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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 ...
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Cast iron, forged iron or carbon steel pan for induction?

I need a new pan for non-stick applications (eggs) and I want to try using a well-seasoned iron or carbon steel one. I use an induction stove. Normally, the arguments I hear in favor of carbon steel ...
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Toaster oven features - convection/rotisserie

I need some help in buying a toaster oven: My needs are primarily to roast/grill vegetables, occasional baking (bread, brownies, muffins). I am vegetarian and this is for a 2 person home. I'd like it ...
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Waffle iron with changeable plates for butter galettes

I'm looking for a recommendation for a waffle iron with interchangeable plates for butter galettes. I have one but it's over 30 years old, falling apart and runs off 220V to boot. Are there any ...
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Can any KitchenAid stand mixer attachments be used to make peanut butter?

Can I use any of the various attachments for my Kitchenaid stand mixer to make peanut butter? I was thinking one of the different grinding attachments might work, insofar as the machine at my local ...
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How do I clean this silicone tray?

I use this silicone muffin pan to cook things in the oven. It's supposed to be non-stick, but actually food sticks to it quite a lot. Often I can just scrape dried food off with my fingers, but it's ...
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Calibrating a home gas oven

We have a new gas oven which is consistently 30-40F low compared to the dial setting (we've checked with two oven thermometers). While we can get it calibrated as a service call by the manufacturer, ...
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In how much water do I need to put ramekins when cooking au bain marie in the oven?

I have been given four ramekins and a cooking book with 30 recipes for eggs in a ramekin as a present. Everything is explained very clearly: Preheat the water for the bain marie dish in the oven at ...
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When should I put salmon in my rice cooker?

I have found what sounds like a delicious recipe for salmon and brown rice . This is to be cooked in a rice cooker . The brown rice is to be cooked as usual . Once it has been cooking for 30 - 35 ...
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What kind of containers for homemade ice cream?

In the past, I've usually stored homemade ice creams and sorbets in reusable/disposable plastic containers (e.g. Gladware), but I've busted more than a couple of these when trying to scoop hard-frozen ...
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How can I clean my peeler?

I have a peeler that I've been using for a while. It's gotten quite rusty and dirty. Of course, I can toss it at this point and start with a new peeler... But is there any way to clean it? Anything I ...
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KitchenAid Pro mixer clicking noise

I have a KitchenAid pro mixer that is making a slow clicking noise. It gets faster as I turn up the speed. I first noticed it after replacing a stripped worm follower gear. It sounds like it's coming ...
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Stainless vs Enameled Porcelain Grates?

I need to replace the grill grates on my Weber Genesis grill, and I see that I can get either enameled porcelain (like I already have) or upgrade to stainless steel. A few concerns spring to mind ...
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Cooking messy foods in a bamboo steamer without a cleaning nightmare

For example, chicken. I have tried: chicken directly in steamer: chicken gunk goes everywhere, including between the woven bamboo slats. chicken in a colander in the basket: gunk still goes ...
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Corelle Visions Covered Versa Pot 1.25 L

Can the Corelle Visions Covered Versa Pot 1.25 L be used on an induction cooker?
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Does a granite pestel need to be re-grooved?

I have a granite Mortar-Pestle, which I use to grind spices and other stuff. I got it 2nd hand and I've been using it for a 3-4 months. I have noticed that the small radial groves on the grinding ...
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How can I make coffee with a minimum of equipment and maintenance?

My household doesn't regularly drink coffee, but we occasionally want to provide coffee for our guests, or need to use coffee as an ingredient in other dishes. We do have a coffee maker (a "free" ...
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Removing ramekins from a bain marie

So you've just cooked your creme caramels in a water bath/bain marie/double boiler with only about a quarter of the ramekin appearing above water level. I've tried the follow methods in the past and ...
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Can I use a Lid for a glass vessel for cooking in microwave?

Can you use a lid for a glass vessel when cooking in microwave?
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Does the Philips Air-fryer work as well as a standard deep-fryer?

I've seen commercial ads about the Philips Air-fryer: I'd like to hear answers from someone who actually tried it.. Does the outcome taste the same as if it was fried in a normal deep fryer? Does ...
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Is there a plastic bowl/dish that can withstand high temperature in the oven?

I am looking for a plastic bowl or dish that can withstand high temperature in the oven? A bowl or dish that won't melt nor emit odour. Is there such a thing?
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Is it possible to bake a cake without an oven?

