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How to clean an electric kettle?

I have an electric kettle that I clean by scrubbing the insides with plain water. I was wondering if there was a better way to clean it. I remember hearing somewhere that you can clean a coffemaker by ...
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Can I safely clean/eat harvested foods that have aphids on them?

So a friend of mine went to harvest some spinach and lettuce she planted, only to find lots of aphids. Assuming she can clear off the aphids is there anything preventing her from eating the produce? ...
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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 clean scrambled eggs from a pan?

As an example, I made eggs using Gordon Ramsay's Perfect Scrambled Eggs, at the end the pan ends up having a layer of eggs attached to the bottom and sides that is very difficult to wash (not a ...
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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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Cast iron pan has black residue on it

I have a small cast iron pan which I am working with, trying to make sure I understand seasoning/cleaning before moving on to a larger one. I seasoned with flaxseed oil (4 light coats, hour in the ...
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Is Bar Keeper's friend safe to use on cookware?

My wife and I recently received a set of All-Clad cookware. We loving cooking with it so far, but we're somewhat troubled by the recommendations we keep seeing and hearing to use Bar Keeper's Friend ...
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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 should I clean my metal mesh tea strainer?

I have one of these teeli tea strainers, and it's wonderful. It's a very fine metal mesh basket with plastic frame. I've had it for perhaps 10+ years and it's still working well after brewing ...
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Removing hair from pork belly

I bought some pork belly yesterday and I was just about to cook it when I saw thick hair on it. I tried to cut it with a sharp serrated knife but it didn't budge. I was really put off and put the pork ...
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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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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 do I eliminate a lingering smell of fried food?

Some great friends of ours cooked us an amazing meal in our home three nights ago. The meal included gourmet french fries cooked in a home use deep fryer. While the fries were outstanding the ...
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How to clean a toaster from inside?

This is the toaster that I have. I wish to clean it from inside. It has got a kind of wire mesh inside it. What's the way out?
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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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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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How can brown stains be removed from pots and pans?

I haven't been cooking for long — recent college grad — so I'm doing a lot of experimentation and making a lot of rookie mistakes. One of them is shown here for your viewing pleasure: ...
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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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How to clean a clogged Misto oil sprayer/spritzer?

I use a Misto oil spritzer. You fill it up with oil and pump it up and spray a pan with it. It's gotten clogged up so that it just squirts a steady stream of oil (not a spray). Any ideas how to ...
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How do I clean my cast iron grill pan?

I'm recently the proud new owner of what I appears to be a Le Creuset "Skinny Grill" which is an enameled cast iron grill pan. I fairly new to cast iron but I'm accustomed to the no-soap cleanup and ...
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Cleaning wax and pesticide from apple skin

I love apples. I like to eat them with skin as it has plenty of fiber in the skin. But apples are famous for wax and pesticides on the skin which I don’t want to ingest. I have read many articles on ...
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How to clean lecithin residue?

After using liquid soy lecithin to stabilize a foam, I find it often leaves a hard to clean, sticky residue on the cooking ware that was in contact with it in undiluted form, which is resistant to ...
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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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Advice on use and care of Le Creuset cast iron skillet

Below is a picture of my current cast iron skillet from Le Creuset. As a relative cooking novice, could someone let me know if I have possibly damaged my pan, or if this is normal? I have a Le ...
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What is the best way to clean a roasting tray/baking tray that has sauce burned on to it?

I made this recipe last week - chicken wings roasted in a marinade of soy sauce, brown sugar and white wine vinegar. It was delicious but lots of the marinade has burned onto my baking tray, and I'm ...
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Why can't this ice cream scoop go in the dishwasher?

I have an ice cream scoop that is labeled with something like: Do not immerse in water hotter than 140 °F / 60 °C. Do not wash this item in the dishwasher. What is the real reason for ...
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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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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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Will a dishwasher sterilize bottles for canning?

I'm making tomato relish. Can I sterilize jars adequately by putting them in the dishwasher?
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How to look after non-stick cookware so it lasts?

Over the course of the last 4 years I think I seem to have been working my way through non-stick pans at a ridiculous rate, I think I'm on my 3rd frying pan and 4th wok - or something of that nature. ...
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What causes the black discoloration on this plastic electric teakettle?

In the break room at work, there is a tea kettle that has some unappealing discoloration. I would like to use it, and lots of people do, but I find it terribly unappealing. I can't remove it with ...
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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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Lining a frying pan with aluminum foil to reduce post-cooking cleanup?

I make a lot of stir fry in my frying pan, and I hate cleaning it up. Often, if I do not clean the pan immediately, the stir fry residue (little pieces I have failed to scooped out when moving the ...
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Lemons and oranges coated with imazalil

I scrub waxed citrus fruit under hot water with a little washing up liquid added as I have been advised. Can I clean up unwaxed citrus fruit coated with imazalil in a similar way please? I use a lot ...
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How do I clean a pasta maker?

I am experimenting with a home pasta maker, and after all the fun comes the cleaning up. My worries come from tiny bits of dry dough I find when I clean the machine. There always seem to be more every ...
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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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How do I get the smell of burnt food off of the inside of my microwave oven?

Someone reheated a stick of barbecued pork on too high a setting and/or for far too long. Now the inside of my microwave oven smells like burnt something. It gets worse when I actually try to cook ...
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Getting stains off of a glass top stove

I have had a glass top stove for about three years now. I have two spots that have stained black. The stains look like a patch of burnt food, however they are flat to the surface. I have tried to ...
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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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How to remove the flavor from whisky stones?

I made the mistake of buying these awesome whisky stones (soapstone) to chill my drinks. Besides the fact that they don't cool the drink down a lot, they acquire a freezer taste and ruin the flavor of ...
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Odour removing metallic soap: what is it and how does it work?

When browsing for kitchen tools, I found a metallic soap. It's purpose is to remove any (food) odour from your hands. Here's a cheap ($2.55) example. I am unfamiliar with this. Does anyone have any ...
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How should I clean my propane grill?

My propane grill needs to be cleaned, how should I go about doing so?
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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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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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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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What is the best way to clean bulk blueberries?

This question has been asked before but only with respect to washing a small container. We have a friend who runs fruit stands in the summer and we typically get 10 pounds of blueberries at a time ...
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how often is cleaning done in a professional kitchen?

Today I saw Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares. Regardless of the alleged nature of "reality", he said that fridges at his London restaurant are cleaned twice a day. Is that excessive or in line with ...
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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 ...