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

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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 ...
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What is the best utensil kit for the cost? [closed]

Ideally I would like a set to build a kitchen around. Knives and the most vital and commonly used utensils. The best kit relative to it's price, and not leaving out important things like varied ...
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Cleaning a tea pot

I have read somewhere (don't remember where, long time ago) that tea enthusiasts clean their tea pots only with water and without soap. Additionally they only rinse it and don't use a scrub to remove ...
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Cleaning oil sprayer pump [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clean a clogged Misto oil sprayer/spritzer? The pump on my Misto oil sprayer is locked in the down position. I cannot loosen it. I have soaked it in hot water. ...
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Kitchenaid mixer dropping metal shavings

My fiance and I have been using our KitchenAid 600 series pro mixer almost daily for close to 7 months now with no issue. Today I wanted to surprise my fiance with homemade whole wheat pasta, and ...
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What is a 'dough spatula'?

I got a new baking book for Christmas; in it, I found the following sentence: [To bake this bread] you will need the following kitchen tools: a digital scale for metric measures, a small scoop for ...
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Smartphone app to guide me with cooking [closed]

I would like to cook a meal, but i have no clue about cooking. Is there some kind of an app (smartphone / ipad) that would guide me through the process of cooking a specific meal? Step by step like in ...
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roaster oven temperature is off

I check the temperature of my Hamilton Beach roaster oven with a thermometer And there was a difference of 45 degrees. I borrowed a roaster oven of a different brand it had a difference of 40 ...
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Pros and Cons of cream whippers?

I did not know pressurized cream whippers existed until just seeing a reference to one, which led me to do a Google search. I own a manual cream whipper, which I rarely use, because it is exceedingly ...
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How to make cookies without using greaseproof paper or a baking tin?

I don't have greaseproof paper nor a baking tin and I'm baking cookies. What should I do?
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Can you put All-Clad LTD2 in the oven?

Just got an All-Clad LTD2 saute pan and I was wandering if it is save to put it in the oven. Thanks
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Why do the inserts in pasta pots not go all the way to the bottom?

I love using a pasta pot/steamer where there is an inner "colander" pot so that you can pull all the pasta out easily. BUT... in all of the ones I've seen, the inner colander doesn't go all the way ...
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Gyuto knife - What it can & can't cut? What cutting techniques?

I bought a Gyuto knife but now I am unsure what I can cut with it. The manufacturer says I shouldn't try to cut bones or frozen things with it, which seems clear to me. But how about raw potatoes ...
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Ceramic vs Stainless Steel in coffee mugs

My travel mug broke :( Looking at replacements, I find that most travel mugs with designs tend to be stainless steel, whereas my prior mug was ceramic. Is there a difference in heat retention between ...
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When is a Utility Knife to be preferred over a Chef's or a Paring knife?

A Utility knife is a kitchen knife that is midway in size between a Chef's knife and a Paring knife. Although I own a Utility knife, I don't believe that I have ever used it except when my Chef's ...
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What does the number mean in the specification for a mincer?

I'm looking at buying a mincer and am seeing them listed with descriptions like: Cast Iron Meat Mincer # 12 Kitchen Craft Cast Iron Mincer 5 I haven't yet seen any mention of what the number means ...
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Is it recommended to put frozen fruit in a food processor?

I have a decent Kithchen Aid food processor, and I am wondering if using it on frozen fruit would cause undue damage to the blade.
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Baking with regular skillet vs. cast iron for apple pie

I have a recipe for apple pie I want to use. The recipe asks for a cast iron skillet. Can I use a regular skillet in the oven instead of the cast iron skillet?
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Best way to cut up a cheesecake into bites

I will be making Pumpkin cheesecake bites for Halloween using this recipe. I already made a trial batch and it came out quite nicely, except for the fact that cutting it into bars was a little ...
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Why does my kamado ceramic grill fall out of it's stand when I open it?

I just got a Large Big Green Egg with a nest. When I was at the store, they asked if I wanted one already put together, so I said yes. They gave me a nest that had a medium sitting in it. Now, when ...
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What are the swirling attachments for on mixers?

I have a hand held mixer similar to the one here, The egg beaters are straight forward, but what do people typically use the swirling attachments for? Do they put less air into the mixture??
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Is there an alternative and less toxic way to clean an oven than using oven spray?

I have drippings that have caked on to the botton surface of my oven. Now, every time we use the oven, they start to smoke and set off the smoke detector. What are some natural ways to clean the ...
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When should I ditch a pot with teflon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know whether the teflon coated pan's life has reached end? We have this set of teflon covered pots, how do I know when the teflon gets too worn out? Or does ...
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Good thread for tying meat

I want to prepare kotlet de volaille. It'a a bit like Cordon Bleu, but using the natural pocket in chicken breast, and inside is just butter and fresh herbs. I thought about tying the meat with a ...