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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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How important is material thickness in really large cooking pots?

I need a stainless steel pot of 100 liters or maybe even bigger for cooking. They sell at different wall material strength at the wholesale, varying from 0.8mm to 1.6mm (they all have sandwich bottom ...
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Can my freezer be too cold?

The FDA recommends a freezer temperature of 0˚F (-18˚C). Warmer temperatures risk bacterial growth and quality problems. But what are the reasons not to set the freezer colder? My Bosch freezer can be ...
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Getting a better waffle split (stroopwafels)

I'm currently trying to make stroopwafels on an electric stroopwafel maker, and I've had a decent amount of success; my waffles come out brown on both sides, and after cutting them into a circle with ...
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Do I need a bread maker?

I'd like to try my hand at baking my own bread. Do I need a bread maker to get decent bread? Are there any advantages to using a bread maker vs. my normal oven?
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Ceramic vs Stainless Steel in coffee mugs

My travel mug broke :( Looking at replacements, I find that most travel mugs with designs tend to be stainless steel, whereas my prior mug was ceramic. Is there a difference in heat retention between ...
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How should I care for my knives?

I've finally put down the money to buy a quality knife and it's sharpness is amazing! How do I take care of it so that the edge lasts and the knife stays sharp?
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Is MAPP gas safe for searing meat and Creme Brulee etc?

I'm looking to purchase a bigger gas torch that will double as a Sous-vide meat-searer and to finish off Creme Brulee as my small kitchen torch is just not up to the task. Rather than regular propane ...
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What is the purpose of the pipe inside the double jar juice dispenser?

Here is the picture: What is the purpose of the pipe inside the double jar juice dispenser?
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Does the airflow pattern in a hot air popcorn popper matter? / What should I look for in a popper?

I'm interested in purchasing a hot-air popcorn popper. I grew up with a Wear-Ever Popcorn Pumper, which holds the unpopped corn in a metal cup with angled slots for air on the sides (so that the corn ...
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Are Damascus steel kitchen knives worth it?

Many manufacturers currently offer kitchen knives with Damascus steel blades at a premium. Besides looking cool do such knifes have any better characteristics compared to simply good forged stainless ...
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How do I keep French bread loaves from drying out while in the Couche?

When rising my french bread loaves or baguettes: how do I keep them moist enough to expand without making a mess of the couche? Ciabattas for instance have short proofing times as they still have ...
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Pressure cooker rice quality vs high-end rice cooker

I'm considering buying a proper rice cooker, as we've eaten most of the non-stick coating of the cheap one. The forums rave about induction heating, Zojirushi, Tiger, Toshiba RC-18NMF with its cast-...
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How do I keep the paddle of a bread machine from damaging the bread upon removal?

I love my bread machine. However when the bread is done baking, removing it from the machine breaks the bread where the paddle is. I know the paddle is embedded in the bread and it will break the ...
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Open-Source Stand Mixer (Kitchen Equipment)?

Where can I find designs for an open-source stand mixer? I'm generally looking for small-scale, industrial-quality kitchen equipment that's open-source. I'd prefer a set of machines that share the ...
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Is my "non stick" pan kaput?

I have a Circulon frying pan I've been using for a few years. I got it second hand in good condition. The non stick factor was great when I got it, but when I fry with it now, I find I need to use ...
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Leaving cooking equipment dirty

In my household, there are a few items don't get washed right away after use. These include a few all-clad non-stick pans (stated as dishwasher safe), kitchen knives, misc pots/pans, a few grill items ...
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Have a bent frying pan

I have a frying pan that was dropped and is now bent making it where the lid doesn't sit correctly on it. Is there a way to fix this?
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How do you protect a pizza peel?

I got a pizza peel that feels like it is just plain wood. How can I protect it? I thought I heard somewhere to use some sort of oil.
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How do we decide between gas, induction, and electric (ceramic) stoves?

I'm surprised I only found one previous thread on this topic and it was 5 years old, so i think it's worth asking again since I'm sure some things have changed. We're going to be remodeling our ...
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Whip cream dispenser is not dispensing a thick cream [duplicate]

1.) What is the problem, why it dispensed liquid cream. I followed the instruction. Like, put the whip cream inside then put the charger in then shake the dispenser many times, then I remove the ...
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Best container (if any) for freezing and putting in the oven?

I keep seeing trends online where people make meal preps in single-serving glass containers, then cook them and keep them in the fridge for meal prep through-out the week like this one here. I like ...
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High pressure cooker classic vs electric multipurpose

I was looking to buy a pressure cooker and I see that besides the classic ones with the valve that you put on the kitchen stove there are some that are electric and also multifunctional i.e. pressure ...
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What is this kitchen device?

What is the kitchen device shown here? I found it in the kitchen and it is about 18 inches long.
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Is there a slow speed walnut grinder?

