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Are recirculation extractor hoods good?

I am looking for a extractor hood, and I see that there exist ones with air recirculation, so a pipe to lead the smoke/greasy air away is not needed. So I wonder, how good are these? Can they really ...
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How do I clean my hob?

I am using a Creda Capri hotplate hob (possibly this one [pdf]). The problem is the area around the burners has became too dirty, with sticky burns. Here's a photo: I have tried using Dettol Spray ...
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How can I remove mold stains from a pan?

A few weeks ago I made some homemade bread pudding. We had a few servings of it, the weather got hot and humid, and I soon learned that mold really likes bread pudding too. The pan is a stoneware pan. ...
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Cleaning white bubbles on induction stove

I recently moved into an apartment with an induction stove. After the first use with a designated pan, some white bubble marks have appeared. Has anyone had these types of stains? Any suggestions on ...
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What is the best method/product for cleaning pasta's starch residue from colander and cooking pot?

After cooking pasta, I typically drain it in a colander. I have found the starch residue in both the cooking pot and particularly the colander is difficult to clean without hand scrubbing it. I am ...
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Getting oil residue out of a container

I have a ceramic oil bottle that I don't use. It's just not as convenient as I hoped it would be. I'd like to donate it, but it still has an oil residue inside it. It has a long curved neck so ...
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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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Sticky aluminum half sheet pans - Self cleaning oven - What would happen?

I recently cleaned my broiler pan with great success in my self-cleaning oven. Great. Now I'm looking at my aluminum half-sheet pans. They're sticky, they're discolored, I only have so much elbow ...
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How do I clean burnt milk from a glass-ceramic stove?

I have a glass-ceramic stove (Ceran), and I did spill some milk on it, which of course instantly burnt itself onto the surface. It seems resistant to any mild way of removing it, and I'm not sure how ...
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How to clean cauliflower?

I have asked many people about "best to way to clean cauliflower" before cooking. I got several answers, like keeping in salt water or add soak in turmeric mixed water. And also how do you remove ...
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Knife cleaning: safe to do without soap?

Knife Skills Illustrated: A User's Manual suggests that knives can be cleaned with hot running water alone. "With sufficiently hot water, soap should not be necessary." Is this safe? What if I am only ...
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Fresh pasta work surface

Is there any risk damaging my nice large Boos cutting board to make fresh pasta on? Each recipe/video/tutorial I see on fresh pasta just says "work surface", but does not mention how to properly ...
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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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How to take care of Silicone cookware

I am starting to collect various piece of Silicone cookware. I would like to find out how others keep their silicone cookware clean or if they try. I put my Silicone cupcake tray into the dishwasher ...
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What is the best way to clean a grater?

A grater is a very useful instrument in the kitchen and it's fun to use. You can use it for a lot of food: cheese, citrus fruit peel, nutmeg, all kinds of vegetables, etc. But cleaning a grater is a ...
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How to clean a wooden cauldron lid?

I bought this the other day for making shabu shabu (샤부샤부) as well as for camping. The pot itself is made of cast iron which I know how to clean, but the lid is made of wood. The lid doesn't get very ...
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Cure for burns from hot peppers / capsicum oil?

So, I foolishly ignored advice about wearing gloves while handling hot peppers. I thought since they were "just" anaheim peppers I'd be fine... I was wrong, and I repent. Does anyone know of a way ...
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Cleaning a Sieve

Is there a better way of cleaning a sieve, other than stabbing at it with a brush, in a manner such as this ? I can't help but think there must be....
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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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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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Is it true that even quality knives with wood handles can warp and be contaminated with bacteria?

I was at Bed Bath & Beyond and I spoke to one of the employees about knives with wood handles. She said that wood handles are no good because they warped from water and heat and were difficult to ...
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Why not put knives in the dishwasher?

What is it about the dishwasher that harms knives? The only reasons I've found are: You could get cut... I personally have a greater change of getting cut by trying to wash them by hand. The blades ...
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Why are stone ware and dutch oven items exempt from bacteria?

As I am doing the dishes, I come upon my wife's stoneware "pans". These pans, I am told, do not need soap. "Just like a dutch oven". In fact, soap will ruin them. Now I did this with dutch ovens ...
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How do I remove turmeric stains from metal/plastic cookware?

