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Questions tagged [equipment]

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

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Dishwasher with side brackets for on top shelf: what are they for?

I have a new dishwasher and the top shelf has several movable brackets on the side. I just don't know what they are designed to do or hold. I'm guessing they are somehow supposed to hold something in ...
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How to easily minimize waste using a potato smasher?

I have a new tool. At Walmart they didn't seem to have the kind of potato masher I'm used to, so I bought this thing. (The can of soup is there for size reference.§) From a young age I'm used to the ...
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Could you use a bread tin as a pate mould?

I have bread tins and was wondering if they would work as pate molds? I'm just a little bit worried that they will rust. Also I have seen videos where youtubers line the mold with plastic to get the ...
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Must a lid for a pot used for steaming be vented?

This is a follow-up to my earlier question about steaming using the Instant Pot. The answer there said that the "steam" function of the Instant Pot was only for pressure steaming; for ordinary ...
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What is the purpose of waffle irons that flip?

I saw some local shops selling waffle irons that have a complicated gimbal mechanism (such as the Bella Rotating Waffle Maker listed here). What is the purpose of begin able to turn the waffle within ...
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Use fry sieve to steam vegetables

Can I use a fry sieve to steam vegetables in a pot? Does it work for the purpose of steaming collard greens? The pot lid doesn't seal when the sieve is in the pot.
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how can I mince a small amount of meat?

I want to be able to mince a small amount of meat for steak tartar to eat right away. I want the mince to be fresh each time, so mincing more in advance and storing is not an option, no matter what ...
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When grinding flaxseeds in a coffee grinder, is it safe to add some water inside?

http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/how-to-relieve-constipation-naturally/ says Flaxseed is inexpensive and you should be able to find it at your local health food store. Keep in mind that if the ...
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Does multi-cooker actually bake?

I am confused about how multi-cooker actually works. Frying meat on a skillet is one thing. Baking it in the oven is another. Advertisement says a multi-cooker can both bake and fry. How is that ...
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Black greasy residue from stainless steel pot on lid only after simmering turkey stock for 18 hours. Question is the stock safe to eat ?

Is the 18 hour simmered stock safe to eat? I don't want to poison myself . I cleaned the stock pot and lid before use and when I opened the lid it was this black film like grease. I was able to use ...
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Tea strainer clogged [closed]

Has anyone tried this method to remove tannin build up from a clogged fine mesh METAL tea strainer? A method that I have found to work, is to "BURN" it off with a blow torch or other EXTREME heat ...
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How can I turn rolled oats into flour without a food processor?

I don't have a proper food processor, just a little baby-food-sized one, so when I made Alton Brown's all-oats oatmeal cookie recipe before, I used half oat flour and half rolled oats. They were ...
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Why can't I get my new Misto Olive Oil Sprayer to spray?

I received a Misto for Christmas. I cleaned and waited for it to dry. When I put the oil in it and pumped per the instructions, nothing happened when I went to spray it.
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Going to make my first pizza tonight, can a large, thick griddle pan substitute for a pizza stone?

Going to make my first homemade pizza tonight, but I do not have a pizza stone. Would a large (9" x 16" x 1/2") cast iron griddle work in place of a pizza stone? The griddle is super black and well ...
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Cleaning tin discoloration on copper/tin lid

I have a tin-lined copper sauce pan from Rameria Mazzetti, which I love, but I notice the tin discoloring. I have read that it is normal that the tin becomes dull/gray when you cook in it. My ...
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Are poppers better than a paper bag for making popcorn in microwave?

I have been making popcorn in the microwave by putting popping corn in an ordinary brown paper bag, folding it closed, and cooking on full heat for 2 minutes or until popping stops, whichever comes ...
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What is a good mortar and pestle crushing technique?

You'd think using mortar and pestle would be pretty straightforward, yet when I try to make pesto half of time is spent spooning the stuff that sticks to the pestle and shuffling around the contents ...
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Safety Question about making stainless steel flat-top

I work in the office of a metal fabrication shop. I have access to cheap(comparatively) metal and a means of getting pretty much exactly what I want. I've recently been watching youtube.com videos ...
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Suitable alternative to cast iron pan for sweet potato cornbread

I'm making sweet potato cornbread and the recipe calls for a cast iron pan to be use. What is a good alternative to it? Could I use a thin metal pan?
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How can I tell if my grill pan is preseasoned?

I bought this grill pan, and someone told me it may be preseasoned. It doesn't say anything in the description. How can I be sure?
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Dark grey residue from newly purchased stainless steel kitchen items?

I have had this happen a few times now. What happens is that I purchase a new kitchen item made of stainless steel. When cleaning it, I find out that there is some kind of dark grey residue that comes ...
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Using a food mill for vegetable stock

When I make stock, I use a potato masher to try and extract some of the juice from the remaining softened vegetables after siving. Can I use a food mill to do this more effectively?
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Do wire oven racks and solid plate oven racks have different functions?

In South Africa, domestic ovens have wire racks and solid plate racks. Does each type have a specific function or can anything be cooked on either type?
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Appliance to wash or scrub fruit and vegetables? Washer or scrubber

I need to wash or scrub 20 lb of oranges a day. Some have a layer of white stuff on them and I never tried juicing those without scrubbing. Does anyone know of a household sized automated machine for ...
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cooking in a plastic bag without removing extra air, at 100c?

