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

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Opening wine bottle with rounded top using a waiter's friend

For opening non-screw-cap wine bottles I tend to use a "waiter's friend" style corkscrew (i.e. one with a lever that you push against the top of the bottle in order to extract the cork). I recently ...
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Mayonnaise in stand mixer is very runny

I've frequently made homemade mayonnaise in my food processor following Alton Brown's recipe, and consistently had good results. Last week the food processor was busy with something else, and so I ...
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Why can't I heat water properly on a new glass cooktop using a stainless steel pot?

I have just started using a glass cooktop and my RACO stainless steel cook pot takes ages to heat and won't boil unless on the highest setting. It makes a scummy mark on the cook top. I thought that ...
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Do scalloped sides on a knife blade have any effect?

One of the first knives I was ever given was a Wusthof 7-inch Santoku. Over my years of use, I've never put much thought into the cut-outs along the side of the blade (which appear to be variously ...
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Can I fit normal kenwood bowls in the major series

I have a Kenwood Chef Major and while it's great, I find the mixing bowl to be a bit on the large size for simple jobs. I'm wondering if there is any reason why I wouldn't be able to fit a normal chef ...
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Double Layer Piping Tool

Is there such a piping(?) tool that can output two types of dough at the same time whereas one of the dough is a pate a choux and the other dough is some cookie dough. The pate a choux would be ...
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Where to find a large individual brownie pan?

I'm looking for a large baking pan for cooking individual square brownies, preferably at least 8cm x 8cm (3.14 inches) but I can't find anything anywhere!! Can anyone suggest where I can get something ...
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Utensil to thaw meat

A very long time ago, I was at a friend's house where her father took out this piece of ribbed metal from the cupboard. It was a dark piece of metal about the size of an adult hand. It had grooves on ...
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Misto nozzle leaks

While trying to clean my Misto, the nozzle came off. I pushed it back on, but it leaks and now I can't get any pressure when I pump. How do I replace the spray nozzle so it fits tightly?
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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) ...
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why should the madeleine tins start off cold?

I have a recipe for Madeleine's which calls for the tins to be buttered, sprinkled with flour and then put in the fridge or freezer for the remainder of the prep time. What is the reasoning for this? ...
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What is this plastic handle that is used for corn and watermelon called?

I've seen these plastic handle things and searched for phrases like the one in the question title but failed to find it. What are they called? And where can I get buy them from?
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Keeping Food Hot & Delicious

I'm having a large amount of guests over tomorrow and I wanted to know how can keep large portions of food hot and ready to serve without it getting cold or damp, while also keeping my deserts cool ...
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Very unusual kitchen tools

I found this very interesting post. I can guess what some of them must be but have no idea about the others. Can someone please help identify these:
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What are the most common kitchen tools and utensils universally?

What are the most common kitchen tools/utensils universally? In particular, the different types of knives, spatulas, cutting boards, etc., which are the basic general knowledge kitchen tools that are ...
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Bell Pepper Mousse - won't charge or discharge

I made an ISI Whip recipe for Bell Pepper Mousse, chilled the mixture in the container for 2 hours, then charged the mixture twice, heard gas release, shook it vigorously 20 times and it would not ...
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What is this spoon-like kitchen utensil with a rubbery head and wooden handle called?

What is this utensil or kitchen tool called that has a rubber-like head and a wooden handle? What is it used for?
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steam oven vs conventional oven

I am in a debate as to whether diced, marinated pork shoulder cooked in a vacuum bag in a regular conventional oven gives the same result as the same pork, cooked in a steam oven. The bagged pork had ...
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Stirring with knives?

So this past weekend I encountered a peculiar line in a recipe which I am hoping someone with more cooking knowledge than me can shed light on Combine flour, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt in ...
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RPM for milk frothing?

So I had one of those American capitalist/consumer moments where I would have liked to have a milk frother handy. But I just can't bring myself to buy such a frivolous single-use additional material ...
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What are these used for

These metal tubes are open on one side and hang from the handle suggesting a frying use?
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Tools to peel and crush a whole garlic bulb

I'm conscious of this other question, yet this is (veritably) a different question that doesn't duplicate. What are some tools or appliances that peel an entire garlic bulb? Are there any for ...
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Where can I find a hand blender like this?

My mom uses this in India. It is very convenient, has 5 types of detachable blades - some are smooth for mixing, while some sharp for chopping. I haven't been able to find a similar product on amazon. ...
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How do I clean my cast iron grill pan?

I'm recently the proud new owner of what I appears to be a Le Creuset "Skinny Grill" which is an enameled cast iron grill pan. I fairly new to cast iron but I'm accustomed to the no-soap cleanup and ...
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Creating a home “anti-griddle”?

I watched a restaurant documentary last night (Spinning Plates; pretty good!) which featured a modernist chef demonstrating their kitchen's anti-griddle: essentially a large metal plate chilled down ...
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What does one use a saw for?

In the 1939 illustrated book Madeline is a kitchen scene. On the counter are plates (or bowls), a colander, a ladle, a saucepan, a large knife — and a hand saw. Is a hand saw a kitchen ...
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How to convert slow cooker recipes to pressure cooker with different cooking times?

