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Cleaning a clogged espresso machine Portafilter

Can anyone recommend a method for cleaning the clogged holes in a "Basket" of an espresso machine Portafilter? I had this problem with both DeLonghi and Saeco home espresso machines. For example, in ...
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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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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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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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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 to stop oatmeal from sticking to the sides of my slow cooker?

When I cook oatmeal, I usually do steel-cut oats in the slow-cooker overnight. They are tasty, etc., but invariably there is a layer of oats stuck/burned on to the side walls of the ceramic ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What precautions should be taken while cleaning silver utensils?

I have silver cups, plates, and bowls too. Is it safe to clean them with normal washing powder? Or Does it need some extra attention? Also, how do I clean the layer of black tarnish/patina ...
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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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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 can I clean my oven window?

My oven has a convenient window on it. It is very old and covered in soot. I tried what many recommendations say and used water and baking soda together, but it did not cut through the grime. Does ...
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Is it wise to use vinegar to handle rust for cooking utensils?

Sometime, the cooking utensils can be damaged by minerals in the food and cause some rust. Would it be wise to use vinegar to remove rust for cooking utensils or are there are better methods?
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Washing Vegetables With And Storing Lemon Essential Oil?

According to this article it is better to use lemon essential oil when washing vegetables. It is said to add prepared mixture to spray bottle but nothing about if it is possible to store spray bottle ...
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How to take care of the teflon coated cookware to ensure their long life?

I know the following three rules: Don't use metal spoons. Don't put hot teflon utensils in cold water. Cook on low flame. Is there anything else important, which is often overlooked? EDIT 1: Q: ...
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Hygiene-wise, need to clean grill/broiling tray after each use?

Hygenically speaking, is it necessary to clean an outdoor barbeque grill and/or an oven broiling tray after each use? Thoughts: Many people don't clean their barbeque grills all summer long, in part ...
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How to select a drain rack for pots and pans?

I use a dish rack for air drying pots and pans. Unfortunately all of the dish racks I have ever purchased do not stand up to the abuse of pots and pans. Eventually the dish rack begins to break down ...
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Removing turmeric stains from white plastic [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove turmeric stains from metal/plastic cookware? I had tried detergents to remove some light turmeric strains off a plastic but after it failed then someone ...
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How to clean dill?

I have some fresh dill. How can the 'leaves' be easily separated from the 'stalks'? Should they be separated (I think so, but what do I know)?
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How to wash pesticides from fruit skins?

We eat many fruits and veggies at home and I am concerned about the amount pesticides on fruits like strawberries. Is washing the fruit effective enough? Does a thorough wash vs. a quick rinse make ...
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Anodized pans? Cleaning?

Hoping SA would clear some controversy. I was told that it's bad practice to put anodized non-stick pans in water immediately after cooking; as the water will cause it to degrade I argue that it's ...
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How to remove the fuzzy innards from an artichoke?

What is the best way to remove the fuzzy inner threads from on top of the artichoke heart, without losing too much delicious heart? Is it easiest to cut out the choke (the fuzzy stuff) before or ...
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How to clean grease efficiently?

I've started frying recently, but already the grip of the basket has become sticky with oil, grease or whatever you call it... I've put the basket in the dishwasher, but with no effect. I guess it ...
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Cleaning a food processor

A family member of mine passed away many years ago (15-16 years) and had a lot of cooking gadgets. Well, recently I've been becoming more interested in cooking and have acquired a few of these tools. ...
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How do I get rid of burn marks in my pots? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How can brown stains be removed from pots and pans? How to keep my stainless steel skillet clean? A couple of times I've left things cooking a drop too long - and all ...
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How to polish wine glasses if my hand cannot reach in?

Washing leaves some stains, which I want to get rid of. It's easy to do with paper towel on the outside, but inside the glass it's a problem.
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How to remove smell from plastic lid?

A set of Ikea glass jars are used for home counter top food storage. One of them was temporarily used to store bars of soap. Now it is wanted back in the kitchen. The plastic in the lid is retaining ...
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Why clean a pot (used to cook rice) with cold water?

Some people have told me that it's better to clean a dirty pot (used to cook rice) with cold water, rather than the hot water I use for all the other dishes. What would be the purpose of this?
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Why do chefs insist that cleanliness is next to godliness?

From what I've heard and seen, chefs seem to be very concerned that the area that they are working in is kept spotless. For instance, when cutting up veggies, they are careful to keep everything on ...
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Does a dishwasher sterilize bottles?

I'm making tomato relish and am wondering if I can sterilize jars adequately by putting them in the dishwasher?
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Sanitising Black chef “whites”

I have just been given new black "whites" at work. We are soley responsable for the laundry of these items, and I was surprised to see that my new "whites" are to be washed at 40 degrees. Can anyone ...
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Overheated stainless steel stock pot

So my roommate forgot about his boiling water and burned one of the pots pretty bad. The bottom is a dark brown/gray with colored spots underneath (electric range). What are some household remedies ...
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Nonstick pans blistering after dishwasher?

So I have a nice 12 inch nonstick pan, which I always run through the dishwasher, and it's always fine. There's nothing unusual about the pan. But tonight, I needed it for dinner and the dishwasher ...
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Is it safe to wash Sterno down a sink drain?

I've recently been cooking and using Sterno to keep things warm - or cook. However, from time to time I need to stir, scoop, or manipulate the Sterno in some way. Is it safe to rinse off my utensils, ...
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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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What's the best way to clean a salad spinner?

We had taco salads last night for dinner. Cleaning the little bits of shredded lettuce out of the salad spinner seemed to take forever. Despite scrubbing and lots of rinsing, little bits of lettuce ...
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What is the proper way to maintain a can opener?

I bought a hand crank can opener (Oxo) because of the good online feedback and only use the "shake" dry approach. It quickly developed rust in between the metal. If I invest the time and scrub, I can ...
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What is the best way to clean an electric fryer?

I have a Rival RCF15 fryer. I lost the manual and can't find a copy online. It has a fixed metal reservoir for the oil. It has a removable basket. I remember the manual saying something about not ...
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Chicken without all that fat?

Whenever I make chicken, I end up going through and trimming a ton of fat. I have heard that free-range chicken is leaner. Is this actually true? What, generally, is the best way to make sure you end ...
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Why is the dishwasher not recommended for my All-Clad MC2 line of pot and pans?

I just looked on the All-Clad website (faq 7 and faq 13). It says that because the MC2 has a brushed aluminum alloy exterior, it mush be hand washed. Why is the dishwasher bad for it? It's just soap ...
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Green lettuce water?

Typically I chop up a head of romaine, swish it around in some cool water, then spin it dry. The swishing water ends up very green, however. I'm wondering if it's getting doused in some dye prior to ...
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Toaster Oven pan Without The Toaster Oven

Growing up, my parents had a couple of little, 2 layer pans that came with Toast-R-Ovens (The appliance themselves had been lost or broke, but the pans remained.). They were great for cooking drippy ...
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How to keep Tupperwear unstained? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any way to remove stains (e.g. from curries and pasta sauces) from plastic containers? I find that when storing curries or tomato based sauces in the freezer ...
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How to clean a big butcher block?

I've seen huge butchers blocks that essentially is a table with a butcher block top. How do you clean such a thing if you can't wash it in the sink? Should those blocks only be used for vegetables and ...