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

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How long to bake bread? [closed]

I followed the basic recipe from the Good Housekeeping Cookbook for basic bread. After the first proofing, I baked it in a loaf pan at 400F for 30 mins. The bread turned out flat and burnt at the ...
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How to select a good non-stick pan, price point wise?

I already have cast iron skillet but I can't find a decent "normal" pan, for eggs and stuff, sometimes steaks, more or less general purpose. Here are some more features: high quality, durable, non ...
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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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Why did the bottom of my stainless steel pan burn during seasoning?

While I was seasoning my stainless steel pan, the bottom turned brown before I added the oil. Why did the bottom of my stainless steel pan burn? Can I remove the stain?
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I only want to buy two knives, which two types to get?

I plan on cooking pretty simple foods and will need a knife for things like stir fry, the occasional meat dish, soups, casseroles, basically just standard fare. What brand and type will get me good ...
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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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How to evaluate the features of a multi-purpose food processor/mixer? [closed]

Should I expect that the whisking/dough-kneading abilities of a multi-purpose appliance that appears to more of a food processor, such as the following... Be comparable to those of a multi-purpose ...
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Lemon zest in large volumes

I need a LOT of organic lemon zest. Is there a commercial machine that can zest faster and better than a hand held zester? How do the dried zest companies produce their lemon zest? There's gotta be ...
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Are welded-handled stock pots safe?

I'm shopping for a new 16 to 20 quart induction-compatible stock pot and seem to be having a hard time finding one that has handles that are not welded. I've read in various Amazon reviews that welds ...
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Why shouldn't I bake on scratched silicone mats?

My Silpat baking mat came with very clear instructions to throw out the mat as soon as it becomes scratched. It now has a few very light surface scratches that don't seem to have penetrated the first ...
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I want to invest in some hotel pans for home cooking, what size and quantities should I buy?

When I watch cooking shows and observe equipment in restaurant kitchens, I see a lot of different size hotel pans. I see that various sizes can be used to hold sauces, hold mise en place, hold cooked ...
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Ceramic cup seems to be cracked internally, is it safe to use?

I have a large ceramic soup cup which appears to be internally damaged after being rinsed with cold water while hot: Is this cup still safe to use, or is it likely to shatter or otherwise fail ...
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Can I roast nuts in a convection microwave oven? [duplicate]

I am looking for a new microwave. I heard a lot of good things about convection microwave ovens. I am wondering if I could also use one for roasting nuts or any kind of seeds, so I don't have to buy ...
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Does Heating Up A PTFE Non-Stick Pan Create “Fumes”?

Given the advances in technology regarding non-stick pans, do they still give off fumes if they are heated with nothing in them? I never pre-heat my non-sticks with more than low to medium-low heat, ...
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How am I supposed to heat a pie-iron-style pizzelle iron?

I found an old pizzelle iron in one of my cabinets. It looks like this: Most of the pizzelle recipes I found — for example this one — are for a "George Foreman"-style pizzelle iron, and are self ...
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Enameled Cast Iron vs Stainless Steel Roasting Pans

I'd like to buy myself the best roasting pan and I'm stuck on whether to get an Enameled Cast Iron or a thicker Stainless Steel/tri-ply type pan. I'm looking for the pro/cons of each, and any personal ...
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eco-friendly whipping siphon

I have been looking for a whipping for a while, but I am a bit put off by the N2O and CO2 cartridges as they don't have great reusability but can only be recycled, also because of the small size ...
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Olive wood cooking utensils: Seasoning, care, and maintenance?

I just got my dear one a nice olive wood ladle a week or so ago. It's sitting out still since I would like to know what steps I should take in regard to seasoning (first (few) time(s) of use), care ...
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pie pan question

I need to prepare and bake two pecan pies to sell, so will need to deliver in disposable aluminum pans. Is it best to set the disposable pans into heavier, dark pans for best baking results? Will ...
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Better kinds of knives for elderly persons?

I'm doing research for my culminating undergrad project on what kind of knives are appropriate for elderly persons, aged about 65-75 years old, and I've got three main questions: A gerontologist ...
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How to dry royal icing fast?

I'm going to lead a workshop for kids about decorating gingerbread cookies with royal icing. It will take place at a cafe, so I need the icing to be as dry as possible as fast as possible, otherwise ...
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Can you thaw a frozen turkey in a dryer?

In the TV show New Girl, there is an episode (season 1, episode 6) in which they are cooking for Thanksgiving but forgot to thaw the Turkey, so they put it in the dryer, but it has some unexpected ...
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Why does my rice cooker's steam hole always clog?

