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

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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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Are heavy-bottom stock pots called something else?

I would quite like to get hold of a large stock pot with a thick base so I can make things like preserves as well, but whenever I look at kitchenware in my local shops (I'm in NZ if that makes a ...
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What are the safety and warranty implications of steaming bread in a domestic oven?

There are lots of recipes online that suggest mimicking commercial bread ovens by using a water bath and or ice cubes to create a hot, steamy baking environment. I have always been very wary of doing ...
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Can I use a rectangular ceramic pan instead of enameled cast iron to bake bread without losing the nice crust?

My wife has been baking sourdough bread in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven and has been getting a very nice crust. She preheats the pan and oven to 500 °F (260 °C), then puts the dough in the pan, ...
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How to properly fill the ice and salt into an oldfashioned ice cream machine?

I am making ice cream with an inexpensive electric machine that uses a dasher. For a test I put 2 quarts of water in the inner pot. Then I added 8 trays of ice to the space between the inner and ...
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Using Instant Pot Duo Crisp to mimic smoker-cooked pork shoulder

I have once prepared pulled pork on our basic charcoal kettle grill with fabulous success: the end result is succulent meat well permeated by the rendered fat and smoke, and there is a crisp crust ...
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Yellow color from brand new Pre-Seasoned Lodge Cast Iron griddle (before seasoning or even heating). Is this normal?

I received my Lodge 10.5 inch pre-seasoned cast iron griddle today (and I'm very new to the world of Cast Iron). I washed it with water and soap and used the soft side of the sponge and on second wash ...
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Storing cast iron in the oven

We store a few cast iron pans in the oven, on the bottom rack. We leave the pans in there while cooking other things. Occasionally, I worry that this might affect oven performance, by interfering with ...
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Are these pots suitable to cook in?

My mother recently bought these from an old second hand shop because she thought them pretty, but I am just wondering if they are suitable to cook on the hob. I tried to google them on Google images ...
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Using manual egg beater to cream eggs and sugar

So I don’t have a whisk or an electric whisk and a lot of baking recipes say to cream eggs and sugar and I used to do it with those tools. Can I cream eggs and sugar with a manual egg beater (in ...
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What are the reasons for using an egg whisk to cook scrambled eggs?

When cooking scrambled eggs in the frypan I use a spatula to gather the egg together. To me this doesn't damage the pan, and avoids the egg forming 'nodules'. It also saves the time-consuming hassle ...
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Smart idea to buy the woks that Chinese restaurant chefs use, for my home's electric induction cook top?

I need a non stick wok for my Frigidaire electric induction cook top. What do you think of the the copycat technique? Why don't I just buy the type of wok used by Chinese restaurant chefs? But what ...
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Spray bottle keeps spraying even when not squeezing trigger [closed]

I know that spray bottles are usually cheap and konk out or break or whatever much sooner than we would like them to. Yeah that is a bummer, I know. But, I have the opposite problem. I have a sprayer ...
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Emeril 360 Oven. How do i disable timer when baking?

With the Emeril 360 oven, is it possible to use with out timer running? Can you turm off timer when baking?
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Baking a Pie in a Stainless Steel

My ceramic pie dish broke recently and I only have stainless steel as well as cast irons in the approximate size of my desired pie. Can I bake my pie in these or will something go terribly wrong? And ...

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