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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 knifes?

I bought a new set of knifes and my Dad used the chopping knifes to cut onions. Instead of chopping by slicing the onions with the usual technique, he was using his 2 hands to hold the knife by the ...
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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 ...
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Lemon juice sprayer/container

I often zest up my food with lemon juice and I usually have squeezed juice in the fridge in a jar because I like it pre squeezed, with pulp and seeds removed. However, a jar is not an ideal container ...
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Slow Cooker makes a mess

I tried googling this one but I just kept getting recipes. I bought a slow cooker (Proctor-Silex 33043 4-Quart Slow Cooker), which seemed to have good reviews. However I try to make stock, which I ...
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What previously manual techniques should I use a stand mixer for?

I recently added a KitchenAid to my kitchen on Valentine's day, so that's the source of my question. I know plenty of things can be done by hand or with a stand mixer. But recipes don't always ...
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What is the best way to find a reliable pepper mill?

After someone posted a link to a hand-turned coffee grinder, I was reminded that I needed to replace my pepper mill. My third one in about seven years. After reading the 1 through 4 star (and skimmed ...
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How do I finely process/puree a large amount of chillies?

I have a large quantity of chillies that I would like to make a hot sauce out of. But firstly I would like to create a really fine puree out of these chillies, is anyone aware of the appropriate ...
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How to keep dust and cat hair off cast iron pan?

I live with three long haired cats that shed in the winter, and my place gets dusty at times too. I have a fairly new cast iron skillet that I use once every one or two days. I dont have any shelves ...
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Clarification needed on pots and pans in the dishwasher [duplicate]

So I know from a previous question that you are ok putting glass, glazed ceramics, silicone and stainless steel in the dishwasher, and that you should avoid putting non-stick coated, aluminium, ...
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Cannot find very simple Egg Scrambler

I used to have a very simple egg scrambler, metal, a kind of flexible wire spiral with a handle. As you beat with it, the flexible spiral would somewhat amplify your hand motion. Cannot find another ...
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How to mount a ham?

I bought a Serrano ham on sale. It's the whole pig's leg, and it comes with a kind of a stand. However, the stand was delivered in pieces like IKEA furniture, but unlike IKEA, it has no manual ...
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What's wrong with my iSi soda siphon, and how do I fix it?

I am the happy owner of a soda siphon which I've used for the last three years on a near-daily basis to make sparkling water for sundry use at home. It appears to be this model, though I've lost the ...
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Cooking pots overheated

I was boiling water in two pots, presumably stainless steel. I got distracted and the pots completed overheated and dried. After cooling down the pots, I find them both have brownish grey residual ...
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What are some recommended methods of cleaning wooden cutting boards?

Supposedly, wooden cutting boards should not be submerged in lots of soap and water because too much moisture leads to rot. How can one optimize for cleanliness while also caring for the board?   ...
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Is it feasible to cook a gourmet tasting menu in a home kitchen?

This is not a question about cooking per se, but about professional cooks outside their day jobs. I have seen a few movies where chefs have a restaurant-grade kitchen and kitchenware at home, all ...
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How can I get my Starbucks coffee to taste like the Starbucks store?

I use Starbucks coffee they sell in bags. I have used both whole beans and ground. I've bought bags from the grocery, bags from the actual Starbucks store. I've tried many different brewers. But it ...
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What should I look for in a new kitchen knife set?

We've had the same knives for a very long time now, and we need a new set. What should I look for (or avoid) in a new kitchen knife set?
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Pressure cooker rice quality vs high-end rice cooker

I'm considering buying a proper rice cooker, as we've eaten most of the non-stick coating of the cheap one. The forums rave about induction heating, Zojirushi, Tiger, Toshiba RC-18NMF with its ...
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What is a good technique for making candy floss (cotton candy)?

I have a candy floss machine, but I'm struggling to get the floss all together. It just flies around and makes a mess of the bowl. It looks like this: What is a good technique for making a stick ...
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Replacement for the ring seal or gasket in a blender

I have a Moulinex blender and the seal ring or gasket is torn. I have searched everywhere to get a replacement. is there a replacement or is Oster the only seal rings I can get. Is there a DIY ...
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Why isn't glass ideal for the fermentation of sauerkraut?

I last made sauerkraut over 20 years ago, so embarking on it again I did some reading and chose an Alton Brown recipe. He specifically calls for the fermentation to be done in a plastic container. ...
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What is the history of the standard sheet (bun) pan?

What is the history of the standard sheet (bun) pan? Who came out with the sizing? Why that size? When did it occur? There are full size(26x18 Inch), half(18x13) and quarter(13x9). image from
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What should I look for in a cookie jar?

I would like to upgrade from the novelty plastic bin I currently use for cookies. What cookie jar features would prevent the cookies from getting stale for the longest amount of time? What shape of ...
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How can I be sure I'm buying the right KitchenAid beaters?

My daughter has a KitchenAid Architect stand mixer. Through a series of moves, she's misplaced the wire whip and the dough hook and I'd like to get her replacements. Easier said than done! Stores ...
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Why does my knife leave grey streaks in the butter?

Sometimes my flatware leaves grey streaks in butter. I've only seen this with knives in cold butter. They claim to be stainless steel which I would think wouldn't do this. If I recall they were the ...
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Can I fix my universal meat grinder which leaks when I make cranberry orange relish

'Tis the season for cranberry orange relish, but what a mess! The source of the leak: where the handle meets the barrel of the grinder. Is there a gasket there that can be replaced?
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Which tools can be used to safely cut bone?

I need to cut various types of bone for its marrow (ie, leg of lamb, or pork bone). I'm wondering what type of tool would accomplish this safely. I've considered bolt cutters, saws, large cleavers, ...
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When does the new home oven/stove smell go away?

Our last stove broke and our landlord had to replace it. We got one from GE Hotpoint and it seems like an OK stove. It's a gas model. We have had it for a few months now but haven't been able to ...