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Leaving the ladle in the soup considered harmful?

There's this belief in my family that leaving the ladle in the soup is bad, but nobody actually seem to know why it would be bad; it's really just a persistent piece of family lore. I never really ...
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Can I substitute a stainless steel pot for the traditional iron dutch oven?

I have very limited options in my kitchen, and while the dutch oven is the preferred method for getting an 'oven spring' while baking sourdough, I do not have a cast iron pot to do it. IF stainless ...
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How to prevent spoon from falling into soup?

When preparing soup, the spoon which I use to stir the soup often falls in. Is there any way to prevent the spoon from falling into soup?
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How to choose a pan for making caramel?

Is there any noticeable difference in taste and texture when making caramel on a non-stick pan versus a normal pan? I have seen a few cooks making caramel on a stainless steel saucepan and others on ...
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What is the reason that an ice cream scoop can't go in the dishwasher?

I have an ice cream scoop that is labeled with something like: Do not immerse in water hotter than 140 °F / 60 °C. Do not wash this item in the dishwasher. What is the real reason for ...
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How does a Miracle Thaw work?

Miracle Thaws are utensils for rapidly thawing foods. Put an ice cube on one and it melts before your eyes, yet the whole thing stays cool to the touch. How do they work? (Inspired by this ...
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Utensil to thaw meat

A very long time ago, I was at a friend's house where her father took out this piece of ribbed metal from the cupboard. It was a dark piece of metal about the size of an adult hand. It had grooves on ...
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Very unusual kitchen tools

I found this very interesting post. I can guess what some of them must be but have no idea about the others. Can someone please help identify these:
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What are the most common kitchen tools and utensils universally?

What are the most common kitchen tools/utensils universally? In particular, the different types of knives, spatulas, cutting boards, etc., which are the basic general knowledge kitchen tools that are ...
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How to safely reuse scissors used to open food packaging multiple days in a row?

I often have to resort to prepared food from the local supermarket for a number of consecutive days because my parents are on vacation. This food is sealed in vacuum bags and usually requires 3-5 ...
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Microwave friendly utensils, what qualifies as

Any easy ways to identify microwave friendly utensils? I know some basic guidelines like, "no metallic items", but am confused about certain kind of glass dishes, bowls. Are all kind of ceramic ...
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How to skewer a baked potato without leaving bits of foil

My preferred method of cooking baked potatoes is to lightly coat them in olive oil, then wrap them in foil and skewer them before baking for a couple of hours. The purpose of the skewer is mainly to ...
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What spike is this? Identifying some utensils

I moved into a new home and found these spikes left behind in different drawers in the kitchen. I assume they are for cooking, but they are not items that I have come across in my limited culinary ...
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How to store clay dishes?

I’ve got some (partially glazed) clay dishes, the kind that are used often for Spanish tapas or as containers for some soft French goat cheese: The problem: the clay draws in a lot of moisture when ...
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Silicone utensils are changing the taste of my egg whites

I eat scrambled egg whites every morning, cooked over low or medium heat (they have better taste and texture over low, but sometimes I'm in a hurry) in a non-stick pan with cooking spray. I have to ...
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Maintaining sizzler plate [duplicate]

i purchased sizzler plate last month. I am using it once or twice in a week. However it is getting lots of rust on it. within 5 minutes of washing plate, it turns back to rust one. I am using lemon ...
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How do cooking utensils remain safe for use?

Say I were to be cooking chicken in a pan, and I'm using tongs to flip the chicken periodically. By the time the chicken is done, how can it still be safe to use the tongs I started with to handle the ...
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Silicone Utensils and Cookware

Does using silicone in place of metal, Pyrex or other materials have an impact on food taste?
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What is the best way to build a kitchen knife collection? [duplicate]

I am in the process of upgrading my kitchen hardware. First thing's first: I need a better set of knives than what I currently have. Rather than breaking the bank by buying a whole set without ...
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What do you use to get the vegetables out after steaming?

When you put a steamer in a pot of boiling water and put vegetables inside the steamer, how do you get them out after they are done? What tool do you use?
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Should you store cutlery upside down?

I try to touch only the handles of my cutlery (as recommended here), but I have one doubt. After washing, I place the cutlery upside down in a plastic basket. This way the handle is 'handy'. Is this ...
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Need help identifying a kitchen tool, with a wooden handle, and a cylindrical cutter

I have no idea what this thing is, and it appears to be a kitchen tool, but for what? I put up a YouTube video of it, and would love to see if anybody knows exactly what it would be used for, because ...
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Untwisting stuck salt shaker

Any idea how I can facilitate the untwisting of this stuck salt shaker? I was thinking an oil filter wrench but that may break it. Should I try soaking it?
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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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What characteristics should a bread peel have?

