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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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How do I remove my KitchenAid attachment?

My KitchenAid attachment appears to be stuck. I attempt to push up to remove the dough hook and it does not budge one bit. I am thinking I'm either doing something completely wrong or there's some way ...
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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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Which torch to buy for finishing sous vide meat? Butane or propane?

I have started cooking sous vide and am thinking of buying a torch to finish off the meat. I have seen stores selling little butane torches for creme brulees, but some have claimed they are not hot ...
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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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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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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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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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How long do I need to freeze the freezer bowl when making the second batch of ice cream?

I have made one batch of ice cream, and now I need to make another. I have rinsed out the freezer bowl, and when I dried it I noticed that the water had frozen to a thin film of ice. So it is ...
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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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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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Stove Knob adapter 8mm to 6mm? [migrated]

My stove takes 6mm stove knobs but I bought 8mm stove knobs. Is there an adapter or something to make the 6mm shaft work with 8mm knobs?
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Is it safe to use a propane torch bought at a Hardware store?

I've come across recipes that involve the use of a Butane or Propane torch. Is it safe to use a propane torch bought at the Hardware store, or is there something different about the torches and/or ...
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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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What can you do with an infrared thermometer?

Infrared thermometers have plummeted in price in recent years, and are now inexpensive gadgets for the home cook, not to mention the pros. What are the primary uses of an infrared thermometer in the ...
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How does a whipped cream charger work?

I recently got an iSi whipped cream container that charges with nitrous cannisters. I don't really understand how the thing works, which I think would help my use of the system. How does this actually ...
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Utensil materials - plastic, metal or wooden?

I'm just starting to cook for myself in college, and I'm curious what the best material of cooking tools are for pasta in a metal pan and stir fry in a non-stick wok. To make this question more ...
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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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The best way to clean a French Press coffee maker

I have been using a French Press coffee maker for quite some time now, and I have tried a few methods for removing the spent coffee grinds from the vessel. It is always a bit of a chore to this in an ...
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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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What are the different applications for differently shaped wooden spoons?

A while back I got a set of wooden spoons that contained 5 differently shaped wooden spoons. Take a look at the following photo to see the different shapes. I have mainly been using wooden spoon #1 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Fissler frying pans. Are they worth the price?

I just saw a good deal on frying pans from Fissler. The two pans included in the deal are the "crispy" and "protect" models. However, it is still a lot of money (169 €). Before I place an order I am ...
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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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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 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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What is this grilling utensil with two wire mesh panels?

I want to buy this cooking utensil but have no idea what it is called and where i can buy one from. I think it is mainly used on barbeques. Ive tried googling and had no luck. I'll try describing it ...
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What is the point of a salt mill?

Salt mills and pepper mills often come in pairs. I understand the purpose of the pepper mill: It breaks open the pepper corn and releases the aroma. But there is, to my knowledge, no such thing as a ...
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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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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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How do I keep the rice cooker from boiling over?

Possible Duplicate: Stopping water from bubbling over when cooking rice I am having epic rice-cooker failure here. I measure out the amount of rice suggested by the little cup thingy. I ...
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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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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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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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What foods *require* a food processor?

I've got an immersion blender, a normal blender, and will eventually be getting a stand mixer. Are there any foods I absolutely have to have a food processor to make, where I can't use one of those? ...
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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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Ceramic vs Stainless Steel in coffee mugs

My travel mug broke :( Looking at replacements, I find that most travel mugs with designs tend to be stainless steel, whereas my prior mug was ceramic. Is there a difference in heat retention between ...
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When is a Utility Knife to be preferred over a Chef's or a Paring knife?

A Utility knife is a kitchen knife that is midway in size between a Chef's knife and a Paring knife. Although I own a Utility knife, I don't believe that I have ever used it except when my Chef's ...
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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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Buying my first set of pots and pans

I have NO idea what I'm doing :). I'm looking to buy some pots/pans for my appartment (just moved out). Considering these: ...
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What's the purpose of a bread box?

For some reason I always thought bread boxes were supposed to be wood, and that some property of wood helped keep bread fresh. Like a cigar box, perhaps. But after looking for a bread box, I see ...
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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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How do you reduce static in a coffee grinder?

Is there a way to reduce/eliminate the static buildup in a burr grinder? I've tried a few different coffee grinders and inevitably on removing the grinds bin, I get a spray of coffee all over the ...
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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 ...