I am currently grinding walnuts at home using a manual grinder and I would like to use an electric one. I have seen there are several models available on the market, but I haven't seen one which can ...
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Kitchen Aid classic, speed difference between level 8 and 10

I have one simple question. I have bought Kitchen Aid classic. When I have tried to run it, I didn't notice any difference in speed between level 8 and 10. Is it normal or it is broken?
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Can you wash a pop can or ( in my case ) a monster energy drink can in a dishwasher?

Can you wash a pop can That os recealable but empty in the dishwasher or will it degrade?
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What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into fine powder?

I have big chunks of jaggery. I want to turn them into fine powder. What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into their powdered form?
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What Advantage Does a Meat Press Give You When Making Your Own Deli Meat?

This is the device in question: I've seen multiple videos online of people using this to make deli meat out of leaner cuts like chicken breast. They grind up the breast, season it, compress into this ...
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"bags" for making potato dumplings

Two days ago, as the Belgian son of a German mother, I tried to make Grüne Klöße, a German potato dish, created from grated (?) potatoes. The potato flakes get squeezed, in order to get the water out, ...
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My new convection/convention oven will not bake anything correctly

I just bought a KitchenAid oven which, has both convection and conventional settings with a convection conversion setting. I have been baking for over 40 years, and nothing I have made in this oven is ...
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How to properly sharpen Santoku and any other knife using a water sharpener/Japanese whetstone?

I've recently bought a really nice Santoku knife from Wüsthof along with a Japanese water sharpener, and since then I've been watching a lot of videos and reading a lot of guides about how to use the ...
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Trade-offs of round vs square food storage containers (Cambro, Carlisle)

What are the trade-offs between using round vs square food storage containers? I'm looking to buy a supply of several sizes of commercial-grade (eg Cambro or Carlisle) food storage containers. I'm ...
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Why do most egg tart molds appear to be blackened?

In all the videos of Portuguese egg tart molds I see on Youtube, they all appear to be fully black. Carbon steel doesn't seem to be as dark as that (although it could simply be lighting), and I'm not ...
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Is there any way to salvage an old rusted wok?

Hello Seasoned Advice: I cannot find an answer on any previous posts here relating to woks about what to do if the wok is Already Rusted. I found this wok in my husband's house when I moved in - he ...
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What is "Food Grade" Stainless-Steel or Aluminum

After a comment by @Blacksmith37 after the question Are trace amounts of lead in seasoned bakeware safe? (comment in response to answer given by @SomeInterwebDev) Blacksmith37 says: "Food Grade" ...
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How do I efficiently measure viscous ingredients? [duplicate]

I often find myself preparing certain foods that contain viscous ingredients like honey and tahini sauce. For instance, one of my dressings contains both of these, which I currently measure out in a ...
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double boiler (temp?)

It seems that almost everywhere, I see the advice to keep the top of a double boiler away from the water in the bottom--with the explanation that the top will get too hot if it touches or is semi-...
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Advice on commerical kitchen layout

I'm setting up a commerical delivery only kitchen and so far I have a flat top grill and fryers. Beside these under the hood i need to add induction hobs for cooking potatoes and pasta and rice ...
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Bisquick waffle surface is inconsistent. Likely equipment or recipe problem?

I've been using the same waffle recipe and waffle maker for about 10 years. Lately, my waffles have changed a bit. Waffle iron takes quite a bit longer to indicate done. Previously I'd expect it ...
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Is combination Microwave oven capable of doing all food types?

I am making a small 2 bedroom rental unit with kitchen but on tight space, and I'd like to understand, whether equipping a wall mounted Microwave Oven, instead of the usual Oven+Microwave, would ...
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How are these positive candy molds used? (if that's what they are)

We bought a large lot of mixed equipment at an auction, and one group of items has us puzzled: they're something to do with candy, but they're positive, not negative. We're not sure if you use them ...
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Superfine Grinder for table salt

I would like to use salt that is ground to a very fine / small grain size. What do I look for in a grinder to achieve this? Is there a grain size? I have seen coffee grinders, but their grain output ...
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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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Are fluted knives a gimmick?

I haven't been able to find a post specifically on fluted knives, so hopefully this isn't a duplicate. I was wondering if fluted knives actually work. I came across a comment (possibly an Amazon ...
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What are the swirling attachments for on mixers?

I have a hand held mixer similar to the one here, The egg beaters are straight forward, but what do people typically use the swirling attachments for? Do they put less air into the mixture??
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Is there a device for separating the sediment from home made wine?

I'm thinking of a device that will probably look something like the image in this answer, a tube with a valve at the bottom. Then we could let the bottom sediment out, then collect the clean wine, and ...
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How to bake cake and pastries without oven?

I don't have an oven and I am not planning to purchase one but there are lots of recipe that need an oven. My question is, is there any way I can get the same functionality on a gas burner stove by ...
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Which way around should the inner pane of glass go in my oven door?

I removed the inner pane of my oven door in order to clean it. But I did not take care to note which way around it was, because it didn't occur to me in time that this might be a relevant concern. One ...
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Deglazing pan with textured coating

I saw some frying pans in the store with unfamiliar nonstick coatings called Megastone, and Granite something. Both of those surfaces are not smooth but are flecked with slightly raised specks, ...

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