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how to get fish smell out of cast iron skillet

When I cook fish fillets in my cast iron griddle skillet, the skillet smells like fish even after I clean it. Is there a way to get that fish smell out? I clean the skillet by first putting water in ...
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How to make gas bbq ready for cooking after a long non use

I have a gas bbq which I haven’t used in 3 years and today I turned it on to see if it works and to my surprise it does. Now it has been filled with webs and other stuff to I turned it on. What should ...
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Leaving cooking equipment dirty

In my household, there are a few items don't get washed right away after use. These include a few all-clad non-stick pans (stated as dishwasher safe), kitchen knives, misc pots/pans, a few grill items ...
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How to clean burned residue off of a stainless steel stovetop

I have a GE Profile gas stove with a non-enameled stainless steel stovetop. While mostly the design prevents burned-on gunk, occasionally I get some burned oil or sugar on the steel. And I haven't ...
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Mould in oven due to leftover food

I have some mould in my oven due to accidentally leaving food in there. The food has been removed but there is mould in the oven. Can I turn the fan oven function on to kill the mould spores before I ...
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Can you wash a pop can or ( in my case ) a monster energy drink can in a dishwasher?

Can you wash a pop can That os recealable but empty in the dishwasher or will it degrade?
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Is wiping with mineral spirits a viable option to reset cast iron?

I didn't wipe out the thin layer of oil. Big mistake. The layer of goo that has now formed is hard to scrape, and the outcome will anyway be patchy without a ton of effort. I am thinking of using ...
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What is the laziest way to clean pyrex baking pans or avoid the process with chicken?

I like baked chicken, but I do not like cleaning wee dots of baked-on splatter from borosilicate glass dish corners .. what alternatives exist which minimize my cleaning labor here? I'm aware of ...
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Is there any trick to cleaning up after grating frozen butter?

I grated frozen butter for the first time today, to make a streusel topping. It worked much faster than my usual method of cubing and cutting in. However the cleanup felt wrong. I used a paper towel ...
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Is my iron cast pan properly cleaned? [duplicate]

As you can see, there is a black area on one half of my iron cast pan: Is this normal? Or I'm not cleaning my pan properly? I did it with salt and a sponge (while the pan was hot).
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Confused about advice from Coleman about seasoning their porcelain coated cast iron grill grates

Basically, I thought porcelain coated grates don't need to be seasoned, but the official instructions from the Coleman page explicitly recommend it. I've got a Coleman grill for 3 years now and I ...
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Best way to deal with drying dishware to minimize hazards?

I have a glass/ceramic bowl. I've used the bowl so now I gotta wash it; instead of using a dish cleaner I manually wash it with soap and rinse it off with hot steamy water for about 1 minute. I pour ...
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Preventing/Cleaning burned masa on a comal

I have a large, carbon steel comal. As is usual, the main things I make on it are made from masa. One of the few things that will adhere to even good seasoning on carbon steel or cast iron is dry, ...
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The cast iron pan changed color after machine-dishwashing

My cast iron pan is new, clearly black, like deeply black. In the instructions, it is mentioned that it can be put in a dishwasher (not recommended, but it could be). The first time putting it in the ...
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How to remove latex(?) from a bread-baking tin?

I've just got an old baking tin, and it's coated on the inside with something that looks a lot like a surgical latex glove; definitely not non-stick, and it is flaking off. I have started rubbing it ...
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What can remove extremely baked on grease?

I have a high-temperature home electric Pizza oven. Despite my best efforts to keep it spotless, There are places (stainless and glass surfaces) where spatters of oil/grease have become hard baked on, ...
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Will a lye solution damage enameled cookware?

Got some very thick baked on oil inside of a Lodge dutch oven with an enamel lining. Avocado oil, baked on in a 500F oven while making bread. Can I save some time by just filling it up with warm water ...
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Is a stainless steel stain in a pressure cooker safe?

I placed a stainless steel idli stand in a pressure cooker (unsure if the cooker is Aluminium or steel, but it has the word "wrought" etched on its worn out bottom), poured some water into ...
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Did I just ruin a new carbon steel wok with bar keepers friend?

I saw this reddit post where people said BKF was fine but that doesn't match what I'm seeing. I just bought a new wok which I was about to season. It had a coating of oil/grease. I washed it with dish ...
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What type of brush is safe to use on hot pizzelle irons?

When cooking Pizzelles often the first one or two stick to the iron. With so many intricate nooks and crannies in the iron it is challenging to clean before cooking more. What types of tools are ...
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Remove burned-in oil from aluminum pan

I have a old camping cooker from Trangia. It comes with an aluminum pan (no non-stick coating, just plain aluminum), and when I last used it and made some eggs, due to the cooker being slightly tilted,...
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What's the best way to remove melted plastic from a glass cooktop?

We have a glass/ceramic electric cooktop (standard, not induction). A couple nights ago one of us bumped the knob and turned it on without noticing. This caused a plastic bag touching the electric ...
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Cleaning with baking soda stains?

I cooked some ribs and used a baking sheet under my rack. Later I cleaned the greasy bits by soaking the baking sheet and rack in a baking soda solution until the water was gone. Then I added vinegar ...
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Does any one know what these marks are on my ceramic hob and how to clean them?

I have tried using astonish hob cleaner and white vinegar and baking soda but the mark is still there?
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Does dish soap exhibit effects when washing non-fatty dishes?

I know that a soap's main effect is to bind fats to water, i.e., to make fatty substances water-soluble. When washing fat-free dishes, e.g., a bowl that was only used to temporarily hold a can of ...
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How to clean tea stains from a mug with steel interior?

