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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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How do I use the clock on my Ilve oven?

I recently bought an Ilve oven second-hand. I can't figure out how to use the clock/timer functions. The oven is 10-15 years old, and all the manuals I have found are for newer/different ovens. Can ...
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How does thermal shock affect pans made of different materials?

In another question, I had a little comment-discussion with TFD on the effect of shock cooling on pans. In a nutshell, I said that it is bad for the pan, and he said that especially if the pan is made ...
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What's the best option for water for tea in the office?

When making tea at home, I have all the equipment I need to make a fine cup of tea. In the office, however, my options are more limited. It seems my sources for hot water are: Straight from the tap ...
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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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Is it really necessary to wash a skillet that will be heated up again soon?

I made some eggs in a cast iron skillet yesterday and didn't wash the skillet. Today I want to make eggs again. Is it really necessary for me to wash the skillet before making more eggs? It would ...
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What are the tradeoffs between spiral and C-shaped dough hooks?

I have misplaced the dough hook attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer, and I'm debating what type of dough hook attachment to purchase to replace it, and specifically if there are performance ...
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Safe to leave oven on at 180F while at work to cook ribs?

I'm currently at work and I'm having a little panic attack. I followed a recipe that require the ribs to be wrapped in foil and cooked at 180F for 9hours. I left about 30 minutes ago and for who ...
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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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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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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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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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Bell Pepper Mousse - won't charge or discharge

I made an ISI Whip recipe for Bell Pepper Mousse, chilled the mixture in the container for 2 hours, then charged the mixture twice, heard gas release, shook it vigorously 20 times and it would not ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How to keep my stainless steel skillet clean

I have a KitchenAid skillet that I love. But I can't seem to get it cleaned easily. It looks much like this one, but with a brushed exterior and the bottom of the interior is grooved or ribbed. For ...
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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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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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What to look for when buying a rice cooker?

I think I can best explain the question by using a computer analogy. When buying a laptop there are specific qualities that a person looks for like Processor speed Screen size Amount of memory ...
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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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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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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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Is there a substitute for aluminum foil?

Is there a replacement that can be used for aluminum foil in the oven? I believe that aluminum in the diet has adverse effect on health, so I don't want to use it in my kitchen. Is there an ...
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Where to find a crepe maker

In my childhood I have memory of a clockwork crepe maker using an alcohol burner. It was quite compact, and sat on a small side table The glow of the burner and the whir of the clockwork mechanism ...
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What features should I consider when getting an ice cream or gelato machine?

Obviously, there's the amount that it can make in one batch, and there seem to be three basic types (ones you freeze the bowl ahead of time; ones you pack it with salt and ice, and ones that ...
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In how much water do I need to put ramekins when cooking au bain marie in the oven?

I have been given four ramekins and a cooking book with 30 recipes for eggs in a ramekin as a present. Everything is explained very clearly: Preheat the water for the bain marie dish in the oven at ...
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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 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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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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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 silicone baking mats come in 14x16" sizes?

I've really liked the non-stick silicone backing mats that I have. I use them all the time. They fit perfectly in our 12x16" jelly roll pans. My cookie sheets are a bit bigger though at 14x16". I ...
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Use of pizza stone in gas oven

I have a new gas kitchen stove. The oven seems to burn so easily. I have a thermometer in there and it is registering the temp that I have the oven set on. I have seen where people have used a pizza ...
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Cutting cold butter into flour - which mixer attachment should I use?

I have a kitchenaid 6 quart stand mixer and a large family of nine. At the moment we're using coupons to buy biscuit dough, but I wanted to look at the time and effort to make our own. Not just for ...
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Does water boil faster with the lid on?

When bringing water to a boil from cold water, what effect does a lid have on the time to boil? Does it increase or decrease the time? How much? Why?
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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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Are there significant differences between different zesters?

I'm thinking of purchasing a zester and I need some indication of a good one. Can anyone help? What should I look for?
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How to make cookies without using greaseproof paper or a baking tin?

I don't have greaseproof paper nor a baking tin and I'm baking cookies. What should I do?
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How important is RPM in a blender?

I'm looking at getting a new blender, basically the main things I want to be able to do with it are make curry pastes, ultra smooth restaurant quality purees and soups and grind small amounts of ...
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How do I prepare arabic coffee in a stone Dallah?

I purchased a lovely stone Dallah from Jordan. . The first and obvious question is: is it safe to prepare coffee in? However, once that question is answered, the pot certainly looks functional. ...
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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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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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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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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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Creating a home “anti-griddle”?

I watched a restaurant documentary last night (Spinning Plates; pretty good!) which featured a modernist chef demonstrating their kitchen's anti-griddle: essentially a large metal plate chilled down ...
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Is there something better than mineral oil for cutting boards?

I've been using mineral oil to oil my wooden cutting boards ever since I found out this was a good thing to do. I had a couple of bamboo boards up until I bought a really great John Boos carving ...