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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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... ...
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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?
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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What device should I use for pressing/fermenting

I regularly make a Japanese side dish of fermented cabbage that's simply pressed down for a day and salted. I'd just jury rigged something up, but it finally broke so now I'm looking to see if there ...
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All Clad Copper Core - everything sticks, why?

I decided to splurge on a set of All Clad Copper Core. I have no problem with browning meats with this cookware, but I am having huge problems with many other kinds of cooking. For instance, this ...
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What can I use as a manual hard cheese slicer?

I used to have an electric deli slicer (with the motorized rotary cutter) like they have in the supermarkets, though not so fancy for home use. But not any more, and now I do not have the counter ...
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Equilibrium Brining: how to use a salinity meter?

I'm interested in trying out equilibrium brining. I'm not 100% clear on how to use a salinity meter (e.g. when do I know the brining process is done, etc.). Does anyone here have suggestions on how to ...
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Sanitization, disinfection, sterilization of Dishwasher?

How to do more then just clean of dishwasher ? I mean: how to sanitize or even disinfect or sterilize ? "Many people are misinformed about the difference between clean, sanitized, disinfected, and ...
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Cooking on a Himalayan Salt Slab

I am interested in purchasing a himalayan pink salt slab to cook on my stovetop. My cooktop is glass. The directions for using the salt slab is to be sure to have a space between the heat source and ...
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Seasoning No-Stick Frying Pan

When I buy a brand-new Frying pan, the instructions usually say to "season" or oil the Pan. I just purchased one and it also says to "season" after every 10 dishwasher cycles. I always wash my pan by ...
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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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I followed the instructions, but my food still stuck to the wok

I bought a very expensive Stainless Steel Baccarat Wok only last week. I followed instructions as told by the shop assistant (to wipe with a small amount of oil before I started to cook), but when I ...
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Why does Black Gram Batter turn fluffy only when stone ground?

Idly and Vada two major recipes of South India. For those dishes Black Gram Batter is the key ingredient. This soaked balck gram when ground in a mixer or food processor makes idly and vada hard and ...
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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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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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Is polyamide food safe?

I got a nylon bag which is marked 'PA' in the label, which I think is polyamide. I plan to use it for mashing barley grains in homebrewing ( 62C to 78C, PH ~ 5, 90 minutes ). The bag is black and ...