Can You Ace This Basic Home Kitchen Quiz?

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What temperature does water need to reach to be a 'full' boil?
32 degrees Fahrenheit
50 degrees Fahrenheit
100 degrees Fahrenheit
212 degrees Fahrenheit
There are just a few basic steps between you and a pot of boiling water. All you need to reach a full boil - or just a few bubbles breaking on the surface - is a pot, some water and the right temperature: 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

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What happens if you crowd the pan while sautéing?
The food will brown on top.
The food will melt.
The food will sear on one side.
The food will steam instead of brown.
Sautéing requires high heat and minimal fat to get that nice brown doneness on your food. Its name literally means, "to jump," and that's what you should expect from food during the sauté process. There should be at least a half-inch between each piece of food in the pan.

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What's the best way to revive wilted lettuce?
Blanch the greens in oil
Put the greens in the freezer
Rub the greens with olive oil
Soak the greens in a bowl of ice water
Reviving wilted produce is as easy as putting them in a bowl of ice water and letting them soak for about 30 minutes. Through the process of osmosis, your lettuce will rehydrate and crisp back up.

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What's the best way to remove food stuck to your cast iron pan?
Place the pan under a hot broiler
Put it in the dishwasher
Scrub it with a few pinches of salt
Water can cause your cast iron pan to lose the non-stick coating you've worked so hard to build up - and if it sticks around, it can cause your pan to rust. For hard-to-remove stuck-on food bits, scrub your pan with a few pinches of kosher salt, paper towels and a little elbow grease.
Soak the pan in soapy water overnight

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Where is the correct place to hold a chef knife?
Grip the edge
Grip the handle
Hold the point
Pinch the blade
Pinching the blade of a chef knife gives you the most control of the blade for both speed and safety. This grip, "choking up," also helps keep your hand and arm from getting tired as quickly.

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When you don't have unsalted butter on hand, how do you substitute salted butter in its place?
Add 1/4 cup additional butter
Reduce the amount of butter by 1/4 cup
Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt per stick of butter
Reduce 1/4 teaspoon of salt per 1/2 cup of butter
You don't know how much salt is in salted butter because it varies by brand. Unsalted butter allows you to control the exact amount of salt that goes into your baked goods. Unsalted and salted butter may be used interchangeably, but with one small tweak to your recipe: how much salt you add. If you're substituting unsalted butter with salted butter, reduce the amount of salt you add by 1/4 teaspoon for every 1/2 cup of salted butter and vice versa.

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Equal parts fat and flour, what is a roux used for?
It's actually one of the Mother sauces.
Sweetening a sour sauce
Thinning soups and sauces
Thickening soups and sauces
A roux is nothing more than flour and fat, in equal parts (by weight), combined and browned over low heat. There are three types of roux, white, blond and brown, and all are used in gravies, soups and sauces for their thickening power. Short on flour? You can substitute cornstarch.

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What's the correct ratio for making a simple syrup?
1 cup of water to 1 cup of sugar
Whip up a quick simple syrup by simmering 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water, over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. This sweet syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
2 cups of water to 1 cup of sugar
3 cups of water to 1/2 cup of sugar
4 cups of water to 1 cup of sugar

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What is a recipe yield?
The amount of each ingredient needed
The fat content
The number of calories per serving
The number and size of servings
In the kitchen, a "yield" is the amount of food you'll have when you've finished cooking it. For example, your favorite muffin recipe may yield 12 oversized muffins or 24 regular ones.

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How can you keep an avocado from turning brown after you cut it?
Brush or toss it with citrus or vinegar
Store it in an airtight container
Store it with the avocado pit
All of these will do the trick.
Browned avocado flesh is the result of oxidation and can be blamed on leaving your avocado exposed to the air for too long. Keeping it in an airtight container and sealing with plastic wrap will help slow that process, as will storing it with its pit to reduce how much surface area is exposed or tossing your avocado with an acid like lime or lemon juice.

