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Why do most sandwich makers have a triangular shape?

I've seen many hundreds of sandwich making machines in my life, and I noticed that in the vast majority of them, there is a diagonal protrusion that makes sandwiches come up in triangular shapes. ...
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Food mills versus food strainer/sauce makers

I'm looking for a new food mill, likely for everything from berry jam to apple butter to tomato sauce. There seem to be two primary choices. There are traditional food mills, with the rotating bent ...
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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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What are the types and pros/cons of electric and manual spice and nut grinders available? What qualities should be looked for while purchasing them?

Example spices/nuts that I'll be grinding: * Cumin seeds * Mustard seeds * Peanuts * Black pepper corns * Garlic buds and ginger * Cloves Questions: Which kind of grinders allow water in them for ...
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Does the type of strainer built in a teapot matter?

I have been making tea in a simple glass jug for several years, but I happened to break it. When I went shopping, I saw many teapots with integrated strainers, which look convenient. But there was a ...
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Is this type of vegetable peeler effective?

On eBay there are cheap ceramic vegetable peelers like this: Do they work well? Right now I have a simple, knife-like peeler with a hole in the middle which I hate and I'd like to change. Does this ...
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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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Lifetime of French press filter

I'm thinking about buying a French press for making coffee. I'm just not sure what is the lifetime of the filter? Can I use it for years or do I have to get a new filter from time to time?
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Resource for combining flavors [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is some online resource that compiles different flavors and their combinations. I'm imagining some site that I could search one tag or several, say "orange" and "cake", and ...
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Safety of Calphalon pots and pans

I hear so many thoughts on Calphalon hard anodized pots and pans. Are these safe to use?
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How to turn froth into juice?

When I make juice from vegetables and leafy greens about 1/4 of what comes out of the juicer is froth. Is it possible to mix this froth back into the juice rather than throwing it away? That would ...
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Why have all of my quality pans started smoking at once?

Okay, I have a situation here that is blowing my mind and hopefully someone here can help me. The other night, I attempted to cook a burger on the stove. Smoke was coming up (eventually pouring up) ...
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How does the heat energy from the sun cook an egg within 5 minutes?

I read a book recently, and the book has an experiment that allows you to cook an egg with solar energy within 5 minutes, I was amazed! I tried it myself too and it did work, and the egg tastes nice ...
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Any cheap ways to clean restaurant stainless steel fridge?

so I know they have antibacterial solution to clean, but what can I say its expensive. Currently we use water+soap solution but its not working well. I am looking to clean the inside of ...
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What is each side of a 4-sided grater for?

We own a standard 4-sided grater, but only ever use the side with large holes. What do the other sides do, and what kind of recipes are they for? We have: Medium holes with a cutting edge on ...
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Is it safe to use a propane torch bought at a Hardware store?

I've come across recipes that involve the use of a Butane or Propane torch. Is it safe to use a propane torch bought at the Hardware store, or is there something different about the torches and/or ...
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Mystery cookbook

My mother left me a cookbook that is the most amazing one I have ever seen. It is approx 1700 pages, the last pages are missing on my copy. I remember the cover, which is long gone, was green. It is ...
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My cooking pot keeps smoking

The cooking pot just keeps smoking when I put it on the element and I don't understand why because I used it on my moms stove before without any trouble. But when I put the temperature to MAX it ...
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Pepper mill - which color and length?

I've decided to get myself a pepper mill and it'll be a manual Zassenhaus but I'm not sure about the length and color. I'm thinking about 18 or 24 cm but I guess it simply comes down to what you feel ...
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How can I clean these brown iron stains in my pot?

I use a big aluminium pot to boil water. I think the water contains iron because after 4-6 months, the inside of the pot is full of brown stains. The colour is just like ferric. There are lots of ...
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Baking Turkey Meatloaf with/out glass cover

I am baking 2.5lbs of turkey meatloaf with a mixture of sauteed onions and red bell-peppers. There are no set recipes for cooking a meatloaf of this size so I basically doubled some of the ...
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What features should I look for in a fireplace grill?

I recently moved into a new apartment that is equipped with a wood burning fireplace. I am very excited about this, not only because burning wood on a cool day makes the world seem simpler and ...
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How do price and quality relate in blenders?

I've seen blenders for anywhere from $20* to $2,000, and I must say, the variety of marketing-speak has my brain in a tizzy. In plain english, what are the major price levels in blenders (general ...
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What's the difference between serving from a ceramic plate and metal plate?

What's the difference between serving from a ceramic plate and metal plate? I think the ceramic plate lasts longer, but suppose the metal one is in good condition for a long time.
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How to use a honey dipper?