I don't have an oven; is there any way to simulate what an oven does with any other tools available at my home? In particular I would like to be able to bake cakes.
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Properties of a good paella pan

I was bought a paella pan for my birthday. It had a small label on it with only the brand name on, which I've since washed off. It is steel (I think), with rubberised handles and dozens of concentric ...
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Texture issue in homemade powdered sugar

The other day I was making marshmallows and ran into a multitude of problems -- broken candy thermometers, overheated mixers, syrup spill, you name it. I thought I'd escaped the clutches of fate and ...
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How important is RPM in a blender?

I'm looking at getting a new blender, basically the main things I want to be able to do with it are make curry pastes, ultra smooth restaurant quality purees and soups and grind small amounts of ...
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What is the most effective method for cooking a massive amount of sweet brown sushi rice

I have about 8 quarts of dry brown sushi rice and am looking to cook all or most of it to incorporate into a handful of dishes on the same day. What is the most effective way of cooking that much ...
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Why is my meat grinder getting clogged with sinew?

Last Christmas, I got a meat grinder and I've stared experimenting with sausage making. My previous batches have been around a pound of pork, and I noticed that it seemed to slow down as I went. ...
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What can I do to use Revere Ware copper bottom pots on a glass cooktop?

Only after my new GE Profile cooktop was installed did I read the owner's manual which recommended that I not use copper-bottom pots on it. Is there anything I can do so I can still use my Revere ...
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What tools are needed for making wafer cookies?

I like to eat wafer cookies, such as the ones in the picture here. These usually come in three flavors (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry). Unlike regular cookies, which I can bake in the oven, and ...
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What is the fastest appliance/utensil to cream butter and sugar with?

I have: but even with the whisk on the stand mixer, it seems to take for ages compared to when I was a kid and used a: I'm using room temp butter and mix it for 10-20 seconds before starting ...
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Do the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray?

The cupcakes cook faster than the big one piece cakes, so does it make sense to assume that the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray? My oven has a ...
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What can I use instead of a tea towel?

I have a recipe for steaming seitan that involves wrapping the vital wheat gluten loaf in a tea towel, tying off the ends, and placing in the steaming basket. I am good to go but for the tea towel. ...
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What are the different applications for differently shaped wooden spoons?

A while back I got a set of wooden spoons that contained 5 differently shaped wooden spoons. Take a look at the following photo to see the different shapes. I have mainly been using wooden spoon #1 ...
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How to separate two jammed-together measuring cups?

I have two Pyrex measuring jugs (this type) that have got jammed together, one inside the other, I'm looking for suggestions on how to separate them again. I've already tried washing-up liquid ...
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How can I sharpen my peeler?

Is it possible to sharpen a peeler? And if it is, how should I do it? Are there any things to look out for? (Such as ending up with concave blades.) This is the sort of peeler I'm talking about:
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What dishes don't stain with heavy spices?

In most Indian cooking, there is a relatively high chance of staining the dinnerware (plates, serving bowls) due to the high turmeric content. Dinnerware made of metal don't stain, but the heavy ...
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Maximum time for rising in a breadmaker

I have a Panasonic SD253 breadmaker. The function chart shows 2hr 55min - 4hr 10min rising times available for the French Bake program. How do I make sure it rises for the full 4hr 10 mins?
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Are my gas stove burners clicking due to high elevation?

I have a Viking gas stove. My front burners make a clicking sound when it is set on low. It doesn't seem to do this when the gas is higher. I have had a certified technician to check to see if ...
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Is there a reason to have a plastic bowl?

The only mixing bowl I have for now is a plastic one. But recently it came to my mind that I should have bought a stainless one instead. Is there any pros of plastic bowls, or some task that's best ...
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Can the broiler replicate a regular gas oven?

My oven has been broken about a month, and I am getting a new one delivered Saturday. But in the wake of a failed pilot on the bottom, I was curious about whether the broiler could replicate the ...
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What are the impacts of a worn pizza stone?

While cleaning out my oven I noticed that there were some chips in my pizza stone (the one below is about 1.5" long). I would like to know what the impact is, if any, of worn pizza stone. What ...
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Are Non-Stick Bread Pans Destined to Fail?

Bought a pair of generic non-stick bread pans (Ecko or Good-Chef or some such). After 100 to 150 loaves, and gentle care, they're now more prone to sticking bread than the non-coated pans they were ...
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What is the most practical pan for a deep-dish pizza

So over the weekend I wanted to make a deep-dish pizza and ended up with a thick crust as the pan I have is only about half as deep as I would need and two inches wider than the recipe called for. For ...
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Is there something better than mineral oil for cutting boards?

I've been using mineral oil to oil my wooden cutting boards ever since I found out this was a good thing to do. I had a couple of bamboo boards up until I bought a really great John Boos carving ...