Questions on selecting, maintaining, and using cooking tools and equipment.

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Old stone mortar and pestle cleaning

My roommate has an old mortar made from stone that had been outdoors for quite some time. She rinsed it thoroughly,put it in a big pot, and boiled it to kill any bacteria that could be crawling in ...
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How to bake low carb bread in a Zojirushi bread machine model #BBCC-x20

In a Zojirushi bread machine model BBCC-x20, what cycle would I bake a low carb recipe on as it does not have a low carb setting? Also, where would I find low carb recipes for low carb bread ...
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My Bunn coffeemaker has started overflowing at the funnel

We recently moved to Indiana from Colorado. Our new house in Indiana has a water softener and I have read that soft water can cause Bunns to overflow. I have not read anything about how this is ...
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Shallower bowl or longer dough hook for Kitchen Aid 7qt Stand Mixer?

I have a 7qt lifter style kitchen aid stand mixer and use it often to make bread and pizza doughs. Generally works great for very large batches, but I find that either the 7qt bowl is too deep or the ...
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Are cooking thermometers essential?

I've been watching some cooking shows, and they seem very keen on there thermometers. They have prob thermometers, oven thermometers, meat thermometers, confectionery thermometers, oil thermometers... ...
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How to reseason cast iron skillets using a fire

I was told to put my cast iron skillets in an open fire to clean. We did and now they have a red discoloration and look worse than before. How do I clean the red off and get them shiny again?
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Proper use of induction vessels

I accidentally bought a set of induction vessels. Currently I have a gas cooking range. Can induction vessels be used on a regular gas stove or electric stove?
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How to convert knife edge angle “ratios” into degrees?

European-style Japanese knives seem to be described (also here and here, and in my most recent post) in terms of "ratios" that always add up to 100. It's not exactly clear what this means in terms of ...
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What regular maintenance is best for a Japanese knife?

My amazing fiancee just got me a Nenox gyuto as a graduation present. (You can't have her, she's mine.) Until now, I've only had Western knives. I understand that I should never use a steel on this ...
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Rice pilaff preparation on bbq grill

I've just bought a new BBQ grill "Sunday One Tower". I am beginner to grilling and now I wonder how to prepare rice pilaff on my grill. I think I need a Soap stone with Frame and then place a bowler ...
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Rust in my Moka Coffee Pot

Hi I have a similar pot (SS Stovetop Espresso Maker) and have been using it extensively. Recently I have noticed a few rust spots in the section where you need to add water. I am a coffee lover, ...
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How to bake cake and pastries without oven?

I don't have a oven and i am not planning to purchase one, but there are lots of recipe that need oven , my question is , Is there any way I can get the same functionality on Gas burner stoves by ...
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How Did I Explode A Saucepan?

I am a complete amateur when it comes to the world of cooking. My recent attempts to teach myself have unfortunately lead to me needing to ask: How did I explode my saucepan? I'd put some ...
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Are can openers like the original Swing-A-Way sold under a different name now?

Swing-A-Way can openers used to be made in St. Louis, MO. After the family sold out they finally ended up being made in China. The quality went away. I thought I came across some info that the ...
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Serving sets question

I'm looking for a serving set for smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and finely chopped onions. A small: fork, spoon, slotted spoon, and spreader. Do these small utensils come in sets?
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What device to use to chop/dice tomatoes?

I make chunky salsa in 2 quart batches. I have terrible knife skills, it takes me way too long to dice the amount of tomatoes needed for a batch. I am looking for a piece of equipment that will chop ...
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Cleaning Range Ventilation [duplicate]

I have a hood ventilation system that vents to the outside. It has removable grease traps, as pictured below. I've put them in the dishwasher, but the grease has polymerized onto them. I'm looking ...
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How does a typical electric rice cooker work?

I have a cheap $15 rice cooker from my undergrad days (link). It has a metal pad on the bottom attached to a spring, a "Cook" switch (feels like a toaster lever), a "Cooking" light and a "Warm" light. ...
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What device should I use for pressing/fermenting

I regularly make a Japanese side dish of fermented cabbage that's simply pressed down for a day and salted. I'd just jury rigged something up, but it finally broke so now I'm looking to see if there ...
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All Clad Copper Core - everything sticks, why?

I decided to splurge on a set of All Clad Copper Core. I have no problem with browning meats with this cookware, but I am having huge problems with many other kinds of cooking. For instance, this ...
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What can I use as a manual hard cheese slicer?

I used to have an electric deli slicer (with the motorized rotary cutter) like they have in the supermarkets, though not so fancy for home use. But not any more, and now I do not have the counter ...
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Equilibrium Brining: how to use a salinity meter?

I'm interested in trying out equilibrium brining. I'm not 100% clear on how to use a salinity meter (e.g. when do I know the brining process is done, etc.). Does anyone here have suggestions on how to ...
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Sanitization, disinfection, sterilization of Dishwasher?

How to do more then just clean of dishwasher ? I mean: how to sanitize or even disinfect or sterilize ? "Many people are misinformed about the difference between clean, sanitized, disinfected, and ...
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Cooking on a Himalayan Salt Slab

I am interested in purchasing a himalayan pink salt slab to cook on my stovetop. My cooktop is glass. The directions for using the salt slab is to be sure to have a space between the heat source and ...
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Seasoning No-Stick Frying Pan

When I buy a brand-new Frying pan, the instructions usually say to "season" or oil the Pan. I just purchased one and it also says to "season" after every 10 dishwasher cycles. I always wash my pan by ...
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What are the tradeoffs between spiral and C-shaped dough hooks?

