Master Chef Challenge! Can You Pass This Food Trivia Quiz?

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Let's get real for a second. There's food, and then there's food. Need clarification? There's food that you stick in your microwave, and you eat because you're hungry, and there's food that you spend hours preparing, and eating becomes a ritual, almost like praying. What kind of food do you eat? Only true appreciators of the culinary arts will pass this quiz!

Could you successfully flavor a risotto? Do you know how to reuse your pasta water? What's the right way to flatten pizza dough? This quiz isn't messing around. Pass it, and you have Master Chef potential. Fail it... and risk embarrassment.

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1. Your hand slipped! If your sauce is too salty, add...

Kues /
  1. Lemon juice
  2. Baking soda
Don't stress. There are many ways to fix food that you've over-salted. Along with adding lemon juice, other options include adding water, potatoes, vinegar, or sugar.
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2. Add a bit of flavor to your sautéed shrimp with...

Foodio /
  1. Grape juice
  2. Lemon zest
Zesting is the action of scraping or cutting the outer skin of citrus fruits -- including lemons, limes, and oranges.
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3. The secret to a perfect crepe is...

Africa Studio /
  1. Batter the consistency of heavy cream
  2. Eggless batter
Your batter should be the consistency of heavy cream. Do it right! French people fold their crêpes... Why? Doing it that way prevents the toppings from falling out.
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4. To add a nutty flavor to your risotto, add...

Artur Begel /
  1. Coconut
  2. Truffles
Truffles are edible fungi which can sell for as much as $1,000 per pound. Chocolate truffles are made using chocolate ganache then coated in chocolate, cocoa powder, and toasted nuts.
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5. Why should your garlic be precisely cut before it's sautéed?

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  1. So that it won't burn
  2. So that it's less acidic
Cutting your garlic precisely -- and avoiding any kind of rough chopping or pulverizing -- makes it less likely to burn.
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6. Make your chocolate cake richer by adding...

Africa Studio /
  1. Mayonnaise
  2. Pomegranate juice
Try it! Mayonnaise -- a mix of vegetable oil, vinegar, and egg -- makes chocolate cakes more tender.
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7. What's the key to a perfect scramble?

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  1. A hint of seltzer water
  2. A hint of red wine
Adding seltzer water to your scramble will make it lighter, fluffier, and bubblier. Try it!
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8. Which of the following can you core?

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  1. The apple
  2. The cantaloupe
  3. The cherry
  4. The star fruit
You can core the apple! If you don't have an apple corer, a knife will do.
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9. What's the main ingredient in a merengue?

Olga Dubravina /
  1. Cream
  2. Egg whites
  3. Milk
  4. Egg yolks
Egg whites! Each type of merengue is made slightly differently. French merengue is beaten, Swiss is made above boiling water, and the Italian version has sugar syrup drizzled into it.
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10. Why did your batter curdle?

ChiccoDodiFC /
  1. You used eggs straight from the refrigerator
  2. Your eggs were too fresh
Adding cold eggs could cause the fat in a batter to re-harden, making it lumpy or curdled in appearance.
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11. If you don't have eggs, consider using...

chris_tina /
  1. Chickpeas
  2. Peanuts
Try substituting 3 tablespoons of aquafaba for one whole egg. What is aquafaba? Whipped Chickpea brine.
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12. What's this style of pie crust called?

DronG /
  1. Lattice
  2. Crumb top
It's a lattice pie top! Crumb tops more closely resemble crumbles.
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13. The top-most steak in the picture is...

New Africa /
  1. Medium rare
  2. Well-done
Well-done is a degree of doneness characterized by being uniformly brown throughout. A well-done steak should have an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
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14. To make a lobster bisque, you'll need...

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  1. Beef, tomatoes, and chicken
  2. Onion, carrots, celery
The broth of a lobster bisque is traditionally made out of onions, carrots, and celery. A bisque is a rich, creamy soup made using a strained broth of crustaceans, especially lobster. There are several varieties of bisque, including squash, and tomato.
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15. If you added sugar instead of salt to your soup...

