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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Coconut cream and vegan ice cream

I was quite surprised to look for coconut cream (reduced coconut milk) recipes for vegan ice cream, especially an Indian kulfi with Bananas/Mango/Durian and not finding many results... Why?... Is...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 1y ago by Mithrandir24601‭

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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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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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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 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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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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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'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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Why did my Zwilling Aluminium pan cookware surface corrode just after 1 month?

On March 3 2021, I bought this Zwilling 33 cm / 13 inch Aluminium deep saute pan with lid. Please review pictures below, inside my red circle. The coating on the surface appears to have corroded! W...

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

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Will admixture spoil mayo?

I learned as a kid that mixing anything into (commercial) mayonnaise will cause it to spoil much faster. Therefore, I was told, don't even put a wet spoon in: the small amount of water on the spoon...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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When stir frying clams, why thicken the black bean sauce with corn starch?

4 Remove the lid and stir up the cornstarch mixture, add it to the pant and continue stirring until thickened. Transfer the clams to a serving dish and garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately....

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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What ratio of water to Israeli Couscous should I use?

Morrocan couscous is two parts water to one part couscous, what is the ratio for Israeli Couscous? The bag I bought only has the water for using the whole bag at once which is more than I will eat.

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Sigma‭

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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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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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How to take hold of the bones at the head end? How will fillets fall back into place?

I don't understand how to proceed from Step 2 to 3. In Step 2, the bones are under the fish flesh. Then in step 3, how do I "Take hold of the bones at the head end"? In Step 3, how will t...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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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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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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How much honey do I substitute for granulated sugar in bread?

I have a recipe for a whole-wheat sourdough bread that works pretty well, but it's not very exciting -- it's a basic bread. I've had honey-wheat bread that I've liked, so I'd like to adapt this re...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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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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Why's coconut milk used to base curries?

If you Google, you can see that many recipes use coconut milk as the "soup" base for curries. Why coconut milk though? I would've never dreamed of this mix! I would've guessed vegetable or some mea...

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

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How do I choose the best nonstick pan or coating, for high heat on an electric cook top?

After reading https://cooking.stackexchange.com/q/99510 and https://cooking.stackexchange.com/q/115285, I'm still afraid of accidentally buying shoddy non stick coating or pan , damaging it, and wa...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Sicilian cuisine versus the cuisine/s of the rest of Italy

What are the main differences between the Sicilian cuisine to the cuisine/s of the rest of Italy? Perhaps the better question would be what ingredients, dishes, drinks (including wine types) and m...

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

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What's this dish from a Hong Kong restaurant, with wok fried carrots and mushrooms?

Can you please ID this dish? It's from Shang Palace in H.K.. I see char marks and think this was wok fried. I see wok fried shredded carrots and mushrooms, and some egg slices on top. But what are ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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How do you slow-cook soup in a multipot without it venting out too much liquid?

I mostly use my multipot as a pressure cooker, but today I used its slow-cooker function to make soup. The manual says that when using it as a slow cooker, leave the pressure vent open (not closed...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Zerotime‭

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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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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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After purging mussels 6 times in salt water, 20 mins each, why they still exude much grime? [duplicate]

I've bought mussels at Whole Food Market for a year. They sell them on ice and dry, not in running water. At 10 s this video, Bart teaches add salt to cold water and soak for 20 mins. Aliz...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  closed as duplicate 2y ago by Sigma‭

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What does "pale" in "pale dry sherry mean"?

I'm guessing that "pale" doesn't refer to color, because many sherries are already pale yellow? In Chinese cooking, rice wine is often used as a seasoning to cover up certain unwanted flavors, ...

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

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Why don't littleneck, cherrystones, razor and Manila clams typically require purging?

HOW TO CLEAN SOFT-SHELL CLAMS Some clams, such as steamers and savoury clams, require "purging" — or soaking — to remove naturally occurring sand. I've heard of many tricks, but the most ef...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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How does 1. cornmeal, 2. but not salt, help whiten clam meat?

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 142. To begin, place the clams in a sink or large...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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Why add soy milk to clams?

Again I would've never dreamed of combining clams and soy milk! My first reaction was EWWW, and this can cause a stomach ache! Easy Japanese Cooking: Noodle Comfort. Kentaro Kobayashi. p 64.

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

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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 does stuffing fish with herbs and lemon impart almost no flavor?

This is the first time that I've heard that stuffing fish with herbs and lemon is "pointless, as almost no flavour will be imparted from these trappings." I'm nonplussed! Many cookbooks recommend t...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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