The lid on my rice cooker has a small steam hole that gets clogged from bubbles forming and the quinoa gets stuck and then the whole thing boils over and makes a mess. Am I doing something wrong? How ...
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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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A suggestion for a book to teach me how to buy tools and groceries instead of just a cookbook [closed]

I am a absolute beginner. I don't have a single pan in my apt and my fridge is (really) empty. I need a book to really guide me by the hand. A cookbook won't do that, so I am hoping to find the right ...
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Why does my Wonder Pot now bake unevenly?

I've been using a Wonder Pot for a year and a half, mainly making cake and the occasional bread. Recently my cakes have started baking unevenly, with one half of the pot completing the baking before ...
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Breaking Bad - Glass Frying Pan [duplicate]

I saw this Glass Frying Pan on "Breaking Bad" TV Series and thought it to be really cool. Does anyone know where I can buy a glass frying pan like the one seen on Braking Bad? Please advise! ...
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cheapest blender for hot liquids [closed]

What is the cheapest "jar" (i.e. not immersion) blender that will survive daily blending of hot liquids (100 degrees celsius / 212 degrees fahrenheit)?
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Will a sharpener for a wider edge ruin a knife with a narrow edge?

I'm loving my new Victorionox chefs knife, and I'm aware the it has a 15 degree blade edge. When the time comes to sharpen it, will using a sharpener for a 20 degree blade ruin the knife edge?
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What, other than popcorn, can be made in a popcorn maker?

What can successfully be made using a popcorn maker, other than the various kinds of popping corn? I've tried pumpkin seeds and, while they didn't pop, they did become toasted and actually quite ...
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Ball Shaper for Batter

Does anyone know of any ball shaper for Falafel Batter? I was looking for a shaper, that could i could load with some falafel batter and directly load it into the fryer in a shape of a ball. -AFM
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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 is the difference between a food processor and a blender? [duplicate]

This is probably a no-brainer for people who have both, but neither is especially popular around here, so I haven't used them. I have an immersion blender, and as far as I am aware, a "proper" blender ...
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Any suggestions on caps for Bakers and Chefs plastic squeeze bottles?

I purchased some Bakers and Chefs clear plastic squeeze bottles, which do not come with caps; however, there is a ridge about 1/3" down on the bottle, suggesting that they're intended to work with a ...
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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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Ceramic pan overheating damage

How can you tell if a ceramic non-stick pan has suffered damage from overheating? Will there be a point at which the pan is no longer safe to use? If so how can you tell if this is the case?
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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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How do I prevent smoke problems indoors?

I live in a small apartment, and the kitchen is tucked away in a corner without any outside ventilation (windows or stovetop exhaust). Every once in a while I'll be cooking and something will start to ...
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How much fizz in water carbonated with ISI whipper?

I have an ISI whipper, and want to carbonate water using this device and CO2 chargers. This should in principle be possible. I have filled the whipper flask up to the maximum and charged it with one ...
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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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Electric Stove burner wattage matter? [closed]

Is it ok to put a higher wattage burner element on your stove than what stove calls for? I bought the wrong burner wattage but it does fit etc.
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Heat pot first or is it okay to heat with food?

There are a few posts regarding when to add oil to a pan, but I was wondering if the same applied to making soups with a pot. When making a fresh pot of soup, would I heat the pot first (using the ...
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Glass Food Processor

I would like to know if anybody here might know of a glass food processor product name. I'm trying to avoid plastic. Any ideas?
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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 accurate are kitchen scales?

I read about weighing coffee to the 0.5 gram, but what's the margin of error for a typical 5kg/11lb kitchen scale?
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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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Are fluted knives a gimmick?

I haven't been able to find a post specifically on fluted knives, so hopefully this isn't a duplicate. I was wondering if fluted knives actually work. I came across a comment (possibly an Amazon ...
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Is it true that even quality knives with wood handles can warp and be contaminated with bacteria?

I was at Bed Bath & Beyond and I spoke to one of the employees about knives with wood handles. She said that wood handles are no good because they warped from water and heat and were difficult to ...
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Knife sharpening equipment

I'm a novice at best when it comes to cooking, but I'm open to learning how to sharpen my own knives. However, I'm a quite overwhelmed with where to start and how to get things going. I have a few ...
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How can I replace a food processor in this brownie receipe?

I'd like to make "healthy" brownies, but the instructions as for a food processor, which I don't have. I thought about using a blender, but I've read it won't come out right using a blender. Here's ...