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

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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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Maintaining antique cast iron apple press and sausage stuffer

On my cast iron press it has two small holes that say oil beside them, what kind of oil if any do I put into these holes?
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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 ...
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What kind of whetstone for sharpening a nylon edge?

I have an unusual question on the topic of whetstone. Although this isn't a knife's edge, I thought that maybe someone here might be familiar enough with the types of stones to offer an answer. When ...
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Are there home bread machines that can make baguettes or boules?

The bread machines I have used create a cube-shaped loaf with a hole in one end. Are there home bread machines that can make bread in other shapes, such as a long baguette or round boule shape, ...
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Size of holes for salt/pepper/seasoning shakers?

Is there any reference for the sizes of holes for salt shakers? For cooking I should think that the holes would be larger than for table shakers. This question is not, "Would you recommend using a ...
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Oyama rice cooker - uncooked rice under heating element

I accidentally dumped uncooked rice into the Oyama rice cooker under the heating element. I got out what I could, but I can hear I didn't get out all the grains. Shaking / upending the rice cooker ...
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Wok Cooking on a Home Stove

I work with woks at work and know about the wok pit used to cook on for heat, to hold the rounded bottom, and to toss the food. Is there a tool or way to use my at home gas stove for my wok (...
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Some stainless steel more stainless than others

I'm rather disappointed in the latest stainless steel bowl I bought. Left it in the sink unwashed from a salad for a week while I had to be away, came back and it had rust underneath and inside. Same ...
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My cultured butter homogenised again after separating

I tried making cultured butter using a very simple recipe: 500 ml of cream mixed with 30 ml of buttermilk, left on the counter for a couple of days. Then mix to separate, drain, dry, etc. I don't own ...
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What method can be used to remove the seed from a peach other than just trying to pull both sides after cutting it?

I tried to find an answer to this question in this community but I couldn't find one. Therefore I'm asking it. So far the method I'm using is cutting the top and the bottom with a knife and then ...
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Does the “plunger” type cherry-pitter work?

In short has anyone tried this type: ... of cherry pitter? (example of the type). Machinery for pitting cherries is a real art form. Anyone know if these work? What concerns me is that: with the ...
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What method can be used to peel an Avocado without damaging it? [duplicate]

This is a problem I really have each time I want to peel them. Over the years I used forks, spoons and knifes but always the Avocado gets damaged as it is mushy, pulpy when I peel it and gets a mess. ...
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How do I clean a refrigerator with no removable shelves?

I believe this has been asked already but I'll ask it again. How do I clean a refrigerator with no removable shelves? I am renting an appartment so this fridge isn't mine exactly. I have no idea what ...
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Is nonstick cookware safe to use after overheating

I know that nonstick can release chemicals / gasses / toxins after being overheated but is it safe to use again once cooled? I have a frying pan I like a lot but it got overheated a few times - there ...
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Induction compatible pans not working on induction stove-top

I just purchased a set of "induction ready" pans from All-Clad. Found here. However, to my dismay when I got them home, they wouldn't work! My stove makes a kind of clicking noise when I try to use ...
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Can a masticating juicer make good hummus?

Many masticating juicers are sold with the claim that they can also make nut butters. Seeing that chickpeas are easier to crush than roasted nuts, I wondered if they can also be used for hummus or ...
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What is this odd tool used for?

What is this tool I found at the thrift store in the kitchen section?
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Advantages/disadvantages for limescale cleaning methods?

Are there any advantages/disadvantages for different methods for cleaning limescale (from a kettle/thermos)? The methods I know about: Citric acid (lemon/lime salt?) Vinegar I usually prefer the ...
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why is exterior of the microwave oven getting hot & the lights getting switched off [closed]

cooking pizza @ 180 degrees celcius then the exterior gets too hot and the lights on the microwave oven get switched off. after it cools down the lights start again `
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How to take care of a wooden mortar and pestle?

How to maintain a wooden mortar and pestle? I just got it, and understood I need to first oil it to seal/protect it from keeping the taste of what I grind, which makes sense. But how to maintain it ...
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Is there any healthy and clean trick to stop oil splatter? [duplicate]

I gave mixing the oil with salt a bash, but the pan was grim to clean afterwards, and it seems like it's probably pretty unhealthy. I realise that I could thaw out food first, but I don't have a ...
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Are there any tools / “life hacks” to cut sphere-shaped potatoes and carrots?

