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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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Sous vide without plastic bags?

I really like the idea of cooking steak using sous vide. However, I am very wary of heating food up together with plastic, and then eating the food, as I believe that at high temperatures, chemicals ...
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What is the best way to clean a roasting tray/baking tray that has sauce burned on to it?

I made this recipe last week - chicken wings roasted in a marinade of soy sauce, brown sugar and white wine vinegar. It was delicious but lots of the marinade has burned onto my baking tray, and I'm ...
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Can I replace a food processor in this brownie recipe?

I'd like to make a "healthy" brownie recipe, but the instructions ask for a food processor, which I don't have. I thought about using a blender, but I've read it won't come out right using a blender. ...
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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 ...
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Hard to find spatula [duplicate]

Just curious if you ever found where to buy those spatulas? (Re: Where did the thin, smooth plastic spatulas go? The dark blue one on the left) Where did the thin, smooth plastic spatulas go? My wife ...
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What type of frying pan does not warp?

I have a glass smooth-top stove. Every large frying pan that I have bought so far has almost immediately warped so that the bottom is no longer flat. They all end up concave -- like a wok but less ...
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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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Dutch oven instead of oven?

I'm moving into a small apartment with no oven. Before, I had a 16" oven stone to bake my bread and I'm looking for something to keep baking. Would a duch oven over a gas kitchen work? I can't use ...
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Why did my ceramic coated loaf pan turn brown?

I used ceramic a coated loaf pan and the inside color which was white, changed to brown, as if it has burnt, is that normal?
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Can anybody tell me where I can find this exact spatula please?

Can anybody please tell me what kind of spatula this is? My boyfriend's father has this and I am wanting to get him a new one for Christmas and I have googled and searched everything under the sun ...
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What has a cooler got to do with sous-vide cooking?

Kindly explain paragraph 3. I can't see link between this device for sous-vide cooking and coolers? What does unmatched versatility mean here? This is the Chefsteps Joule sous-vide cooker
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Induction range vs gas

In the next few months I have a kitchen remodel planned. One item to be replaced is the range/oven. Currently we have a "vintage" electric stove. I am undecided as to whether to choose gas or an ...
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White stains and stainless steel cookware

I know this question has been asked before in some form or another, but I can't seem to find a definitive answer. I've looked on SA, chowhound, martha stewart, about.com, etc., and answers seem to ...
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Why is the handle of sauce pans tilted and not horizontal?

Why is the handle of a saucepan tilted upwards now-a-days rather than the old fashioned horizontal handles?
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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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What is a Hostess Set of flatware?

When talking about flatware, what exactly does a Hostess Set include? How many people does it serve?
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My KitchenAid mixer head will not lock in the down position. How can I rectify this?

It will lock with the head raised. There doesn't appear to be anything obstructing it from sitting flat, but it doesn't want to lock.
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How to turn froth into juice?

When I make juice from vegetables and leafy greens about 1/4 of what comes out of the juicer is froth. Is it possible to mix this froth back into the juice rather than throwing it away? That would ...
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Cast iron, forged iron or carbon steel pan for induction?

I need a new pan for non-stick applications (eggs) and I want to try using a well-seasoned iron or carbon steel one. I use an induction stove. Normally, the arguments I hear in favor of carbon steel ...
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Can silicone moulds be used for making cupcakes in electric tandoor

I am preparing cupcakes as I have bought new electric tandoor. Now I am confused, can silicone moulds be used in electric tandoor or not?
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What pot size for 150 servings of sauce?

I am cooking spaghetti meat sauce for approximately 150 people. I can cook the sauce, but I have never cooked for such a large group before, what size pot is recommended?
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Do honing steels wear out?

We have a knife set that's approximately 15 years old, and as we were honing a knife tonight, a question arose. Do honing steels get worn down over the years? Should they be replaced? If so, how ...
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What causes the black discoloration on this plastic electric teakettle?

In the break room at work, there is a tea kettle that has some unappealing discoloration. I would like to use it, and lots of people do, but I find it terribly unappealing. I can't remove it with ...
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Is there a difference between a slow cooker and a crock pot?

What is the difference between a crock pot and slow cooker? Both terms seem to be used for the same thing. Is this correct? Are they the same? Or is there some key difference between them?
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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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Blowtorch - hardware store vs kitchen store. Is there a difference?

When looking for a blowtorch for the kitchen, you can buy some reasonably expensive tools. When looking for a blowtorch for plumbing, you can buy some reasonably cheap tools. The price is different. ...
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Should I season my paellera?

I bought a carbon steel paella pan. I've looked up if people season it (link) but on Wikipedia I've read: As with other cast iron vessels, a seasoned pan or dutch oven should not regularly be used ...
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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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What is the best material for a cooking spoon?

We use standard wooden spoons, but they soon pick up stains from the various dishes. What are the pros and cons of the various woods, e.g. olive, Cilio Toscana Olivewood, beechwood, maple, bamboo, ...
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What are the differences between an induction stove and a regular electric stove?

What are the differences between an induction stove and a regular electric stove? They are both electrically powered, and don't look all that different, but the induction cooktops I have seen are a ...
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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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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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separating almond flour from almond meal

I've been experimenting with almond flour for baking bread because I have a hard time digesting starches. I've progressed to the point where my bread made from 50:50 (almond:wheat flours) is almost ...
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Why buy a more expensive kitchen scale

It seems about time for me to give in to peer pressure and get a kitchen scale like everyone else. It seems like they would give my cooking more consistency if nothing else. I've payed attention to ...
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Should I bake cookies with the oven heated from the top or the bottom?

Last time I made a chocolate chip cookies, my cookies became black because I did not know which side of heat to use. Should I heat the oven from the top or the bottom? I thought maybe I needed to heat ...
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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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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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Whatever Has Happened to This Fork?

I left some dirty dishes over a summer internship. Now, cleaning up, I have found that some of the silverware has developed a rough surface. After sitting overnight in a soapy bath, it persists, ...
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How do I clean a pasta maker?

I am experimenting with a home pasta maker, and after all the fun comes the cleaning up. My worries come from tiny bits of dry dough I find when I clean the machine. There always seem to be more every ...
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Do Ice Wands have an advantage over a homemade solution?

It's recently come to my attention that I've been flirting with disaster by regularly cooling large pots of stock (~2 or 3 quarts at a time) by moving them straight from high temperature (>180F) to ...
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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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iSi Gourmet Whip Plus - 0.5l or 1l?

I'm buying a iSi Gourmet Whip Plus and I'm not sure which size to go for. The difference in price is only $4 so cost is not a factor. I'm a home cook and mostly cater for 2 or sometimes upto 6. I'm ...
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Why would a steam rice cooker suddenly make my dad sick? [closed]

My dad has owned the same rice cooker for years and it always worked fine. Recently, every time he makes rice, which is all it has ever been used for, he gets sick to his stomach almost immediately ...
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Making high-quality frozen-food at home?

There's a french chain, picard, which sells gourmet frozen food , for the french. And they really like it - so it must be really tasty. But it's expensive. On the other hand ,some families , that ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of various woods used in wooden utensils?

Looking up wooden utensils on amazon, I've found bamboo, maple, olive wood and birch wood spoons/kitchen utensils. Is there any clear benefit to one wood over another for cooking utensils? Is one ...
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An electronic tool for mixing while the pot is on the fire

When cooking a pudding cream, we need to constantly mix the cream while it is on the fire, in order to prevent chunks from forming and keep the cream smooth. It takes a long time and the hand becomes ...
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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?