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The Food Lab: Follow the Rules for the Best All-American Beef Stew

Kenji, I'm curious: The flour is tossed with the beef but isn't cooked before adding to the stew. I've been taught that raw flour will immediately make any recipe inedible. Is this a myth too, or is the flour in a small enough quantity that it doesn't matter?

The Food Lab: The Truth About Brining Turkey

To be clear - we're supposed to salt the skin? Not under the skin? I always thought it was the latter, and it's a PITA.

The Food Lab: Make Your Own Just-Add-Hot-Water Instant Noodles (and Make Your Coworkers Jealous)

I love Better than Bouillon chicken base (so cheap + good!), but I had bad experiences with the low sodium chicken base (achingly sweet) and the beef base (tasted like burnt air to me, although I see Kenji lists it in one of his recipes so I dunno, did I have a bad batch?). I know there are a lot more flavors. If anyone sees this comment and has input about particularly good/bad ones, I'd like to hear it. My sister is vegetarian, so I'd love it if the vegetable base has good flavor.

Also, obligatory Kenji is a genius. My spouse is reluctant to bring lunch to work, but maybe this will change his mind.

Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers

If the burgers should be as wide as the buns, how tall should they be? Approximately.

The Food Lab: Slow-Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb With Garlic and Rosemary

Does anyone know why lamb often has those blue spots on the outside when it's raw (see the photo of the leg just after tying)? It sort of resembles ink, although I'm sure it's something else.

Gift Guide: Essential Kitchen Tools Under $50

@Scott569, good idea, I should have thought of that - thanks!

Gift Guide: Essential Kitchen Tools Under $50

I'm definitely not arguing that freshly ground pepper is the best. But my thing is, I use a lot of Cook's Illustrated recipes, and they tend to specify the amount of salt and pepper in partial-teaspoon increments. I appreciate this, being a perpetual self-doubter; but if you're using a pepper mill, it's hard to measure a quarter-teaspoon of ground pepper, especially if you try to avoid waste. I don't really expect much sympathy on this point (I'm sure most people just grind pepper to taste), but if anyone has a tip for such measuring, I'd be happy to hear it.

The Food Lab's Guide to Slow-Cooked, Sous Vide-Style Eggs

Agreed - don't understand any hate for this article. I personally prefer my cooked eggs at the 160-degree stage - for some reason I don't like the taste of not-cooked yolks, I know, I'm nuts - but love the photos and the science.

Grilling: Herbed Turkey Breasts

and ... now I have a feeling everyone is going to crack up when they get to my last sentence.

Grilling: Herbed Turkey Breasts

As a dark-meat-avoider, let me try to explain. It's all the tendons and connective tissue. Tendons and connective tissue are GROSS. Yeah, there's a giant tendon in the breast tenderloin, but it's easy to avoid and it's only one. Dark meat tastes fine, but I just can't deal with trying to cut away all the gross stuff and then still accidentally getting some in my mouth and then trying not to vomit as I gingerly chew and try to swallow whole so that I don't have to engage with the tendons. Seriously, we're not weirdos.

Ask The Food Lab Anything, Thanksgiving Edition

Is there a good recipe for holiday green beans that does not include either bacon or mushrooms? My sister is vegetarian and my husband hates mushrooms.

Gadgets: Ice Huggy

"First, I tried to find a volunteer mom who would be willing to test the Ice Huggy with her kids."

Did you think of trying to find a volunteer dad who would be willing? Or do men not have children?

Skillet Neapolitan Pizza (No Kneading or Oven Required!)

Why can't you just roll out the dough to the final size? What does the stretching and knuckle-draping do differently? Just curious.

Come on in 'The Kitchn'

What are those shoes? Love them!

The Food Lab: Herb-Roasted Turkey With Stuffing

Just my $0.02: I can't stand the flavor of white-meat chicken or turkey cooked to any less than 160 degrees. Yes, it's moist, but to me it just tastes off and vile. Obviously not everyone will agree with this, but if you know what you like, I imagine the recipe would still work if you cooked the turkey longer as the first commenter suggests. Of course, probably no one needs me to tell them this.

Beyond Curry: Khichdi with Eggplant Fritters

If I'm reading the recipe right, you're supposed to add the rice and lentils and cook for ten minutes. The rice won't be cooked in that length of time, let alone the lentils. Am I missing something? It looks good otherwise.

Chocolate 'Crack'

So wait, do you chop up the chocolate and then sprinkle it in step 3? How finely should you chop it?

Eating in Public

Eating smelly food in public, indoors, is rude unless you're in a space specifically designated for eating. It's inconsiderate.

Classic Sage and Sausage Stuffing (or Dressing)

If some of your family are sausagephobes, is the recipe OK if you just leave out the sausage, or is there an additional tweak you'd recommend in that case?

Turkey Stuffed Turkey with Gravy

Help, what is step 3? This sounds awesome and I want to make it for Xmas, but I never try out new dishes on guests, so I will have to test it beforehand.


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