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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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How to properly sharpen Santoku and any other knife using a water sharpener/Japanese whetstone?

I've recently bought a really nice Santoku knife from Wüsthof along with a Japanese water sharpener, and since then I've been watching a lot of videos and reading a lot of guides about how to use the ...
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How to clean a burnt cast iron pot?

I have this cast iron pot that my friend completely burnt. I was wondering what might be done to save this pot. I realize that this question seems similar to this one but in that one his skillet is ...
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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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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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How do I plan a meal without a stove or oven? [closed]

I have to cook a meal for my whole office (around 18 people); it's sort of a thing where everyone has to cook a meal at some point. I would be able to find something myself but we don't have a stove ...
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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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How to clean a clogged Misto oil sprayer/spritzer?

I use a Misto oil spritzer. You fill it up with oil and pump it up and spray a pan with it. It's gotten clogged up so that it just squirts a steady stream of oil (not a spray). Any ideas how to ...
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how to disarm a potentially pressurized whipping siphon?

My situation is much like spongefile's: I'm using my iSi cream whipper for the first time, charging it as instructed out of sweat-deserving fear of pressurized items Nothing is released when I push ...
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Searing Sous-vide with electric heat gun

After looking at various searing approaches incorporating the use of gas torches I wondered if heat guns might be a useful tool for searing. Heat guns are relatively inexpensive and have various tips ...
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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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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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How much CO2 does it take to carbonate water using a household Soda Siphon?

A soda siphon seems to be the de facto device for carbonating water at home. A search of reviews and comments on the consumption and cost of CO2 yields the following results: 70 cents or one ...
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Induction unit makes buzzing sound

I was fed up with the low quality electric hobs which are installed in my 1 meter wide "kitchen" (I forgot a crepe on the smaller one on the highest setting, and 25 min later it wasn't even browned, ...
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How can I make coffee with a minimum of equipment and maintenance?

My household doesn't regularly drink coffee, but we occasionally want to provide coffee for our guests, or need to use coffee as an ingredient in other dishes. We do have a coffee maker (a "free" ...
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What is this Ceramic Container?

What is this Ceramic Container? I found this at a goodwill and have no clue what it is ??
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What does one use a saw for?

In the 1939 illustrated book Madeline is a kitchen scene. On the counter are plates (or bowls), a colander, a ladle, a saucepan, a large knife — and a hand saw. Is a hand saw a kitchen ...
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What does the “bold” setting on my Cuisinart coffee maker do?

I recently bought a Cuisinart coffee maker. It has a button to switch between "regular" and "bold" when brewing. I have no idea what this actually does. I thought that usually bold coffee came from ...
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How to convert slow cooker recipes to pressure cooker with different cooking times?

Google results for this question either don't answer the question at all or don't address what happens when multiple ingredients have different pressure cooking times. I'm specifically looking to ...
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What is this kitchen tool - a handle, and coil of metal around a metal plate?

I'm at a loss for what these things are for - they came in a bag with some other things I bought at a thrift store.
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Is copper cookware really better than stainless steel?

This is somewhat related to the question about copper vs. cast iron, but this is about copper vs. pure stainless steel. I had an old stainless steel stockpot that warped (it was very, very cheap ...
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Should I retire my scratched non-stick rice cooker?

I am the lucky owner of a George Foreman Multicooker which is essentially a fancy rice cooker with a removable steaming basket. It has a non-stick cooking surface they call "George-Tough" coating. ...
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Can I use this dutch oven on a grill or camp fire?

I have a six quart cast iron, enameled dutch oven from Lodge and a power outage likely to last a few days. The dutch oven looks like this and has one of the oven safe knobs on top: The black out ...
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Do I need to season a stainless steel saute pan?

Okay, I received a nice stainless steel saute pan for Christmas and in looking around online there are people that say I need to season it. Most of the techniques I've seen involve oil and salt and ...
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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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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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What “all-in-one” single serving tea device(s) are sturdy, make “teapot quality” loose leaf tea, and are two pieces or less?

I am looking for a convenient office/portable tea making/drinking system. Ideally the device should be portable and very easy to clean in an office setting and still extract the same quality of flavor ...
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How heavy should 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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Dishwasher safety - “top shelf” vs. “bottom shelf”

The instruction manual for some of my kitchen equipment says "Dishwasher safe (top shelf)". What difference is there between what an object on the top shelf of a dishwasher experiences, and what ...
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Can you put egg shells down the garbage disposal?

The Google has conflicting answers. I come from a background of "everything goes in the garbage disposal", my wife's background is "never put anything in the garbage disposal". I suspect reality 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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How to use cast-iron teacup?

I love my cast-iron teapots; however, for Christmas, I received a set of teacups to match my latest acquisition. Do I pre-warm them like I do the pot? Or is the intent for it to leech some heat out ...
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Why did my lids seal?

This has never happened to me before! Last night I made Refrigerator Pickles using cucumbers and an ordinary vinegar, water, sugar brine. My intention was to make a couple jars for co-workers who ...
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How do I open a brand-new (plug-top) oval canister?

Shockingly I can't find an answer to this anywhere I look online. I have an oval canister of cocoa that I received as a gift with no directions on how to open it. A can opener is not going to work ...
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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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Can too hot water cause the mate gourd to break?

I just got back from Argentina with three mate gourds and started to prepare them for first use (put the yerba, add cold water and leave for ~1 day, I was told, is the first thing to do). To my ...
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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 get a chef's knife or santoku if I don't eat meat?

If I don't eat meat, is there any reason why I would choose a chef's knife or santoku over a vegetable knife (e.g. Japanese vegetable knives or Chinese cleavers)? I eat all kinds of foods (from ...
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Can I use a tagine on a glass cooktop, and do I need a heat diffuser?

I somehow ended up acquiring not one but two tagines recently. Unfortunately, I have neither a gas nor charcoal stove (the ideal cooking surfaces for tagines, AIUI), only a smooth glass cooktop. I've ...
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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 do you use them for? What have you learned about cooking ...
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Have a bent frying pan

I have a frying pan that was dropped and is now bent making it where the lid doesn't sit correctly on it. Is there a way to fix this?
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Is it safe to use a tea kettle with black dots on the bottom?

My tea kettle has a bunch of black dots all over the inside bottom part of it. I tried washing it and using a scrub sponge to scrub it off but it won't come off. Is it safe to continue using it or ...
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Do I need to clean an oven that's not been used in 10 years?

My house has a built-in oven that I've never used since I moved in ~10 years ago. (I prefer to use the oven function of a combi-microwave.) My wife, who has just moved in with me, wants to use the ...
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Is the SS Stovetop Espresso Maker from CafeCoffeeDay a Moka pot?

Is the SS Stovetop Espresso Maker what's called a Moka pot? They haven't named it explicitly a Moka pot, hence the question. If not, can a Moka pot style coffee be prepared in that instrument?
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Where did the thin, smooth plastic spatulas go?

20 years ago, the most common type of rigid spatula (or "turner") was smooth, thin (as in 3mm or less with a sharp edge), and generally made of nylon. These spatulas were not very durable (leading ...
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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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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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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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What are the benefits of using a dedicated rice cooker, rather than just cooking rice in a pot?

For which reasons should I use a dedicated rice cooker, instead of cooking rice in a pot?
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What is a thorough way to clean my dish rack?

I have a Simple Human Dishrack. It was kind of a splurge when I bought it. We were swayed by the good reviews. The rack does not have the typical open wire design, as you can see in the link above. ...