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Sauce canning question - concerned that answer accepted as the way to do it when not intended as such

Sauce canning question I am now concerned that an explanation about why an oven cannot be used for canning was misconstrued by the OP as a formula to do canning, especially when I quoted the ...
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Is this question about brand comparison on topic?

Today we got the question What food processor to buy Vitamix pro 750 or Revoblend RB 500, which asks people to say which of two blenders is better. It also lists the tasks for which the blender will ...
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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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How to respond to alarmingly naive food-safety and hygiene questions

Even as a newbie, I have noticed a few too many food-safety and hygiene questions that were alarming just by the fact that they needed asking. There are even more lurking in the unanswered list. I ...
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Do we want to answer evaporated/condensed milk substitutions individually or close as a duplicate?

We have an old, well-voted question about the general substitution situation between condensed milk and evaporated milk: Is sweetened condensed milk a substitute for evaporated milk? We also get ...
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enzymatic-browning tag would be a useful addition

I noted that @Divi had rejected the new tag because "This edit introduces tags that do not help to define the topic of the question. Tags should help to describe what the question is about, not just ...
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Are our food safety canonical questions being used well?

We get a lot of questions of the form "I left food out for some period of time, is it safe?" and generally close them as a duplicate of a canonical question with a comment about how it applies. The ...
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Why was “chinese-cuisine” tag removed from my question about 皮蛋?

I have recently created a question about how can one make century eggs at home, with eggs and chinese-cuisine tags. However, chinese-cuisine was shortly removed from question, and I assume this has ...
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What are “very low quality” flags for?

One of the options when flagging is "very low quality". What should that be used for? Does it include bad/misleading/unsupported answers?
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I added a hyperlink just now and can't see it

Look at this: How is sushi supposed to be eaten?, there is one hyperlink in the entire answer. If you can see it, your eyes are better than mine (which wouldn't take much). They used to be red or ...
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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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Should we have US-leaning preferences or assumptions?

It's been suggested that the US location of StackExchange offices somehow makes this a US site in some meaningful way, in terms of what assumptions we can make about users or their posts. Is that true?...
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Standardized Units?

I'm starting to see more and more answers with numbers in them - the most common being temperature, but the argument can be extended to volume and weight. I'm surprised it hasn't been asked before, ...
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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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Anyone want to help fix image links?

Per Roadmap to HTTPS: serving and uploading HTTPS-images only, we need to help out to convert non-imgur http images to https. Assuming the images still exist, this is just trivially uploading them to ...
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Reject this edit

I was reviewing this edit and I found it to be 'racist'. It excludes Israel from the list of countries The etymology of the word Laban comes from Hebrew Posted here, just in case the other reviewers ...
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there should be a diabetic tag for diabetic users!

Should there be diabetic? I really believe there should be one! diabetic would allow questions featuring diabetes to be noted by users.
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How did we treat duplicates about difficult skills?

Today, we got the question Seasoning refuses to stick to carbon steel pan. Tried various techniques. The OP insists that he read our earlier questions on the same topic, but his is not a duplicate, ...
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Tags about safety

Some questions about food safety and kitchen safety are tagged with safety. Is retagging questions about food safety with the tag safety to food-safety and leaving all kitchen safety questions with ...
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Hostile Atmosphere

This isn't actually a question -- it's just an observation I'm putting out here for moderators to contemplate. I find cooking.SE the one and only SE site where the experience is decidedly negative, ...
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I've followed the rules, I've even edited but still put on hold - what gives?

So, I followed the rules, I even edited. But still the 'powers that be', even one of them stated clearly that they have 'special powers', have, in their wisdom put me on hold! They don't like my ...
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Is there a mechanism for asking for the re-call of a mod

I have a mod who is a real pain, who likes to down vote me and who generally makes my life (or tries to) a misery. Surely there should be some mechanism or community vote on this, or are they above ...
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Why are people here messing with my posts?

When I came here, I posted some questions and answers in good faith. Now others are interacting with what I posted in negative ways - downvoting, editing things out, telling me something was off topic,...
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Why are people here messing with my posts? (linkable subanswers) [duplicate]

I am a new user, and posted a few things. Some were well received, but sometimes I got a nasty surprise. People here downvote, or close my questions, when I see nothing wrong with my posts. I feel ...
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Over time, does SA become an archive of answers to nearly every question you could ask about cooking?

