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Using cast iron pans only

Some people use cast iron pans for certain foods or dishes but not much else. I have a beautiful set of copper pans and, like cast iron, they're heavy and cook beautifully but I hate cleaning them. I ...
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Pyrex glass round casserole safety in high temperature

I want to know can I use Pyrex glass round casserole as a safe cookware on gas burner? Does this cookware release toxic chemical in high temp? I only worried about toxic compounds and not about ...
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Is titanium cookware safe?

I haven't been able to find much in regards to titanium cookware and its possible interactions with the human body. Please provide academic/peer-reviewed/scientific articles if possible.
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Does ceramic non-stick cookware “fail”, and if so, how?

I've heard of pans with ceramic non-stick surfaces; it seems some reports on internet say they may "fail" in about 6 months. How can these pans "fail"? Do ceramic-coated pans require ...
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How do I make buckwheat pancakes without non-stick cookware?

Recently I tried to make buckwheat pancakes, but failed miserably. I tried heating the stainless steel pan (about 12" in diameter) for a few seconds on medium heat, then I applied some safflower oil ...
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What to do if pan/pot is burning (with or without food)

To minimize the damage to an over heated pan (be it with or without food), do I let it cool off? Run it under cool water? Or is there different approach I'm supposed to take?
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Stainless steel cookware scratches

Is it true that one should not use stainless steel utensils on a stainless steel pot or pan? I had to get rid of some old pots because my food started have a metallic taste to it. I always see on ...
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Cast Iron vs Steel

1. What is the advantage of a steel skillet over a cast iron one? I currently use cast iron for most everything and am curious what I might be missing. 2. If there's an advantage to getting a steel ...
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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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Does cooking in a pressure cooker destroy nutrients?

I've read that because of the higher temperature specially vegetables lose more nutrients in a pressure cooker as opposed to a normal cooking method. Is this true?
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Why do “saute pans” have straight sides?

I've read numerous times that when sauteing, the pan used usually has curved sides to allow one to toss the food. However, whenever I look at pans on shopping websites and such, the pan labeled "saute ...
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What to look for in a pot?

What to look for in a pot. I'm supposing somebody that's just starting to live alone or a couple. Help me complete this list. Size: small, but not too small. Maybe 2L or 3L. Material: Stainless ...
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Why should you scrub/clean cast iron cookware with salt?

I've seen this a number of times (for example here, or here at cooking.SE), and I do it at home, but I'd like to know for what reason salt is good for cleaning (cast) iron cookware. I know it's a ...
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Which is better to sauté with, stainless steel or Teflon?

Lots of times in recipes, they'll specify using a stainless steel pan, but I find the non-stick aspect of Teflon to be an advantage. Is stainless steel really better, and if so ,What about it makes it ...
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What should I look for in a cooking pan for Risotto?

I just moved across country and basically sold everything I own including my cooking pans. I used to use a medium-high sided two handled pan that I cannot find an image for to show you. It worked for ...
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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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Why would heating salt in a pan prevent food from sticking?

Quote from www.saltworks.us: Preventing food from sticking - Rub a pancake griddle with a small bag of salt to prevent sticking and smoking. Sprinkle a little salt in the skillet before frying ...
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Navigating the different types of cookware - new kitchen advice

I am looking to buy new cookware and I am confused by all the choices I have. I am trying to balance healthyness vs. ease of use vs. taste of prepared food vs. total cost of ownership (in that order). ...
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Do breads always have to be baked in some vessels in an oven? If yes, then what shaped vessels would those be?

Is it even necessary to use a vessel for baking breads (assuming I don't care about the shape of the bread)? In this link for (example) French bread I saw that the dough is not in liquid form, so it ...
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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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Cast Aluminum Vs Cast iron Dutch Oven

I have seen a lot of meat roasting recipes that require using Dutch ovens, most of the cooks doing the presentations have enameled cast iron Dutch ovens. When I looked into what a Dutch oven is I ...
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Disposable cookware

So I am moving into a new apartment tonight but the movers do not get here until tomorrow and I just realized that I forgot to bring any of my kitchen stuff down with me. I have a set of nice ...
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differences between cooktop, range and stove?

I am looking for an apartment to rent. There is one that the agent said has no oven but only something I didn't catch from her speaking. I usually call those round things on the top heated by either ...
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Is pyrex safe to use on a gas burner?

There seems to be conflicting views on whether a pyrex dish can be used on a gas burner. Can anybody here provide a definitive answer?
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What are the odds that American household have a rice cooker? [closed]

We started a Kickstarter project of creating an e-book with online videos to show you how to make sushi, from a master sushi chef. We are wondering what the odds are that an American family has a ...
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Stockpot double as beer brewing pot

I wanted to buy a large stockpot for canning tomato sauce and be able to use the same pot for the double purpose of beer brewing. I'm considering Update International Stainless 40 Qt. stockpot. It has ...
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What are the benefits of stewing on the hob over cooking in the oven?