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  1. Add a hint of lemon
  2. Add a hint of baking powder
If you've added too much sugar to your soup, adding lemon / lime juice or apple cider vinegar can balance the sweet taste.
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16. All REAL CHOCOLATE treats are made from:

iprachenko /
  1. Chocolate flowers
  2. Cocoa beans
Cocoa beans! How many beans in a pound of chocolate? 400!
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17. This is a...

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  1. Chili con carne
  2. Bouillabaisse
Bouillabaisse is a fish stew that originated from Marseille, France. A traditional bouillabaisse contains at least three kinds of fish.
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18. By freezing an onion before cutting it, you can...

Evgeny Litvinov /
  1. Increase its flavor profile
  2. Avoid crying
Onions are notorious for causing cooks to tear up. One of the many ways to prevent this is to freeze them first, or to soak them in cold water.
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19. 212 Fahrenheit is...

kazoka /
  1. The temperature of drinking water
  2. The boiling point of water
The boiling point of water is 100 degrees Celsius or 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The number does vary according to atmospheric pressure, which is affected by changes in elevation.
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20. Don't throw it down the drain! What can you use pasta water for?

Slatan /
  1. To add flavor to your salad dressing
  2. To thicken your pasta sauce
It's true. Pasta water is a great thickener for the pasta sauce you're making. It's also a great emulsifier.
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21. Revive leftover fries with a...

Olaf Speier /
  1. Microwave oven
  2. Waffle iron
All you need to revive your leftover fries is a waffle iron. Voilá! Crispy, compact potato goodness.
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22. Add THIS to coffee to decrease its acidity:

  1. Eggshells
  2. Strawberry jam
Try adding eggshells to low-quality coffee to decrease its acidity. The Swedish settlers in Montana did it for years.
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23. If milk has gone bad, don't sweat, use it to make:

Maksim Gusarov /
  1. Buttermilk pancakes
  2. Cream of pumpkin soup
Don't throw spoiled milk away! It's the perfect buttermilk replacement. Try using it in biscuits or pancakes.
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24. Add THIS to your broth to increase flavor...

Salvomassara /
  1. Parmesan rinds
  2. Swiss cheese
Don't throw them away! Parmesan rinds are a great way to boost the flavor of your broth.
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25. Before roasting your vegetables...

Olha Afanasieva /
  1. Preheat your baking sheet
  2. Wash them in soap
Why preheat your baking sheet? It will reduce the amount of time you need to leave your vegetables in the oven.
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26. Why soak chicken in milk?

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  1. To tenderize it
  2. To make it creamier
Milk tenderizes chicken because it breaks down its protein, similar to the way vinegar or lemon juice would.
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27. What can you add to scrambled eggs to make them fluffier?

Elena Veselova /
  1. Cinnamon
  2. Baking powder
Try adding a little baking powder! It works the same way it would in cake batters.
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28. Lemon juice, molasses, and soy sauce makes a substitute for...

Brent Hofacker /
  1. Balsamic vinegar
  2. Brown sugar
If you need a quick substitute for balsamic vinegar, try lemon juice, molasses, and soy sauce!
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29. White wine and cream tartar are great substitutes for...

Chursina Viktoriia /
  1. White sugar
  2. Lemon juice
Don't have lemon juice? No sweat. Add lime juice, cream of tartar, or white wine instead.
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30. Add THIS British ingredient to your guacamole to achieve maximum flavor!

FeellFree /
  1. Worcestershire sauce
  2. Sweet and sour suce
Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce to your guac. Celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse, does!
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31. Making lemonade? If you don't have a juicer, use a...

Ville Pesonen /
  1. Spoon
  2. Fondu stick
Just stick the end of a fondu stick into the butt of your lemon and squeeze! Watch the magic happen.
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32. What can you do with this banana?