It seems like over time there needs to be more moderation of the community as a higher percentage of questions asked each year will possibly be duplicates. Eventually, there I'll be very few questions ...
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How feasible is a generic question on average portion size?

Every time we get a question about "how much X should I make for N people?" we go through the same dance with clarifications: what's the full menu? what kind of people are you serving to? Then we tend ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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How feasible is a question on keeping produce fresh?

We have some great answers that serve as general lists on food safety, how long things last in the refrigerator, etc. Would it be a good idea to have one on how best to keep produce fresh? For example:...
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Are questions about short-term effects of food on your body on-topic?

We definitely do not allow questions about long-term effects of food on your body (aka health and nutrition), for a lot of very good reasons - notably, the science is often very unclear, so they tend ...
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How did I reach nearly a million people?

I'm just curious as to how exactly I have reached 823K people? That seems an incredible amount for only 35 answers and 31 question. Any further details on how the people reached tab is calculated ...
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What's the status of the Seasoned Blog?

I've been here for only a few weeks now, and am enjoying discovering the nooks and crannies of that the community has to offer. I noticed the blog hasn't been posted in since 2012. Who owns the blog ...
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Should we have a canonical answer on “partial cooking then reheat” type questions?

With the recent appearance of this question, it makes me wonder whether we should have a canonical question/answer somewhere on this type of question, i.e,. "I want to partially/fully cook my food in ...
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A Little Crossover Experiment [closed]

(I hope I'm not breaking any rules!) Hey there! I'm here coming from the Worldbuilding Exchange. We cover several topics about fantastic worlds and several forms of fiction. I came here to invite ...
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Flag helpful but obsolete comments?

Moderators and other well-meaning users often comment if they think a post can be improved. If the poster then takes the advice and makes the suggested edit, is it appropriate for the poster to then ...
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Should this general knife skills question be closed?

What are some good resources for learning Knife Skills? is a fairly old question, from when we were a lot more tolerant of wide-open questions inviting long lists of answers. It's recently been ...
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Can we handle questions about diabetic-friendly food?

A recent question: potato and carrot dumpling,how would you make it diabetic frendly? I don't think this is the first to ask for diabetic-friendly modifications to a recipe. Is this well-defined ...
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How should mods handle obviously off-topic questions?

Sometimes we get really blatantly off-topic questions, particularly in the recipe request category. Think of things like "how do I make good X?" with absolutely no detail, no starting recipe,...
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Should the mold tag be defined and divided?

The mold tag is used for two totally different type questions. Currently there are 56 questions tagged mold, 51 refer to the fungus and 5 refer to the piece of equipment used to form a particular ...
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Should we delete the tag “hot”?

I recently saw the tag "hot" in a question. However, looking at the questions tagged with this, both temperature-related and spiciness-related meanings are used. Either meanings have better tags, e.g....
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Is it okay to mention nutrition in a question?

Nutrition questions are off-topic, with a few narrow exceptions. However, sometimes people want to do something specific for nutritional reasons, e.g. omitting an ingredient, and ask questions ...
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How do I delete my account?

I signed up by mistake but do not wish to participate. How can I delete my account?
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I have a question about how chefs work at restaurants, not necessarily related to cooking. Is it off topic?

I was wondering if chefs are ever forced to compromise on quality due to time constraints and if there are any tricks they commonly use to speed up the cooking process. Would this fit well into ...
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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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Is “when should I pick/harvest X” on topic?

I'm asking mainly because of https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/69381/what-is-the-ideal-age-for-cooking-with-hostas I've read that hostas can be fibrous, and stringy when they get to old, ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Let's actually decide what “cleaning” means

I've found another tag that has two definitions. cleaning For questions about preparing food for cooking or about removing the results of cooking that food. Like with truffles, it is not useful ...
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Thanks to Aaronut for his years of service!

Aaronut was appointed as a pro tem moderator in 2010, then elected as a moderator in 2011 in our very first moderator election. Unfortunately he hasn't been active on the site in the last year, and it'...
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Are purely science based questions on topic?

I am more interested in the science behind cooking than how to make my food taste better. Would a question that is only for the sake of food science be on topic?
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Differentiating between “truffle” mushrooms and “truffle” chocolates

I just discovered the truffle tag. Mushrooms and chocolate goodies Apparently we've decided to manage questions about chocolate and mushrooms under the same tag. YAY! Not really... So, we ...
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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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