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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 ...
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Can I follow recipes for bread-machine breads without bread machine?

I was browsing a recipe website to get some recipes for breads. There is a section marked with bread-machine breads.I am very new to bread making and after some search it seems that the machine is ...
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Use of robotics in gourmet kitchens

I don't know if this question is relevant here, or if it should wait for the upcoming Robotics Proposal, but I'll ask it anyway. Chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adrià are known for ...
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Hand operated can sealer

Do hand operated can sealing machines work as well as commercial automatic machines in terms of seal quality and storage life? Keen to give it a go, but can't locate any hand can sealing machines. ...
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French Rolling Pin Care and Maintenance

I just received a new french rolling pin as a gift. I washed it once in mild soap and water and made sure it dried quickly by wiping it down. It is now a little rougher than before washing. Should I ...
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How to choose good quality Chinese slicer knives?

Chinese slicer knives look like cleavers, but are very thin and meant to chop foods that are reasonably soft, e.g. not bone. I've heard that Chan Chi Kee (CCK) is the best, but it's very difficult to ...
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What should I look for when buying a pasta roller?

I'm looking to buy a pasta roller but I have no experience with them at all. What things should I look for to make sure I get a good one? Can they be made of different materials? Are there ...
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How to find a good sweet potato fry cutter?

I am looking to make my own sweet potato fries, however sweet potatoes are harder to cut than regular potatoes. Even more expensive cutters such as the Nemco N554503 fry cutter are not recommended ...
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What's this “pucker” style hole on my cheese grater for?

Ok, this picture has two sort of weird looking holes, but the one I'm asking about is on the left side of the picture - the metal sort-of puckers up, like it's been punched through from the back ...
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What cost-effective things can I do to help my knives stay sharp longer?

I'm a poor college student that doesn't know much about his knives, pots, and pans. Specifically is there anything that I can do to make my knives stay sharp longer and maintain them without spending ...
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What kinds of pressure cookers are there, and what are they good for?

I have never owned a pressure cooker, nor been in a kitchen which has one. But they have been a topic around the site and the blog lately, so I got curious. When I took a look, I noticed that they ...
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How can I prevent my ice cream bucket from drying out?

I live in New Mexico which is a dry climate. During the winter I store my ice cream bucket in the garage. While ice cream buckets that are not in use are prone to drying out, storing it in the garage ...
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What is the name of the Chinese dish from the movie “Girl with a Pearl Earring”?

In the movie "Girl with a Pearl Earring" there's a Chinese piece of tableware, presented on the image below (center of the image, blurred): What's the name of this dish? What has it been used for? ...
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Why is my Bunn overflowing?

We recently upgraded at the office from an old and cold Mr. Coffee 12-cup at work to an old but hot Bunn coffee maker. It is a 10-cup BX-B, and appears to have no damaged parts. However, when I brew ...
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What's the best material for a durable muffin pan

I make two or three dozen muffins a day for various customers. I don't like to use disposable cups, so I grease the pan each time. No matter what I do, after a certain time, my muffin pans end up ...
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How to choose an upright, self-defrosting freezer?

All, we're in the market for a freezer. It will be in our (converted) garage, and due to our space constraints we want a self-defrosting upright freezer. I found some useful-ish articles such as: - ...
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Thinning copper-bottomed staninless pot

In copper-bottomed cookware, can the stainless begin to thin and allow the copper to leech through? My potato pot has discoloration at the bottom that another post suggested might be just from ...
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Can I use a waffle iron as a Panini press?

I have a basic but serviceable waffle iron I bought at a charity shop for a fiver. If I don't mind a waffle pattern on my sandwich, is there any real need for a Panini press?
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How do I care for a carbon steel knife?

I recently purchased a Dexter-Russell carbon steel Chinese cleaver, because they're supposed to be amazingly useful. I'm used to caring for good stainless steel knives, but don't know what special ...
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What oven should I buy, which is appropriate for baking?

Three months ago I moved to a new apartment. In my old apartment with my old oven, my baked goods turned out pretty well. However, since I moved, my baked goods vary from almost-good to ...
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What kind of pan works best with a waterbath?

Whenever I bake cheesecake or flan, my springform pan always leaks into the water bath or vice/versa. Is there a better type of pan to use when baking with a water bath?
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Can I use this dutch oven on a grill or camp fire?

I have a six quart cast iron, enameled dutch oven from Lodge and a power outage likely to last a few days. The dutch oven looks like this and has one of the oven safe knobs on top: The black out ...
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What is the difference between a gugelhupf pan, a bund(t) pan and a rodon pan?

I searches around a bit and found that the same manufacturer often offers forms under all three names, so I don't think this is a synonym. Also, I found a forum thread (in German) suggesting that ...
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Are the Keurig K-Cups safe?

I have a Keurig machine at my home and in my office at work. I use them roughly 1-2 times a day, but today I started to think about the Keurig and those K-cup packages they dispense water through. I ...
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What happens if I wash my baker's couche?

I have heard from several sources (some of them including people from SA chat) to not wash a baker's couche. They do not need to be washed because generally they are dry and have nothing the bacteria ...