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

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Red Copper Cookware

Just bought a new stove with glasstop. I have a Red Copper (ceramic copper infused cookware) and not sure if it is recommended for the glass top. I read that ceramic cookware not recommended and ...
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Cooking pot with lid for saving gas but that doesn't overflow?

I care about gas saving and for that I want to cook with the lid covering the pot. This allows me to reduce the fire power of the stove top (then using less gas). I need to cook foods in cooking pots ...
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Surfaces for bread making

I am a home artisan baker, and am looking to build a table for myself to do folding/dividing/shaping of my bread doughs. I usually work with wet doughs (78%-95% hydration) that stick to the surfaces ...
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Cooking Belgian Waffles in waffle iron

My waffle iron does not cook Belgian waffle enough (they are not brown on the outside but are cooked on the inside) at the recommended temperature and time. what should I do, raise the temperature or ...
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Steamer with single vent instead of bottom holes

My family has owned a stainless steel steamer for a long time with a single raised vent to let steam into the upper compartment. It's great because there's no way for food to get into the bottom ...
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Need to replace my “Bean Pot” what should I look for?

I have this 5 quart, aluminum nonstick pot. It is my go-to pot for candy making (fudge, toffee and brittles), jams and jellies. It also gets used for stews and chili. The non-stick finish is ...
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Baking on a rocket stove

I'm wondering if it is possible to bake on a SilverFire rocket stove, ie. by attaching a metal box to the top, or any other way? I have researched it- Google search, YouTube etc, but can't find any ...
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What is this double-serrated knife good for?

I was recently given an unused knife from an elderly relative who downsized her home. It is stainless steel with a sort of "double serrated" edge. Out of curiosity I gave it a try and it more "...
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How to get heat high enough for stir fry?

Considering that mounting a fighter jet afterburner in my kitchen (or anything, for that matter) isn't very convenient or realistic, what would be a realistic way to get the extreme heat output that ...
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How to chop/mince meat?

How can I chop or mince meat more easily? Currently I just use a knife and chop it up. Meat grinders are no good. I am not trying to make sausage. I want to chop the meat up, not turn it into goo. ...
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How to form cookie dough into rolls?

I see Pillsbury pre-made dough rolled in tubes. This makes it easier to open it at one end and chop off slices as needed. In my case, I force freshly made cookie dough into containers and just slice ...
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What are the little sparkly flakes on my black glass cooktop?

I used my Kenmore elite black glass cooktop for the first time using a brand new smooth bottom Henkels pan and found sparkly shards of metal on the surface afterward that won't clean off. I didn't ...
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what does watt specify in induction stove

what does watt specify in induction stove? Does a higher watt induction stove implies that the cooking will be faster? Is electricity consumption of higher watt induction stove higher?
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Effecient way to dab grease from dehydrating meat without paper towels

I have read the question here but that question doesn't help me, since the options available in that situation, are not applicable in this situation (see "Limiting factors"). Problem I love to ...
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How to have my solar system stick that would be edible

I am doing a solar system project in my science bell. I have the choice to make edible food. So I wanted to make cookies for the solar system. Here's the problem, I can get all the colors I need with ...
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Optimal cooking tool for long-duration steaming

I'm a recent college graduate, and will begin working 40 hour weeks soon. I'm not good at cooking, and I prefer to cook all of my food (fish, chicken, turkey, vegetables) by steaming them in a small ...
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Can I use a fondue bourguignonne set to make cheese fondue?

I have a fondue bourguignonne set (this model). Can I use it to make cheese fondue? The manual explicitly says that it is not suitable for chocolate fondue, but it says nothing about cheese fondue. (...
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How do I make a mold from a plastic container?

So I have a cat-shaped plastic container that I'd love to use as a baking mold. I know I can't put plastic in the oven so i'm asking if there's an easy way to take that container, shape something ...
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Criteria for silicone utensils [closed]

What are some things to look out for when looking to purchase silicone utensil sets?
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What does the “operating range” of a thermometer mean?

http://www.thermoworks.com/pdf/thermopop_operating_instructions_web_a.pdf The manual lists an "Operating Range" of "Between 32f to 122f". I thought this was the safe temperature for the entirety of ...
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Preparing/Seasoning/Using a Carbon Steel Pot

I am looking for a large (approx 2' x 4' x 1.5') vessel in which to warm maple syrup for production. My first thought is to use a "pot" of some sort but I am not sure how to prepare it to both be 'non-...
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Safety glasses in the kitchen: why are these not common place?

A long time ago in high school, we used to have "home-ec" (short for home economics classes), which also involved some hands-on-cooking. No one needed to wear safety glasses (even though one does ...
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Sharing a kitchen space with other companies

Sometimes large kitchens are rented out to different food-related companies, sharing the space among multiple (in this case 5) different companies at one time. Each company has their own section of ...
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misto sprayer malfunction

My misto nozzle does not push in or out. It doesn't move at all. I've cleaned with a vinegar soak and hot water and soap soak. I've taken it apart and put back together. It doesn't spray because ...
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Seasoning new cast iron cookware [duplicate]

I am a neophyte cook (and a guy). I bought some cast iron cookware in the hope of taking it camping. It seems that it must be seasoned before use. I looked on-line and followed the directions. Not ...
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Where to buy a Scandinavian birch twig whisk?

