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Questions tagged [equipment]

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

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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 ...
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How to recover cast iron skillet with melted fiber on it

So I decided to try seasoning my cast iron skillet in the oven. After a few hours I made the mistake of thinking I could take it out and look at it with some pot holders. It turns out pot holders than ...
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Microwave stopped working/works again

I spilled coffee on my counter top and it went under my microwave. It did not appear to me that it went inside the unit at all. When I went to use it several hours later there was obviously a ...
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How can one make a reasonable curry with limited spices and poor quality equipment? [closed]

When travelling one has to make do with whatever cooking equipment is available. Typical deficiencies I've encountered are: thin saucepans and frying pans that have lost any non-stick coating (maybe ...
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What kind of cooking knife is this?

In a show, the character uses the following kitchen knife. I've never seen anything like it before; what is it? Here it is in action:
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Do I need to put blood in a vacuum sealed bag to cook it sous vide in this type of appliance?

If I used this type of appliance... https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01N1PQTIV/ ... to pasteurise blood at 60°C for 45 minutes (as per these instructions: https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/blood-sauce), ...
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Equipment: Intense candle for nabemono. What is it?

I went to a Japanese Nabemono (Chankonabe?) place, in Tokyo. The meal was basically a hot pot. But instead of the typical small candle or small methanol pot/gel I've seen used elsewhere, they had a ...
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Technical terms for an oven that would resist to cleaning products wipping out painted symbols?

Hi not sure if anyone could help with this but I aim to buy an oven that would keep its settings symbols for a decent amount of time. Would be great if ovens had a technical term(s) that would ...
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Is there any cooking oil mister designed such that the oil is never in contact with plastic parts?

Is there any cooking oil mister designed such that the oil is never in contact with plastic parts? I just don't like the possibility of having any plastic chemicals dissolved in the oil.
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Is there a multipurpose cooking appliance that can be used to make natto?

I want to try making some of my own natto, since it is a bit pricey getting it from the store. Looking at online recipes (such as this and this) it appears that at one point it is necessary to ...
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Would trying to boil blood that's been treated with an anticoagulant in an electric kettle break the kettle?

I read here it isn't possible to boil milk in an electric kettle without a very high probability that it will break it, though someone also mentioned that there are electric kettles that can boil milk....
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Should sharpening nicked knives with whetstones leave the nicks in the blade?

This question is somewhat similar to How to sharpen knife with chunk missing?, but the knives I have are not ruined like the one in that question, and I doubt the answer here would be to just throw ...
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Why does plastic never dry properly in a dishwasher?

Whenever I get tasked with unloading the dishwasher, I'm always amazed at the amount of water that's still stuck (always in droplets) to our plastic kitchen utensils and storage containers. We have ...
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High powered blenders (e.g. KitchenAid, 1800watts, 3.5 HP peak)

I'm not technically minded, but if the friction of the blades in high powered (& expensive) blenders creates the heat when making hot soup, why when making smoothies are the smoothies not hot?
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Please identify this Italian kettle(?)

(click to enlarge) A few years ago, I got this Christmas present; I have to admit that I've forgotten what it is by now. It came in a box branded 'Chiapella', but that's an Italian salami producer. ...
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Is there a machine for thick shredded carrots for home use (not grated)?

You can get shredded carrots at a salad bar, and I buy bags of pre-shredded carrots at the supermarket. I want to make these at home with a machine but haven't found one. When you use a food processor,...
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How to pound chicken breasts without a meat tenderizer?

I do not have a meat tenderizor. I want to fry my chicken breasts but need to pound out the meat. What can I use instead?
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How to prevent chocolate covered items from sticking to the cooling rack?

I made my first chocolate covered creams as a Christmas test run, but I put them to dry on a cake cooling rack. This morning the chocolate was so stuck that when I took them off the chocolate was ...
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Does power give a like-for-like comparison between different brands of stand mixer?

I've noticed that the KitchenAid stand mixers (which are supposed to be one of the best, if not the best, brand out there) have significantly lower power rating than their counterparts from other ...
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How do I get something sticky like honey or Golden Syrup off measuring spoons or measuring cups? Is there a better way?

When I put honey in a spoon or measuring cup, the residue stays and it’s hard to get all of it out. How do I make it all come out? Is there a way to measure honey without leaving honey on a spoon?
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Which containers to boil dulce de leche for 7 hours?

I want to make dulce de leche by boiling it. As the storebrought cans leach plastics like BPA into the food, I want to avoid using it. What are jars/cans, preferably reusable what you can put inside ...
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What is this glass object for?

I inherited a bar set. It has a wide variety of glassware, all of which I recognize except this piece The bottom portion holds a 1/2 cup. There is a small hole connecting the top and bottom. The top ...
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Is there a simple rule of thumb for time when pressure cooking?

Pressure cooking reduces the time of cooking, but I want to know if there is a simple rule to follow. Let's say that I find a recipe that says that something should boil for one hour when boiling it ...
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What is this utensil?

dads, chefs, cooks, and other kitchen tool-familiar folks, We used to have this exact fork like spatula but it recently broke. We are looking to buy a replacement but we don't know what it's called ...
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Cabinets at the top of the wall, what goes there? [closed]

I recently got a new house and (unlike my current house) the kitchen has cabinets going all the way to the ceiling. These cabinets are unreachable without a ladder and each one has windows so you can ...
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Gas oven heated from the bottom [duplicate]

I moved to a new place and I have an ancient gas cooker that I can't replace just yet. As the heat source is at the bottom of the oven (rather than the top), would a baking stone help even out the ...
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What is that tool called for scraping vegetables?

There is a specific kind of tool I want that is used to scrape the surface of vegetables in order to turn them into thin strands for spaghettifying or hash browns, but I don't know what it's called.
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Whisk that's made in china [closed]

I have a whisk that is probably made of metal, and it's made from China. I'm not sure if I should use it since it's red, and I don't know if it could be paint. Is there a way I could tell if it's safe ...
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I have an old pyrex bowl with a detachable handle with a glass inset

Any idea to its age and since it has a flame imprint, can it be used on a gas stove? A-C 833-B Both pieces in near perfect condition. Value?
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Looking for 10" bamboo steamer that will last!

I've owned quite a few different bamboo steamers. First one I bought many years ago and it lasted many years. Last few I have purchased did not. We're talking normal use, hand washing only. Seems like ...
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Rack vs Baking Pan vs Roasting Pan and Position

What are the differences in cooking in the oven between putting the food directly on the rack, putting it on a baking pan, and putting it in a roasting pan? How does the existence of metal under the ...
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How much does knife thickness matter?

I was looking to buy myself a chef's knife, and was interested in either the Richardson Sheffield V Sabatier range, or their Sabatier Trompette range. Now, the latter is a bit cheaper, and the only ...
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Microwave smell

A metal container was used in our Microwave, Since then there is a burnt sort of smell in the Microwave. The Microwave is still working well, we need to get rid of the existing smell, also we would ...
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Santoku knife from Victorinox vs Kasumi

Is there any significant difference between santoku knife from e.g. Victorinox versus santoku knife from e.g. Kasumi? Can I as normal kitchen user :) be able to distinguish the difference between ...