Salad Olivier - The modern version contains peas, potatoes, carrot, eggs, etc. It would be cool to cut everything into same-size spheres...
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Paring knife selection for work in the air?

I'm going to be buying a new paring knife soon. I use my current knife mostly for "air work" - things like coring strawberries, trimming fruits/vegetables, etc. I rarely (or never) use it for work on ...
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Bold Setting on Coffee Maker

I have a 12-cup programmable coffee maker (of the now - defunct Sears variety) and used the "bold" setting to brew a stronger coffee for a specific recipe. But, it now seems stuck on bold. How do I ...
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Low tech strategies for keeping food warm

I need to cook food from the middle ages and bring it to school for a project. How can I keep the food warm without using innovative appliances?
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Renewing a whetstone?

I think my whetstone has smoothed over by constant use at work, is there a way to repair it or should I just go buy another?
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How can I remove surface rust from a cleaver and keep it off

I was in Amish country in Ohio last weekend and found this in an antique shop. It seemed interesting and reasonably priced so I bought it. I did notice the surface rust. The cleaver is 9" from heel to ...
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UMAi Dry Aged Bags - Effectiveness

I want to dry age some beef at home - which I know is not ideal. I've heard that the UMAi bags are a good way to dry age at home. However, I keep seeing mixed reviews with no clear conclusion. So, ...
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Make Super Fine Sugar

I am looking into creating some super fine sugar (finer than confectioners sugar) for icing. This is more for experimentation than anything, I am more interested to see how this impacts the ...
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Success tempering chocolate with Kitchen-Aid heated mixing bowl?

So, I was given a Kitchen-Aid heated mixing bowl for Christmas, and following the instructions I have attempted to temper chocolate a few times without any success whatsoever. It takes a very long ...
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How do I reduce kitchen temperature during cooking?

My kitchen gets too hot during the summer while I am cooking. I have exhaust fans installed in the kitchen, but it's not really helping. I have four questions: Is there any other way I can reduce the ...
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Can Thermomix(-style) appliances knead dough well?

I make italian-style pizza, by kneading the dough in a bread machine. The machine does a very good job (it works it for around 45 minutes), much better than I could do with my hands, and using a pizza ...
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How to cook multiple batches in a wok without things burning

I've read in a number of places that instead of doubling a recipe in a wok, just do multiple batches. However, whenever I try to do multiple batches, by the second batch things are starting to get ...
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Rigging equipment for steaming large amounts at once

I am making steamed BBQ pork buns for a work potluck. I have some steamer equipment, but small scale. I'm looking at making 60+ buns, and would really like to cook them as quickly as possible the ...
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What alternatives do exists for properly squeezing lemons?

This happened to me often when I go to some restaurants or be on a visit to somebody place. It just happen that I want to add some lemon to my soup or use it as an addition to my meals but they do not ...
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Microwave Oven Rust -Does it affect FOOD cooked in it (hurt us?)

Can anyone tell me if there is a toxicity effect on food cooked in a microwave oven with rust along the edges inside the microwave itself??
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Using Pyrex casserole dish as bread cloche?

Can a casserole dish (Pyrex) be used upside down as a bread cloche?
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Can I use an electric smoker without wood chips as an oven to cook a ham?

I'm cooking a big dinner. I am wondering if I can use my electric smoker without woods chips like a second oven so I can free up space in oven inside. Will it cook my ham well? I don't want to smoke ...
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Instant Pot — how should I resolve conflicting sets of instructions?

The manual that came with my Instant Pot says not to put the lid in the dishwasher. The Instant Pot website says that the lid is dishwasher safe. Which should I believe?
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Compact steel toaster ovens without glass?

Are there any compact, counter-top, steel toaster ovens that do not have glass windows? The closest I've been able to find are Wisco's pizza ovens, but I would like something smaller (sandwich/pannini ...
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Does anybody know what company made this spatula?

I received the following spatula and I want to buy another one, but I can't find it. Does anyone recognize the company?
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Can plastic grocery store misters be used for oil?

I’m really tired of buying oil spray cans. I know that there are relatively inexpensive misters out there, Misto currently being the most popular, it seems. But I’m seriously strapped at the moment, ...