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Questions on selecting, maintaining, and using cooking tools and equipment.

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What vessel should I choose for Lactofermentation?

Do I have to use a mason jar to ferment veggies? Or would any jar do? In case of the latter, does it have to be air sealed?
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Cooking bolognese sauce in stainless steel versus dutch oven?

I've got a recipe I've been meaning on trying for sauce that indicates using an assumably ceramic dutch oven. Will I be in any dangerous territory if I use a stainless steel pot instead? I know not to ...
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What kind of teaspoon is this?

I have a cutlery set that came with 7 teaspoons. Six of them are the same, but one is different. In the following image I have three of the six on the left side of the picture and the different one on ...
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Wood versus marble rolling pin 'performance'

Is there any reason that a marble rolling pin would perform 'worse' than a wood rolling pin? My roommates recently bought a visually appealing marble rolling pin; however, I've noticed a few problems,...
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How and when should I use a bread knife?

I know the answer is "it's for cutting bread" but what I really want to know is when does its uniqueness actually help? What I've noticed is that it's sooooooooo much easier to use the santoku knives ...
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Pressure cooker lets steam escape and thus not generating pressure

I have a fairly new pressure cooker with different pressure settings. The problem is that it's not reliably generating pressure because the steam is always escaping through the safety nozzle. If ...
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Does the oven door need to be toughened glass?

The glass door of my oven toaster and grill has broken. Can I use a thick glass (not toughened/tempered) in its place?
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How to distinguish between silicone and nylon spatula and judge their quality

I bought a few silicon spatulas from Amazon{The ones I bought}.These are most probably from China, and since those are not from very well known brands, I can't just blindly trust what it says on the ...
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Commercial Kitchens in the UK

How would you find a commercial kitchen to rent in the UK? I cannot seem to find any resources for them, the only ones i've found are attached to store fronts. Would this be a case of renting a ...
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How can I achieve an even heat across a large paella pan?

I just used a 20" paella pan to make a large paella for 10 people. The pan covers 4 burners. The problem that I had was that the center of the pan never reached the temperature of the parts of the ...
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Can I use 100% cotton bed linen as a pudding cloth?

It's hard to find large pieces of closely knit food safe cotton where I am. (UK / EU) Can I use pieces of undyed 100% cotton bed linens with tags removed instead? What chemicals if any would the ...
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Seasoning carbon steel wok [duplicate]

Can a new unseasoned carbon steel wok be seasoned after one use (used it for steaming)? It now has some rust on it. Can it be salvaged?
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How do professional chefs keep food thermometers clean between uses?

Assuming there will always be some occasion where the food tested will not be cooked properly, what method is used to prevent cross contamination?
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Glass still safe after boil-off?

I accidentally let all the water boil off in my standard glass kettle (if it matters, it's a Medelco WK112 OneAll Stovetop Whistling Kettle). It didn't crack, and cleaned up fine. But might there be ...
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What are the important traits of a good popcorn machine for home use?

I am aware that this question is somewhat subjective, so I did my best to ask a good subjective question, instead of "What popcorn machine should I buy?". I recently shared my popcorn-related ...
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Marinated Chicken without Grill

How would you prepare the following marinated chicken without a grill? I tried pan searing my chicken after marinating for 24 hrs but completely blackened the exterior without cooking the inside much. ...
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Are there any other brands like Xtrema?

I'm looking for lead-free, cadmium-free, arsenic-free 100% ceramic cookware. Unfortunately, Xtrema is not available where I live. Are there any other brands like Xtrema?
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Is Glass and Ceramic cookware suitable for high-heat frying and stir-frying?

Is Glass and Ceramic cookware suitable for high-heat frying and stir-frying? Can open flame (gas burner) make it shatter or crack?
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A strange cooker or fait-tout or… what can it be?

We have this odd cooker. We have not been able to figure out what it is. The top can't be opened. EDIT : There's some liquid inside both parts, we can hear it if we shaken them. Even if we can't ...
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Are scratched glass bowls safe to use?

I'll be changing my dinnerware soon and I'm looking for something durable and non-toxic. Are glass bowls/plates more susceptible to spoon and fork scratches? Are scratched glass bowls/plates safe to ...
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can you use metal pans in combo convection/microwave ovens

can you use metal pans in combo convection/microwave ovens
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What is this old “lemon-squeezer” shaped pan

We found this odd pan at the family's summer cottage. The cottage is in Central Finland, and used to be a croft before my grandfather bought it. This thing has been on the edge of the stove for a ...
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What material is best for cast iron handle covers?

I recently obtained* my first cast iron skillet with a lid. I cleaned it up, seasoned it and am so far happy with the cooking results. However, it has rapidly become obvious that I need some kind of ...
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Plastic on grill: is my family safe?

I received an unwanted letter and, my county not allowing open-burning, I used my closed-top propane grill to burn it. After sticking it into the slots, I realized that this is imprudent, because of ...
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Which kind of mortar and pestle replaces a blender?

I can't stand the noise, and even just the idea, of a blender in my kitchen. I want to keep things more natural (less plastic) and waste free (less products). So I was looking into getting a mortar ...
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Induction surface started making a barely noticeable high-pitch whining noise, even when it is not in use, is this dangerous?

