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Freezing Guide, Mastering Food

How Long Does Ice Take to Freeze? And How to Speed it Up

Curious to know how long it takes for ice to fully freeze? While timing will depend on a lot of variables, a standard freezer at standard freezers temperature usually takes 3-4 hours to freeze cubes of water.  In this article, we’ll break down exactly what variables effect freezing time and how you can use this knowledge to

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Mastering Food

Where Does Vanilla Flavoring Come From – Beaver Butts Debunked

Vanilla is the world’s most popular flavor and aroma, used in everything from confectionary to candles. Vanilla is also one of the planet’s most valuable substances, fetching prices higher than precious metals.  At those prices, it’s no wonder that chefs and home cooks alike use vanilla flavoring as a substitute. But where does vanilla flavoring come

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Mastering Food

What is Single-Origin Chocolate, and Why MUST You Try It?

These days, among the hundreds of chocolate bars on the market, the packaging is likely to have attention-grabbing labels and an array of new terminology.  “Single-origin” chocolate is experiencing a surge of popularity in the industry, and this term pops up on many chocolate bars, thanks to its association with quality and flavor.  But what

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Cheese Guide

American Cheese – A Thorough Guide

Although a number of excellent cheeses are made in America (think Humboldt Fog or Point Reyes Blue), the words “American Cheese” have become synonymous with the single-wrapped squares famous for their gooey, sticky melt.  Before you turn up your nose at American slices, know that some of the world’s most famous chefs wouldn’t dream of

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Cheese Guide

Cottage Cheese – Everything You Need to Know

Little Miss Muffet ate her curds and whey before a spider frightened her away…but what was she really eating? Curds and whey is just an old name for cottage cheese, the protein-and calcium-rich snack still popular today. Let’s take a closer look at this unusual and highly nutritious cheese. Table of Contents What is Cottage Cheese?How

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Cheese Guide

Mascarpone Cheese – Everything You Need to Know

If you have ever enjoyed the classic Italian dessert tiramisu or a high-end cheesecake, you have likely partaken in the unique delicacy that is Mascarpone cheese.  Despite fetching exorbitant prices at the grocery store, this smooth, creamy spread is not difficult to make at home.  Let us fill you in about what it is and

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Cheese Guide, Mastering Food

Mozzarella Cheese – Everything You Need to Know

You’ve had it on pizza, on pasta, and in casseroles. You love it with tomato and basil! Any time cheese stretches perilously thin between the fork and your teeth, you have found Mozzarella. But what makes it so stretchy anyway? It is the most consumed type of cheese on the market, and for good reason.

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Cheese Guide

Parmesan Cheese – Everything You Need to Know

One of the world’s best-known toppings and most accessible delicacies, Parmesan is what comes to mind when most of the world thinks of cheese. But what is the difference between Parmesan and Parmigiano-Reggiano, and is grated Parmesan “real” cheese? Keep reading, and you’ll find some answers!  Table of Contents What is Parmesan Cheese?How is Parmesan

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