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Why is the Gastronorm system based on 530 × 325mm?

I met the Gastronorm system tonight, by accident, and discovered it was based on a standard container size of 530×325mm. Wholly logically, other sizes are fractions or multiples of that 1/1 standard, ...
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What is the purpose of this microwave platter with outer ring for water?

I recently inherited a platter for use in the microwave. It is made of plastic and has a channel around the perimeter for water. Its markings read: FOR MICROWAVE OVEN ONLY. DO NOT USE WITHOUT FOOD ...
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How to measure 4tbsp of corriander

I am following a recipe that mentions 4tbsp of coriander leaves and 5tbsp for Mint. How can one measure leaves in the weight of tbsp?
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Scraper for Ugolini & C miniGel L4

I have recently inherited a "Ugolini & C miniGel L4" gelato or ice cream maker that my mother bought in the early 1980s (Williams and Sonoma began importing this model in 1979 but ...
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double boiler (temp?)

It seems that almost everywhere, I see the advice to keep the top of a double boiler away from the water in the bottom--with the explanation that the top will get too hot if it touches or is semi-...
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What is the name of the tool which involves a ball inside a sealed container that is shaken to grind up spices?

I have seen a tool which is in two parts. In either part, you place both the plastic ball that comes with the tool and spices. You then screw the two parts of the tool together (it's plastic, it's ...
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Will I crack the enamel if I put a room temperature dutch oven in a pre-heated oven?

Is it safe to put an enameled cast iron dutch oven in a pre-heated oven, when the dutch oven is starting at room temperature? Or will this cause thermal shock and break the enamel? The Internet says ...
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My new convection/convention oven will not bake anything correctly

I just bought a KitchenAid oven which, has both convection and conventional settings with a convection conversion setting. I have been baking for over 40 years, and nothing I have made in this oven is ...
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What are the risks to store a digital scale under an object?

The storage space in my kitchen is rather limited. For that reason, I store my digital scale under a (rather lightweight) salad spinner. Is there any risk to mess up the calibration of the scale and ...
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Is my rice pot still safe to use?

The bottom part metal of my rice pot has turned into darker colour as shown below. May i know if it is still safe to use and what causes it to turn colour? I think the pot is made up of anodised ...
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Why we use bronze die (and not steel) for pasta extrusion?

I found many research papers on differences between Teflon and bronze die for pasta extrusion but there are no comparisons between bronze vs steel/brass/any other metal dies. Why we still stick to ...
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Can you make pasta dough in a breadmaker?

Is it a good idea to buy a breadmaker instead of a food processor for making pasta dough (and bread, obviously)?
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What is the use of this strange contraption on this serving fork?

I just bought an old fork + knife set at a flea market. The kind of big cutlery that is used to cut and serve chicken, roasted meat, whatever. The strange thing is that the fork has a moving part on ...
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What are possible alternatives for parchment paper when baking cream puffs? [duplicate]

I decided to bake cream puffs but we unfortunately ran out of parchment paper, what can I do?
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Can I bake cake in an air fryer?

My oven does not work at the moment, but I have an air fryer. Is it possible to bake a cake in the air fryer?
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Advantage of flexible cutting mat? [closed]

For anyone who owns and uses a flexible cutting mat, what do you enjoy about it? Thanks
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Why would using a tall baking pan cause the top of a cake to be darker?

I'm reading a review of cake pans. Most of the round pans in the review are 2 inches tall. However, there is one round pan in the review that is 2.5 inches tall, and the review had the following ...
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Is it safe if I use house hold scissors instead of special kitchen scissors?

I used scissors to cut a straw for my hydroflask, then I drank out of it. Is is safe if I used plain household scissors? I rinsed the straw before I drank out of it, right after using the scissors to ...
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Can you identify these items?

Is anyone able to tell me what these are? The openings are tapered as though whatever is placed in them is meant to be easy to remove. They don't look like the shape of anything I can think of, ...
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What are the tables called where food is delivered for service to dinner?

In formal dining rooms there is often a long table set to the side and the servers use it to stage dishes before they are served to the table. What is that appurtenance called?
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Why are halal carts so much more prevalent in nyc than taco carts? [closed]

I expressed surprise to a friend that halal carts are so prevalent in nyc, whereas taco carts seem nearly non-existent, and he confidently told me that this is due to the halal foods being easier to ...
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Is there any way to chop vegetables quickly without using a knife? [duplicate]

I sometimes need to have chopped, or more specifically, shredded vegetables for coleslaw or other similar dishes. Usually I use a knife, but it can be time consuming. I have tried using using food ...
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What are the names and purposes of these six kitchen knives?

My longtime neighbor had this collection of six GONON-GIRONDE high-carbon steel knives that she inherited from her mother. I thought that they were incredible, and must be wonderful to use. Sadly she ...
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Is it harmful to heat a whetstone?

I am cooking a pressed apple terrine (a derived version of this one from Raymond Blanc) where I need a weight to put on the apples during cooking. Problem is, the only weight fitting I have that fits ...
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Is this coffee maker safe to use?

I pulled down my bialetti Moka to make some coffee and found it like this: Is the coffee maker safe to use? Does it need cleaning? How should I clean it?
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How can a flat rotating disk whip egg whites?

The Bamix 'beater' attachment is just a flat disk which rotates on an immersion blender. When it rotates the disk stays mostly in place, it doesn't displace the liquid in a way that moving a ...
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Wooden butter knife sanding?

