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Can we take questions about sous vide time/temperature?

Today we got this question about sous vide pork belly where the OP has explicitly said they're not looking for recipes, just times/temperatures. Of course, times/temperatures are often given as part ...
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Are food regulations on topic?

I might have dietary restrictions that affect my choice of ingredients. Many countries have regulatory bodies (like the FDA in America) that encourage or require food vendors to respect these ...
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Is this cooking-adjacent question on-topic?

Is Which killing method of the lobster would cause the least pain and distress? on topic? It's clearly related to cooking, but: the subject matter is far from normal cooking expertise (actually ...
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Resource for how different ingredients affect baking

Is the following question on-topic? Is there a good resource for how various common baking ingredients interact? For instance, I have a recipe which calls for creamed cottage cheese, and I'd like to ...
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Is this an off-topic “what to make with X” question?

This question: Bananas - too many - so how can I preserve them? currently has some close votes, as an off-topic "What can I do with [ingredient]?" question. It does indeed ask for things to make with ...
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What are our thoughts on questions asking for the laws as they relate to cooking?

This generally applies to questions about the laws as they relate to food preparation in commercial kitchens (e.g. restaurants). Here's a recent one: UK laws regarding consumption of food or beverages ...
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Scope - valid questions

Cooking moderators are diligent about managing scope / valid questions. I am not questioning current scope. May I ask if that was the scope going into beta or during beta did you find the need to ...
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Question about gas grill flame issues — on-topic?

I have a gas grill where the flame is strong and the right color but sputters and puffs randomly. I suspect asking for advice on what's wrong would be off-topic since it's not really cooking-related.....
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Are “how to use up a lot of [x] ingredient” questions on-topic?

I can't seem to find any guidelines on this, but I seem to recall seeing a few questions back in the early days of the "I just came into a large quantity of [x]. How do I use it up?" ilk. Are those ...
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Are “how can I modify my recipe to achieve X” questions off-topic?

I have a recipe that I want to modify to make it more fluffy/modify the flavors of, and I'm curious whether the modifications I plan to attempt will have my desired effect. I'm worried, however, that ...
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Migrating questions to and from coffee.stackexchange.com

Corresponding post on coffee: https://coffee.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1169/230 https://coffee.stackexchange.com/ has now been in beta for nearly a year and while they're still pretty small, questions ...
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Discussion: Should “Plant identification” questions be acceptable here?

Very infrequently we get requests from users to identify whether a plant is a specific edible plant. Most recently, this question: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/63379/iis-this-mint-...
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Are fermented foods off topic for Seasoned Advice?

I have a question about making miso paste but fermentation is marked as off-topic. Does that include fermented foods? Miso paste is fermented soy bean paste Source: http://japanese-cooking-class-...
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Are questions about economical cooking welcome here?

By economical cooking, I am thinking about utensils, cookwares, stoves, ovens, electricity and gas consumption, etc... - the cheapest good quality stuff. I am also talking about cooking methods that ...
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Are hospitality industry questions on-topic here?

I just started an Area 51 proposal for people working in the hospitality industry and I was wondering if questions dealing with restaurant management, menu balancing, food cost, and so on were already ...
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Scope and/or tagging for “local ingredients” questions?

The following questions have been posted: Local special ingredients on Cape Cod (tagged local, recommendation; just posted) Ingredients: Danish local specials (tagged untagged, meaning original tags ...
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Should we keep this question about the amount of refrigerator space a person needs?

We just had a new question of a type we have never had before: What is 'adequate' refrigerated space for a single person I would normally argue that, if something is not forbidden, then it'...
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Are questions about “use of leftovers” allowed here?

Are questions about uses and ideas for leftovers allowed or are they off-topic. I asked a question about leftover cakes once (maybe 1-2 years ago) and it was deleted as being too broad. I can't even ...
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Should we allow basic measurement unit conversion questions?

I don't think that questions like What is the measurement of 1 cup? add value to the site. I don't even know why some people point others to heavy sites like Wolfram Alpha, when you can literally ...
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questions about shows

Are questions about shows like hell's kitchen allowed? For example I wanted to ask if dishes like risotto or beef Wellington are really hard to cook because the contestants often fail at this. Is it ...
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Good opinion/poll questions

This question recently surfaced: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2799/resources-for-a-beginner-learning-to-cook and I had to vote to close, as it is quite obviously an open ended opinion ...
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On topic: product feature question?

Regarding: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/14402 Is this question a good question for SA? I don't know whether to vote to close or not. It is dangerously near the line of ...
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Keyword filter for frequent off topic issues

On SA, we have a guideline that health and medical related questions (for example, is it better to eat green beans raw or cooked?) are off topic. However, many new posters don't read the FAQ and ...
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Should we answer questions about biology, if they are food-related?

There was a very long comments-discussion on an answer of Can you develop an immunity to chopping onions causing tears?, which triggered an automatic flag. I will delete the discussion from there, but ...
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Can I ask about recipe modification or flavor pairings?

