Any method which prepares food to be eaten.

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Can the explosion of a pressure cooker kill you?

According to this XKCD what-if?, the explosion of a pressure cooker is not dangerous in itself, the heat is the sole danger. They can explode, in a sense, but not as violently as you might fear ...
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Are harmful chemicals leached from ordinary Ziploc bags when used for sous vide cooking?

Sous vide cooking is a style of cooking where you seal meat in bags and soak it in water at a specific temperature for a very long time, sometimes days. Some worry that in this process, harmful ...
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Do onions become toxic or otherwise dangerous within a day of a being cut open?

I saw a new "health advice" meme on Facebook today: Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night ...
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Is pouring liquor from a bottle onto a flambé an explosion risk?

Several TV chefs including, the late Julia Child, have advised against pouring liquor directly from the bottle to a pan to be ignited, as 'flames could travel up the stream and ignite the bottle' ...
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Is there any reason to tear basil instead of cutting it with a knife?

I've heard numerous times (especially in connection with Italian dishes) that you shouldn't cut basil with a knife, but rather tear it with your hands. I've heard two different reasons for this: ...
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Is there formaldehyde in the glue of bamboo cutting boards? Is it dangerous?

Many purveyors of bamboo cutting boards make a point to advertise that the cutting board is made from formaldehyde-free glues. There seems to be fairly widespread advise to avoid formaldehyde in ...
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Does rubbing hands on a steel block reduce the smell of garlic?

I read the question How do you remove garlic smells from your fingers? on Seasoned Advice and it reminded my of a claim I was always skeptical about. The accepted answer states: The smell of ...
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Do earthenware pots contains lead?

I have heard somewhere that the earthenware pots contain lead, which can cause brain-damage. Is this information correct?
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Are visors as effective as hair nets for reducing hair contamination during food preparation? [closed]

I recently noticed an employee cooking over a griddle and noticed they were wearing a visor. I've seen this quite frequently and it made me wonder if they are effective at keeping hair out of food. ...
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Does washing vegetables remove nutrients?

There are many people who cook vegetables without washing them because they think it removes important nutrients. This claim is predominant in some Asian countries. Is that true?
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Does lemon juice slow the oxidation of guacamole?

It is common belief that adding citrus juice (or in some claims, any acid, including ascorbic acid/vitamin C, vinegar, tomatoes, etc) to guacamole will reduce browning. Examples of the claim: ...
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Does boiling vegetables wash away important vitamins?

I recently heard that you should steam vegetables instead of boiling them, because boiling washes away the vitamins. Is this really true? Is there any scientific backing to this claim? Can you really ...
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Does briefly searing a steak on one side before flipping it over once “seal in the juices”?

As long as I can remember when people have fried steak, they have flipped it after the first say 20 seconds to sear it and "seal in the juices", then cooked the other side, then flipped it back to the ...
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Does a lobster feel little/no pain when boiled alive?

Image Source I have just read Cracked.com's "9 Ridiculous Cooking Myths You Probably Believe", where it says: ... [the lobster's] nervous system isn't very complex, so it's feeling little to no ...
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Is non-stick cookware bad for your health?

Apparently Teflon (PTFE) will release toxic fumes when overheated. See this article for a lot of claims without references. You can also kill birds with it. The claim is that heating Teflon over its ...
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How unhealthy are aluminum cooking pans?

It is regularly stated that aluminum cooking pans are unhealthy, but I come accross them very often. I see people cooking both alkaline and acid foods in them, scrape them with metal, leave food ...
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Are McDonald's fries coated in sugar before cooking?

I've heard that McDonalds and other fast food chains coat their fries in sugar water before frying to aid in color development, but the official McDonalds nutrition information (see page 2) indicates ...
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Do juicers preserve the nutritional quality of fruit and vegetables?

I heard that fruits and vegetable have much more vitamins when we eat them in normal way (biting) then when we use juicer and drink only the juice. Is it true that juice from fresh fruit and ...
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Can you make yogurt with cultures from ant-eggs?

After being asked by a friend if there is a way to make yoghurt from scratch, I found this There are two ways to get the bacteria, that we found; one, using the soil from an anthill, or using ...
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Risks of using a cast iron skillet on a flat/glass top electric range?

There are many claims about possible risks of cooking with a cast iron skillet on a flat/glass top electric range: the glass top can break if one is not careful; the glass can be scratched; the ...