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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 I clean up my utensils after cutting extremely hot chillis? [duplicate]

As a corollary to a previous question: How to decide how much to dilute extremely hot chillis Are there any precautions or cleaning methods that I have to take when cutting said naga chillis? I've ...
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Wooden cutting board turns black

My wooden cutting board is turning black! I tried reposition the cutting board and even tried hanging them but regardless of the different configuration, water still accumulate at a certain region ...
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Cleaning brown/gray spots on overheated stainless steel stock pot

So my roommate forgot about his boiling water and burned one of the pots pretty bad. The bottom is a dark brown/gray with colored spots underneath (electric range). What are some household remedies ...
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How to clean my unanodized aluminium pot?

I got some acidic food in the pot and its starting to look ugly. Can this pot be saved, or do I need to throw it out?
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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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Advice on use and care of Le Creuset cast iron skillet

Below is a picture of my current cast iron skillet from Le Creuset. As a relative cooking novice, could someone let me know if I have possibly damaged my pan, or if this is normal? I have a Le ...
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What is the best way to clean a roasting tray/baking tray that has sauce burned on to it?

I made this recipe last week - chicken wings roasted in a marinade of soy sauce, brown sugar and white wine vinegar. It was delicious but lots of the marinade has burned onto my baking tray, and I'm ...
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Cleaning burr coffee grinder

I have a medium-end, drop-through burr espresso coffee grinder (a Solis Maestro Plus). I haven't cleaned it since I first bought it, and I thought it was about time. Both the plastic bean funnel and ...
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How to take care of the teflon coated cookware to ensure their long life?

I know the following three rules: Don't use metal spoons. Don't put hot teflon utensils in cold water. Cook on low flame. Is there anything else important, which is often overlooked? EDIT 1: Q: I ...
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How to take care of glazed earthenware?

I got a traditional gyveche (гювече) as a gift, and since it would be hard to replace here, I intend to take good care of it. For those who don't know it, a gyuveche is an earthenware pot intended ...
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Cleaning a tea pot

I have read somewhere (don't remember where, long time ago) that tea enthusiasts clean their tea pots only with water and without soap. Additionally they only rinse it and don't use a scrub to remove ...
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How should I clean anodized cookware?

I'd been bought an anodised wok as a birthday present a couple of years back, but recently, when using a honey/mustard marinade, I managed to burn some of the excess marinade, and now can't seem to ...
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How do I clean these gloves so they do not leave marks?

They leave marks on dishes in the pattern of the gloves. Details Tried soap, bleach, ammonia, vinegar, scalding water, microfiber cloth. Only the fingertips leave marks and are sticky. Palms or ...
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Keeping bugs out of rice

Recently, a sack of whole grain organic rice that we bought became infected with small black bugs. We bought the rice in the bulk bins at the same organic supermarket we always visit, but this time we ...
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Is it really necessary to avoid using soap on a cast iron skillet?

Hello Seasoned Adviced community! When talking about cast iron skillets, it is common to hear the advice "don't ever use soap to wash the skillet." However, I rarely hear specific reasons for why it ...
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Cleaning a commercial-grade grill surface

Here is a griddle. Most weeks, it's used to cook for a community dinner where I live. And, most of those weeks, I'm the volunteer who cleans it. Based on instructions I inherited, I've got, for ...
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How to clean lecithin residue?

After using liquid soy lecithin to stabilize a foam, I find it often leaves a hard to clean, sticky residue on the cooking ware that was in contact with it in undiluted form, which is resistant to ...
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What causes the black discoloration on this plastic electric teakettle?

In the break room at work, there is a tea kettle that has some unappealing discoloration. I would like to use it, and lots of people do, but I find it terribly unappealing. I can't remove it with ...
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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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Advantages to “burning off” grill

My father insists on "burning off" the grill by letting it run on high after each use. Is there any advantage to doing so?
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What is the best way to clean mussels?