As much as I value tumeric for its rumoured cancer-battling qualities, I find its tendency to stain anything it comes into contact with (including 'stainless' steel) discouraging to the point that I ...
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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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How do I prepare ground flaxseed for consumption? (If needed at all)

I haven't prepared or eaten flaxseed before. I just purchased a bag from Sprouts Farmers Market in their bulk section. The flaxseed appears to already be ground up. Do I need to wash or cook/heat ...
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What to do about beetle infestation of wheat products? How do we prevent reinfestation?

Today my wife went to make some bread. She noticed some very small insects in the whole wheat and regular flour. Upon further inspection, many of our wheat based products were infested with these ...
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Where can I find the apron/towel worn by the America's Test Kitchen staff?

On America's Test Kitchen, I've seen them wearing a towel around their waist that is somehow attached to an apron. Is there a name for this? Or are they just somehow tucking the towel into a ...
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How to clean the rubbery skin from monkfish before cooking?

I really like the tender parts of monkfish. I buy the fish gutted and decapitated and i tear the slimy gross skin from the back. Then I cut it up into small chunks for frying. However, removing ...
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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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At what concentration is sodium bicarbonate a sanitizing solution?

I can't find an authoritative answer to the question @rumtscho asked me here about the concentration of sodium bicarbonate, mixtures of which I've come to rely on as a cleaning and sanitizing solution ...
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Thick carbon layer on wok?

I just got a 100,000 BTU burner for wok cooking. Today when I used it, I got a very thick layer of carbon on the wok (see picture below). Is that normal? Should I remove it? If so, how? EDIT - ...
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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 can I clean these brown iron stains in my pot?

I use a big aluminium pot to boil water. I think the water contains iron because after 4-6 months, the inside of the pot is full of brown stains. The colour is just like ferric. There are lots of ...
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How to take care of glazed earthenware?

I got a traditional gyveche (гювече) as a gift, and since it would be hard to replace here, I intend to take good care of it. For those who don't know it, a gyuveche is an earthenware pot intended ...
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Cooking messy foods in a bamboo steamer without a cleaning nightmare

For example, chicken. I have tried: chicken directly in steamer: chicken gunk goes everywhere, including between the woven bamboo slats. chicken in a colander in the basket: gunk still goes ...
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Any cheap ways to clean restaurant stainless steel fridge?

so I know they have antibacterial solution to clean, but what can I say its expensive. Currently we use water+soap solution but its not working well. I am looking to clean the inside of ...
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Should you store cutlery upside down?

I try to touch only the handles of my cutlery (as recommended here), but I have one doubt. After washing, I place the cutlery upside down in a plastic basket. This way the handle is 'handy'. Is this ...
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How should I clean anodized cookware?

I'd been bought an anodised wok as a birthday present a couple of years back, but recently, when using a honey/mustard marinade, I managed to burn some of the excess marinade, and now can't seem to ...
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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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How can I unstick lollies stuck in a jar, welded by heat?

I left some humbugs in a jar in the sun on a kitchen shelf. They melted a bit and are now stuck in the jar. How do I get them out?
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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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How often should I clean my coffeepot, and what is the preferred method?

We use a typical drip coffee maker with a thermos-type pot. Naturally I rinse the pot and filter holder every day, but how often do I need to clean it more thoroughly? I've heard that it is bad to use ...
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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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How should I clean this mess at the bottom of my wok?

I've been using my wok for about a year now, and recently it's developed a kind of patina around the bottom of the cooking surface. I've tried to follow the care instructions as best I can, taking ...
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Keeping bugs out of rice

Recently, a sack of whole grain organic rice that we bought became infected with small black bugs. We bought the rice in the bulk bins at the same organic supermarket we always visit, but this time we ...
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Grinding melted latex off a pizza stone?

My fiance and I got a pizza stone for christmas, and are still learning how to use it. Tonight we accidentally used a potholder which had silk-screened designs on it, and almost immediately the white ...
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How to clean ice from ice cream maker bowl without thawing?

I made a sorbet using a bad recipe (too watery) and I had a 3 mm thick layer of solid ice form around the walls of the ice cream maker bowl. The plastic spatula can't break it and the user's manual ...
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Does soap kill germs?

This accepted answer about knife cleaning seems to presume that soap sanitizes: ...in household use soap is required to sanitize your knife blade. However, a cursory search seems to undermine ...
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How to efficiently remove the food particles stuck in the scrubbing pad?

Food bits get stuck in this. Simply washing it under tap doesn't help. How to efficiently remove the stuck particles from this scrubbing pad? Don't have a dishwasher.