Questions tagged [cleaning]

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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,...
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Should I cook in the old carbon steel skillets I just bought at a flea market? And can I use them for campfire cooking?

I just bought two carbon steel old pans, numbers 43 and either 6 or 9 (orientation?), at a flea market. One of the skillets has a lot of burned on flaky black very hard something - outside, mostly, on ...
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How can I clean my stainless steel teapot?

I have a rather nice stainless steel teapot that I use every day. I've started to get some black buildup due to using it on a gas range. What method would work well for restoring my teapot back to ...
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If I'm freezing live clams, purge before or after freezing?

I buy live mussels and clams from Diana's Seafood in Scarborough, Toronto. It's far from home, so I go just once every one or two weeks. I always "Purge" Clams Before Cooking to Get All the Sand and ...
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Should I have more than one dishwashing soap?

In Brazil, there is a soap paste ("sabao pastoso") commonly used to clean aluminum pots with steel wool. I'm guessing the benefit here, compared to normal liquid dishwasing soap, comes only from a ...
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How do I clean my hob?

I am using a Creda Capri hotplate hob (possibly this one [pdf]). The problem is the area around the burners has became too dirty, with sticky burns. Here's a photo: I have tried using Dettol Spray ...
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Lining a frying pan with aluminum foil to reduce post-cooking cleanup?

I make a lot of stir fry in my frying pan, and I hate cleaning it up. Often, if I do not clean the pan immediately, the stir fry residue (little pieces I have failed to scooped out when moving the ...
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Grinding melted latex off a pizza stone?

My fiance and I got a pizza stone for christmas, and are still learning how to use it. Tonight we accidentally used a potholder which had silk-screened designs on it, and almost immediately the white ...
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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 declog coffee maker clogged by milk

I have a coffee maker which I used milk in it rather than water. Now milk has clogged its tubes as shown here: Can anybody help me with a simple and easy trick to clean and declog the coffee maker ...
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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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Are cans dishwasher safe

I use canned food from tins from time to time (cat food, chickpeas etc.). I need to clean them before throwing away as I don't have that many recyclable items to throw them away daily and I don't want ...
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How to save my almonds from moths

I bought a large amount of almonds at a bargain price. While moving the almonds to jars, I spotted a white powder which was very reminiscent of the eggs of the pantry moth. In the past, such powder ...
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Sticky aluminum half sheet pans - Self cleaning oven - What would happen?

I recently cleaned my broiler pan with great success in my self-cleaning oven. Great. Now I'm looking at my aluminum half-sheet pans. They're sticky, they're discolored, I only have so much elbow ...
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how to clean my enameled cast iron pot I burned soup dry in

A week ago, I left soup simmering in my new Staub cast-iron pot (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/2507416/) for too long, and all the liquid evaporated and what was left burned on the bottom. I'...
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How can I unstick lollies stuck in a jar, welded by heat?

I left some humbugs in a jar in the sun on a kitchen shelf. They melted a bit and are now stuck in the jar. How do I get them out?
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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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How should I clean this mess at the bottom of my wok?

I've been using my wok for about a year now, and recently it's developed a kind of patina around the bottom of the cooking surface. I've tried to follow the care instructions as best I can, taking ...
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What is a mild detergent?

I recently obtained a dehydrator, and the instructions say for cleaning you have to: "Simply soak the trays in warm water with a mild detergent for several minutes" Can someone please define the ...
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What precautions should be taken while cleaning silver utensils?

I have silver cups, plates, and bowls too. Is it safe to clean them with normal washing powder? Or Does it need some extra attention? Also, how do I clean the layer of black tarnish/patina ...
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Is it true that even quality knives with wood handles can warp and be contaminated with bacteria?

I was at Bed Bath & Beyond and I spoke to one of the employees about knives with wood handles. She said that wood handles are no good because they warped from water and heat and were difficult to ...
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How to remove olive oil stains from cotton/wool cloths?

I think any cook have came across these nasty stains. What is the best home method of removing them from cotton/wool cloths? I know that the best method is to act proactive and wear protective ...
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Smart ways to clean a greasy metal vessel?

I cooked up some meatloaf in a copper dish and it came out great. The dish itself, a little less so. I don't want to scratch the surface or wash it down the drain, what are some good ways to clean ...
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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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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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Care Instructions for PTFE Nonstick Pan: Function of First Use 'Seasoning'

After purchasing a PTFE nonstick pan, I noticed something in the Use & Care Instructions with the product for first use: Before using your cookware for the first time, hand-wash with warm, ...
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How can I clean this cooking pan?