Darren Pullman /
  1. Make tostones
  2. Make banana bread
Ripe bananas are perfect for banana bread! Just add sugar, eggs, flour, salt, butter, and baking powder!
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33. What's the best way to flatten pizza dough?

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  1. A rolling pin
  2. A wine bottle
Never use your wine bottle to flatten pizza dough. Never. Don't make Bobby Flay mad at you!
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34. Before cooking these, you have to...

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  1. Soak them
  2. Roast them
Don't forget to soak your beans before cooking them! Otherwise, they can take up to 8 hours on a stove top!
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35. No butter? Use...

ifong /
  1. Olive oil
  2. Cream of coconut
Olive oil's a great substitute for butter! You can even use it when baking sweet items, like cakes.
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36. Pick a dish that goes well with a bottle of white wine:

Dasha Petrenko /
  1. Shrimp
  2. Steak
Combine seafood with white wine. Why? White wine is more acidic than red wine, so it acts almost like a slice of lemon on top of your fish.
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37. What can you do to speed up the ripening of an avocado ?

Vacilando /
  1. Stick it in the refrigerator
  2. Wrap it in the newspaper
If you want your avocado to ripen faster, just wrap it in some newspaper. The newspaper traps the ethylene gas produced by avocado, speeding up its ripening.
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38. When hard-boiling an egg, add THIS to your water...

Olexandr Panchenko /
  1. Sugar
  2. Baking soda
Adding a bit of baking soda to your hard-boiled eggs will ensure that they're easy to peel when you take them out! Try it!
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39. Does honey expire?

wirakorn deelert /
  1. No, never
  2. Yes, every three months
It's true! Honey never expires! You can keep it for hundreds and hundreds of years.
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40. Which pizza traditionally comes without a sauce?

Dmitry Lobanov /
  1. Diavola
  2. White pizza
White pizza traditionally comes without sauce. What's on it? Fresh mozzarella and toppings of your choice!
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41. A pescatarian eats...

Rimma Bondarenko /
  1. Only fish
  2. No meats, except for fish
A pescatarian does not eat any meats except for fish. In other words, pescatarians are basically vegetarians, with the exception of eating seafood.
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42. Where does Guinness beer come from?

Alexandralaw1977 /
  1. South Africa
  2. Ireland
Guinness comes from Ireland! It originated in Dublin in 1759. Today, it's brewed in over 40 countries!
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43. Agave is the key ingredient to...

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  1. Tequila
  2. Gin
Agave is a key ingredient in Tequila. At least 50% of any tequila should be made of agave.
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44. To make a mince pie, you'll need a lot of...

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  1. Meat
  2. Fruit
Mince pies are traditional English Christmas pies made out of fruit. Rumor has it that back in the Middle Ages, they were stuffed with meat, too!
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45. Which pastry is boiled before it's baked?

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  1. Donuts
  2. Bagels
Bagels are boiled before they're baked. Boiling bagels sets their crust before they go in the oven.
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46. Get out the sodium bicarbonate:

Alexander Ruiz Acevedo /
  1. Baking soda
  2. Cream of tartar
Sodium bicarbonate is another word for baking soda!
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47. Halloumi and feta are types of Greek...

Oksana Mizina /
  1. Cheeses
  2. Yogurts
Cheeses! Fry halloumi and put feta on your salads. You won't be disappointed.
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48. Choux pastry dough filled with custard makes an...

Darryl Brooks /
  1. Éclair
  2. Crème brûlée
An éclair! Did you know that "éclair" means lightning in French?
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49. Add THIS to white sugar to get brown sugar...

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  1. Molasses
  2. Soy suace
Molasses! Did you know that molasses, itself, is a byproduct of making sugar?
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50. Make a tortilla wrap with flour or...

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  1. Corn
  2. Oats
Tortillas are either made using flour or corn. Corn tortillas are usually smaller than flour tortillas. You can get blue, white, or yellow corn tortillas in Mexico!
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