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About how much dry pasta will you need to make for dinner for two?
About an ounce
About 4 ounces
About 4 ounces of dry pasta will make two cups of cooked, which is enough for two servings. Measuring long pasta, like linguine? Measure a bundle with a diameter of a quarter to get the same yield.
About 12 ounces
About 18 ounces

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What does the abbreviation 'tsp' stand for?
Fluid ounce
Tablespoon
Teaspoon
A teaspoon is a unit of measurement commonly used in cooking and baking, and is typically abbreviated as 'tsp.' One teaspoon is approximately 5 ml.
Thermie

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Because you've forgotten to thaw tonight's chicken, how much longer will the cooking time be?
10 percent faster, actually, than thawed chicken
50 percent longer than thawed chicken
Remember: cook times will increase when you don't thaw ahead of time. In fact, it will take approximately 50 percent longer than the recommended time for fully thawed or fresh meat and poultry when that meat is not thawed.
There'll be no difference.
You should never cook frozen meat or poultry.

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A popular foundation for sauces and stocks, which is not one of the traditional three ingredients in a mirepoix?
Bell peppers
Traditional mirepoix is composed of one part carrots, two parts onion, and one part celery. The mixture is sautéed in butter or oil, and it's used as the foundation for everything from soups and stews to braises and sauces. It's called "soffritto" in Italian dishes.
Carrots
Celery
Onion

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Leftovers should be refrigerated in under two hours, but how long can you keep leftovers in your fridge before they need to be tossed?
One day
Two days
Four days
The 2/4 rule for leftovers is your guideline for avoiding foodborne illness. They may be cooked, but leftovers can make you sick if they sit out too long. All leftovers should be stored and refrigerated within two hours and eaten within four days.
About a week

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How cold should your refrigerator be?
About 0 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit
About 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit
For the best food safety and storage, refrigerators should be kept at about 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Generally, the door shelves are the warmest spot in the fridge. Freezers need to be much colder, down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
98.6 degrees Fahrenheit
165 degrees Fahrenheit

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Which is not one of the five 'Mother' sauces?
Béchamel
Espagnole
Hollandaise
Rainbow
French Mother sauces are used as a foundation for other savory sauces. There are five main sauce preparations known as the classic five French Mother sauces, including Béchamel, Espagnole, Hollandaise, Velouté, and tomato-based sauces. Rainbow sauce, on the other hand, is a dessert sauce typically made with pineapple, candied cherries, apricot, citrus, pears and pistachio nuts.

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What is the ratio for making a vinaigrette when you're serving a salad for four?
1 tablespoon oil to 4 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoons oil to 1 tablespoon vinegar
3 tablespoons oil to 1 tablespoon vinegar
The standard ratio of oil to vinegar is three parts oil to one part vinegar when making this salad dressing, although you can add a little less or more vinegar depending on your tastes and needs. The most effective way to emulsify your dressing is in a blender. Don't forget the salt, pepper and herbs!
3 tablespoons oil to 3 tablespoons vinegar

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How long can you safely keep store-bought eggs in the refrigerator?
1 to 3 days
3 to 5 weeks
Raw and in the shell, eggs can be kept for quite a long time - as long as three to five weeks - if you keep them refrigerated. Refrigerated raw egg white and yolks, though, can only be used for a few days before going bad.
3 to 5 months
Up to a year

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What's the best method for peeling tomatoes?
Blanch them
Blanching tomatoes is the key to easy skin removal. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the tomatoes into the boiling water. Remove them when the skin begins to peel, after about 30 seconds, and cool them down in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes. Once they cool, you'll be able to peel them with your fingers.
In the microwave
Use a butter knife
Use a food processor

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What's the secret to softening rock-hard brown sugar?
Add a slice of apple to its container
Add a slice of bread to its container
Microwave it
All of these methods will soften it.
First, be sure you're storing your sugar in an airtight container. Storing brown sugar with a few slices of apple or a slice of bread helps to soften a hard lump overnight. But for those who didn't plan ahead, microwave hard brown sugar in a bowl covered with a damp towel - just 20 seconds should do the trick (and not melt the sugar).

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What does it mean to cook pasta 'al dente'?
It's chalky and gritty.
It's crunchy, with a white center.
It's firm, with a bite.
Pasta's not the only thing cooked to al dente - you can also describe vegetables and rice this way. Look for a firm but chewy bite that's more meaty than mushy.
It's soft and a little mushy.

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Why should you always pierce your potatoes before baking them?
To cool off the baked potato
To give the potato a crisp skin
To give the potato shape as it bakes
To let the steam escape as it bakes
To poke or not to poke your potatoes? Unpoked baked potatoes run the risk of exploding - it's because of how much water is in a potato. The high baking temperatures turn that water into steam, which the potato's sturdy skin traps. Too much steam build up, and the risk of busting open rises. It also helps the potato stop "squealing" during baking.

