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How can I reduce the heat output of this heating element?

I'd like to add a Brinkmann 1500 watt element to my Bradley smoker to bring my temps up in cold weather. I'd like to limit the amount of heat it puts out, is there a voltage regulator or resistor I ...
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What is the proper way to dispose of a kitchen knife?

How do you throw away a kitchen knife (or for that matter, any knife)? It seems extremely dangerous to just throw it in the dumpster, even if it's wrapped up real well.
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Can I use an enameled trivet on the stove top?

I noticed a trivet at Aldi going for quite cheap and picked one up. My understanding of a trivet is that it's something you use to diffuse the power of a burner however, the one I got seems to be made ...
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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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Donvier Ice Cream Maker - why stirring only every 2 minutes?

This weekend I picked up a hand-cranked ice cream maker for a very low price. However some of the instructions don't make much sense. For this maker, they say to crank the handcrank 2-3 times every ...
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What is the best way to open a tightly fitted lid of a jar?

Help! I need to get a jar of pasta sauce open but can't seem to budge it. I've tried using a dishtowel, and running it under hot water, but the lid is still stuck. What else can I do to open this jar? ...
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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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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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Will a slow motion juicer extract more juice?

I have read in many places that a slow motion juicer extracts more juice than the conventional juicer, is it true? Is it the case that it can extract up to 40% more juice than the conventional ...
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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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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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Camping stove to supplement an electric hob

I've got basic electric hobs in my kitchen which do a fine job - but a lot of cookbooks suggest that certain things would be best done on an open flame/gas hob (i.e. anything involving a wok). My ...
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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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Using cast iron on a glass range

I currently rent, and the only problem I have with the house we're in is that it has a glass-top range. I absolutely love my cast iron cookware, and use it as often as possible. I've heard a few ...
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Does the Philips Air-fryer work as well as a standard deep-fryer?

I've seen commercial ads about the Philips Air-fryer: I'd like to hear answers from someone who actually tried it.. Does the outcome taste the same as if it was fried in a normal deep fryer? Does ...
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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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Do all modern electric stoves have “binary” heating elements?

I've noticed that the burners of some or all of the newish-style electric stoves which have a flat top have a peculiar property. They do not seem to be capable of running at a constant low ...
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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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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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What to look for in a hand mixer for occasional bread dough kneading?

My handmixer just died. I used it (with its kneading hooks) to knead bread dough once every two weeks in addition to blend and mix and beat cream. I'm now looking for a new model, which is maybe a ...
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Why would I prefer carbon steel (rust prone) kitchen knife?

I've seen this question and obviously carbon steel (not stainless) knives look quite bad without extra care (picture from the linked to question) Now my question is - why face the trouble? Why ...
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Lemon zest in large volumes

I need a LOT of organic lemon zest. Is there a commercial machine that can zest faster and better than a hand held zester? How do the dried zest companies produce their lemon zest? There's gotta be ...
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Is there evidence that adding salt to water prior to boiling can damage a stainless steel pan?

In the context of boiling water for pasta or other purposes, all over the Internet the advise is oft-repeated that salt should not be added to the water when it is cold in order to prevent damage to ...
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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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What is the fastest appliance/utensil to cream butter and sugar with?

I have: but even with the whisk on the stand mixer, it seems to take for ages compared to when I was a kid and used a: I'm using room temp butter and mix it for 10-20 seconds before starting ...
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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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Why does my kamado ceramic grill fall out of it's stand when I open it?

I just got a Large Big Green Egg with a nest. When I was at the store, they asked if I wanted one already put together, so I said yes. They gave me a nest that had a medium sitting in it. Now, when ...
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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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How can I cut lots of cherry tomatoes in half quickly and evenly?

Is there a tool to cut cherry tomatoes in half? Since they are so regular it should be possible to build such a machine. Alternately, what can I do to improve my speed and accuracy when halving them ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Lifetime of French press filter

I'm thinking about buying a French press for making coffee. I'm just not sure what is the lifetime of the filter? Can I use it for years or do I have to get a new filter from time to time?
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Do I need a special oven to cook a pizza as evenly as the chain stores?

When I buy a pizza from Pizza Hut or Domino's, it has a crispy base with a soft cooked middle and a properly done top. When I make a pizza in my own oven (electric, fan assisted, maximum 230° C), I ...
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Is it safe to use non stick cookware over a flame? [closed]

I have recently started to learn how to cook. Whenever I am trying to make a chapati or to cook a vegetable, I start experiencing an acute headache, most likely because of the steam or maybe the flame ...
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How should I clean my metal mesh tea strainer?

I have one of these teeli tea strainers, and it's wonderful. It's a very fine metal mesh basket with plastic frame. I've had it for perhaps 10+ years and it's still working well after brewing ...
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What causes sticking and what can I do to reduce food sticking to my cast-iron skillet?

I enjoy using my cast-iron skillet, but how can I minimize the amount of food that sticks to it while cooking? I apply oil after cleaning, and for the most part, I only clean it with hot water and a ...
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Are Damascus steel kitchen knives worth it?

Many manufacturers currently offer kitchen knives with Damascus steel blades at a premium. Besides looking cool do such knifes have any better characteristics compared to simply good forged stainless ...
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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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What's this “pucker” style hole on my cheese grater for?

Ok, this picture has two sort of weird looking holes, but the one I'm asking about is on the left side of the picture - the metal sort-of puckers up, like it's been punched through from the back ...
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How does the power setting on a microwave work?

In general, how does the microwave power setting work? Is it a straight percentage of the maximum wattage or is it something less precise? For example, would the time to cook something in a 700 watt ...
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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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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 ...