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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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Can I use this Ikea glassware on stove top?

In particular, this VARDAGEN Glass Bowl. It's almost a quarter inch thick, feels heavy and solid, wonder if anyone has tried. Nothing fancy, just boil and soup kind of thing. I figure it's ...
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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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Method to brew a large batch of iced tea without steeping in a plastic container

I have concerns about steeping tea in plastic pitcher because I do not want anything to leach out of the plastic with the hot water. Glass would solve this problem, but it does not handle thermal ...
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Should i oil my cast iron pan before storage?

So, for our wedding someone gave my wife and a cast iron lodge pan. Its a very nice pan and cooks well, but it's started to develop a rust spot after only a few months use. This is gross. I scrub the ...
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What can I use in my own kitchen to fashion a panini press?

First, I realize someone asked whether they can use a waffle iron. Great question, great idea. Alas, while I do have a waffle iron, it's not a very good one and won't fit sandwiches of substantial ...
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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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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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Do pan “pores” exist, what are they, and what are their effects?

There are a number of common cooking lore techniques which revolve around the idea of "pores" in the surface of a pan. Two of the ones I've heard most often: (1) When heating a pan where sticking is ...
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Ceramic Cooktop (non induction) getting damaged after use

We just moved into a brand new unit(just constructed) and it has a Ceramic cook top. We have only been there 2-3 weeks, and cooked maybe < 10 times. After a few of our cooking sessions, I am ...
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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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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 ...
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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 Le creuset pan 22 cms enamelled or not [duplicate]

I bought an old pan on ebay and I wish to know if it is enamelled or raw. Inside of pan has a black layer and a spot patch 6 by 3 cms of different layernature. How do I find out out if pan is raw cast ...
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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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How can I reheat leftovers without a microwave?

We are swearing off our microwave for our own personal reasons. Aside from running the oven to warm up leftovers are there other appliances or cookware that use less energy to warm food up? We use a ...
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Did I ruin my stoneware dutch oven by heating it on a gas stove?

I was following this baked beans recipe. Relevant excerpt: Place a cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat and stir in the bacon, onion, and jalapenos until enough fat has rendered from the bacon to ...
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Safe to use non-sticky pan with scratches?

Everyday I have to cook using some share kitchenware, and I came across some old non-sticky frying pan that have significant scratch marks on them. I was told by my parents that I should not use any ...
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Is there any tri-ply cookware where all the steel is 18/0?

I like the characteristics of try-ply cookware but don't like cooking in 18/10 stainless steel because of the nickel (nickel allergy and concerns about persistent health effects). I notice that many ...
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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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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 is the reason my veggies cook unevenly?

Today I sauteed some onions and in some spots they were caramelizing nicely while in others they were slightly burnt. Anyone knows who could be the possible culprit? I am betting on the frying pan ...
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Why does my food turn out poorly using an All-Clad Stainless-Steel Fry Pan?

I have an All-Clad frying pan, the precise one shown below: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005AL5F I made this purchase out of curiosity after reading about the benefits of this professional ...
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Roasting pan for a small oven

I would like a roasting pan mainly to roast a turkey once per year. My oven is too small for many items of bakeware. The usable area is about 14.5 in by 16 in. Most of the roasting pans I have found ...
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Is there an easy way to tell if a pan/pot is oven-safe?

I have a couple of old pots and pans laying around in the house and unfortunately I don't have the original box. Is there an easy way to tell if they are safe to use in the oven? Like for stainless ...
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Are my pots oven-safe?

My pots are WearEver Cook & Strain Stainless Steel 1.5-Quart Saucepan Model No.: A8342264 Tramontina 3-Quart Sauce Pan, Stainless Steel Model No.: 80154/516 The handle of the ...
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Older vs. newer stainless pans

My newer pans scratch really easily but I noticed that my mother's older, (bought in the 70s I think) heavier stainless pans don't scratch easily at all. The inside of hers looks a bit like the bottom ...
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Can a disposable aluminium pan be used to bake a cake?

