Questions on selecting, maintaining, and using cooking tools and equipment.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (5)

4
votes
2answers
81 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
94 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
72 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
100 views

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?
2
votes
2answers
408 views

Where can I find this exact spatula, with a short handle and asymmetric head?

What kind of spatula is this? My boyfriend's father has this and I want to get him a new one for Christmas but cannot find it. It does not have a brand on it and he does not know where the spatula ...
2
votes
1answer
173 views

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
2
votes
0answers
150 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
122 views

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?
9
votes
3answers
313 views

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?
3
votes
1answer
66 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
206 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
265 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
243 views

Food Processor Feeder Tube Hole - What Is It Called and How Does It Work?

I've seen a useful tool on some food processors before, where they have a small hole in the feeder tube that is perfect for making mayonnaise. If you fill the feeder tube with oil, the oil will fall ...
0
votes
1answer
161 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
219 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
153 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
87 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
207 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
75 views

Siphon for testing new recipes: 250ml or 500ml? [closed]

I already own two 1 litre ISI siphons but they are too big when I'm developing a new mousse or recipe in general. I don't have a restaurant, I just do this in my free time, and I was considering ...
1
vote
1answer
97 views

Why is there a small piece of iron sponge in my electric water boiler?

My electric water boiler has a small, yet dense bit of iron sponge, about the size of a Brussels sprout. I think it is something to prevent the water from superheating. However, I'm not sure that's ...
1
vote
0answers
21 views

What can be used instead of cheesecloth? [duplicate]

My father is cooking a soup, we don't have a cheesecloth and he wants to clear the soup.
2
votes
3answers
363 views

How to inject carbon dioxide into hard candy, to make poping rocks?

I have a great idea for a unique candy recipe, but to achieve this I need to be able to make pop rocks. The pop rocks would be inside the candy. Doing some research I have learned that POP ROCKS ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Temperature of electric burners [duplicate]

I have an electric stove with two sizes of burners. What is the general temperature in Fahrenheit when the small burners are on medium?
2
votes
0answers
53 views

underfilled whipper canisters

I see a lot of info on overfilled whippers but what about underfilled. Let's say I have a 1/2 liter whipper which is 500cc. I know I can get away with just putting in 250cc of liquid but what if I put ...
5
votes
1answer
278 views

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, ...
1
vote
0answers
67 views

Whip cream dispenser broken

When I screw the NO2 charger in to the dispenser nothing happens but if I unscrew it all the gas comes out. How do I fix this?
8
votes
2answers
460 views

Is it safe to use non stick cookware over a flame? [closed]

I have recently started to learn how to cook. Whenever I am trying to make a chapati or to cook a vegetable, I start experiencing an acute headache, most likely because of the steam or maybe the flame ...
0
votes
1answer
136 views

Why would different types of pots/pans (made from different metal) give a different taste to food?

There's many types of pots and pans: from copper to stainless steel. I own several different types at home. I have been using them, and I've noticed a slightly different tastes each one give on the ...
2
votes
2answers
247 views

Technology improvements of microwave ovens for thawing and reheating

We own an 800W microwave oven that was bought in 1999. It still works fine but I am thinking about replacing it, specifically since I hope to benefit from technology improvements that may have ...
6
votes
1answer
298 views

Food Safe 3D printed Jello Molds

I am purchasing a PLA/ABS/etc. 3D printer for various projects and a friend asked me to make a Jell-O mold. I am aware that PLA degrades into harmless lactic acid and there are Food Grade varieties ...
3
votes
2answers
397 views

How do we decide between gas, induction, and electric (ceramic) stoves?

I'm surprised I only found one previous thread on this topic and it was 5 years old, so i think it's worth asking again since I'm sure some things have changed. We're going to be remodeling our ...
3
votes
2answers
335 views

Old stone mortar and pestle cleaning

My roommate has an old mortar made from stone that had been outdoors for quite some time. She rinsed it thoroughly,put it in a big pot, and boiled it to kill any bacteria that could be crawling in ...
1
vote
1answer
155 views

How to bake low carb bread in a Zojirushi bread machine model #BBCC-x20

In a Zojirushi bread machine model BBCC-x20, what cycle would I bake a low carb recipe on as it does not have a low carb setting? Also, where would I find low carb recipes for low carb bread ...
3
votes
1answer
81 views

My Bunn coffeemaker has started overflowing at the funnel

We recently moved to Indiana from Colorado. Our new house in Indiana has a water softener and I have read that soft water can cause Bunns to overflow. I have not read anything about how this is ...
2
votes
0answers
136 views

Shallower bowl or longer dough hook for Kitchen Aid 7qt Stand Mixer?

I have a 7qt lifter style kitchen aid stand mixer and use it often to make bread and pizza doughs. Generally works great for very large batches, but I find that either the 7qt bowl is too deep or the ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

Are cooking thermometers essential?

I've been watching some cooking shows, and they seem very keen on there thermometers. They have prob thermometers, oven thermometers, meat thermometers, confectionery thermometers, oil thermometers... ...
0
votes
1answer
180 views

How to reseason cast iron skillets using a fire

I was told to put my cast iron skillets in an open fire to clean. We did and now they have a red discoloration and look worse than before. How do I clean the red off and get them shiny again?
4
votes
2answers
142 views

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?
6
votes
2answers
395 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
229 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
308 views

Can I use an enameled trivet on the stove top?

I noticed a trivet at Aldi going for quite cheap and picked one up. My understanding of a trivet is that it's something you use to diffuse the power of a burner however, the one I got seems to be made ...
1
vote
1answer
57 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
332 views

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, ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
56
votes
6answers
7k views

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 garlic/...
2
votes
1answer
270 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

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?
0
votes
3answers
718 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

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 ...