I have a honey dipper I thought would be worth making use of. It does great at not dripping honey as I take it out of the jar. However getting the honey out of the dipper is another matter. I've tried ...
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Does the airflow pattern in a hot air popcorn popper matter? / What should I look for in a popper?

I'm interested in purchasing a hot-air popcorn popper. I grew up with a Wear-Ever Popcorn Pumper, which holds the unpopped corn in a metal cup with angled slots for air on the sides (so that the corn ...
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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 kind of food should be stored in a refrigerator's “snack pan” drawer?

(This may be a silly question, but I'll ask anyway since I am curious about this.) We have an older fridge and it has a drawer labeled "snack pan." I'm not sure how to understand "snack" here. ...
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What to eat for people with hay fever or sinus infection [closed]

Can anyone recommend me some things I can eat when I constantly have sinus infection and can't seem to find anything that would help me minimize the effects. I am not looking for medication as I ...
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How should I clean this mess at the bottom of my wok?

I've been using my wok for about a year now, and recently it's developed a kind of patina around the bottom of the cooking surface. I've tried to follow the care instructions as best I can, taking ...
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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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Help buying a copper pan

I heard that the best frying pans for steak are copper. Most are way too expensive but these are cheap in comparison. For example, this is three times the price - both with a 2mm gauge, although the ...
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Alternative to Food Grade Silicone

I recently bought a new meat grinder and they recommend washing it with hot water, drying it completely, and spraying a food grade silicone to prevent the stainless steel parts from rusting. Can I ...
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Are N2O and CO2 chargers interchangeable for culinary purposes?

Cream whippers seem to use N2O chargers. Soda siphons seem to use CO2 chargers. But both chargers appear to be physically identical. The MyPressi espresso device, which uses chargers to force water ...
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Using sous-vide oven to make stock or soup (no bags)

I have a sous-vide supreme water oven. I was wondering if I could use it to slow cook large amounts of soup or to make beef stock by slow cooking. The idea is to have the soup or stock directly into ...
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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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How effective are modern home refrigerators at keeping other foods cool when hot food is introduced to the space?

In the comments to this answer, there is some discussion as to whether putting significant mass of hot food into a refrigerator will unacceptably warm the other food already inside. Elsewhere on ...
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Is there evidence that adding salt to water prior to boiling can damage a stainless steel pan?

In the context of boiling water for pasta or other purposes, all over the Internet the advise is oft-repeated that salt should not be added to the water when it is cold in order to prevent damage to ...
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must I toast bread over a flame or are HOT toasters still made somewhere? [closed]

I am tired of waiting and getting only dehydrated bread with a hint of color. Toasters these days just don't get hot enough! My sister has the family GE model we grew up with and having toast at her ...
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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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What kind of domestic use machine is needed for preparing Brown Rice from Paddy?

The brown rice is extremely expensive here so I was wondering if it is possible to get some machine for converting Paddy into Brown rice at home? What prerequisites need to be fulfilled for the ...
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Grinding melted latex off a pizza stone?

My fiance and I got a pizza stone for christmas, and are still learning how to use it. Tonight we accidentally used a potholder which had silk-screened designs on it, and almost immediately the white ...
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How to clean ice from ice cream maker bowl without thawing?

I made a sorbet using a bad recipe (too watery) and I had a 3 mm thick layer of solid ice form around the walls of the ice cream maker bowl. The plastic spatula can't break it and the user's manual ...
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What is the modern alternative to sieving soup recipes?

In soup recipes of Elizabeth David's French Provincial Cooking, the reader is often instructed to sieve to puree food multiple times with increasingly finer mesh. I suspect that such a sieve is rare ...
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Wood for a cutting board, will sanding make it food safe?

I would like to make a cutting board from some hardwood I have. I'm pretty sure it has been imported, so I think it might have been fumigated or treated for insects/pests at some point. I've tried ...
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What's optimal hardness for a kitchen knife blade?

Many knife manufacturers provide the hardness value for the knife blade in the specifications - like 53HRC or 57 HRC. What's the optimal hardness for kitchen knives? Do I always prefer the ones with ...
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Is there a compressed gas device designed specifically for creating infusions?

This answer about creating infusions suggests using a compressed gas siphon to quickly infuse liquids with flavours from 'fragile' herbs. The manufacturer of the popular iSi compressed gas siphons ...
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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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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 to clean and maintain cast iron lids

I have a number of cast iron lids that fit skillets, dutch ovens, etc. Most have the little cone-shaped spikes on the underside to collect and return moisture to the food. I have no issues cleaning ...