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How do I clean a moldy rice cooker heating element?

There's a pretty large patch of white and green mold on the heating element of my rice cooker, near the magnet. Is there a way to remove it? It's grown to the point of bumpy. It seems that my brother ...
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Should outside staff be cleaning walk in chillers? [on hold]

I work at McDonald's as an outside maintenance worker, emptying and replacing bin bags, litter walks, contact with rotting food waste wheelie bins, jet washing the car park and other duties. My ...
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Are stainless steel saucepan glass lids dishwasher friendly?

All in the title really... Are stainless steel Saucepan glass lids dishwasher friendly?
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how to clean ginger residue from my plastic juicer containers?

I was juicing unpeeled ginger over the weekend, and even though I washed both the main juicing chamber/Auger housing and the juice container after using them, they seem stained, with slightly sticky ...
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Cleaning pressure cookers advice

So, I'm not too sure if there's a stack website that talks about cleaning but I figure I can ask the experts chefs! I wanted to cook some rice in my pressure cooker earlier and when I opened my lid, ...
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Good way to prevent grease build up in kitchen?

My kitchen items end up getting a sticky grease coating when I cook regularly. Things not even near the stove top. I don't have an overhead fan, what can I do about this?
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Cleaning burnt beans stuck to pot?

Yep. Every several years, a pot of beans is left unattended, sinks up the place and ends up with a rock formation of encrusted bean matter that can't be removed. This time, it's my dearly-beloved ...
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To finely spray a thin layer of warm liquid Coconut Oil?

Online, I've been seeing these metal, glass, poly/ plastic bottles that are said to keep & spray cooking/ edible oils. Let's assume the oil is warm & liquid, not cold & frozen, which ...
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Should I cook in the old carbon steel skillets I just bought at a flea market? And can I use them for campfire cooking?

I just bought two carbon steel old pans, numbers 43 and either 6 or 9 (orientation?), at a flea market. One of the skillets has a lot of burned on flaky black very hard something - outside, mostly, on ...
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Effecient way to dab grease from dehydrating meat without paper towels

I have read the question here but that question doesn't help me, since the options available in that situation, are not applicable in this situation (see "Limiting factors"). Problem I love to ...
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How to get rid of plastic and residual weird taste from food stored in tupperware?

When I store leftovers in plastic tupperware and eat them later, I sometimes taste plastic. I do have some glass pyrex containers and they don't leave this aftertaste, but I would like to be able to ...
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How to prevent flies sticking to hood fan lightbulb guard?

I hope this is not OT. I'm struggling mightily with little flies and other bugs getting stuck all around my hood fan but the worst part is the lightbulb guard. Is there anything that can be done about ...
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What is the best chemical cleaning agent clean tough stains out of a microwave other than vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice?

I have seen this question posted on here before but the answers are always always water, vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice. I have tried all these methods and including boiling and steaming each ...
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Can some dishes be washed with only water?

How can you know when washing something with soap is a waste of time? If a quick rinse removes all residue - is water needed?
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Best way to clean a countertop if you are preparing food on it

Just had my kitchen remodeled and this is the first time I've had a kitchen with enough counter space that it's big enough to roll dough etc on. Plus it's the first time it's not a tile countertop so ...
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How to clean an induction stove from overheat?

After all water in teapot was boiled, an empty teapot was left on the surface and stove was turned on. You can see the spot on the photo. Is there some ways to fix or clean this? Induction hob model ...
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What is a good method to clean stainless steel hot water pot?

Cleaner / Stripper Note - If this question requires more information to be a better fit for the website, please comment so that I can make it a better question. I have seen the suggestions over at ...
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How can I use molasses without making a mess?

I love using molasses in many different recipes, but I have found it difficult to avoid making a mess when using it. Both spooning molasses from the jar and trying to pour it out wind up leaving ...
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How to clean a microwave?

I usually clean my microwave with a surface kitchen spray and was wondering what other tips and tricks do people use to clean their microwaves. Is there anything that should be avoided to not ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of washing dishes in hot water?

When hand-washing dishes, it seems commonplace to wash dishes in hot water. This LifeHacker article about washing your hands in hot water versus cold water points out that: It's certainly true ...
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Crackling sound and a thin layer of something on the surface before water boils

I washed my cooking pot and put some water in it, and put it on the stove. When the water came close to boiling, I started hearing crackling sounds and there was a thin coat of some substance on the ...
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How do I remove aluminum foil from the bottom of my oven?

I had this brilliant idea to put aluminum foil at the bottom of my oven while I cooked pizza at very high temperatures. I was hoping it would catch any toppings that fell off so I could quickly remove ...
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How to remove garlic smell from refrigerator/ice maker

Is there a certain cleaner or chemical that will remove a lingering garlic odor from an ice maker or other food processing equipment? About a month ago, my wife and I noticed that the ice from our ...
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Advantages to “burning off” grill

My father insists on "burning off" the grill by letting it run on high after each use. Is there any advantage to doing so?
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Is it necessary to remove the seeds of Tinda before cooking Tinda sabji?

Is it necessary to remove the seeds of Tinda before cooking? And if so why?
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Cleaning a Teflon pan with burnt rice residual

Here is the rice cooker I own: There is a removable pan which is Teflon coated. A few days ago, cooking 2 cups of rice I thought it was too slow so I put it on direct heat (oven) to make it ...
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How do I clean a George Foreman grill?

