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How can I tell if an anodized coating is coming off?

One of my anodized nonstick pans[1] has developed a fractal-edged region of a slightly different color than the rest. I suspected that I had accidentally been seasoning my pan[2] and a seasoning la...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by Michael‭  ·  edited 26d ago by Michael‭

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What cooked foods are easy to freeze?

What are some foods that can be cooked, then frozen, and then thawed or reheated for a quick meal? I'm not necessarily looking for specific recipes, but ideas about general food types.

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What can you make with chickpeas and ground beef?

What are some good, easy to make recipes based on chickpeas and ground beef? It would be great if it was something easily made in bulk, and not too difficult to freeze.

0 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Non-alcoholic alternative to wines in cooking, that have a similar effect on glutamates?

I know that fermented products are high in glutamates (see minute food video), which is why wines are often used in cooking. But I'm looking for a non-alcoholic alternative to wines. That is, not ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by pureferret ‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by dsr‭

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Why NOT use flour to bind crab cakes?

I can't remember which, but I remember some cook book WARNING AGAINST using Flour to hold crab cakes together. Why? Why shall Flour fail, when most websites counsel "cracker crumbs and egg hold the...

0 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by Chgg Clou‭

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Why does food taste much better on a grill with indirect heat, than an electric oven?

I have a pellet grill which can be used to cook with indirect heat. There is a big metal plate that covers the flame completely. Basically the food cooks with hot air coming up around the sides of ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by ColleenV‭

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Should I stir separated yoghurt?

If you leave yoghurt alone for a bit, it tends to separate and leave a puddle of liquid at the top. I was always told just to drain the liquid when it happens, but I'm wondering if it's better to s...

1 answer  ·  posted 5mo ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by Derek Elkins‭

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Is Gai Lan harder to chew, simply because it's wider, than Choy Sum?

Many Chinese restaurant servers counsel that Choy Sum (菜心) is easier on the teeth and to chew, because it's thinner than Gai Lan (芥蘭). Is this scientifically true? Pictures Girthier Gai Lan. T...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by DNB‭  ·  edited 6mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How do I make my braided egg bread more moist?

I made a braided challah that came out reasonably overall but tastes a little dry. I'm not sure which parameters I need to adjust. The recipe I followed specifies the following ingredients: 3/...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by dsr‭

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Cooking potatoes in an air fryer

I have an air fryer and I really like cooking my food in it. With that said, I have struggled with potatoes. For now, I have only gotten store-bought pre-baked and frozen ones. I am not sure what I...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by VLAZ‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Is it healthy to wash fruits and vegetables with all natural, eco-friendly dish washing soap ?

I am asking an improved edition of this question. Doubtless, it's dicey to wash produce with conventional soap. But what about fragrance-free, dye-free, preservative-free, hypoallergic, non-toxic,...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by DNB‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by mcalex‭

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Why is macaroni primarily sold curved ("elbow") but boxed macaroni-and-cheese sold straight?

Why is macaroni primarily sold curved ("elbow") but boxed macaroni-and-cheese sold straight? If I wanted to buy the non-curved pasta, the only generally-available way of purchasing it is to buy bo...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by Jason S‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by dsr‭

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Can you install 1 Wok Burner + 1 Fire Gas Grill side by side, on the same cooktop?

For my indoor kitchen, I fancy installing this gas wok burner and a fire gas grill. Source for bottom pic. Can I install them next to each other, on the same cooktop? Or must I install them...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by DNB‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by dsr‭

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Indoors — fire/gas  vs.  electric grill. Disregard cost.

What are the pros and cons of installing in indoor kitchen an electric vs. fire gas grill? Rule out cost. Indoor fire, gas grills beneath (Pic source for Bottom 2) Electric grills beneath. ...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by DNB‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by DNB‭

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Can a 35K BTU home wok burner improve food taste, and mimic restaurant wok hei?

Many Cantonese restaurant chefs advise me to install a wok burner, even in my home, to procure wok hei 鑊氣. But "commercial wok burners blazes at over 100,000 BTU/hr!" "[A] wok burner can deliver...

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

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Is any amount of salmonella-tainted flour dangerous, or is there a lower threshold?

There was recently a recall for certain flour, due to risk of salmonella contamination. The CDC announcement says not to cook with the flour. Naturally they are going to be conservative, and they...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by samcarter‭

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What actually is the difference between baking soda and powder?

Newbie baker here: What actually is the difference between baking soda and baking powder? As far as I know, both are used to get baked goods to rise (like yeast, but not a microorganism). Since the...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Peter Taylor‭

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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 1y ago by DNB‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Mithical‭

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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 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Mithical‭

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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 1y ago by fedorqui‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Mithical‭

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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 ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 1y ago by november‭  ·  last activity 1y 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 1y ago by DNB‭  ·  edited 1y 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 1y ago by Aliza‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Strider‭

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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 1y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  closed 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 1y 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 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 1y 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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y 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 2y 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 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 2y 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 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 2y 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 3y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 2y 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 3y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 2y 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 3y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 2y 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 3y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 2y 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 2y ago by DNB‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 3y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 2y 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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 2y 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 2y 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 3y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y 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 2y 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 2y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 2y 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 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y ago by dsr‭