I have misplaced the dough hook attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer, and I'm debating what type of dough hook attachment to purchase to replace it, and specifically if there are performance ...
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Why does Black Gram Batter turn fluffy only when stone ground?

Idly and Vada two major recipes of South India. For those dishes Black Gram Batter is the key ingredient. This soaked balck gram when ground in a mixer or food processor makes idly and vada hard and ...
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Collecting & using cooking profiles on foods like coffee roasters do

With precise devices like sous vide, which have sensors like thermometers that you can download readings from, I am curious if people have started collecting 'cooking profiles' much like coffee ...
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Is it okay to put a hot pan on a granite counter?

Is it okay to put a hot pan/pot on a granite counter? Or will it burn it? I don't know if there's a sealer on it.
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Is polyamide food safe?

I got a nylon bag which is marked 'PA' in the label, which I think is polyamide. I plan to use it for mashing barley grains in homebrewing ( 62C to 78C, PH ~ 5, 90 minutes ). The bag is black and ...
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How to make sure teapot is safe after being on fire without water

I left my teapot on the stove for about 30 minutes by accident. By the time I noticed, all the water had boiled out. So, I turned off the stove and let it cool. When I went to put water in it again, ...
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Is it okay to use stainless steel in oven?

Its stainless steel dish so can I put it in the oven at 250c/482f ?
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What is my pizza cutter's handle made from, and how do I stop it from staining everything it touches?

A while back, I bought an ordinary-looking pizza cutter with a dull grey handle. However, I soon found out the hard way that the handle is made from some weird metal or alloy that reacts with water, ...
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Will chopping hard destroy my new knives?

I bought a new set of knives and my dad used the chopping knives to cut onions. Instead of chopping by slicing the onions with the usual technique, he was using his two hands to hold the knife by ...
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where to find parts for a Betty Crocker electric pasta maker model BC-1393

Can parts for a Betty Crocker pasta maker still be found? The model is BC-1393. I need the pasta plates, the rotary enclosure, the wrench, rotary screw, stopper slide. Any help would be wonderful. ...
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Can microwave with convection replace an actual oven? [duplicate]

cross posted from diy -- people suggested I ask the question here. I live in a townhouse with a small kitchen and I am wondering if something like this item: ...
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What is a device used to slice tomatoes with in one motion called?

I worked at a restaurant for a month once and they had a device there. It was a rectangular box: you'd put a tomato in it, and there was a handle at the one end you could use to push the tomato ...
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Need help choosing burner for wok

I'm going to get a hand-hammered, round-bottomed wok through the mail in the near future. Trouble is, I have a glass top stove inside, so that's entirely off limits—not to mention completely useless ...
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Bunn starts brewing coffee long after it's done

I have a Bunn BT model that releases more water, up to two cups, up to 45 minutes after it stops brewing. I'm getting coffee all over my counter and don't know why!
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Caulk gun-like dispenser for whipped cream

What are some good solutions for dispensing whipped cream into swirls in a consistent fasion, maybe a specific shape etc.? I was envisioning something just like a caulk gun where you fill the ...
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Is it possible to heatproof (insulate) stainless steel pot handles?

I made a mistake of buying a Cuisinart 6 qt stock pot with two major downsides: opaque lid (can't see inside) and non-insulated, metal handles. I wasn't thinking about those features much as I was ...
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Do I roll sushi with or without gloves?

So I was rolling sushi the other day and I noticed how much easier it is to do with out plastic gloves on. The stickiness of the rice dose not accumulate all over your hands as fast as it does when ...
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Can I get a haze off of ceramic cooking pans

I have 2 baking pans that are clean but have a haze on the bottom and sides. these are Rival roaster ovens and I think they are ceramic inserts. Can I get this haze off?
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Does anyone know how to make a Sous Vide style cooking vessel?

The last year I was in culinary school (2014) my chef instructor was really excited about culinology and the new innovations that were emerging and becoming to be utilized more often in the industry, ...
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Advantages of metal vs glass stockpot lids

I just ordered a new 6 qt stockpot (that I use for soups and stews) and it came with a metal lid. All the stockpots I owned before had glass lids with a small vent hole to release some steam. An ...
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Slowing motor and electric smoke coming from Magic Bullet blender?

I have a Magic Bullet blender at home and I have been using it for the past month or so everyday to make some smoothies. I always blend fruit (both frozen and fresh). I'm not sure if the contents that ...
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Can I make Irish Brown Bread using a covered loaf pan?

Have a recipe for Irish Brown Bread that says to use a shortening pan & mentions the lid. Would a loaf pan with foil over the top work the same way?
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Non-glass baking containers for both microwave and oven use

Are there any lightweight baking containers that can be used in both microwave and oven. I have bought prepared meals in these but have never seen them for sale. I do not want glass.
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Is it a good idea to cook stew in the oven in a stainless steel pot?

If I cook stew in my oven will it come out better using a heavy enameled dutch oven than a stainless steel covered pot?
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Mason Jar Stuck Inside Another

I need help! I just finished making sauerkraut and was using a mason jar inside of a larger mason jar to weigh down the cabbage. Now, I can't get the inner mason jar out. I've tried soap around the ...