I find that the scouring side of a blue ("non-scratch") kitchen sponge, with water and dish detergent and lots of elbow grease, is effective, but it does require lots of elbow grease and I'm wondering ...
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Is heated up bleach dangerous?

I put my electric flattop oven on self cleaning. This heated up the top of the oven. I then bleached the flattop. The bleach steamed up and made it nearly impossible to breath. The entire room is now ...
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Old stone mortar and pestle cleaning

My roommate has an old mortar made from stone that had been outdoors for quite some time. She rinsed it thoroughly,put it in a big pot, and boiled it to kill any bacteria that could be crawling in ...
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Use the same cast iron skillet or buy a new one for desserts?

Quick backstory I currently have 2 skillets -- one a 12" flat skillet and the other ribbed. They have both been used for meat and I learned my lesson awhile ago and try to keep them as far away from ...
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Pan stain after roasting cheese

A couple of weeks ago I bought this "grill and pan cheese" in a supermarket and I distinctly remember to have chosen this one because it didn't contain any weird chemicals... It seemed to me "only ...
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How to save my almonds from moths

I bought a large amount of almonds at a bargain price. While moving the almonds to jars, I spotted a white powder which was very reminiscent of the eggs of the pantry moth. In the past, such powder ...
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How can I cook with worcestershire sauce in a pan without leaving an impossible to remove char on the pan?

When I cook hamburgers inside, I do it in a pan on stove top. I usually use worcestershire sauce, but it seems that when I do it gets cooked onto the bottom of the pan. No amount of soaking makes it ...
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What is a mild detergent?

I recently obtained a dehydrator, and the instructions say for cleaning you have to: "Simply soak the trays in warm water with a mild detergent for several minutes" Can someone please define ...
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How to clean an all-clad stainless steel pan

I accidentally left one of my all-clad stainless steel saucepans on the stove & the water in it boiled off... I used Bar Keeper's Friend(BKF) & I was able to remove all the spots in the ...
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Cleaning Range Ventilation [duplicate]

I have a hood ventilation system that vents to the outside. It has removable grease traps, as pictured below. I've put them in the dishwasher, but the grease has polymerized onto them. I'm looking ...
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Why does my colander feel slimy after I use it to drain pasta?

I'd imagine the "slimy" feeling is due to all the starch passing over and through it. But how come it's so hard to clean? Even with repeated scrubbing the slickness can stubbornly remain.
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Is it safe to use unwashed barbeque grill utensils?

I had a fit when my husband said he never washes the tongs spatula or meat fork after cooking on the outside barbeque grill. He just let's them hang out there dirty (ugh) & uses them again without ...
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Cleaning a moldy Ninja Blender so it is again safe for use?

I have a ninja blender that was left in the fridge for too long and has a mold problem. When I found it, I washed it with piping hot water heated by our gas water heater. I've read some other ...
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What's this discoloration in my saucepan? [duplicate]

I've noticed this discoloration on or near the bottom of my saucepan, which stays even after cleaning. When dry, parts of the pan will appear slightly pinkish or greenish. Furthermore, there is often ...
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How to remove residual flavours from, e.g., a coffee press

I'm considering using a glass coffee-press jug as a mixing vessel for other drinks but I'm worried about residual coffee flavour even after using normal detergent. Is this something I should be ...
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How do I clean a pot after boiling eggs?

After boiling 8 batches of eggs, how can I clean the build up of calcium off the bottom of the pot?
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How do I clean up my utensils after cutting extremely hot chillis? [duplicate]

As a corollary to a previous question: How to dilute the concentration of extrememly hot chillis Are there any precautions or cleaning methods that I have to take when cutting said naga chillis? I'...
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Cleaning burnt-on grease with ammonia

(Apologies if this belongs elsewhere as it's only marginally related to cooking but I can't think of any other place that's a better fit.) I recently ran into this (put your pans etc in a closed ...
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Boiling Water For Pasta - With Lid On…Do I Have To Wash The Lid?

I hope this is an appropriate question for the site. Today I was cooking pasta. To begin with, I filled a pot of water and placed the lid on top. Then I cranked the heat up until the water was ...
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What is this black stuff coming off my George Forman grill?

I bought this George Forman Grill with detachable trays that are supposed to be dishwasher safe. I noticed that after the dishwasher there's this black soot on them. What causes this? Is there anyway ...
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How do I clean deep burns in my oven?

So our apartment has an oven that, without fail, creates considerable smoke when we use it. And we've been trying to clean it as best we can with baking soda and vinegar, along with Bon Amie powder ...
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How to clean fresh champignons? [duplicate]

I bought some fresh champignons from the supermarket. What's the proper way to clean them before cooking (or rather frying) them? Should I just wash them with cold water? Should I peel them?
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What are some recommended methods of cleaning wooden cutting boards?

Supposedly, wooden cutting boards should not be submerged in lots of soap and water because too much moisture leads to rot. How can one optimize for cleanliness while also caring for the board?  
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Easy Oven Cleaning - No products

The manual for my oven states that only warm water should be used for cleaning. I've followed this so far but it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep the oven in a respectable condition. Does ...