Questions tagged [cleaning]

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Black spotting/dust in stainless steel utensils.Is this mildew?

I moved into this house a couple of months ago and bought some high quality stainless steel utensils with me from my house. I am noticing some black spots that don't go away with scratching or washing ...
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Black spots in porcelain coffee mug

I bought a (fine china) coffee mug a couple of months ago and started using it recently. I saw 3 black spots in the inside of the mug and a lot more speck-like scattered on the outside.Initially, I ...
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cast iron skillet

I put my cast iron skillet on the stove top , turned up the heat slowly then turning it up high , when I removed the pan, I obseverd a ring/mark the size of my glass top burner almost like a burn mark ...
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What is this slimy coloured stuff growing in my plates?

Recently, I observed that there is some brown slimy stuff on the underside of my plates. I don't know what they are or how they form. I tried removing it with a tooth pick, but was too hard to come ...
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Black spots in the kitchen sink

I just moved into a new flat and there seems to be some black spots in the kitchen sink(image attached).Is this black mold?How can I get rid of them safely? PS: There is some black mold lining on the ...
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do flavors transfer?

I brought out my old cast iron pan and scrubbed it with salt and seasoned it yesterday. I have used it in the past for a few things but not much. I want to start using it on a regular basis. ...
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How many wash cycles should I aim for when washing brown rice?

I was told that I'm supposed to keep washing the brown rice with water, empty the pot out, and repeat until the water doesn't become foggy anymore to get rid of the arsenic. For each cycle, I pat, ...
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How clean should the outside of pots and pans be scrubbed?

I’m the official pot-scrubber in our household. I have a question on how clean one should scrub the outside of stainless and copper pots and pans and whether this is merely an aesthetic choice. I ...
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What's an effective way to remove this stubborn burnt-on oil from a saucepan? [duplicate]

I have a stainless steel saucepan that has dark burnt on oil around the sides. I'm assuming it's from cooking oil since I use oil in this saucepan a lot. It seems to just keep building up and up and ...
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Cleaning dark stone kitchen countertops

I have lived in two kitchens where the countertop was a dark stone material. In one case, it was black granite with copper flecks and in my current kitchen, it is solid dark brown quartz composite. In ...
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Food was left in Instant Pot for a month and it grew mold. Is it safe to use it after cleaning?

I have an Instant Pot. I made some rice about a month ago and haven’t used it since. Unfortunately someone in the house put the cover on the pot with the rice inside and left it there. I just opened ...
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Is washing hands before handling meat/poultry necessary?

I was wondering if meat and chicken get cooked well, do we need to wash our hands before handling it?
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tarry deposit in wok

I've cooked maybe a dozen times with my flat-bottom wok (carbon steel, uncoated). A layer of ‘tar’ has developed in the bottom, which I've been unable to clean out. The ‘tar’ doesn't seem to affect ...
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Safe and efficient way to keep hands clean while preparing food [duplicate]

In various cooking videos (either online or tv etc) I have seen the cook typically touch either raw chicken or raw meat or raw eggs and then without washing their hands touch other thing like salt and ...
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Cleaning out coffee pots and thermoses

Is there a commonly available cleaning solution I can use for coffee pots and infuser thermoses for coffee and tea? I have a number of these that are starting to show coffee stains and particle ...
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Why doesn't chainmail ruin a cast iron's seasoning but metal scouring pad will?

I've often seen small swatches of stainless steel chainmail sold for the purpose of cleaning a cast iron pan. How is that this does not scratch/ruin my cast iron's seasoning, when a metal scouring pad ...
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Is it sufficient to wash utensils, which have touched chicken, with soapy water

In the kitchen, I am very health conscious and try to prepare and store foods with care After working with a whole chicken, I usually wash the chopping board and knife with hot (but not boiling) ...
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Should I clean the pan between batches of browning

I am a proponent of browning meat at high temperature to get the maillard reaction prior to whatever remaining cooking steps there may be. I usually use a large stainless steel pan and a quantity of ...
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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

I have a confession to make. I was lazy, I didn't think it would cause any harm, but it did. And now they are back. The fruit flies have taken over my kitchen, and I need help fighting them. Story: ...
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I accidentally put aluminum foil in my microwave, how can I clean the scorch marks?

I have a microwave/grill combo and I accidentally had aluminum foil inside when starting the microwave function. By the time I realized it was already sparking and left brown scorch marks on the ...
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Is it okay to remove oil/grease stains from anodized aluminum pan using vinegar?

I bought a brand new hard anodized pan for making roti. I used some oil while cooking. After cooking, washing I saw these stains (most likely grease) that would not be removed after washing with my ...
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How to clean melted plastic from oven

My mother recently bought a sheet of what she thought was aluminum foil to line the bottom of our oven, in an effort to make cleaning easier. It turned out that the "foil" was actually plastic, and ...
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How to clean up after a grease fire?

So I was about to sear some steaks in my trusty cast iron skillet tonight, when upon pouring a couple tablespoons of avocado oil, it burst into flames. Having read about how to put out grease fires, I ...
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How to clean cork bottestopper?

I was given a cork bottle stopper as a gift. Should I clean it after each usage? What is the appropriate way to clean cork? Since cork is porous, I would be concerned washing it could encourage ...
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Cleaning out a smell

Trying to clean out the spice cabinet and I want to re-purpose a shaker from a chili powder based mix to a cinnamon-sugar (it's made principally of plastic but has wire mesh screen). After a couple of ...
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Very moldy cast iron cookware - what's the best way to clean it?

