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Whipped cream without a mixer?

Is it possible to make whipped cream without a power mixer? How? Can it be made with a stick blender?
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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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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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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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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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How to find a competent knife sharpener

I have a santoku that I will be wanting to get professionally sharpened in the next few months. This is the first knife I've owned that was reasonably expensive so I want to make sure I take care of ...
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Can I use a Wok ring on a gas range?

I have just purchased a GE Cafe gas range. The user guide indicates: Do not use a wok on the cooking surface if the wok has a round metal ring that is placed over the burner grate to support the ...
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What do you need for Chinese style Hotpot at home?

I love going to hotpot at the restaurant. How can I do it at home? What sort of equipment do I need?
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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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Why is my meat grinder getting clogged with sinew?

Last Christmas, I got a meat grinder and I've stared experimenting with sausage making. My previous batches have been around a pound of pork, and I noticed that it seemed to slow down as I went. ...
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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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creme brulee without torch

Is it possible to finish a creme brulee without a torch? Are there any other creative methods to get the sugar to crisp up on the top of this delicious dessert?
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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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Prevent the grinder basket on Cuisinart coffee maker from sticking

I have a Cuisinart grind and brew coffee maker. The grinder basket is very hard to remove. I have cleaned it as well as I could and Cuisinart just offered to sell me a new part for $30 that may or ...
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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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KitchenAid Pro mixer clicking noise

I have a KitchenAid pro mixer that is making a slow clicking noise. It gets faster as I turn up the speed. I first noticed it after replacing a stripped worm follower gear. It sounds like it's coming ...
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Aprons for the home chef

What do I look for in a good high quality apron? Where can I go to get one?
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Restaurant kitchen supplies that are also really useful in a home kitchen?

What are some good suggestions for the kinds of cooking tools and supplies you might normally see in a restaurant kitchen, but are also super useful in a home environment?
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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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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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Can you make latte-art with a panarello wand?

I have a deLonghi Icona coffe machine. It contains a steaming wand of the panarello kind (with a hole in the top that automatically injects air). I tried to steam the milk to create a microfoam that ...
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Where can I find left-handed serrated knives?

I recently discovered that the reason I hate cheese knives (but love cheese) is because they are made to work for right-handed people. So where can I buy a (reasonably priced) cheese knife, or other ...
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How heavy should a Chinese chef's knife be?

What weight should a Chinese chef's knife be and for what purpose? All around, i.e. one knife for most cooking Slicing Chopping vegetables Meat without bones Chicken or fish with bones Chinese ...
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Why can't I heat water properly on a new glass cooktop using a stainless steel pot?

I have just started using a glass cooktop and my RACO stainless steel cook pot takes ages to heat and won't boil unless on the highest setting. It makes a scummy mark on the cook top. I thought that ...
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Looking for a rice cooker, steamer, deep fryer, slow cooker combo that can cook rice and steam at the same time

I know this is slightly crazy, but I am a minimalist. I try to get by on as little "stuff" as possible. Basically I want a rice cooker that can steam my vegetables and chicken for a meal all at the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Would it be a bad idea to electroplate a knife?

I'm curious, I haven't seen any electroplated kitchen knives before so I'm not sure if they exist. And if not, why?
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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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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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How to bake a sponge cake in a grill microwave oven

How can we bake a sponge cake in a grill microwave oven where there no preheating functionality? It's an Electrolux grill microwave oven. Is there any substitution to the preheating process?
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What Kind of Pan is This?

This is a screen-shot of "Chopped", a show on the Food Network that I watch a lot. Most of the pans on the show are stainless steel, but it seems that these pans are always the ones the chefs grab ...
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Is Greenpan safe?

We've been using this environmentally friendly non stick pan called the Green pan from Costco and I've done some research on it, but I cant seem to find anything or anyone debunking the safeness of ...
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Old-Fashioned Candy/Deep-Fry Thermometer - How Shallow Can I Go?

I have a thermometer like this: Today I'm making tostadas. I don't need or want deep oil for that, just over a centimeter would be plenty. In order to submerge the bulb of this thermometer in oil ...
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How to measure the temperature of a pan?

When I need to know if a pan is above or below 100 Celsius but don't have a thermometer handy, I squirt some water on it. Say I want to check for another temperature, e.g. for the Maillard reaction or ...
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Digital meat thermometer that does not cause juice losses

Sometimes when I'm trying a new cooking method that uses different cooking temperatures compared to what I use normally, I find it difficult to estimate when my roast/meat is done. Digital meat ...
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I left my cast iron pot on the gas stove, on high flame, and then forgot about it for 3 hours

(it was empty and I was drying it before I oiled it to store it). After I discovered it and let it cool, I oiled it with a paper towel and all this rusty stuff came off and continues to come off. Is ...
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Does it take a special type of blender to make smoothies?

Or am I just doing it wrong? I have what I consider a typical blender that you might find in any American kitchen. It's a glass container with a cross shaped blade. The problem I have is that pieces ...
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When baking, is it better to use a gas or electric oven?

I'm looking for an oven and wanted to know if there is any difference between a gas or electric oven when it comes to baking things like cakes, biscuits and scones?
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Can you brew black tea in a macchinetta?

If I use black tea leaves (not grounded leaves like in commercial teabags), and place them in the macchinetta (either instead of a coffee, or with the water). Is the brewed result going to be any ...
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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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Can I use a waffle iron as a Panini press?

I have a basic but serviceable waffle iron I bought at a charity shop for a fiver. If I don't mind a waffle pattern on my sandwich, is there any real need for a Panini press?
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What's the best container to ferment vegetables?

I'm brand new to fermenting. Popular purchases are Ohio stoneware crocks and A German style air-lock ceramic crock for fermenting the harvest. (pictured in order below) I'm interested in smaller ...
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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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Should I get the small or large size of a pour over brew device when I'm only brewing one cup? (eg. Hario V60, Woodneck)

Assuming that I am only going to brew a cup of coffee for myself and won't be brewing more than one cup at a time, should I still get the larger of the two sizes (or three sizes in terms of the V60) ...
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What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into fine powder?

I have big chunks of jaggery. I want to turn them into fine powder. What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into their powdered form?
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What features should I look for in a hand grinder (for peanut butter)?

I want to make my own peanut butter. I've read of various grinders--both hand-operated and electric. I'm most interested in finding a durable hand-operated peanut butter grinder. I know there are ...