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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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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 ...
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Which knife is best for somone just learning to cook?

I'm just self-learning to cook and I'm looking for a chef's knife. I've read the many differences between a chef's knife and a santoku knife, but it's still not clear to me which one I should choose. ...
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Best gas-stove cost effective alternative?

Due to the fact that my apartment is lower than the street level, I can't install a gas stove. Which option is the best alternative? I'm looking for a cost-effective solution for simple everyday ...
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Will a lid with a hole in it work with a crock pot?

I have an older crock pot, and the lid needs to be replaced. It's an odd size, and the only appropriate lid I could find has a tiny hole in it for venting. Will the crock pot still work normally if ...
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Large wooden mortar and pestle [closed]

Where in Australia can I get a large wooden mortar and pestle for making green papaya salad?
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KitchenAid Mixers, which one to pick?

I am planning to buy a KitchenAid mixer for my wife as a birthday present. However, there are multiple models and I am not sure which one to pick. My wife will be using the mixer for making cookies, ...
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choosing a saucepan material for creams and caramels

I quite enjoy baking and i'm considering moving to making my own creams and caramels (and other sugar based work). Currently I have a bunch of old scratched up teflon pots that probably should be ...
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straining methods for liquids to be used in whipping siphon

I'm starting to use a whipping siphon and in a previous question some comments mentioned that "it's really easy to clog the dispenser" and "if you can perceive particulate when the mix is on your ...
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Egg and flour proportion for pasta extruder

Just bought a manual pasta extrusion device from China. It came with no instructions and the box is written in Chinese. By looking at it, it seems that the "1 egg x 100g of flour" dough recipe will ...
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how to tell if a whipping cream dispenser is overpressurized or underpressurized?

The question is simple - how to tell if a whipping cream dispenser is overpressurized or underpressurized without the risk of removing the head? Note: Initially I submitted two questions in another ...
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Can you make latte-art with a panarello wand?

I have a deLonghi Icona coffe machine. It contains a steaming wand of the panarello kind (with a hole in the top that automatically injects air). I tried to steam the milk to create a microfoam that ...
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Should I bother trying to use a traditional wok on an electric stove?

I received a round-bottom wok with a cooking ring as a gift. I have an electric smoothtop stove. Upon opening the packaging, an included sheet of paper listed some additional information, including a ...
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What to look for in a hand mixer for occasional bread dough kneading?

My handmixer just died. I used it (with its kneading hooks) to knead bread dough once every two weeks in addition to blend and mix and beat cream. I'm now looking for a new model, which is maybe a ...
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Ridges on knife steel?

Is there any functional difference (not related to things like embedded diamond grit) between a smooth-surfaced knife (or honing) steel, and one that has visible ridges? Would there be any reason to ...
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how to disarm a potentially pressurized whipping siphon?

My situation is much like spongefile's: I'm using my iSi cream whipper for the first time, charging it as instructed out of sweat-deserving fear of pressurized items Nothing is released when I push ...
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Funnel-like device for putting non-liquids into a whipped cream dispenser?

I use an iSi whipped cream dispenser to make things besides whipped cream, such as microwaved chocolate cake, or coffee foam to top desserts. Pouring cream or sugar into the small opening at the top ...
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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 ...