How long do fresh, uncooked rice noodles last? What's the best kind of potato for a gratin?
If you have ever stood in your kitchen wondering why a recipe is instructing you to use a nonreactive bowl and wishing you had a knowledgeable chef on speed-dial, Foodpickle could be your new best friend.
Foodpickle is Food52's new Twitter-based cooking helpline that harnesses the power of the hive mind to answer questions in real time. Curious cooks send questions to @foodpickle and, as answers come in from other users around the world, receive instant responses via direct message or email. Food52's knowledgeable editors also occasionally jump in with advice and links to recipes.
Foodpickle seems especially useful as a place to pose more open-ended questions—like "What to do with leftover pie scraps?"—which function as a sort of brainstorming session for like-minded cooks. As more users sign on to offer advice (and vie for the weekly "Best Foodpickler" prize), the number of answers will undoubtedly grow, so the site is one we'll be keeping our eyes on.
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Have you used Foodpickle yet? If not, who or what do you turn to for answers to cooking questions?
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