Returning home after using cast iron cookware on a camping trip, I forgot to clean the cast iron in the midst of much unpacking and other matters. As a result of A) leaving any cookware with food in ...
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How to get rid of tiny black spots on white plastic cutting board?

When I looked in the dishwasher this morning after it ran overnight, I noticed an amount of tiny flecks on the white plastic cutting board I have, on both sides of the surface. After taking it to the ...
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How to clean up spill?

I've noticed some of the most difficult messes to cleanup happen in the kitchen. I opened the fridge and a large container of salsa fell out and spilled on the floor and beneath the fridge. It was ...
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Microwave door blew open when boiling water-vinegar mixture for cleaning

The inside walls of a microwave have become sticky. I was attempting to be a smart cookie and tried to clean it by boiling a glass of water-vinegar mixture inside it. However, this DIY backfired as ...
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Cleaning my cast iron from exploded battery and plastic

I am a baker and just moved houses. I used my cast iron to hold my electronic scale, which is made of plastic and had batteries in it, and without checking put the whole container into the oven at 450....
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Sanitizing a meat rack

If a meat roaster rack has become contaminated with mold, etc, would soaking it in hot water and bleach (0.5 cup bleach to 1 gal of hot water) for 2 - 1 hour cycles with hard scrubbing between soaks ...
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I get black flecks on my butter when I grease my pan

I recently bought a Teflon-coated pan and have been using it without cause for concern, but while greasing it tonight I found the butter stick I used came away with grey flecks / residue. I typically ...
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Spots in Stainless Pots after cleaning in self cleaning oven

Is there anyway to restore the Stainless finish to a pot that has been cleaned in a self cleaning oven. I burned it so badly it was the only way to salvage the pan. Still works great and didn't warp ...
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How to sequence better while cooking

I often struggle with sequencing specific cooking activities in the kitchen, and either panic, screw something up, or more often than not the dish takes a lot longer to cook. I've tried prepping more, ...
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How do you clean cheesecloth?

Do you only rinse it with water and accept stains? Boil it? Soak it in bleach? Put it in the washing machine? Put it in the dishwasher? Are they disposable?
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Melted pot residue on solid plate cooker

My enamel pasta pot, which I've had for years, melted into my solid plate stove after I forgot the plate on. It smelled like burning plastic. I removed the pot and it was so hot that it charred my ...
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How to clean a mill

My girlfriend and I moved into a new flat together and now we´ve got at least 2 salt- and 2 pepper mills. We only need one of each kind and I wanted to ask, if somebody knows a good way to "clean" the ...
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How important is drying hands for sanitation?

Several sites describing how to wash your hands list drying as the last step. Some say you can use a clean towel or air dry them. I've been curious about something for a while. What if I'm preparing ...
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Will washing a certain part of my blender in the dishwasher ruin it?

I just bought a new "smoothie-blender" from Russel Hobbs, and in the manual I read that you can wash the parts not connected to the motor in the dishwasher. There is one part though, that I'm not ...
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How can I remove sticky residue from a pot I boiled salsify in?

Yesterday I made black salsify. I got the salsify fresh and peeled it myself. Knowing what a hassle that is, I rinced and scrubbed it, put on disposable gloves and peeled in my sink, which afterwards ...
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How do I remove boar taint (from a wooden handle)?

So, I made the mistake of using my beautiful cleaver (that has a wooden handle) to cleave some particularly pungent pigs’ trotters, and for the next year, no matter how many times I’ve washed it with ...
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Ridding cooked food of burnt particles

I am preparing some fried shrimp now. The recipe requires me to boil the shrimp in a pot until most of the water evaporates. I did that and the shrimp is cooked, but some of the ingredients seem to ...
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Does a splatter screen prevent grease build up in kitchen?

I love to stir fry. What I don't love is the sticky grease coating that over time accumulates on every surface near the stove, including cupboards, kitchen items and the floor. I don't have a range ...
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How to clean burnt food from an unglazed tagine

We recently cooked a beef stew in our unglazed earthenware tagine. The food at the bottom of the dish burned a bit, and we're now left with a rather crusty mess that we don't know how to remove. Is ...
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How do you minimise hand washing between every step to keep tools clean?

Say you cooking beef steak: You have to unwrap the beef from its packaging, lay it down, get blood on your hands, wash hands, sprinkle salt, wash hands, grind pepper, rub the seasoning into the beef, ...
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How do I wash the “pokey” side of a box grater?

I have this box grater, and one of the sides is "non-directional" (not sure what this is called) -- that is, the pointy "blade" things are on every side of the holes: Close-up: The fibers you see ...
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Butter melt inside the toaster

My toaster is smoking and activating the fire alarm. I tried to clean the tray and the dust from the inside. I shook it pretty much and many black "things" came out. Although, it's still smoking. I ...
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Mortar used to process paste containing candlenuts - risk of contaminating raw foods?

If I use a mortar and pestle for working with candlenuts (who are considered mildly toxic when raw), to make a paste that is later cooked, how thoroughly and how does that mortar (not dishwasher proof,...
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What the heck is on this cast iron, and HOW TO REMOVE?

Okay, so I just gathered my cast iron dutch oven from my ex, and he apologetically explained that he'd spilled "something" on it. He is an organic farmer who works on cars, so literally: THERE IS NO ...
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Cooking ham in an oven with oven cleaner

If a ham was cooked for 20 mins in an oven before realising that there was a layer of oven cleaner in the oven, is the meat safe to eat?