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Questions tagged [equipment]

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

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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, ...
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Identify a round kitchen tool with perforated and hinged metal leaves

My old roommate left this in my kitchen before moving out. I can't remember what it is or used for. Is this part of a grill? Does it go in my sink to trap things that shouldn't go down the drain? ...
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Left Grill Knobs ON and LP Tank Valve OFF-Why did it mess up the tank where valve screws in?

Scenario: I left the KNOBS on my gas grill in the ON position. I turned OFF the VALVE on top of the propane tank. Now when I turn propane tank to ON via the valve on top of it, it spews hissing gas ...
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What kind of oven do they use on the GBBS? When they tell the oven temperature, they follow the number with the word “fan”. Is this a convection oven?

What kind of oven do they use on the Great British Baking Show? When they tell the oven temperature they follow the number with the word "fan". Is this a convection oven?
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I want a new range hood, how many CFM (Cubic feet per minute), would i need for mostly Asian/stir fry cooking?

We just moved into our condo, and I want to replace the combination microwave/range hood with just a cabinet mounted exhaust. I was wondering how much CFM (cubic feet/minute) I would need if I mainly ...
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Should I always run the exhaust / hood fan when cooking?

A question over on DIY.SE about sizing a range hood exhaust got me thinking about whether I should be running the exhaust fan every time I cook. Is it supposed to be more of a proactive or reactive ...
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What vessel to use for baking cheesecake

I am wanting to bake my go to cheesecake. It is baked in a 9" springform pan but I want to half the recipe. (Well, I don't really WANT to, but my waistline says I should!!!) Anyways, what type of ...
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Is it safe to use flax thread for cooking?

I was not able to get hold of hemp thread and so I bought flax (100%) thread instead. It smells a bit funny, but is it safe to use for cooking? I plan to use it for a bouquet.
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Used Metal Knife on Aluminum Cake Pan, is it Ruined?

I'm learning to make cakes from scratch and bought two of these 4-inch round pans to make a small layered cake. After letting my layers cool, I turned one layer out and the cake fell from the pan ...
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How does a marzipan knife work?

So, marzipan - or is it marchpane? English is not my native language, but I own a cooking book where it is called marchpane - is pretty sticky, and cutting it with a normal knife doesn't really work ...
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Tool for making small balls of sticky food

There are several kinds of sticky food balls that I'd like to make, but the usual process consists in rolling them in your hand one by one. This process is tedious and time-consuming. I'd really like ...
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Can I take a glass baking dish from the fridge and put it in a hot oven?

I have a glass baking dish my husband put together a meatloaf in it last night and put it in the fridge. Can I put it right in the hot oven? I think no so I have had it sitting on the kitchen table ...
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How clean should the outside of pots and pans be scrubbed?

I’m the official pot-scrubber in our household. I have a question on how clean one should scrub the outside of stainless and copper pots and pans and whether this is merely an aesthetic choice. I ...
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Solder for steamed pudding mold

My small steamed pudding mold has sprung a leak. What type of solder should be use to repair the leak? Thanks,
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Worried about raw eggs, Salmonella, and pasta maker.

I recently got a pasta maker as a gift. The instructions clearly say to NEVER use water on it. My main concern is the raw egg in the pasta dough. How do I make sure the pasta maker is safe for future ...
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What is this “spatula” called, and what is it for?

I have this "spatula". The split in it perplexes me. It was inherited from a roommate who left it behind after moving out. It has a partner, that is a bigger spatula/flipper, with a hole in the middle....
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Turkey took 2 hours longer in oven with no bottom element

Our Christmas turkey, which, according to weight, should have only taken 3 hours to cook, was in for almost 6 hours and still was not quite done at the bone. My oven is new, but does not have a ...
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How can I tell if a steel rod is for sharpening or honing?

I bought one of those rod tools before I fully understood the process. Now I'm not sure if the steel rod I bought is meant for honing or for sharpening. Is there a way to tell the difference simply by ...
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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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Is there a water kettle or dispenser that can keep the water lukewarm?

I'm looking for a kettle or a dispenser that can keep or warm up the water around 100 F. The hope is to drink the warm water directly. All the devices I've found so far are made for boiling the water ...
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What are the main differences between a stand mixer, a countertop blender and a food processor?

I'm looking to replace my countertop blender. Since my kitchen space is rather limited, I was doing some research to see if there are any "multipurpose" devices. I found out that there are also stand ...
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Are the bake and broil elements in my Frigidaire oven interchangeable? [closed]

We ordered a replacement element and realized after installing it that we installed what appears to be the bake element in the broiler element location. Will this be a problem as in a fire hazard?
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What is this one-handed tool with five dull steel “blades” called?

I've been using it to break down clumpy powders, it's the best thing I have for the job by far, and I need to buy more for people helping me.
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How to prevent liquids from spilling when pouring from measuring cup?

One problem I've had that I know others have too is when pouring from those Pyrex glass measuring cups. I just saw it happen in the Binging with Babish video: Is there any good way to prevent this? I'...
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How Old Is My Meat Slicer?

I just purchased this Berkel GC for $50, which to me is a steal, it was rusty and crusty as can be, running poorly and smoking. The blade moved but it has a ton of resistance, I've taken everything ...
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Looking for a pliers-like tool for making crushed tomatoes

I need a tool for crushing or mashing fresh tomatoes. I know I can use a grater but that takes too much table space for me to use and it's not comfortable enough - if you want to crush a tomato after ...
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How do I tell if a metal can is safe to bake in?

I'm hoping to make some Boston brown bread in the near future, and the recipe I plan to use (http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/10/gluten-free-boston-brown-bread-recipe.html) calls for 'unlined ...
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Heat diffuser for ceramic cooktop

I have seen similar questions on here, but not directly answering my question. I recently purchased a tagine, which is a ceramic slow cooker. It comes with, and says to use a diffuser when cooking on ...