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Questions tagged [equipment]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fissler frying pans. Are they worth the price?

I just saw a good deal on frying pans from Fissler. The two pans included in the deal are the "crispy" and "protect" models. However, it is still a lot of money (169 €). Before I place an order I am ...
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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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Does it matter if I make waffles in a frying pan?

I have some waffle batter ready (here is the recipe) but I don't have a waffle iron. Is it okay if I make it the way I make pancakes, by pouring batter in a frying pan?
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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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My KitchenAid mixer head will not lock in the down position. How can I rectify this?

It will lock with the head raised. There doesn't appear to be anything obstructing it from sitting flat, but it doesn't want to lock.
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How do you reduce static in a coffee grinder?

Is there a way to reduce/eliminate the static buildup in a burr grinder? I've tried a few different coffee grinders and inevitably on removing the grinds bin, I get a spray of coffee all over the ...
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Are plastic (vs metal) immersion blenders safe for hot mixtures?

I have a braun stick blender that I bought about 10 years ago. I love it because it's really versatile and I can make puree soups, etc. I usually will stick the immersion blender into the pot of hot ...
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Why not put knives in the dishwasher?

What is it about the dishwasher that harms knives? The only reasons I've found are: You could get cut... I personally have a greater change of getting cut by trying to wash them by hand. The blades ...
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Dutch oven instead of oven?

I'm moving into a small apartment with no oven. Before, I had a 16" oven stone to bake my bread and I'm looking for something to keep baking. Would a duch oven over a gas kitchen work? I can't use ...
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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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How do I know if my meat thermometer is ovenproof?

Ever since a supposedly "ovenproof" thermometer shattered glass on my turkey Thanksgiving 2006 I have been afraid of these things. Is it generally safe to use them? Any maximum temperature I should be ...
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Cooking food directly on oven rack

Is it common to cook food directly on the oven racks? I often do this (with a container for drippings) and was wondering if this is common or if there is a better solution. It has worked out fine ...
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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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What are the differences between candy thermometers and meat thermometers?

I know that meat thermometers generally won't handle as high a temperature range as candy, but I'm only planning to make caramels and fudge (so soft ball and firm ball) and that's within the range of ...
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Are hardware store themocouples food safe?

I recently finished reading The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes. The authors of this book put a strong emphasis on accurate measurements and measuring tools, ...
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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 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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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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What type of frying pan does not warp?

I have a glass smooth-top stove. Every large frying pan that I have bought so far has almost immediately warped so that the bottom is no longer flat. They all end up concave -- like a wok but less ...
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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 causes the black discoloration on this plastic electric teakettle?

In the break room at work, there is a tea kettle that has some unappealing discoloration. I would like to use it, and lots of people do, but I find it terribly unappealing. I can't remove it with ...
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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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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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When baking, is it better to use a gas or electric oven?

I'm looking for an oven and wanted to know if there is any difference between a gas or electric oven when it comes to baking things like cakes, biscuits and scones?
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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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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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What do I need to know about coffee machines and grinders to get started making good coffee at home?

How to make a strong mug of instant Coffee? "Crema" is a light-colored foam layer which builds on top of espresso, and many people like it. Espresso is also stronger than normal coffee. For both, ...
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Why is it necessary to preheat an oven?

Just about every recipe advises to preheat the oven before using it. I often forget this, but luckily this doesn't seem to matter all that much. Hence my question: why would it be necessary to preheat ...
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Is it really necessary to wash a skillet that will be heated up again soon?

I made some eggs in a cast iron skillet yesterday and didn't wash the skillet. Today I want to make eggs again. Is it really necessary for me to wash the skillet before making more eggs? It would ...
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Good way to prevent grease build up in kitchen?

My kitchen items end up getting a sticky grease coating when I cook regularly. Things not even near the stove top. I don't have an overhead fan, what can I do about this?
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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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Do you use paper or cloth towel for patting a meat dry before frying?

It is advised to pat a steak dry before frying. I've used paper towels in the past for this, but sometimes parts of them stick to meat. Now and then I've used a clean cloth kitchen towel for patting ...
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Why is a tablespoon defined as 20mL in Australia?

In Australia, a tablespoon is defined as 20mL whereas it is 15mL in nearly all other countries. I'm interested to know where this comes from, and also what other Australian people do about this ...
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Anybody know where I can get some Stanley spatulas?

Back when Stanley had home parties, the demonstrator would hand these out as a hostess prize or thank you. It’s my absolute favorite spatula and I cannot seem to find one anywhere! It’s a soft, ...
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Kitchenaid mixer dropping metal shavings

My fiance and I have been using our KitchenAid 600 series pro mixer almost daily for close to 7 months now with no issue. Today I wanted to surprise my fiance with homemade whole wheat pasta, and ...