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Questions tagged [equipment]

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

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How smooth is peanut butter?

I want to make 'cookie butter' (cookies, oil, powdered sugar, Xmas spices). My food processor doesn't grind the cookies fine enough. It still feels gritty on the tongue. So I am looking at buying a ...
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Cast iron meat grinder; first time used had black stuff in it

I just bought a cast iron meat grinder; used it for the first time to grind a roast for hamburg. When finished there was some black residue around the handle and meant had some dark spots in it. Is ...
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Trusted Custom mold manufacturers for confections

Hello Seasoned advice community, I am new here and just want to say thanks for letting me into your lovely community. =) I am the R&D manager at a confections company and I am in need of some ...
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What do the numbers used to differentiate Chinese slicer knives mean?

I have a Chinese slicer knife which I bought quite a few years ago, but never much used, it is a stainless steel 3 rams number 2. I am doing more Chinese cooking now, but when reading in my cooking ...
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Dough Sticking to Guillotine Knife

I am new to this forum. I work in a commercial bakery where we use a guillotine cutter to cut different kinds of pastry dough on a conveyor line. We have a problem with the dough sticking to the blade....
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Where in Pakistan can I buy a kettle BBQ?

I soon will be traveling to Pakistan and I want to do lots of BBQs there. First I thought about taking a BBQ with me as you can see in the picture: But seems like it will be difficult to take it ...
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Vintage Pyrex Measuring Cup Borosilicate Vs. Soda Lime Color Difference?

I bought 2 vintage PYREX measuring cups with green text from a thrift store, One large 1 liter and a smaller half liter measuring cup. I read online that if it says PYREX in all caps then it's made ...
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What kind of wok do I have?

Just bought a cheap wok that has 2 little handles and the inside looks like a bad paint job (black in Color)that looks like swirls. on the bottom it has Chinese lettering which I don't understand. ...
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Which speed setting of a mixer-grinder should be used for which purpose?

Slow, fast, medium are the speed settings in those appliances, for example this mixer-grinder. Why are there 3 settings, why not only fast? Which setting should be used in which case?
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What is the use of a convection broiler?

My oven has a convection broil setting. Why? Under what circumstances is it useful to have a breeze blowing over food under the broiler?
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Can you use WD-40 to loosen the blades in a Mixer Grinder?

The blades in 2 out of 4 jars of our Mixer Grinder stuck within two months of its purchase and we put the jars aside as the blades stopped rotating. I think WD-40 will do a good job (I tried it on ...
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Reuse frying & sauce pans multiple times during cooking session

I'm a student and prefer to cook my own food rather than eating in the cantine. Due to time constraints, I cook only once a week, making different dishes of big enough portions to suffice for the ...
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Can this tool be used to open cans?

Target has a tool called can opener. Can it be used for opening vegetable cans, tuna cans, ..., which don't have pulls on their tops? How can it be used? I asked because I only used a can opener ...
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Can I use a plastic cup instead of a ramekin for my panna cotta?

I don't have ramekins or custard cups. Can I pour the warm (not hot) cream-buttermilk mixture of panna cotta into plastic cups to refrigerate?
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Enlarging from a home bakery to a commercial bakery

I am presently a dessert baker in my licensed home kitchen and am moving to a retail storefront location with a commercial dessert bakery. My proprietary recipes for cheesecakes, layer cakes, brownies,...
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Are stainless steel saucepan glass lids dishwasher friendly?

All in the title really... Are stainless steel Saucepan glass lids dishwasher friendly?
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What does the “bagel” setting on toasters do?

Usually, I put slices of bread in my toaster. Sometimes, I toast bagels. On my toaster, there's a little button that says "bagel". How does this setting toast the bagel differently?
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Griddle/Grill pan

I have one of these cast iron grill/griddle pans... the griddle is fine, however, the grill section has a good deal of build up in-between the grill lines. Some of it is coming off just by using a ...
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How to re-fold paper cupcake liners?

Paper cupcake liners are made from circles of paper, then the outer parts are are crimped to create the (mostly) vertical sides. The shape of the liners should match the indentations in the muffin tin....
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Baking (pizza) stone and effects on puff pastry

My pizza stone basically "lives" in my oven and I will be baking on it tomorrow. Also on tomorrow's kitchen agenda: small palmiers, sugared slices of puff pastry. As the stone will be hot already, I'...
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How to properly cook basmati rice in a rice cooker

I do have a kind of problem with cooking basmati rice in my rice cooker. I am following the cooker instructions - for two cups (the cooker one, not the measurement unit) I use 200 ml of water. As far ...
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What does each setting on the oven mean and what should you use it for?

What do they mean, what is the best usage for each setting, and why?
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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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What kind of nonstick coating is this?

I recently bought a Good Cook brand sheet cake pan, not realizing that it was nonstick. I'm was wondering what kind of nonstick coating it had, since the only coatings I know of are ceramic and teflon,...
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Red Copper Cookware

Just bought a new stove with glasstop. I have a Red Copper (ceramic copper infused cookware) and not sure if it is recommended for the glass top. I read that ceramic cookware not recommended and ...
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Cooking pot with lid for saving gas but that doesn't overflow?

