, coconut chutney as a dip for Dosa. The coconut milk I have is regular coconut milk which is quite dilute, so I assume that the first thing I need is to thick...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 12mo ago by deleted user

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How can I freeze bread dough?

I would like to be able to freeze unbaked bread dough, so that at some later time I (or someone I'm giving it to) could thaw it out and then bake it. (Fresh-baked bread is nicer than thawed alread...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by dsr‭

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What's this green mixture, with globules, served at T'ang Court?

I'm guessing that this is the same, and just another view of, as this.

0 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by TextKit‭

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Even after thawing, why do PC Blue Menu Wild Nova Scotian Frozen Sea Scallops spew out so much water?

My rural community has merely one supermarket. It sells merely ONE brand of scallop. The supermarket keeps them in a freezer. When I get home, I cut open the bag, place the scallops in a colande...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭

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What exactly is scallops' "own stock"?

I don't think the author's referring to fluid from the scallops, because on p. 124, she advises buying dry, not wet, scallops. Refrigerate immediately after purchase, and ideally scallops should...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Making a vegan coconut-cream ice cream less "watery"/"icy"

I want my vegan coconut-cream-based ice cream less "watery"/"icy". Which "available-by-every-supermarket" ingredient can be used to thicken "coconut cream" which is still not thick enough, to make...

4 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 1y ago by Dipicacyx‭

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How do I extract the crab claw meat clinging to, and covered by, the shells?

I defrosted these Snow Crab claws, but the meat still clings to the shell. I can't yank all the claw meat out of the shell intact and in one go, because the meat keeps splitting and sundering at t...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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Is there any evidence that Coca-Cola recipe includes any Mentha flavoring?

When I drink Coca-Cola I feel an extremely mild Mentha (especially Peppermint) taste. I didn't find any data with these Google search queries (first page): Coca Cola formula Mint Coca Cola f...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 1y ago by deleted user

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Why does the sweet edible part of sugar canes is being cooked in sugar refineries?

Why does the sweet edible part of sugar canes (Xylem?) is being cooked in sugar refineries? That natural edible part is quite sweet on it's own and can be eaten raw (for example, in South East Asi...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Sodium Bicarbonate in vegan omelets

Is it a common practice between food technicians and vegan chefs to add sodium bicarbonate to vegan Chickpea flour omelets for making the batter more airy?

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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How can you transmogrify Dried Seaweed into Roasted Nori, on a Frigidaire electric cook top?

My sister's Caucasian. We speak no Korean. We don't know the correct terminology, so I'm using pictures for clarity. He's leasing an apartment that has merely a Frigidaire 30'' Electric Cooktop lik...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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How long does home-made sauerkraut keep in the fridge?

About a year ago, I attempted to make sauerkraut for the first time following a fermentation process (cabbage, salt, its own extracted juices, but no vinegar). When it seemed to be "done" I ate so...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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How to stop green beans from squeaking?

My wife and I recently tried cooking frozen green beans by boiling them on the stove. They tasted fine, but the skin of the green beans was really, really "squeaky" on my teeth. My wife didn't real...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Ullallulloo‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Making a gluten-free "red meat" patty from powders

I have a very small kitchen unfit for rich cooking and I reside in a state in which red meat substitutes are generally very expensive due to currently low demand in the local market. Say I have so...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Whilst honing, if I already push my knife away from my hand, do I still need to push the knife towards my hand?

Doubtless it's safer to push knives away from hands. I always hone like this GIF. Source for first image below. But I just saw these images where the knife is being pushed TOWARDS the handle a...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by DNB‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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When honing with a ceramic rod, why alternate edges of your knife? Why not hone each edge separately?

Each time Owen in Vancouver pulls the knife starting at 0:58, he alternates the knife's edges. But why? Why not hone one side with 15 consecutive strokes first, then switch to the other side? Bob...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by DNB‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Efficient ways to separate egg whites and yolk

Let's say I want to make zefir. For this, I'll be needing egg whites, and as someone who never knew how to properly separate whites from yolk, I want to find the most efficient way of doing so, and...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by General Sebast1an‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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If you fully cook live scallops, can their natural toxin still cause paralytic shellfish poisoning?

Aliza Green's The Fishmonger's Apprentice : The Expert's Guide to Selecting, Preparing, and Cooking a World of Seafood, Taught by the Masters. p 174. Do not eat the organs of a crab, including ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Must I add 薑蓉 or 蔥油 to taste onion or scallion in pancakes?

I tried to make these Chinese green onion mini pancakes. I pretermitted the shrimp. But unlike those cooked by Northern Chinese restaurant, I couldn't taste onion or scallion. For onion and scalli...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Can I pre-termit blanching or parboiling, when stir frying green beans?

Chen doesn't write out blanching or parboiling — links to Stack Exchange, not because I like them but because these answers assist — but Step 3 below feels like blanching/parboiling. Which is it? P...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Why will galvanized containers kill clams?

Please see the sentences to the right of my red vertical line, in the scan below. Jennifer Trainer Thompson, Fresh Fish 2016, p 41.

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Why does a "rapid" preheating mode require no more than one oven rack?

I have a Whirlpool wall oven with (optional) convection settings. It has three racks. The obvious place to store oven racks is, of course, in the oven. The oven has two preheating modes, "rapid"...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Freezing garlic: to peel or not to peel?

I have heard that one way to preserve fresh garlic cloves is to freeze them. I've seen some places that say that a frozen clove will be a little mushier when it's thawed later but is still fine fo...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Why is my bread now deflating when I slash vents before baking?

I make bread once a week from the same sourdough starter, which lives in the fridge between feedings. On the day before baking day I take it out, feed it, wait until it's fully active, take some o...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Sigma not mod‭

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Jaggery powders in contrast to sugar powders

I understand that sugar, even the brownest, darkest and "wholeest" is generally a refined sugar with added molasses. In contrast, I understand that a jaggery is the naturally occurring sugar with ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 1y ago by deleted user

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Why did Honey Kiss Melon from the U.S. sting my mouth?

On June 1, I bought three Sugar Kiss melons in the USA. When I got home, I washed them under tap water and EcoMax Hypoallergenic Fruit &amp; Veggie Wash, to try to wash away any COVID19 viruses on ...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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