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Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s the difference between brown sugar and white sugar?” There are a lot of culinary questions out there – good news is, we’re here to answer them.

What’s the Difference Between Parchment Paper and Wax Paper?

These kitchen papers are both awesome for making cleanup faster and easier. They’re also good for wrapping meat and fish and separating layers of baked goods for storage. But the

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Are There Health Benefits to Flavored Yogurt?

No, according to nutrition expert Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat. There could be some health benefits to yogurt’s friendly bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus), which may replace some of the

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Potato Salad: How Long Can It Stay at Room Temp?

A lot of us already know that, on its own, commercial mayonnaise poses no threat of food poisoning when kept at room temperature (although it may get a funky flavor

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Will Raw Milk Make You Sick?

Like your vision after a few Long Island Iced Teas, the answer to that question is blurred.

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Can You Make Ice Cream Without Eggs?

You sure can—unless you’re set on making a high-fat, superrich ice cream, the kind available in most high-end scoop shops. Otherwise there are plenty of other homemade ice cream styles,

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Do You Need to Use Cake Flour for Making Cakes?

People come down on both sides of this debate. There are pastry chefs who swear that cake flour is the only road to tenderness, while others happily use all-purpose (with

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Do Microwaves Kill the Nutrients in Food?

Microwaves have gotten a bad rap for being unhealthy, zapping the vitamins and other nutrients out of food, and leaching bad stuff out of plastic and into your lasagna, but

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Do You Really Need to Refrigerate That?

From eggs to ketchup to pickles, a lot of stuff in our shopping bags bears that well-known phrase “Refrigerate after opening.” But as our fridges become overstuffed, it’s only fair

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Can You Freeze Cheese Without Killing It?

Cheese is arguably the most diverse and expressive of all the preserved foods humans have devised. Food historians agree that cheese was created from a need to preserve milk for

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Can You Cook with Sprouted Garlic?

As a species, we’ve been handling garlic for more than 7,000 years: Ancient Egyptians left it as an offering in tombs, Indians hung it from doors to ward off evil

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Is It OK to Store Bread in the Fridge?

It happens all the time: You buy a loaf of sliced bread, set it on your counter or in the cupboard, and after a several days it’s stale and starting

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How Do You Get Chile Burn Off Your Hands?

If you’ve ever chopped hot chiles with hands unprotected by food-prep gloves, you’ve experienced the searing burn of capsaicin. The active component of chile peppers feels like torture when it

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Can You Eat the Rind on Brie?

Yep, you can eat the rind of any soft-ripened cheese like Brie or Camembert. But just so you know: Sometimes it won’t taste so good. “Soft cheese bruises like an

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Does Everybody’s Pee Smell After Eating Asparagus?

This question has baffled scientists for over half a century. In 1956, British researchers divided the population into two categories: excretors (those whose urine smells after they eat asparagus) and

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Why Does Regular Dish Soap Work Better Than the Ecofriendly Stuff?

When we first started chasing this down, we headed in the direction of phosphates, those eco-enemies that pollute waterways by fertilizing the algae already living there, causing massive blooms that

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Does Eating Celery Burn Calories?

Not quite. A medium-size stalk of celery contains roughly six calories, and you’ll burn less than one of those digesting it. “Eating does burn calories,” says Toby Smithson, a registered

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Is It Safe to Leave Butter Out at Room Temperature?

According to FDA spokesperson Tamara Ward, butter will last up to 10 days at room temperature before turning rancid. Rancid means that enzymes that are naturally present in milk begin

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Can You Age Box Wine?

Aging wine is a complex process that depends upon the proper amount of air being allowed into the bottle. A vessel that’s airtight doesn’t allow flavorful compounds to develop, while

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Do the Stickers on Organic Fruit Use Organic Glue?

The adhesives used on fruit stickers are regulated by the FDA as “indirect food-contact substances,” says Soo Kim, a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. (The ingredients

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What’s the Best Way to Dispose of Cooking Grease?

Dumping used cooking grease down the drain can clog your pipes: It may be liquid when you pour it, but it will cool and harden quickly. “Even if it doesn’t

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How Do You Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Kitchen?

Fruit flies are the small, gnatlike nuisances that buzz around the fruit bowl. They belong to the family of insects called Drosophilidae. Once they are spotted in your kitchen, a

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