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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 ...
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What's the difference in baking bread in a loaf pan vs. in a Dutch oven?

When I bake bread, I always use my loaf pan (something like this). Recently, I've seen some people who bake bread in a Dutch oven (or something similar). Why is this? What are the differences between ...
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How do I keep the paddle of a bread machine from damaging the bread upon removal?

I love my bread machine. However when the bread is done baking, removing it from the machine breaks the bread where the paddle is. I know the paddle is embedded in the bread and it will break the ...
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Recipe generator for randomized meal planning [closed]

has anyone of you ever tried a randomized week long meal planner for dieting ? If you have read the 4 hour body delegating the cycle to an alogrithmen makes a lot of sense in my opinion. I'm happy ...
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What is the name (in Chinese) of the utensil that is used to prick lots of tiny holes in pork skin to make it very crispy?

I have seen people mentioning this and I've heard it's available in Chinatown in NY or in Hong Kong but I can't find it listed anywhere for sale online. I think this is because I don't know the term ...
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How can I prevent dough from wrapping around a dough hook?

I have a 5.5qt KitchenAid stand mixer with the burnished spiral ("pigtail") dough hook. This is not the C-hook. When I make a small amount (for example, using 250g of flour or approximately 2 cups) of ...
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What is the practical way to peel off zest of an orange?

Peeling the zest doesn't seem like peeling a full peel of an Orange. Any special kind of knieves to be used? Any special method? What precautions need to be taken care off? What is the practical way ...
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What is a German potato grater called?

I know of this grater via German cooking, but it may NOT be specific to Germany. Regardless, I am trying to determine the name of this kind of grater so I can purchase one. The grater is actually ...
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Gluten tester; simple and fast

I am looking for a simple and fast gluten level tester (electronic is fine) There are the testers available for people with Coeliac's which require making a solution from a food sample, and then ...
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Could a cast iron skillet change its ways and be kosher for a vegan?

If this sounds like a ridiculously neurotic question, that's because it is. That said, and discussion aside, according to Par[e]ve kitchen certifications and ordinances around the world (and ...
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How can I repair a pasta maker that was washed with water and has started to rust?

My girlfriend has a pasta maker, pictured. Alas, it was accidentally cleaned with water, which is explictly forbidden (!!!) by the directions, which state: After using, clean with dry cloth or ...
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How do I know if my meat thermometer is ovenproof?

Ever since a supposedly "ovenproof" thermometer shattered glass on my turkey Thanksgiving 2006 I have been afraid of these things. Is it generally safe to use them? Any maximum temperature I should be ...
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Proper grease for a meat slicer blade

I just found an old hand cranked meat slicer which I can use to slice homemade lunch meats. It was free, but it obviously hasn't been used awhile. Inside there are two gears, and a bearing on which ...
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Can I use a tagine on a glass cooktop, and do I need a heat diffuser?

I somehow ended up acquiring not one but two tagines recently. Unfortunately, I have neither a gas nor charcoal stove (the ideal cooking surfaces for tagines, AIUI), only a smooth glass cooktop. I've ...
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What can I use to strain gritty bloody mary mix?

I like Zing Zang bloody mary mix, but it's very gritty with seasoning. I like to pour it into a strainer to filter out the grit, but the mix is so thick that it takes forever to strain. Not only ...
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How do I control the temperature of water for an extended period of time?

When making the "perfect" mash, Heston Blumenthal recommends cooking waxy spuds in hot water for half an hour at the temperature of 72 degrees Celsius, exactly. At 75 degrees stuff starts breaking ...
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What can I do about scratched pots?

I have a pot that is really nice, and I was silly enough to use a metallic spatula. It is not Teflon but looked ceramic, and it has scratches now. Can any repair be done? Edit: I am including an ...
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Quinoa in a Rice Cooker?

I’ve recently discovered the loveliness of Quinoa, and the joy of buying it in bulk at Costco, so I’ll be making a lot of it in the near future. I’m wondering if I can use my rice cooker to make the ...
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Thermometer Precision in Different Temperature Ranges

I need a thermometer for a variety of different applications. As such, it has to be fairly precise (plus/minus 2 degrees) at different temperatures. Do I have to worry that, if I buy a thermometer ...
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Distinguishing the size of tablecloths when folded? [closed]

Has anyone figured out a clever system for distinguishing the size of a tablecloth when folded? Our dining room table is extendable with several leaves, so we have plain white tablecloths of three ...
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Will changing the setting on my Crock Pot reset the timer?

If I have a Crock Pot "Smart Pot" set to "High" (or 4 hours) and then I change the setting to "Low" or 10 hours, does the time start over or will it just cook for 10 hours from the time I changed it? ...
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Why did this brown rice recipe fail?

I just tried to bake some brown rice (350 degrees in a convection oven) in a white casserole dish that looks kind of like this. Anyway, after 30 minutes (what the recipe called for) it didn't work. ...
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Do the improvements touted by the ZPM Nocturn (PID-controlled espresso machine) sound sensible?

I have previously struggled with coffee equipment. I don't know anything about the technical side of making coffee. The ZPM Nocturn claims to have solved a number of technical issues, making better ...
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Does an electric crepe maker require a hood and ventilation?

I have an electric crepe maker and was wondering whether it is required to have a hood with ventilation to the outside of the building?
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Gas or electric for rack oven in a bakery?

I plan to purchase a rotating rack oven for my bakery. What type (gas or electric) would achieve the best result for pastries and small breads?
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Why reoil a cast-iron pan after usage?

I've been recommended to reoil my cast-iron pan by letting it absorb some oil on the remaining heat of the stove before drying it, each time after using it. Is it important to do so, and what ...
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Ice cream problems

I have a new ice cream machine, and I have been having some difficulties creating decent ice cream. The latest recipe I have tried is: ...
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Are recirculation extractor hoods good?

I am looking for a extractor hood, and I see that there exist ones with air recirculation, so a pipe to lead the smoke/greasy air away is not needed. So I wonder, how good are these? Can they really ...
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How to get a smooth paste from ground chickpeas?

I make Hummus quite often, and use my food processor to chop the chickpeas. This yields a sort of coarse paste, which is a little better if I peel the chickpeas first. Adding liquid to the mixture ...
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Is there a nice, cheap, general-purpose thermometer? [closed]

I'm a bachelor living in an apartment with an oven that does not have visible temperature settings. I'm also looking at deep frying and making yogurt/cheese at home. Is there a single, cheap, reliable ...
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Is it bad to cut onions and other vegetables on the same cutting board?

Is it bad to cut onions and other vegetables on the same cutting board? Does the type of cutting board matter? For example, do wooden cutting boards that are regularly used to cut onions (or other ...
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How much could I safely heat a content-less cast-iron pan?

To which temperature could I safely heat my cast-iron pan on the stove, without any contents? I don't want to re-season it afterwards. Afterwards, I'd just let the pan cool off in room temperature. ...