I want to know if an aluminium lasagna pan can be used in an oven for baking a cake?
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Refinishing Griswold No. 8 waffle iron handles

I'm in the process of restoring a badly neglected Griswold No. 8 waffle iron (885 886 if it makes any difference). I've got all of the cast iron parts stripped down and re-seasoned and just started ...
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How does choosing good induction cookware differ from choosing cookware for other types of stove?

Let me just clarify I'm not asking for specific brands, but features. We just got an induction stove and I want to pick up some new pots/pans etc. I know that I have to pick induction-safe materials. ...
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Our broiler “ruins” pans when we use it

Whenever I broil something (like a piece of fish) in the oven, using either a 1/4 sheet pan or a 9 X 13 pan for example, any fats wind up burning onto the pan and I can't get the pan clean. It's ...
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How to look after non-stick cookware so it lasts?

Over the course of the last 4 years I think I seem to have been working my way through non-stick pans at a ridiculous rate, I think I'm on my 3rd frying pan and 4th wok - or something of that nature. ...
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What has a cooler got to do with sous-vide cooking?

Kindly explain paragraph 3. I can't see link between this device for sous-vide cooking and coolers? What does unmatched versatility mean here? This is the Chefsteps Joule sous-vide cooker
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White stains and stainless steel cookware

I know this question has been asked before in some form or another, but I can't seem to find a definitive answer. I've looked on SA, chowhound, martha stewart, about.com, etc., and answers seem to ...
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What is a Hostess Set of flatware?

When talking about flatware, what exactly does a Hostess Set include? How many people does it serve?
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What is the purpose of this footed glassware with a large round bowl and a decorative handle?

I inherited a very large collection of glassware, most of it I recognised, some very esoteric (specific vessels for specific kinds of alcohol etc). I've been able to identify and understand the ...
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What should I look for in a crepe pan?

Amazon link Remarkable to find them all together like this, but these are the options I am considering. Hard-Anodized Aluminum Non-Stick (Teflon) Blue Steel (I've never even heard of it) Cast-Iron ...
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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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Do I need to season an old cast-aluminum pan?

I received a cast-aluminum pan as a hand-me-down from my mother's grandmother. As far as I know it was never seasoned while in my mother's possession. A little food will stick on occasion and I wash ...
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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 deep is a deep pie dish, traditionally?

I have a recipe for a game pie, circa. 1973. It calls for a "deep pie dish". Searching online for one to buy, I find deep pie dishes with different depths, and breadths. Typical pie dishes seem to ...
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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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Iron soup kettle with rust

I have an iron kettle that is pitted with rust in pits. How do I get rid of rust so I can cook chowder in it? We have tried using a wire brush, filled with water and boiled it. Saw vinegar can be used ...
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How to clean an all-clad stainless steel pan

I accidentally left one of my all-clad stainless steel saucepans on the stove & the water in it boiled off... I used Bar Keeper's Friend(BKF) & I was able to remove all the spots in the ...
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Cookware, copper or cast iron or just buy the right tool for the job?

I'm thinking of replacing my motley collection of cheap non-stick and bargain basement steel pots and pans. I'm considering either replacing with cast iron (Le Creuset is probably the best known of ...
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Teflon vs. Porcelain lined cookware (stove top)

We've had awful luck with non stick pots and pans no matter how much we spend on them. Most have been Teflon coated. We recently bought a bunch of "high quality", expensive, porcelain lined aluminum ...
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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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Are Pyrex casserole dishes safe for use on electric stovetops?

Would it be okay if a Pyrex baking dish is used on an electric stove top to reheat food?
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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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Where can I buy borosilicate (Pyrex) bakeware in the U.S.?

Because of the shattering dangers of the apparently inferior lime glass that Pyrex uses for manufacturing in the U.S. as exposed by Consumer Reports, I'd like to replace my Pyrex with borosilicate ...