I received a wooden butter knife in the mail fairly recently: now my only question is this, will it need sanding to maintain its food worthiness or does it require something else to keep it food safe? ...
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When cooking on an induction cooktop, can you leave a pot off-center or suspend it to slightly lower its temperature?

I like to cook using poaching and low simmering techniques (70°C to 85°C, about 160°F to 190°F). I want to get an induction cooktop, but the ones I can afford only have 10 temperature settings. I ...
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Why do most egg tart molds appear to be blackened?

In all the videos of Portuguese egg tart molds I see on Youtube, they all appear to be fully black. Carbon steel doesn't seem to be as dark as that (although it could simply be lighting), and I'm not ...
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Can my freezer be too cold?

The FDA recommends a freezer temperature of 0˚F (-18˚C). Warmer temperatures risk bacterial growth and quality problems. But what are the reasons not to set the freezer colder? My Bosch freezer can be ...
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What mill would you recommend to grind allspice?

I recently buy allspice berries thinking that IKEA grinders could grind it. However, the berry is just too large to this mill. What type of mill or grinding appliance should I be looking for when I ...
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Donvier ice cream maker - inserting the bucket

Recently I bought a Donvier 1 pint ice cream maker on Ebay. When I figured out how to put the rim on the chill recepticle it didn't seem that hard. When the ice cream didn't freeze I did some ...
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How to use a ridged cast iron griddle?

While shopping the other day, I purchased a cast iron pan that has ridged griddle lines in it. I thought "oh, this might be nice for cooking meat!" but I'm not actually sure that's the case. ...
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Will using a stick blender 'chop up' the gluten in my Yorkshire pudding/crepe batter? If so, does it matter?

I've always made Yorkshire puddings and pancakes using a stick blender. I'll typically make the batter, leave it to stand for an hour or so and give it one last whizz about 5 minutes before pouring it ...
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What is this metal rod with attached razor blade? Found in Nana's Kitchen

Our Nana passed, and we found this in her kitchen. It appears to be well used. That is an ordinary razor blade it is holding. The screw forces the blade into a curve.
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Preventing flash rust after tempering a carbon steel wok

After just 2 days of using my new carbon steel wok pan, I noticed something suspicious inside it: Looking back on it, it was probably just burnt oil and nothing to worry about. However, I mistook it ...
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When honing with a ceramic rod, why alternate edges of your knife? Why not hone each edge separately?

Starting at 0:58, Owen in Vancouver counsels you to alternate the knife's edges. Each time Owen pulls the knife, he alternates as he advised. But why? Why not hone one side with 15 consecutive ...
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Inner dimensions of Anchor Hocking glass measuring cups

Hi especially for those who already have the Anchor Hocking glass measuring cups. I wonder what are the inner dimensions (diameter) and height of the Anchor Hocking glass measuring cups (250 ml and ...
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Is it feasible to cook via a forge?

I was playing the Sims Medieval the other day, and at one point, the blacksmith proves s/he's a capable cook by... taking a piece of meat, firing up the forge, and hammering the thing into a steak. It'...
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How to clean aluminum with lye "stains"

I got careless and used a lye solution to clean an aluminum moka pot. The end result was that the whole thing was covered in sodium aluminate with some stains standing out from the rest. Here's what ...
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Dirty cutlery holder hanging over glass stove lid with drip container

When I cook, I use cutlery to get the food from the pan, and after using them I put it on a plate that is on the table. But I thought I could do better, putting a frame of hooks to hang the cutlery in ...
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What to do to cool down oven after grease fire?

I have cleaned the grease out the oven but the oven is still warm and it’s not on. What do I do to get the oven to cool down so it’s back to normal?
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Using the plastic tray liner from meat packaging as a cooking aid

My wife says that she has gotten advice on Facebook that using the plastic absorbent liner from packaging can also be used in the oven to distribute the heat more evenly. I am hesitant to put plastic ...
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How to quickly fill cannelloni tubes with relatively dry mixture [duplicate]

We got some cannelloni delivered by mistake so I'm going to be making this for the first time. Having cooked many other pasta varieties, the sauces look fairly straightforward. However, this ...
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Does food steamer require ventilation

I am considering getting a food steamer but I don't have access to a kitchen. I have a microwave in my room but I think I could use a steamer as well to cook vegetables. I've never used a steamer ...
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Getting even heat on a gas stove

I am cooking on gas stoves very seldomly, mostly in some hotel/airbnb's with a small personal kitchen. I often have this problem: the gas comes out in a ring of blue flames. I think more expensive ...
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Reduce flame maximum on cooktop

My wife always uses the maximum setting which results in flames shooting around the outside of many pots melting their plastic handles. Is there any way of reducing the maximum to keep the flames ...
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What is this stainless-steel item's intended use? Is it a cheese grater?

Found in a drawer. I did a google image search but that turned up either handheld graters (but with clearly abrasive grating surfaces) or shower heads. What irritates me is the surface seems to be not ...
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Which utensil or device can be used to make spirals or conveyor screws with vegetables?

I don't know if there exist some tool or utensil to make these spirals or screws. I mean the shape which I am intending to replicate follows the idea seen in the figure from below: Another example of ...
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Safe bottles for fermented liquids

I have some kombucha scoby that I let go way too long (had to leave town for a bit, new job…) and it has gone to vinegar. I would hate to just throw it out as it’s delicious vinegar. I’d like to give ...
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