I care about gas saving and for that I want to cook with the lid covering the pot. This allows me to reduce the fire power of the stove top (then using less gas). I need to cook foods in cooking pots ...
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Surfaces for bread making

I am a home artisan baker, and am looking to build a table for myself to do folding/dividing/shaping of my bread doughs. I usually work with wet doughs (78%-95% hydration) that stick to the surfaces ...
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Cooking Belgian Waffles in waffle iron

My waffle iron does not cook Belgian waffle enough (they are not brown on the outside but are cooked on the inside) at the recommended temperature and time. what should I do, raise the temperature or ...
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Steamer with single vent instead of bottom holes

My family has owned a stainless steel steamer for a long time with a single raised vent to let steam into the upper compartment. It's great because there's no way for food to get into the bottom ...
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Need to replace my “Bean Pot” what should I look for?

I have this 5 quart, aluminum nonstick pot. It is my go-to pot for candy making (fudge, toffee and brittles), jams and jellies. It also gets used for stews and chili. The non-stick finish is ...
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Baking on a rocket stove

I'm wondering if it is possible to bake on a SilverFire rocket stove, ie. by attaching a metal box to the top, or any other way? I have researched it- Google search, YouTube etc, but can't find any ...
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What is this double-serrated knife good for?

I was recently given an unused knife from an elderly relative who downsized her home. It is stainless steel with a sort of "double serrated" edge. Out of curiosity I gave it a try and it more "...
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How to get heat high enough for stir fry?

Considering that mounting a fighter jet afterburner in my kitchen (or anything, for that matter) isn't very convenient or realistic, what would be a realistic way to get the extreme heat output that ...
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How to chop/mince meat?

How can I chop or mince meat more easily? Currently I just use a knife and chop it up. Meat grinders are no good. I am not trying to make sausage. I want to chop the meat up, not turn it into goo. ...
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How to form cookie dough into rolls?

I see Pillsbury pre-made dough rolled in tubes. This makes it easier to open it at one end and chop off slices as needed. In my case, I force freshly made cookie dough into containers and just slice ...
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what does watt specify in induction stove

what does watt specify in induction stove? Does a higher watt induction stove implies that the cooking will be faster? Is electricity consumption of higher watt induction stove higher?
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Effecient way to dab grease from dehydrating meat without paper towels

I have read the question here but that question doesn't help me, since the options available in that situation, are not applicable in this situation (see "Limiting factors"). Problem I love to make ...
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How to have my solar system stick that would be edible

I am doing a solar system project in my science bell. I have the choice to make edible food. So I wanted to make cookies for the solar system. Here's the problem, I can get all the colors I need with ...
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Optimal cooking tool for long-duration steaming

I'm a recent college graduate, and will begin working 40 hour weeks soon. I'm not good at cooking, and I prefer to cook all of my food (fish, chicken, turkey, vegetables) by steaming them in a small ...
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Can I use a fondue bourguignonne set to make cheese fondue?

I have a fondue bourguignonne set (this model). Can I use it to make cheese fondue? The manual explicitly says that it is not suitable for chocolate fondue, but it says nothing about cheese fondue. (...
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How do I make a mold from a plastic container?

So I have a cat-shaped plastic container that I'd love to use as a baking mold. I know I can't put plastic in the oven so i'm asking if there's an easy way to take that container, shape something ...
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Criteria for silicone utensils [closed]

What are some things to look out for when looking to purchase silicone utensil sets?
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What does the “operating range” of a thermometer mean?

http://www.thermoworks.com/pdf/thermopop_operating_instructions_web_a.pdf The manual lists an "Operating Range" of "Between 32f to 122f". I thought this was the safe temperature for the entirety of ...
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Preparing/Seasoning/Using a Carbon Steel Pot

I am looking for a large (approx 2' x 4' x 1.5') vessel in which to warm maple syrup for production. My first thought is to use a "pot" of some sort but I am not sure how to prepare it to both be 'non-...
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Safety glasses in the kitchen: why are these not common place?

A long time ago in high school, we used to have "home-ec" (short for home economics classes), which also involved some hands-on-cooking. No one needed to wear safety glasses (even though one does ...
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misto sprayer malfunction

My misto nozzle does not push in or out. It doesn't move at all. I've cleaned with a vinegar soak and hot water and soap soak. I've taken it apart and put back together. It doesn't spray because ...
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Seasoning new cast iron cookware [duplicate]

I am a neophyte cook (and a guy). I bought some cast iron cookware in the hope of taking it camping. It seems that it must be seasoned before use. I looked on-line and followed the directions. Not ...
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Where to buy a Scandinavian birch twig whisk?

Our old birch twig whisk (from Norway) is getting old, and has lost several twigs. Any idea how we can acquire one mail order or in the UK?
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How can I reheat leftovers without a microwave?

We are swearing off our microwave for our own personal reasons. Aside from running the oven to warm up leftovers are there other appliances or cookware that use less energy to warm food up? We use a ...
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At what temperature to bake waffles in a Lékuké silicon mold?

We bought a Lékué silicon mold for waffles to be used in the oven, but the box in which we bought it does not mention the temperature at which to use it. Can anyone having experience with baking ...