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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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How to clean settled oil fumes from cabinets?

Well, I haven't really cleaned my cabinets right above the stove for a few years so now they are covered in sticky, nasty goo that's basically settled oil fumes (I like to fry and sautee stuff). Any ...
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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 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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How do I clean these gloves so they do not leave marks?

They leave marks on dishes in the pattern of the gloves. Details Tried soap, bleach, ammonia, vinegar, scalding water, microfiber cloth. Only the fingertips leave marks and are sticky. Palms or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 clean and maintain cast iron lids

I have a number of cast iron lids that fit skillets, dutch ovens, etc. Most have the little cone-shaped spikes on the underside to collect and return moisture to the food. I have no issues cleaning ...
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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.
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Cleaning a tea pot

I have read somewhere (don't remember where, long time ago) that tea enthusiasts clean their tea pots only with water and without soap. Additionally they only rinse it and don't use a scrub to remove ...
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How to know whether the default coating on the iron cookware has totally come off?

http://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/29609/6168 But you can't season a pan "on top" of the wax coating. The real seasoning would stick to the wax, and when the wax melts, the seasoning will come ...
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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 stains from inside of vacuum flask?

I use my vacuum flask to bring my lunch to work. I've been doing this almost every day for half an year or so. Now there are some sediments or stains in the bottom of the flask although I wash the ...
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How can I clean white burn marks in the center of my glass top burner?

I have this glass top burner for almost 5 years. It was fine until I cooked food in Aluminum Pot and Aluminum frying pan... the base of these pots leaft white marks on the glass. It looks like part of ...
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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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Cleaning burr coffee grinder

I have a medium-end, drop-through burr espresso coffee grinder (a Solis Maestro Plus). I haven't cleaned it since I first bought it, and I thought it was about time. Both the plastic bean funnel and ...
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Cleaning bacon in new cast iron

I have a new cast iron skillet. It came unseasoned, but I seasoned it using the flaxseed oil method that seems the new (recent?) hotness. When I then cook bacon in it some of the bacon is nailed 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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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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Had a small oven fire, how do i get the smoke smell out of the oven?

I was baking a buttermilk pie. I accidentally spilled it as i pushed the oven rack in. The oven caught fire. Now there is a slight smoke smell in the kitchen. I need to get rid of that smell.
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How to wash vegetables without running water?

I live in a subtropical climate where most people cook vegetables, rather than eat them raw, so when making green salads, I must be careful to ensure that everything is clean. I have seen ...
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How do I clean this silicone tray?

I use this silicone muffin pan to cook things in the oven. It's supposed to be non-stick, but actually food sticks to it quite a lot. Often I can just scrape dried food off with my fingers, but it's ...
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How can I clean this cooking pan?

I have this non-stick tefal cooking pan which works great - nothing sticks to the telfon part. The only problem is the silver metal rim to the pan - it just gets more and more brown the more often I ...
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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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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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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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What dishes don't stain with heavy spices?

In most Indian cooking, there is a relatively high chance of staining the dinnerware (plates, serving bowls) due to the high turmeric content. Dinnerware made of metal don't stain, but the heavy ...
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Wooden cutting board turns black

My wooden cutting board is turning black! I tried reposition the cutting board and even tried hanging them but regardless of the different configuration, water still accumulate at a certain region ...
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How to clean non-sticking pan from burnt pepper juices

A couple of times I ruin good non-sticking (teflon) pans in the same way - I fry or roast a bell pepper with too little fat, the pepper juices stick to the non-stick surface and I have to use really ...
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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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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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What is a thorough way to clean my dish rack?

I have a Simple Human Dishrack. It was kind of a splurge when I bought it. We were swayed by the good reviews. The rack does not have the typical open wire design, as you can see in the link above. ...
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Cleaning habanero oils off of tools

I made some habanero salsa last night for the first time (my god, was it delicious) and took care to clean everything that was used. I figured I was good when I had no problems taking my contacts out ...
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How to remove olive oil stains from cotton/wool cloths?

I think any cook have came across these nasty stains. What is the best home method of removing them from cotton/wool cloths? I know that the best method is to act proactive and wear protective ...
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Why you shouldn't use soap to clean a pizza stone? or some pans and pots?

I was reading answers to this question How do I season my new pizza stone? and many people advised not to use soap on a pizza stone, I don't have a pizza stone but I have read similar advice for some ...
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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 ...