How can I clean this tea mug? This is a Contigo mug and I believe it is stainless steel. It has seen a lot of tea and there is a black coating that has broken in scales in the bottom. I've tried to ...
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What exactly is this residue and how do I clean it off?

I have a grill pan with some cooking residue on it. I'm not exactly sure which food caused it (usually oven cook chips, pizza or grill sausages, burgers, sometimes mackerel) but something left this ...
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Efficient method to peel onions? [duplicate]

How do you efficiently peel an onion, so both time and material wasted is minimized? The way I do it: I cut off the stem part farthest from the roots (which has to go anyways, and gives me a nice flat ...
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Bartenders friend left on too long

Is it safe to use stainless steel pot after left bartenders friend on for 25-30 minutes? Noticed it left a dark ring on bottom edge of the pot. If I rinsed it thoroughly, is it still safe to use for ...
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How to clean caked on stains from juicing vegetables?

I've got a "Green Star" twin gear juicer which I have used to juice a variety of vegetables, but mostly carrots and celery. I always juice the celery last, as that seems to minimize the ...
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Is it okay to wash your hands in the kitchen sink washwater (with the dishes)?

Is it okay to wash your hands in the same dishwater that you are using to wash the dishes? In other words, Can someone use the kitchen sink filled with soapy dishwater to wash hands after using the ...
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Is this coffee maker safe to use?

I pulled down my bialetti Moka to make some coffee and found it like this: Is the coffee maker safe to use? Does it need cleaning? How should I clean it?
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When washing ingredients, does it matter if the water is cold or warm?

Inspired by What is the point of washing produce in cold water? Multiple times I remember reading or getting advice that [ingredient X] needs to be washed in cold water before preparing and that warm ...
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What is the point of washing produce in cold water?

You can find tons of tips online saying you should always wash your produce. What is the point of it though? I mean with some hard produce, say carrots you can obviously give them a good scrub with a ...
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(How) Have I ruined my titanium pan?

I have a Zwilling Forte titanium pan with a five-layer T-Ix non-stick coating (which I understand is just the name of the titanium Layers). According to description it's supposed to be super durable (...
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How to clean aluminum with lye "stains"

I got careless and used a lye solution to clean an aluminum moka pot. The end result was that the whole thing was covered in sodium aluminate with some stains standing out from the rest. Here's what ...
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How to clean food that may have been contaminated by a cockroach?

I have seen a post on how to keep roaches, etc., away, but let's say I did see a cockroach on my kitchen counter, and it did crawl on surfaces and food (let's say, some avocadoes that were out, ...
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Does the inside of a lid used to cook rice or steam vegetables have anything besides water on it?

After cooking rice or steaming vegetables the inside of the lid used to cover the pot has water droplets on it - is it just water or do elements of the food make the lid "dirty" and require ...
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Need help cleaning an old aluminum coffee pot

I use an old Wear Ever heavy aluminum coffee pot for boiling water. I don't allow unused water to sit in it. It has stains inside and needs a good cleaning. It has white residue at the water line that ...
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How can I separate the lid from a can that has a pull-tab/ring without flinging food everywhere?

When I try to separate the lid from a can that has a pull-tab, the moment the lid separates from the can, the lid flings food everywhere. It's not always a lot, but it goes far because the lid has so ...
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How to remove every insect from romaine lettuce?

How do I get rid of tiny insects on my lettuce, I know that there will always be insects on it but I'm so paranoid about it. I have a huge fear and I love lettuce so much. I get rid of most insects by ...
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Something dark gray coming off of sheet pan after scouring

I've been using a stainless steel sheet pan and an aluminum sheet pan for baking/roasting for the last year (new to cooking). I used the steel one regularly, so it accumulated a lot of brown stains. ...
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Microwave sponges or not?

I can't decide between the conflicting research! Who's correct? Stop Microwaving Your Sponges, Immediately. “When people at home try to clean their sponges, they make it worse,” Egert said — similar ...
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Can steam from my rice cooker's steam vent sanitize sponges?

My rice cooker will vent steam at the red arrow, when the rice is almost cooked. I've been holding my sponges and toothbrush heads over, but not blocking, the steam exhaust to try to sanitize them. ...
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From a food safety perspective, what's the difference between a dish I ate in and rinsed off afterward vs. a dish with food that I didn't eat in?

I have asked the following question before: Is it safe to only rinse visible residue from container if I then refrigerate the container? I've gotten some great answers to it which help me further ...
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Is it okay to eat fish with an isopod parasite on it?

I bought some frozen Hairtail fish (Chinese: 帶魚) and one of them had some kind of isopod on it. I already removed the bug and threw it out, but after some research it looks a lot like the image here: ...
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Is it safe to only rinse visible residue from container if I then refrigerate the container?

I like to eat off silicone containers. I've noticed that if I rinse them right away after eating, there will be basically no visible residue left on the surface. Now let's say that, err, I had a ...
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How should I wash butter muslin?

I used butter muslin (the link is to the specific product I used as an example) to roast a turkey crown (following the method from this article). I now have a piece of muslin with a tie-die pattern of ...
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Need advice re chance of damage to a stainless steel tray in a very hot oven

I need to heat a clean stainless steel tray to the temperature of boiling water. Would the self-cleaning cycle of the oven damage my tray in any way?
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How can I clean chia seeds?

I'm wondering about how to properly clean chia seeds since they cannot be washed in water as other seeds. I've read that they need not to be washed, but then how to clean them?
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