What happens if I just use a zip lock bag, and closed it on the food, without sucking out the extra air, and then used a heavy spoon at the bottom of a pot, with boiling water ? What i am trying to ...
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Are ceramic plates generally oven-safe?

Can you cook food in a ceramic eating plate in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit?
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Is this batch of sauerkraut salvageable?

In researching sauerkraut recipes, I saw one could make it in a crock pot or jar covered with cheesecloth. Not having a suitable jar & not wanting to use my crock pot, I'm using a bowl & ...
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Will I damage a plastic bowl with a marble pestle?

The title should say it all. I have a pestle but lost the mortar that belonged to it and wonder if I can use it with my ol' plastic bowls.
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Convection oven vs OTG (oven toaster grill) for baking?

Which of the two types of ovens is more suitable for baking - Convection oven - The type that's built inside a microwave oven so it can work both as a regular microwave and as a convection oven. ...
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How does vacuum sealing something in a mason jar help?

I use a vacuum sealer for sous vide cooking, and also have a lot of mason jars I use for juice glasses, storing leftovers, etc. I noticed a mason jar attachment for my vacuum sealer, but I'm a little ...
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Baking in electric oven with only top heating element and no fan [duplicate]

I've just moved in a house with an older electric oven. It only has a top heating element and doesn't have a fan. Every time I try to bake something it turns out burnt on the outside and under-cooked ...
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Pressure cooker delay timer use case

Many electric pressure cookers, such as my Power Pressure Cooker XL come with delay time feature. According to the manual this can delay cooking by up to 24 hrs. Apparently to accommodate user's ...
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should new cast iron have flat smooth bottom

New cast iron pan is very rough on bottom, slightly raised fine yet sharp rings will probably damage my induction hob. should it be flat, should I season the bottom, grind/sand it down or return to ...
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Why is acidic cooking problematic for cast iron pans but not BBQ plates?

I've recently discovered cast iron cookware and I'm a little bit in love! I have a couple of questions for experienced cast iron users. I've done lots of reading and it looks like acidic cooking isn'...
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What are the pros and cons when microwaving food in microwave-safe bone china, glass, or silicone?

All of them can be used in microwave, as far as I know. But the question is which one should be preferred? What are the pros and cons on the basis of which we can decide which one to prefer? Out ...
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Chef at restaurant seemed to be using really flimsy pans

I was at a restaurant and sat at the chef's table where I could see the chef making the entrees. He seemed to be using thin pans that were battered and dented. I couldn't tell what material they ...
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Are screwed on pot handles an indication of quality?

Is the use of screwed on handles any indication of the quality of a pot? What determines the choice of screws versus rivets or welds?
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Handles on pots loosen over time - can I loctite them?

The handles on my pots loosen over time and I have to occasionally tighten the screw that attaches them. Is there any reason why I can't or shouldn't use Loctite (screw locking compound) on them to ...
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How to I prevent shortcrust cracking while using a tartet machine?

I am using a tartlet machine to make tartshells for my bakery, but it keeps having little cracks and also pale in colour despite changing the recipe and baking temperature multiple times. What could ...
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A salad chopper I can put in the dishwasher?

You probably know these kind of gadgets that help you cut vegetables quickly: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C7069MI/ref=s9_topr_hd_bw_bjuyUN_g79_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=...
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How should I read a thermometer when it's got an extra indicator line?

The last time I got my candy thermometer out of the drawer, I noticed that there was an extra line of red above the normal column. It looks like there's a "bubble" at the top of color that's raised a ...
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Should I buy a used flat griddle?

Hi there I am opening a hot dog joint where we will also sell hamburgers and I am trying to decide whether I should buy a new or used grill. I spoke with a salesman at an equipment store and he told ...
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How to differentiate a ceramic pan from a teflon one?

I was in the store looking to buy a new pan, i found in the local store they sell them but i can't tell if this is a real ceramic or just white teflon (i don't know if that exist) both pans had ...
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What are the criteria for 'Recipes for Space'? [closed]

I'm organising a workshop next week at the Science Museum in London. One of the topics we will be discussing is a 'Chef's challenge' called 'Recipes for Space'. The criteria for a 'Recipe for Space' ...
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What cooking gadget is that?

I was watching youtube vids about cooking and I saw this Gordon Ramsay one about broccoli soup. Around the 56 second mark to the right of the broccoli on the table is an elevated piece of metal with ...
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Cooking rice with limited equipment

I will be cooking in my dorm this coming year, and I only have an electric kettle at the moment. Is there a way for me to cook rice with only this (i.e. without a stove), or should I just get one of ...
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How to choose a Bundt cake pan?

I think one would just go to the supermarket and buy whatever, but since I don't want my cakes to be ruined, I would like to ask for some advice. I have never bought a Bundt cake pan myself, and don'...
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How sharp should a paring knife be?

Recent bought a chef's knive and a paring knife, both are high carbon stainless steel. The chef's knife is quite sharp and can cut a piece of butcher's twine just by touching it, with little or no ...
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What is the name of this style of knife?

Several years ago I found this knife at a thrift store: I like this knife a lot because it is very effective at transmitting force to the food I am cutting. But I am anxious because I do not know ...
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Using/selecting a centrifuge in the kitchen?

I've seen several articles about using a centrifuge for clarifying solutions, making colorless sauces and other things. Where does this practice come from? What is your experience with it? Are ...