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potential cereulide on plastic container, can it be washed off?

I recently saw a video of a person who died from eating 5 day old unrefrigerated pasta. The cause was cereulide toxin from Bacillus cereus bacteria in the food. I recently left pasta unrefrigerated in ...
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Who would I take my knives to, to be conditioned?

I would like my knives all to be sharpened by a professional. Some knives I cannot sharpen because they have an intricate serrated edge that I would ruin if I used my own stone. Several of my knives ...
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What is this rust-like stain on my aluminum pot, and how do I clean it?

Today I tried making Dulce de Leche from a can of condensed milk, using my aluminum pot as it's the biggest cookware I have. However, after lifting the can, it seems to have left this circular, ...
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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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Cleaning burnt-on grease with ammonia

I recently ran into this (put your pans etc in a closed container {a garbage bag will do}, pour in a bit of household ammonia and let it sit for many hours) and love it. However, I also have some ...
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How can I clean the brush that I am using for burnt pots?

How can I clean the brush that I am using for burnt pots? It is black and greasy..
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How to know whether the default coating on the iron cookware has totally come off?

https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/29609/6168 But you can't season a pan "on top" of the wax coating. The real seasoning would stick to the wax, and when the wax melts, the seasoning will come off....
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How to polish wine glasses if my hand cannot reach in?

Washing leaves some stains, which I want to get rid of. It's easy to do with paper towel on the outside, but inside the glass it's a problem.
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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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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 is this black stuff coming off my George Forman grill?

I bought this George Forman Grill with detachable trays that are supposed to be dishwasher safe. I noticed that after the dishwasher there's this black soot on them. What causes this? Is there anyway ...
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White Stains on stainless steel [duplicate]

So these are stains that I tried to get off with everything this board has adviced. Still no end in sight. I tried baking soda, citric acid, white vinegar, bar keeper's friend etc. Does anyone know ...
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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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Removing turmeric stains from white plastic [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove turmeric stains from metal/plastic cookware? I had tried detergents to remove some light turmeric strains off a plastic but after it failed then someone told ...
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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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how to clean ginger residue from my plastic juicer containers?

I was juicing unpeeled ginger over the weekend, and even though I washed both the main juicing chamber/Auger housing and the juice container after using them, they seem stained, with slightly sticky ...
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Crackling sound and a thin layer of something on the surface before water boils

I washed my cooking pot and put some water in it, and put it on the stove. When the water came close to boiling, I started hearing crackling sounds and there was a thin coat of some substance on the ...
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Pan stain after roasting cheese

A couple of weeks ago I bought this "grill and pan cheese" in a supermarket and I distinctly remember to have chosen this one because it didn't contain any weird chemicals... It seemed to me "only ...
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How do I clean off bread stuck to a non-flat / patterened cast iron pan?

If this was a normal pan I'd be scraping it with a metal spatula right now, but it's a custom shaped pan (for making novelty shape bread/cupcakes). There are no flat spots, just a lot of grooves and ...
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Burned enameled cast iron stock pot

I was boiling soapy water (to help clean it) in my Martha Stewart stock pot, and I forgot about it. It seems pretty burnt. Can it be cleaned and salvaged, or is it headed for trash? Thanks for your ...
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How to clean the rubbery skin from monkfish before cooking?

I really like the tender parts of monkfish. I buy the fish gutted and decapitated and i tear the slimy gross skin from the back. Then I cut it up into small chunks for frying. However, removing ...
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Burned / black pizza stone

Placed pizza stone in 525f oven to preheat. Smoke pouring out. Opened window, exhaust & even the bathroom exhaust. Thought it would quit eventually. Put pizza in oven for approx 8 min. Smoke ...
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Restore Luster Craft

I recently inherited a very old but complete set of Luster Craft stainless steel waterless cookware. I know I can use barkeepers friend to clean but what should I use to polish the steel and the ...
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Should I “sponge” tea?

I went to a tea shop for Chinese New Year and the owner was incredible adamant about rinsing, sponging and reusing the tea. Is this a normal thing? Should I be doing it? What teas should I be doing ...
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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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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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Cleaning pressure cookers advice

So, I'm not too sure if there's a stack website that talks about cleaning but I figure I can ask the experts chefs! I wanted to cook some rice in my pressure cooker earlier and when I opened my lid, ...
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How can I clean frozen (raw) chicken juice out of my freezer?