A peel is the utensil used to transfer loaves into the oven: Image source: Wikipedia I've done a couple of them using some wood boards I had on hand. I made them for a home electric oven. But now I'm ...
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Is there any dessert that needs a knife? [closed]

A friend of mine told me that there is no dessert that needs a knife to eat. I'm sure that this is not true, but I can't find a good example in the Internet. So is there any dessert that needs a knife ...
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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's an efficient way of removing seeds from citrus fruits?

My application is for juicing but I guess it would apply to fruit salads as well. I have an auger-style crushing juicer and roughly remove seeds I see before ramming the orange/lemon/... pieces down ...
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What kind of cookware is suitable for a glass ceramic stovetop?

I have a glass ceramic stove surface. I need to buy some cookware, but I'm not sure what kind I need to buy. The manual has the following opinions about what cookware I should use (paraphrased): ...
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Does 1 tea spoon correspond to half table spoon?

I don't have a measuring glass. I just have a tablespoon (15 ml). Can 1 tea spoon be considered half of 1 table spoon?
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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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How to prevent the silver utensils from tarnishing?

What causes silver utensils to tarnish and how to prevent that?
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Is it wise to use vinegar to handle rust for cooking utensils?

Sometime, the cooking utensils can be damaged by minerals in the food and cause some rust. Would it be wise to use vinegar to remove rust for cooking utensils or are there are better methods?
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Difference between cooking vegetable curries in a pressure cooker and a wok?

Is the difference only w.r.t time consumed? Is it better (in terms of taste) to cook vegetable curries in a Kadhai rather than a pressure cooker? EDIT 1: Q: Do the spices change their taste when ...
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Is it safe to use the same cooking utensils for raw and cooked meat?

So, being new to cooking, I tried cooking a pan-seared ribeye steak for the first time recently. I'm just getting new cooking utensils, and the idea of flipping the steak is something I'm not sure ...
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What is the difference between these tableware flatware and cutlery?

1) May i know specifically in words what the difference(s) are, if any, between a fish knife a master butter knife (butter serving knife) and a fruit knife? I have googled sufficiently and found ...
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How to remove mould from a wooden spoon

One of my wooden spoons has mould on it (black spots, not able to be removed by surface scrubbing - I went on holidays without clearing the dishwasher...). Is there a way to remove the mould? Or ...
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What is this teapot and where can I buy it?

I recently watched this video and instantly fell in love with the shown teapot. As you can see, the strainer is movable and integrated in the handle very cleverly. I tried searching for it with the ...
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what is this utensil, where can i buy it?

I want to buy this cooking utensil but have no idea what it is called and where i can buy one from. I think it is mainly used on barbeques. Ive tried googling and had no luck. I'll try describing it ...
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Is it safe/sensible to store utensils above the hob?

I have a rack of hooks that sit on the wall that my cooker backs on to, and on this I hang a crowded collection various utensils: The space is fairly contained, as there are cupboards on either ...
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Methods for seasoning wooden spoons?

Any tips for seasoning wooden spoons? I found a couple different methods on the web but they vary quite a bit. What I've done so far is to sand the new spoons starting with 280, then 320, and ...
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What is the proper way to dispose of a kitchen knife?

How do you throw away a kitchen knife (or for that matter, any knife)? It seems extremely dangerous to just throw it in the dumpster, even if it's wrapped up real well.
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How can I ensure food safety if my cooking utensils have touched raw meat?

Twice in the past week or so, I've wondered whether my cooking utensil was still clean enough to cook / serve with. Here were the situations: Cooking ground sausage (no casing). While breaking the ...
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How do I recognize a silver utensil?

Being visually impaired, looking at the color of a utensil doesn't tell me whether it's silver or not, so I'm wondering if there are other easy ways than simply "tasting the utensil" to tell if it is ...
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Kitchen essentials for a poor college student who wants to cook like an iron chef?

During college years funding is low but the need to cook like a pro can be essential. (Let's say to meeting your future wife/husband?) What are essential devices the kitchen should have but will ...
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Do I need to use sterilized jars straight away?

When making jams and preserves you obviously need to sterilize the jars. After the jars have been sterilized do you need to use them straight away or can you sterilize them in advance and keep them ...
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Best chopping board material for meat

I've heard that using a wooden chopping board for cutting meat is not very hygienic as it is a porous material. If that is the case, then what would a chopping board ideally be made out of when ...