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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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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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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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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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Prevent scrambled eggs from sticking to stainless steel

I'm having the hardest time preventing scrambled eggs from sticking to stainless steel cookware. I've tried bringing the eggs to room temperature before cooking, slowly heating the pan, loads of ...
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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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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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What kind of cookware is suitable for a glass ceramic stovetop?

I have a glass ceramic stove surface. I need to buy some cookware, but I'm not sure what kind I need to buy. The manual has the following opinions about what cookware I should use (paraphrased): ...
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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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Do black metal vessels cook food more quickly than normal steel?

http://www.hawkinscookers.com/1.1.5.hawkinsconturaHA.asp Those pressure cookers are made of hard andonised Aluminum. Does it make any difference to cooking speed when cooking in Aluminum as compared ...
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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 should be the material of the vessels to be used in an electric oven?

Could you please provide a general guide figure out if a piece of cookware can be used in the oven, based on what material it is made of?
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Can microwave safe glass vessels be used in an electric oven?

Can microwave safe glass vessels be used in an electric oven? I have this oven: http://www.cromaretail.com/Bajaj-28-Litres-2800TMC-Oven-Toaster-Grill-%28White%29-pc-469-468.aspx I just checked and ...
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How many times can I use a salt block?

I've been reading up on Himalayan pink salt blocks. I am mainly interested in cooking with them, like cast iron. But, I noticed that they are a bit pricey, about $40 to $70. It also seems that they ...
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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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How much could I safely heat a content-less cast-iron pan?

To which temperature could I safely heat my cast-iron pan on the stove, without any contents? I don't want to re-season it afterwards. Afterwards, I'd just let the pan cool off in room temperature. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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please help identify this mystery cookware

I'm not the lister, I'm a potential buyer. I asked a question about a "Wonder Pot" a bit ago, and this item came up on a search. I don't think it's a wonder pot though. The center hole is ...
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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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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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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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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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Left my cast iron on the hot burner, now what?

So the other day, while baking off excess water after washing, I spaced out and forgot it was there and headed upstairs for say, an hour. When I got back down the pan had a white-ish ring in the ...
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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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Should you avoid cooling a frying pan with water?

Sometimes after I fry something, I wash it immediately in water because it's a bit easier to wash (before the remains stick to the pan). Does this damage the pan in any way?
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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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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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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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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 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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where can I purchase a “wonder pot”?

The "wonder pot" is a type of stovetop bakeware that seems to have been popular in Israel during a period of austerity. I'm looking for a (preferably USA based) supplier for a new one. Here's a link ...
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Bowed bottom on Stainless Steel fry pan

Is there a way to "fix" my stainless steel fry pan that does not sit flush on my cooktop stove?
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How does thermal shock affect pans made of different materials?

In another question, I had a little comment-discussion with TFD on the effect of shock cooling on pans. In a nutshell, I said that it is bad for the pan, and he said that especially if the pan is made ...
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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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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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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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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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Stainless Steel Pan — gray bottom. Why?

Just started using a stainless steel pan. First thing I cooked in it was bacon followed by some fried rice. Stuff stuck to it, but a quick soak and it all came off. However, once I cleaned and dried ...
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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 ...