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Shrimp are sold by the number of them that would weigh one pound. Thus, 16/20 shrimp means that there will be between 16 and 20 per pound.
When cooking pasta, use at least 4 quarts of water per pound of pasta.
One glass of wine contains approximately 135 calories.
There are approximately 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide.
Roux is made of equal amounts of flour and fat.
Ten minutes of simmering your alcohol-infused sauce only eliminated half of the alcohol.
It takes about 4,000 crocus flowers to make one ounce of saffron.
One bottle of Romanee-Conti, (France’s best Burgundy), sells for about $6,000-$7,000 a bottle.
Extra virgin olive oil must have no more than .8% free acidity to be labeled such. Virgin olive oil cannot be over 2%. (Acid content is an indicator of decomposition).
To temper milk chocolate bring it to more than 110 degrees. For dark chocolate, 115 degrees.
Substitute 1 tablespoon dried herbs for every three tablespoons fresh. Your average American butter is 80-82% fat, 16-17% water, and 1-2% milk solids.
1 jigger of alcoholic spirits equals 1 ½ oz. A fifth is 750 milliliters.
Boil a 1-lb. lobster for 5-6 minutes, 1 ¼ -lb. 8-10 minutes, 1 ½ -lb. 9-12 minutes, and a 2 pounder 12+ minutes.
Dunkin’ Donuts sells about 1 billion cups of coffee per year.
Two slices of bread yield about 1 cup of fresh breadcrumbs.
Use 1 – 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder per cup of flour, unless otherwise directed by your specific recipe.
A 1,000 lb. steer yields about 500 lbs. of meat.
1 medium onion equals about ¾ cup chopped.
Wine contains between 8.5 and 14% alcohol.
According to a study by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United group, 63% of restaurant workers handle food while sick.
Three medium potatoes equal about 1 lb.
One pound of body fat equals 3500 calories.
Pat Bertoletti won this year’s rocky mountain oyster eating world championship in Black Hawk, Colorado by scoffing down 3 lbs. 11.75 oz. of mountain oysters in 10 minutes. (Mountain oysters are steer testicles).