When slow-cooking something like shin of beef in a gravy, what is the difference between cooking it on the hob and cooking in the oven? I tend to use the oven for slow-cooking but a lot of recipes ...
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Can I use an induction cooker to restore silica gel's water absorbency?

It was mentioned in an answer to my previous question that silica gel can be heated in the oven to restore its water absorbent properties. I only have access to an induction cooker, so it possible to ...
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Can I roast in glass?

All, Recently we moved house, and took it as an excuse to ditch a bunch of old and dying roasting pans. We kept some glass trays (suitable for cooking in) though, and have ended up using them for ...
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Which cooking apparatus is best to make Croque Monsieur?

I'm looking for a small cooking apparatus that I can use to make Croque Monsieur. I've used this kind of device before but I don't know which words to use to google for it. Here's how I made a ...
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Durability of Hard Andonised metal (Aluminum)

http://www.hawkinscookers.com/1.1.5.hawkinsconturaHA.asp They are hard Andonised but haven't specified the metal used in the body, here. ...
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Foil over cookie sheet over broiling pan?

My wife was cooking a recipe and was confused by instructions to put foil over a cookie sheet which should sit on a broiling pan. Foil is pretty standard in recipes, but why have the sheet on top of ...
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flexible food grade plastics that won't melt at 105 C

I'm in need of a food-safe gasketing material for a maple sap-boiling setup. It needs to be squishy like vinyl tubing but I want to make sure it won't melt or decompose or react with steam. Any ...
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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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Are stainless steel frypans oven safe?

I have a Cr-Ni stainless steel frypan which I'd like to toss in the oven. It doesn't have any plastic/wooden components ; the whole thing is SS including the handle. Is it oven safe?
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What is a good place online to buy quality Sterling Silver Dinnerware? [closed]

I am looking to buy good silver ware both for cooking and serving purposes. Would be helpful to know of some places online which are vetted by the culinary community here.
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What precautions should be taken while dropping cold vegetables in a hot Teflon cookware?

So, I use Teflon saucepans for cooking vegetables, only. Tomatoes have to be added after the onions are done. Tomatoes have inherent water in them and are obviously below the pan's temperature. I am ...
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Can I deep fry in my Le Creuset dutch oven?

It's an enameled cast iron dutch oven. Just wondering if I could take off enamel by deep frying in it.
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Making cake without oven

In the case that there isn't an oven; is it possible to make cake on electric cooktop by using basic kitchenware?
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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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Using a Dutch Oven as a Heavy Skillet replacement

I don't own a large heavy skillet - the one I do own is small and can't hold much. Is using my Dutch Oven on the stove a reasonable replacement, if I leave the lid off?
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What can I use a tempered glass pot for?

I've recently been thinking about what I can get rid of in my kitchen, and I've been debating throwing out a tempered glass pot like this (without the lid): It's a piece of Pyrex Visions that I've ...
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Frying pan width - from base or rim?

I have a recipe that calls for a frying pan about 20cm across - should I measure from the base, or the top rim?
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What materials would work for a waffle iron?

I'm somewhat curious if I could make myself something like this (though without the retro enclosure, at least initally): While cast iron would probably be the best material, I'm not sure if I can ...
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Cooking on the stove: what is “too hot” for a pan?

I'm a novice cook and often hear about "learning one's stove". Obviously manufacturers, cooking methods, and appliance types vary and so "high" on one stove isn't comparable to another. That said, ...
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What's the difference between a French oven and a Dutch oven?

I've been haunting the discount cookware sites looking for Le Creuset pieces that won't put me in the poorhouse. I found two pieces that are similar size and price - one is a French oven and the other ...
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What is a good brand for teflon pans?

I am going to buy a new teflon pan and seem to run into bad luck with cheaply made ones which flake off too quickly. Also can any good brand teflon pan withstand automatic dishwashers?
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How can I measure the performance of my stovetop pots and pans?

Am I looking for the ratio of burnt dishes to fine dishes? Well-cooked to not? My general happiness? When should I replace a pot or pan? I am unsure where to begin.
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Questions about cookware set

I am looking for a new set of cookware. Being a graduate student, I don't earn much money, so I'd like to know if there are some suggestions about what are available on the market with ...
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how can I tell if my pots and pans are ferrous?

I am looking into replacing my hob with an quick, induction type electric hob, but they stipulate that the the cookware must be ferrous. I have decent cookware, but how do I know if it is correct?