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At what temperature is steak cooked to rare?
Below 100 degrees Fahrenheit
115 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit
Meat cooked to a rare doneness should have an internal temperature of about 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. To gauge meat's doneness without a thermometer, try learning the touch test.
165 degrees Fahrenheit

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Dull knives can mean accidents in the kitchen. Which is the best way to keep a sharp edge?
A honing rod
A sharpener
A whetstone
Any of these can be used to sharpen a knife.
Sharpening or "honing" knives requires the right tool for the job, but there's more than one way to get the job done. A honing rod, a sharpener or a whetstone can all be used to hone your knives.

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Which is the right way to dispose of used cooking oil?
Compost it
Flush it down the toilet
Pour it down the kitchen sink drain
Throw it away with the regular trash
The thing about used cooking or frying oil is where to put it when you're done. Hands down, the worst thing you can do with your oil is to pour it into your pipes. Pour it into a resealable container, allow it to cool and solidify, and toss it in with your regular trash, and if there's an opportunity to do so near you, used cooking oil can be recycled. Always allow hot oil to cool before tossing.

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How many quarts of water should you use to boil 1 pound of pasta?
Only about 1 quart
Between 2 to 3 quarts
Between 4 to 6 quarts
Always follow the instructions on the package. But in general, you'll need to prep 4 to 6 quarts of water for every one pound of dry pasta you're cooking. Add the pasta, stir, and return to a boil.
Between 4 to 6 gallons

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How long will pasteurized butter stay fresh in a crock on the counter?
It's never okay to store butter that way.
About a week or two
Because it has a lower water content than other dairy products, pasteurized butter is less susceptible to bacterial growth and safe at room temperature when it's kept in an airtight container. It may begin to develop a rancid flavor after about a week or two. Above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, all butter should be refrigerated.
Overnight, by accident
A few hours, just to soften it

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To get the perfect sear on your meat, cook it at what temperature?
In a cold pan
In a hot pan
Pan searing is a technique used to brown a piece of food over high temperatures, causing the sugars in the food to caramelize and the proteins to brown. It's typically something you'd do with meat, poultry or fish.
In a warm water bath
Under the broiler

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Which sweetener is a natural preservative and will never spoil?
Brown rice syrup
Honey
It's true; honey doesn't go bad. It can, though, with time and temperature, become cloudy and thicker, which can be cured by placing the jar in a pan of warm water.
Molasses
Sugar

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Which isn't a good way to clean your wooden cutting board?
With baking soda
With lemon
With vinegar
Soap it up
The material your cutting board is made of will dictate the best way to clean and disinfect it. When it comes to wood, stay away from detergents that can dry them out as well as soaking, which can cause it to warp or crack. Stick with acids such as vinegar or lemon, and scrub away particles with baking soda.

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What's the safest way to thaw a frozen turkey?
At room temperature on the counter
In a bath of hot water
In the refrigerator
Thawing meat and poultry in the refrigerator is the safest way to go, although it's the most time-consuming method. In fact, meats stored this way can be refrozen without cooking them first. Slightly quicker is to submerge the frozen turkey in cold tap water - and expect it to take about 30 minutes per pound. In a rush? Frozen meat and poultry can be thawed in the microwave, too.
Outside, or in the garage

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Beware when storing your fruits and vegetables: what type of gas do certain produce emit that spoils other vegetables?
Butane gas
Ethylene gas
Known gas releasers such as avocados, bananas and tomatoes emit a natural gas called ethylene, which is actually a hormone they produce. Storing them around other fruits and vegetables that don't produce the gas can make that produce turn soft and spoil faster than usual.
Methane gas
Water vapor

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What two ingredients make up an egg wash?
Raw egg and vinegar
Raw egg and water
You need a whole raw egg and a tablespoon of water when making an egg wash. Whisk until smooth, and brush on top of breads and pastries to give them a glossy look.
Egg white and vinegar
Egg yolk and vinegar

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What's the best way to clean a garbage disposal?
With a few ice cubes
All a garbage disposal needs to be clean and odor-free is nothing more than water - cold water and ice cubes, to be exact. The ice will knock any debris loose while running cold water flushes any leftover food down the drain.
With baking powder
With hot water
With vinegar

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