I have a question about modifying a recipe ("what can I add to X?") or flavor pairing ("what tastes good with X?" - can I ask it here? Note: this is a summary of "Should 'what can I add to X' ...
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Anthropology versus Culinary questions

Jefromi proposes in the commentary to: Is there a tradition where eating something sweet before something savory is the norm? that I would tend to say that food history is a reasonable question ...
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Would a question about food digestion be on topic?

I have a question about the mechanics of digesting food. Would that be on topic here? I'm thinking no, am I right?
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Staying on topic

I recently answered this question about crushing coffee beans. My final suggestion was to use a hammer, and I added a picture of MC Hammer for a little levity. A user edited out both hammer pictures ...
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What types of sourcing questions should be allowed? (Revisit: March 2013 — Please read again)

I have edited this question to bring it to the top of the meta-SA list, because it never seems to have come to consensus, and is relevant again (March 2013). We have had two sourcing questions lately:...
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How close to asking about chemistry can I get while remaining on-topic?

I want to ask a question like this: Raffinose is a sugar found in legumes that is indigestible by humans. Which is great, because I'm looking for a sweetener that 1) won't raise blood sugar and 2) ...
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What are the guidelines for questions about nutrition / nutritional content?

The FAQ states that 'General health and diet issue (e.g. "Is cauliflower healthy?")' questions are off-topic. This answer backs that up. This question (Google's cache for non-10K folks) about ...
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Are questions similar to this one on-topic on Seasoned Advice?

I read, How do I color an egg black? and I was wondering if such questions are on-topic. Essentially the question is about how to get a black hollowed egg that is then filled with powdered material, ...
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Is asking to identify a food from a picture on-topic?

Here on the Black Sea in Romania people are eating a shellfish called in Romanian "rapane" which they translate as "oyster". But they are elongated spiral shells which to me look nothing like the ...
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What makes a great menu planning question?

This question is partly in response to Joe's recent discussion about the closure of a hiking question, but I have no axe to grind here, I just think it would help to put our heads together and try to ...
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“What should i cook” type questions

Yesterday, this question was asked: How can I create a varied (or at least tasty) menu for a 12 day hike whilst using as few ingredients as possible? It was closed by a moderator, with the comment: ...
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Would a question regarding making homemade pet (kitten/cat) food be considered off-topic?

After recently acquiring a kitten and buying kitten food, I looked at the ingredients and was pretty grossed out at what it actually listed. Would I be able to ask a question pertaining to how to ...
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Should questions about serving (rather than cooking) food be allowed?

This is partially inspired by the fried egg question which was closed. The question is: do we want questions about food presentation, or even preparation final touches, to be considered off-topic? ...
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Where do we draw the line on culinary uses questions?

Long ago, we decided that recipe requests were considered off topic as they are not objective, do not promote "expert" answers, and are highly susceptible to "me too" answers. However, there is a ...
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Should “general reference” questions be asked and answered here?

For some background on the broader topic, see: Are questions that are easily answered with Google appropriate for the site? This is essentially a smaller subset of that. I want to state for the ...
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Are dietary “looking for ideas” questions on-topic?

A friend of mine has a son with a congenital heart defect. His doctors have put him on a strict fat-free diet (10-15 grams a day). Obviously, the parents have difficulty to provide a diversified and ...
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Should place-setting questions be closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are questions about food presentation and table setting on- or off- topic? This question refers to Tine's Arrow with regard to forks which was just asked on Seasoned Advice. ...
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Are questions about food presentation and table setting on- or off- topic?

I wanted to ask a question about how to present a steak at a dinner we are hosting tonight for another couple. (This fancy dinner thing is new to me and we're trying out the new settings we got from ...
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Are questions about kitchen safety on topic?

I'll admit, this is spurred by the fact that I burned my hand yesterday while cooking. But there are common cooking situations that relate to kitchen safety -- dealing with burns and cuts, how to ...
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What types of equipment questions are allowed?

I want to ask a question about kitchen equipment, which is listed as on-topic in the main FAQ. However, I noticed a few equipment questions being closed as off-topic. How do I know if I my (...
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Are Questions About Appliance or Equipment Repair On Topic?

This question about ice maker repair seems off-topic to me. I went to check the FAQ, but it says the "equipment" questions are on topic. Does that include repair? That seems more appropriate for ...
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Proposal to end the recipe and subjectivity debates

Food and Cooking SE has only existed for 65 days, but they've been contentious days. Every SE site has problems working out just how much subjectivity will be tolerated and where the on-topic/off-...
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Are recipe requests ok if they are fundamental enough?

Some recipes seem to be so fundamental that there is an objective answer. For instance, How do I make a risotto base, How do I make caramel, What are the basics of a soufflé? This question about ...
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Can I ask about how to use a specific ingredient? (AKA: Culinary Uses Guidelines)

I have an ingredient that I'm not sure what to do with, can I ask how to use it? Can I ask for recipes including it?
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What types of recipe questions are allowed?

I'm confused by the distinction being made between "recipe swapping" and "recipe comprehension/improvement/repairs". Why are some recipe questions allowed but not others? Aren't they all about ...
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Why is “what is a sub for parsley” ok but “what goes with green tea” not?

Possible Duplicate: What's the point of cooking.stackexchange.com? I find it useless so far. See Also: What's the difference between these two "list of X" questions This question has ...