Google results for this question either don't answer the question at all or don't address what happens when multiple ingredients have different pressure cooking times. I'm specifically looking to ...
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Should I retire my scratched non-stick rice cooker?

I am the lucky owner of a George Foreman Multicooker which is essentially a fancy rice cooker with a removable steaming basket. It has a non-stick cooking surface they call "George-Tough" coating. ...
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What is this kitchen tool - a handle, and coil of metal around a metal plate?

I'm at a loss for what these things are for - they came in a bag with some other things I bought at a thrift store.
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Why did my lids seal?

This has never happened to me before! Last night I made Refrigerator Pickles using cucumbers and an ordinary vinegar, water, sugar brine. My intention was to make a couple jars for co-workers who ...
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What “all-in-one” single serving tea device(s) are sturdy, make “teapot quality” loose leaf tea, and are two pieces or less?

I am looking for a convenient office/portable tea making/drinking system. Ideally the device should be portable and very easy to clean in an office setting and still extract the same quality of flavor ...
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How do I open a brand-new (plug-top) oval canister?

Shockingly I can't find an answer to this anywhere I look online. I have an oval canister of cocoa that I received as a gift with no directions on how to open it. A can opener is not going to work ...
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How heavy should Chinese chef's knife be?

What weight should a Chinese chef's knife be and for what purpose? All around, i.e. one knife for most cooking Slicing Chopping vegetables Meat without bones Chicken or fish with bones Chinese ...
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Have a bent frying pan

I have a frying pan that was dropped and is now bent making it where the lid doesn't sit correctly on it. Is there a way to fix this?
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Is it safe to use a tea kettle with black dots on the bottom?

My tea kettle has a bunch of black dots all over the inside bottom part of it. I tried washing it and using a scrub sponge to scrub it off but it won't come off. Is it safe to continue using it or ...
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Searing Sous-vide with electric heat gun

After looking at various searing approaches incorporating the use of gas torches I wondered if heat guns might be a useful tool for searing. Heat guns are relatively inexpensive and have various tips ...
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Morphy Richards new Intellichef, states boil at 240 degrees C?

just bought an Intellichef by Morphy Richards,instructions state boil temperature is 240 degrees C,slow cook temp 120 degrees C;this seems to be too high for slow cooking;my old slow-cooker just ...
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Roasting pan substitute / roasting rack for pork shoulder?

I'm making pork shoulder, slow-roasted in the oven, but I don't have a roasting pan. I have a baking sheet, a glass casserole dish, a large, high-sided cast-iron skillet, and an enameled cast-iron ...
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Do you need a rice cooker to cook sticky rice?

I know that cooking sticky rice uses a steamer setup. But do you need a rice cooker to cook sticky rice property, or can it be done using regular kitchen tools, e.g. pots and pans?
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self clean while door open [closed]

Somehow the oven was set to self clean while the door was open, now the lock is engaged and wont close properly. It never did heat up, but the lock engaged. Any thoughts? It is a frigidaire, by ...
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How to properly sharpen Santoku and any other knife using a water sharpener/Japanese whetstone?

I've recently bought a really nice Santoku knife from Wüsthof along with a Japanese water sharpener, and since then I've been watching a lot of videos and reading a lot of guides about how to use the ...
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Is the SS Stovetop Espresso Maker from CafeCoffeeDay a Moka pot?

Is the SS Stovetop Espresso Maker what's called a Moka pot? They haven't named it explicitly a Moka pot, hence the question. If not, can a Moka pot style coffee be prepared in that instrument?
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What do I need to know about coffee machines and grinders to get started making good coffee at home?

How to make a strong mug of coffee? "Crema" is a light-colored foam layer which builds on top of espresso, and many people like it. Espresso is also stronger than normal coffee. For both, you need ...
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What are the benefits of “fuzzy logic” in a rice cooker?

I'm considering making the giant leap to a serious rice cooker -- after research, it seems like the Zojirushi is the way to go, even over the venerated Tiger -- but I'm trying to parse out the dozens ...
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The inside of my grill lid is rusting

I've seen lot's of questions in regards to the grate on a grill rusting (like this one: Can I still cook on my propane grill with rust?) but my situation is a tad different in regards to the lid. When ...
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Do I need to clean an oven that's not been used in 10 years?

My house has a built-in oven that I've never used since I moved in ~10 years ago. (I prefer to use the oven function of a combi-microwave.) My wife, who has just moved in with me, wants to use the ...
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What spike is this? Identifying some utensils

I moved into a new home and found these spikes left behind in different drawers in the kitchen. I assume they are for cooking, but they are not items that I have come across in my limited culinary ...
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How long to bake bread? [closed]

I followed the basic recipe from the Good Housekeeping Cookbook for basic bread. After the first proofing, I baked it in a loaf pan at 400F for 30 mins. The bread turned out flat and burnt at the ...
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How to select a good non-stick pan, price point wise?

I already have cast iron skillet but I can't find a decent "normal" pan, for eggs and stuff, sometimes steaks, more or less general purpose. Here are some more features: high quality, durable, non ...
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How to bake a sponge cake in a grill microwave oven

How can we bake a sponge cake in a grill microwave oven where there no preheating functionality? It's an Electrolux grill microwave oven. Is there any substitution to the preheating process?