I am currently storing raw chicken sealed in plastic bags in my freezer. I suspect that raw chicken juice may be on the outside of some of the bags, contaminating my freezer. Is there a way to clean ...
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non stick presto electric skillet

My skillet is dishwasher safe but it comes out with rust colored spots on the bottom. The non-stick surface is rough and if I use a paper towel to wipe it down it leaves little pieces of paper behind....
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How do I get rid of burn marks in my pots? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How can brown stains be removed from pots and pans? How to keep my stainless steel skillet clean? A couple of times I've left things cooking a drop too long - and all the ...
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Sanitising Black chef “whites”

I have just been given new black "whites" at work. We are soley responsable for the laundry of these items, and I was surprised to see that my new "whites" are to be washed at 40 degrees. Can anyone ...
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Toaster Oven pan Without The Toaster Oven

Growing up, my parents had a couple of little, 2 layer pans that came with Toast-R-Ovens (The appliance themselves had been lost or broke, but the pans remained.). They were great for cooking drippy ...
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Is it normal to wash an apple, or other fruits, with dish washing liquid?

I've never seen anyone do that until yesterday. So I wanted to know is this appropriate for when preparing apples for any meal, how about other fruits? Unlike plates, fruits can absorb chemicals.
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Where can I find the apron/towel worn by the America's Test Kitchen staff?

On America's Test Kitchen, I've seen them wearing a towel around their waist that is somehow attached to an apron. Is there a name for this? Or are they just somehow tucking the towel into a ...
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Wok clean up after every use

I wanted to ask, if i really have to clean up the wok after every use. You see those black spots on it ? Am i doing it wrong? Or.. is it ok to leave it so? Just fyi, this wok costs about 230 eur. ...
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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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Best way to clean a countertop if you are preparing food on it

Just had my kitchen remodeled and this is the first time I've had a kitchen with enough counter space that it's big enough to roll dough etc on. Plus it's the first time it's not a tile countertop so ...
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How can I save sweet from ants without refrigerator?

Sometimes when I don't have refrigerator, I didn't save sweet from ants. How can I save sweet things from ants without refrigerator?
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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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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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Why does my pan always splatter when I make chicken breasts?

I've been cooking for myself since summer started and have been pan-frying a lot of chicken breasts in Sunflower oil. They taste great, but from about halfway through, there's a TON of splattering. ...
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How to select a drain rack for pots and pans?

I use a dish rack for air drying pots and pans. Unfortunately all of the dish racks I have ever purchased do not stand up to the abuse of pots and pans. Eventually the dish rack begins to break down ...
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How to recover a cast-iron pot?

I heated up a cast-iron pot in an oven and might have burnt the lid. Is it possible to restore it back to its formal glory?
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I rarely clean the old oil from my slow-cooker, is it OK?

I put some chicken/beef into my slow-cooker, pour some olive oil and cook it for 4-5 hours. After that, if some meat is still left in the cooker, I may heat it up again the next day or the day after ...
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Are tomatoes worth rinsing off if you boil them soon after?

Have a large set of tomatoes to make some pasta sauce. To soften them for the food mill I boil them. My question is whether it's worth rinsing if they're eventaully gonna get boiled anyway?
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Is it OK to wash other things than dishes with the same sponge scrub?

My friend does it and I argued with her that the dish sponge scrub should only be used for dishes and not the sink or the counter top because it will make the sponge too dirty for future uses for the ...
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What is the white residue on pots after cooking beans or lentils?

One of the most important maintenance items around the house is to keep the cooking pans in perfectly clean condition. I consider this to be by far the most important DIY item to stay healthy at home. ...
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How do I clean burnt milk from a glass-ceramic stove?

I have a glass-ceramic stove (Ceran), and I did spill some milk on it, which of course instantly burnt itself onto the surface. It seems resistant to any mild way of removing it, and I'm not sure how ...
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How to clean a wooden cauldron lid?

I bought this the other day for making shabu shabu (샤부샤부) as well as for camping. The pot itself is made of cast iron which I know how to clean, but the lid is made of wood. The lid doesn't get very ...
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How do you disinfect various cooking items that have touched raw meat?

As a novice cook I am looking to perfect my approach to cleaning and disinfecting various things I use to handle raw meat such as cutlery, tongs, large knives, plates, bowls and cutting boards to ...