We have been using a 4-slot Amica induction surface for 4 years now, and it started making a barely noticeable high-pitch whining noise, even when it is not in use. Is this dangerous? Can aging ...
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Wooden cooking layout

I am a PhD student and I intend to cook in my dorm room. There is a wooden enclosure, I am not sure if it is meant for cooking but I intend to cook there. Please take a look at the space. Although ...
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Type of smoker and location [closed]

Can I place a vertical propane smoker on my patio? I would like to smoke fish, veggies and meat in vertical smoker. Can I place the smoker on my patio?
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Make ahead dishes in cast iron

Could anybody advise if I can leave an assembled breakfast casserole in the fridge overnight in a cast iron skillet and bake it the next morning? Would the pan be damaged? Or the food be unsafe to eat?...
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Process…Buying bulk meat, vacuume seal with marinaide… cook in preasure cooker

For years I have vacuumed sealed meats on sale. Recently bought a Ninja Foodi Air Crisper ( pressure cook & crisper in one). I make marinade for my packages using a folded napkin INSIDE the bag ...
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Is there any devices available that find the ingredients of the given Recipe? [closed]

I am looking for a robotic device that works in the below mentioned way:: The user will open the device and put some amount of recipe , let's say Briyani The device must scan the foods chemical ...
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Microwave watt does it vary according to temp settings

I have an inverter of 600watt. If I want to use a microwave of 700watt on the inverter and set the microwave temperature on medium and not high does the watt output of the microwave become less the ...
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Can a wine press juice citrus?

How effective is a wine press at juicing a large quantity (e.g., 50-100 lbs) of citrus? I'm looking for speed. Auger (masticating juicer) is far too slow, and blending requires straining.
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Making brownies but don't have a hand whisk? Can i substitute with electric mixer?

Hey guys im making brownies but i don't have a whisk. Can i substitute with a electric mixer on low switching on and off occasionally? Would that lead to overbeating the mixture
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Is this a sneeze guard?

I'm about to start selling my baked goods at a farmers market, and I want to purchase a clear, portable, acrylic sneeze guard - like that: The problem is, I can't find anywhere in the US/Canada ...
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Bisquick waffle surface is inconsistent. Likely equipment or recipe problem?

I've been using the same waffle recipe and waffle maker for about 10 years. Lately, my waffles have changed a bit. Waffle iron takes quite a bit longer to indicate done. Previously I'd expect it ...
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What is the right kind of syphon to use for fish batter?

[See below re possible dup] I've seen recipes for fish and chips call for the use of a CO2 syphon for the batter (looking at you, Heston!). So I'm looking to buy a syphon (I don't have one yet). I ...
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I Bought A Special Black Garlic Fermenter

I just got my fermenter and my garlic came out hard and dried. It also tastes bitter. The machine I have is Homend 5L Black Garlic Fermenter Full Automatic Intelligent Control Garlics Maker Multiple ...
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Do any non-commercial gas range models offer linear burner response?

I don't understand why most ranges don't offer a linear flame response as you turn the dial up on a burner. They have "jumps" from low to medium-low, to medium-high, etc. The dials themselves turn ...
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Good qualities of ovens/microwaves for baking cake

My aunt wants to start her own bakery where she is planning to sell different kinds of biscuits, cakes, and desserts. But she cannot afford to buy an industrial oven right now as she wants to start ...
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How to separate meat from vegetables in a soup?

I love to make a nice chicken soup. I take some chicken legs, carrots, leak and celery, a few herbs and of course salt and pepper, and I just let it boil for like 4 hours. I then sift the soup to ...
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How to achieve freeze dried strawberry flakes?

I was following this really cool recipe to make a kind of snack made mostly of granola, coconut flour and freeze dried strawberries. When done right, it seems to be really photogenic, here is a ...
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Where are the missing speeds in my KitchenAid mixer

I have an artisan KitchenAid mixer, model KSM150, everywhere on the internet, including in the KitchenAid site it says that there are 10 working speeds, but the speed selector on my mixer has only 6 ...
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I burned some sweet potatoes in my new microwave- is the microwave ruined?

I put two small purple sweet potatoes in the microwave for 12 minutes and they burned in my new microwave. My dad claims I destroyed the microwave because I burned something in it just once. Is he ...
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XXL Silicon Bag for Autoclave Cooking

The premisse An autoclave that I own is originally intended to sterilize and pressure can food at 6 bar (which is higher than common pressure canners). The autoclave looks like a pressure canner, has ...
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Microwaving M&Ms produces sparks

Last week I microwaved some peanut butter M&Ms for 40 seconds, which is something I've done hundreds of times before to melt the chocolate on the inside. However, when I did it this time, there ...
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Does an activated carbon filter in a kitchen hood dry the air?

Clearly, an activated carbon filter can be expected to collect what comes from the cooking plate with the air. But what happens to the moisture, how much of it what gets sucked into the hood with the ...
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Keeping fondue warm

It’s chilly out. Fondue time! I have no problem making fondue, but keeping it warm for my guests has presented a little bit of a problem. My proposed solution is to scoop the fondue into an enameled ...
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How to compensate for high altitude when baking bread in a bread machine?

I have heard that high altitude can create bad results when making bread in a bread machine. I live at 7,000 ft above sea level. If I bought a bread machine, is there some way to compensate for the ...
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Should a cook be concerned about the type of symmetrical edge-grind from the manufacturer on a chef's knife?

Asymmetrical edges are out of scope of my question because I feel like they're too different from symmetrical edges as it relates to the question. If the stock edge-grind on a chef's knife is any ...