I've tried scrapping with a knife (scissors), but it's hard work and slow. Any other idea?
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Nonstick pans blistering after dishwasher?

So I have a nice 12 inch nonstick pan, which I always run through the dishwasher, and it's always fine. There's nothing unusual about the pan. But tonight, I needed it for dinner and the dishwasher ...
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How to wash amaranth before cooking>

I have tried several colanders and fine mesh sieves to wash and rinse amaranth before cooking. They all failed me - the grain is so small that much of it falls through even the smallest mesh I found ...
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How did rust appear on my cast iron in a matter of minutes?

So this has been an on-going saga the last few days, and I've already posted several related questions here, and I am feeling quite defeated. I have/had a beautiful 16" cast iron dutch oven from ...
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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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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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What is a thorough way to clean my dish rack?

I have a Simple Human Dishrack. It was kind of a splurge when I bought it. We were swayed by the good reviews. The rack does not have the typical open wire design, as you can see in the link above. ...
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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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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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How to clean red tea stains from cracked glaze Japanese tea cups

I have a set of green, cracked glaze Japane tea cups. A totally unused one is pictured in Figure 1. Figure 1: A clean, unused tea cup. As I have used one of these cups several times with African red ...
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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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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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Do I need to clean an oven that's not been used in 10 years?

My house has a built-in oven that I've never used since I moved in ~10 years ago. (I prefer to use the oven function of a combi-microwave.) My wife, who has just moved in with me, wants to use the ...
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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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What is the preferred method for sanitizing the kitchen?

I'm aware of a number of ways for sanitizing. Soap. Ammoniac. Bleach. Sodium bicarbonate. Which of these is the preferred method of sanitation? Which concentrations are recommended? How can you test ...
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Changing Sous Vide water

How often do you need to change the water in your Sous Vide machine? Given food never touches the water I don't think I need to change it every time, but it does seem like I should change it once in ...
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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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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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Old stone mortar and pestle cleaning

My roommate has an old mortar made from stone that had been outdoors for quite some time. She rinsed it thoroughly,put it in a big pot, and boiled it to kill any bacteria that could be crawling in ...
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Sanitizing bottles/jars for homemade sauce

The recipe for tomato sauce (includes vinegar, sugar and salt) I am using says I can put the bottles in cool water and bring to boil; once they are boiling, they are ready to fill and seal. My ...
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How to clean ice from ice cream maker bowl without thawing?

I made a sorbet using a bad recipe (too watery) and I had a 3 mm thick layer of solid ice form around the walls of the ice cream maker bowl. The plastic spatula can't break it and the user's manual ...
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Is it safe to wash Sterno down a sink drain?

I've recently been cooking and using Sterno to keep things warm - or cook. However, from time to time I need to stir, scoop, or manipulate the Sterno in some way. Is it safe to rinse off my utensils, ...
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Does “build up” on the bottom of copper-bottom stainless sauce and frying pans matter?

I am not the most fastidious pot washer: over the years, my copper-bottomed fry pans have developed a layer of (I guess) burned oil residue. Aside from any "ick" factor, does this affect the the ...
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How to clean a microwave?

I usually clean my microwave with a surface kitchen spray and was wondering what other tips and tricks do people use to clean their microwaves. Is there anything that should be avoided to not ...
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How do I clean a pot after boiling eggs?

After boiling 8 batches of eggs, how can I clean the build up of calcium off the bottom of the pot?
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How do I get the smell of burnt food off of the inside of my microwave oven?

Someone reheated a stick of barbecued pork on too high a setting and/or for far too long. Now the inside of my microwave oven smells like burnt something. It gets worse when I actually try to cook ...
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How can I clean white burn marks in the center of my glass top burner?

I have this glass top burner for almost 5 years. It was fine until I cooked food in Aluminum Pot and Aluminum frying pan... the base of these pots leaft white marks on the glass. It looks like part of ...
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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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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,...