Our old birch twig whisk (from Norway) is getting old, and has lost several twigs. Any idea how we can acquire one mail order or in the UK?
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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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At what temperature to bake waffles in a Lékuké silicon mold?

We bought a Lékué silicon mold for waffles to be used in the oven, but the box in which we bought it does not mention the temperature at which to use it. Can anyone having experience with baking ...
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How to cut the wax from this cheese?

(I am new to Europe so please forgive me for being not knowing). I have this cheese I asked here before how to eat it and people answered me, but when it comes to real life I had a problem ...
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Is it safe to use a new microwave if I dropped it on the back corner?

I dropped my brand new microwave transferring right out of the box and before use. It landed on the back right corner. The frame is bent, but it doesn't look like anything else is wrong. I don't know ...
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How can I sharpen my chef's knives at home? [duplicate]

I have a beautiful Calphalon chef's knife that has served me well for years. However, lately I've noticed that it is quite dull, and the blade slips sometimes when cutting tomatoes and onions. How can ...
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How well do counter top knife sharpeners sharpen knives?

Are counter top knife sharpeners like the IQ knife sharpener good for sharpening knives (or cheap knives)? I have used the IQ sharpener and it is still hard to cut through big onions. I would like to ...
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Better way of getting out excess water/oil from food other than paper towels?

There have been a lot of recipes where I've had to use a bunch of paper towels to get the excess liquid out (making bacon to get out the excess fat, when you're frying foods and want them to be dry). ...
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Cheese Cutting Tools

I have a large gouda cheese wheel that I need to cut first in half, then quarters etc. I have seen cheese wheels broken down using a scoring tool and what appears to be a handled wedge tool. That ...
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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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Does any blender also do up-down shaking movement?

I have a blender. When I try to blend vegetable, I need to hold the blender, shake the blender up and down to make sure the blade cut the vegetable. Does any blender do all for me?
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Can I double the pizza dough recipe for my bread machine

I have a Panasonic SD-ZB2512 bread maker and I like to use it to make pizza dough. It does a good enough job but only makes enough for one pizza at a time. Can I double the recipe? I'm pretty sure it ...
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Cleaning simple mandolin slicer with non removeable blade

I have a very simple mandolin slicer. Blade is not removable. Extremely hard to clean, even soaking, running through dishwasher on top rack. Can't even get a toothpick between blade and plastic ...
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Is my “non stick” pan kaput?

I have a Circulon frying pan I've been using for a few years. I got it second hand in good condition. The non stick factor was great when I got it, but when I fry with it now, I find I need to use ...
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To what extent are dimpled pans interchangeable?

We recently got a very popular question, What is the function of this shallow, 19-divoted, eared cast iron piece?. It centers on recognizing exactly what type of dimpled pan is on the picture, and it ...
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Glass baking lid broke - what to substitute?

The glass lid for my pyrex 10x10 baking dish broke. What can I substitute? Tin foil doesn't work -- nothing cooks! Ideas? Thank you.
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Creating ideal temperature for dough to rise

Are there machines that maintain optimal temperature for dough to rise?
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Mastrad Orka pancake spatula

Where can I purchase the Mastrad Orka pancake spatula? It has a curved silicone blade about 8" long and 1" to 1 1/2" wide with a nice silicone handle. Some websites indicate this item is ...
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Gloves for newbies pulling sugar?

I have an upcoming project which is going to involve pulled sugar. Everything I've read on the project suggests that I'm going to end up blisters or at the very least first degree burns (similar to ...
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Freezer temperature

I checked my freezer temp., when it was somehow empty the thermometer indicated range between -20 to -4C (depend on opening and closing the door) and when I put stuff inside (50% full) indicated -6 to ...
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How does good pasta dough feel to the touch?

I have just been given an Imperia Pasta Roller as a present and have wasted no time in trying to make pasta. As advised in the instruction manual, I have made a small batch of pasta just using water ...
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Does it matter if I make waffles in a frying pan?

I have some waffle batter ready (here is the recipe) but I don't have a waffle iron. Is it okay if I make it the way I make pancakes, by pouring batter in a frying pan?
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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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Durable loaf pans for quick breads?

I'm a quick bread kind of guy (pumpkin bread is my fave). I love my teflon-coated steel pans, until they start to flake and rust and I have to buy new ones so I don't get schmutz on my crusts. Two ...
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Tool/shears for cutting the backbone out of turkey

Because I like the dark meat of turkey cooked differently than the white meat, this year I cut my Thanksgiving turkey into parts for cooking and it turned out great. I don't plan to ever roast a whole ...