I have this non-stick tefal cooking pan which works great - nothing sticks to the telfon part. The only problem is the silver metal rim to the pan - it just gets more and more brown the more often I ...
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How to clean non-sticking pan from burnt pepper juices

A couple of times I ruin good non-sticking (teflon) pans in the same way - I fry or roast a bell pepper with too little fat, the pepper juices stick to the non-stick surface and I have to use really ...
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How often should I clean my coffeepot, and what is the preferred method?

We use a typical drip coffee maker with a thermos-type pot. Naturally I rinse the pot and filter holder every day, but how often do I need to clean it more thoroughly? I've heard that it is bad to use ...
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How to clean molten plastic from a pizza stone?

I have a pizza stone, which has molten plastic on it (it touched the edge of a plastic chopping board briefly, while hot). I cleaned as best as I could with water, but when I put it in the oven it ...
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How to address this burnt sugar conundrum

Some Caribbean recipes, such as this Jamaican oxtail stew, ask for browning sauce, which is essentially burnt sugar: Heat a large Dutch oven or a heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. Add brown sugar ...
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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 do I clean a George Foreman grill?

I find that the scouring side of a blue ("non-scratch") kitchen sponge, with water and dish detergent and lots of elbow grease, is effective, but it does require lots of elbow grease and I'm wondering ...
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Why you shouldn't use soap to clean a pizza stone? or some pans and pots?

I was reading answers to this question How do I season my new pizza stone? and many people advised not to use soap on a pizza stone, I don't have a pizza stone but I have read similar advice for some ...
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Cleaning plastic bags used for sous vide

I am using this kind of vacuum bag for sous vide. They work perfectly but recently I have been having a problem cleaning them. I let them sit for a few days after using them without cleaning them, ...
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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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black stain on my glass stove top

i have a black stain on one of my stove tops there were some smaller ones on the other three but they came off fairly easy. this has taken up almost the entire top and looks almost as if the pattern ...
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Removing burnt olive oil from an enamelled cast iron pan and a non-stick marble pan?

I was wondering what the best way to remove this burnt on olive oil is? These are both pretty new pans. I've heard of using an oven cleaner for the cast iron pan but I'm unsure if it will ruin the ...
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Cleaning tin discoloration on copper/tin lid

I have a tin-lined copper sauce pan from Rameria Mazzetti, which I love, but I notice the tin discoloring. I have read that it is normal that the tin becomes dull/gray when you cook in it. My ...
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Why does my colander feel slimy after I use it to drain pasta?

I'd imagine the "slimy" feeling is due to all the starch passing over and through it. But how come it's so hard to clean? Even with repeated scrubbing the slickness can stubbornly remain.
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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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What is the best way to clean an electric fryer?

I have a Rival RCF15 fryer. I lost the manual and can't find a copy online. It has a fixed metal reservoir for the oil. It has a removable basket. I remember the manual saying something about not ...
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Lyle's Golden Syrup tin design, why is it like this and how to clean it

Lyle's Golden Syrup has a distinctive lid design, in which the top of the tin has a lip. This inevitably fills with syrup and makes the whole thing stickier than it needs to be. Is there a reason for ...
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Washing oil off of hands

I made a recipe that was more hands-on and the recipe had a decent amount of oil, so I was wondering what is the most efficient way to get the oil off? I tried wiping my hands before washing them, but ...
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Any cheap ways to clean restaurant stainless steel fridge?

so I know they have antibacterial solution to clean, but what can I say its expensive. Currently we use water+soap solution but its not working well. I am looking to clean the inside of fridge/freezer....
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Have I over- or under-cleaned my cast iron dutch oven?

There are several questions on this site addressing how to fix a cast iron pan or dutch oven when it collects rust or gets rock hard black food melted into it, including this question that I posted ...
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Use the same cast iron skillet or buy a new one for desserts?

Quick backstory I currently have 2 skillets -- one a 12" flat skillet and the other ribbed. They have both been used for meat and I learned my lesson awhile ago and try to keep them as far away from ...
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Cleaning burnt beans stuck to pot?

Yep. Every several years, a pot of beans is left unattended, sinks up the place and ends up with a rock formation of encrusted bean matter that can't be removed. This time, it's my dearly-beloved ...

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