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What is the purpose of the pipe inside the double jar juice dispenser?

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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Soft goat cheese as pizza topping without mess

I use soft unripened goat cheese as a pizza topping. I prefer it over crumbled goat cheese for these reasons: Soft goat cheese browns easier, melts easier, and has stronger flavour/tang compared to ...
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Best way to store a stick sous-vide circulator after use

Having managed to send two sous-vide circulators to the great electronics graveyard in the sky, I am determined not to repeat the same mistake with my third and most recent acquisition (a Buffalo ...
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Inconsistent temperature recommendations on different roasting thermometers

I'm looking at two different roasting thermometers of the same brand and I'm wondering why they have different temperature recommendations for the same kinds of meat. For example, the first one (TFA ...
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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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How tight should a vacuum sealed bag be? [duplicate]

From what I remember from new, my vacuum sealer doesn't seem to suck air out of the bag as well as it used to. While the bag does "Crinkle up", there seems to be more air inside the bag than ...
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Can a tool for cracking macadamia nuts be used for cracking hickory nuts?

Chinese hickory nuts (山核桃), or Carya cathayensis, are related to American pecans. Both are species of hickory, Carya illinoinensis. Here is an example of Chinese hickory nuts from Changbai Mountain (...
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Why are brand new out of the box cast iron skillets black?

Iron is a grey metal. I read that when you cook it turns black from a reaction to the food. But this has never been used. I tagged utensils but technically this is not a utensil or is it.
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Why do slow cookers have such a gap between the heating unit and the crock pot?

I've had a number of slow cookers in the past and all seem to be roughly the same in this regard: The outside of the unit is red hot to the touch when they're on The crock pot inside the unit can ...
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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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Replacement rings/gasket for Rocco jars

I see two types of material for replacement gaskets for Rocco jars, silicon and rubber. What would the difference of these materials be if simple used for food storage at room and refrigerator ...
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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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How can I separate starches from plant based milk (lentil milk)

I made decanted plant-based milk using lentils (nut milk bag), I'd like to remove the starches from the milk. I have tried several methods so far and a couple I have not tried such as enzymatic ...
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How to protect stainless steel BBQ from rust

I recently got a stainless steal BBQ and it is mostly outside but last one became full of rust, I only know oxygen when touch with steel make rust, but now how do I protect it? It is 20 dollar grill.
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Master Chef metal pot - I cannot find any details about if it is oven safe

I acquired a metal Master Chef pot many years ago and it cooks perfectly. However, I am worried about using it in the oven and do not even know what material it is made of so Is there an easy way to ...
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What would cause a temperature limit of 220 °C for a frying pan in the oven?

There is a frying pan advertised as "Oven safe to 220c". Teflon is safe to 260 °C, and if other surfaces are less temperature stable than teflon the fact is not well advertised. On the ...
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Can I use a mason jar or an empty tin can as a DIY cooking pot over an open flame stove?

I'm talking about a small gas or alcohol stove, for example like this: Images from: https://www.rei.com/blog/camp/diy-how-to-make-an-alcohol-stove-from-soda-cans If I'd use a glass mason jar instead ...
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Is a lightweight mortar suitable for cardamom?

I am looking for small size and lightweight mortar and pestle. I checked online (amazon.in) and offline but all products are very heavy. I need a super lightweight mortar. Will that work well for ...
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What additional uses are there for a food dehydrator?

Recently browsing a certain online website I've discovered the cost of food dehydrators has fallen considerably since they first came to market. Realising that I may incur the wrath of my other half ...
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Is there a measurable chemical difference between the 'wet' cooking from gas and the 'dry' cooking with induction? [duplicate]

I am doing a bit of food science research around induction cooktops, and wondered if there are any measurable differences in the cooking outcome when using electric heat vs. gas heat. In specific, gas ...
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Type of silk to use for making tea bags

I am investigating the possibility of making my own reusable tea bags. There are several types of textiles to choose from, each with their own pros and cons: Paper tea bags are cheap and common, but ...
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What to look for in an air fryer

I'm looking to get an air fryer to make stuff that is usually deep-fried, like falafel, chicken nuggets or spring rolls, hopefully with less oily taste and without having to buy and dispose of ...
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how to unseam - or otherwise safely open - steel olive oil cans

Is there a simple household technique to undo the seam of olive oil cans? Olive oil is sold in 3L metal cans. They might have a shoebox profile - are brand names OK? Filipo Berio brand. There are ...
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What is the apparatus used to keep meat upright called?

My mother has this thing that we use to cook whole chickens with. It is a round tray with four holes in the sides. It then has two pieces of strong wire in the shape of an omega sign that clicks into ...
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What happens to nitride-treated carbon steel skillet if overheated?

I just got a nitrided carbon steel skillet that has a max temp of 450f. This is supposedly the max temp of the treatment, but I can't find anything about what happens if it does overheat. Does it ...
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Heat retention of parchment paper vs aluminum foil vs oven bag

Let's say a pepper is completely but loosely wrapped in either tin foil, parchment paper, or a Reynold's oven bag. Let's say the oven is maintaining a relatively constant temp. Which would cook the ...
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Is it ever safe to use a non-stick pan under the broiler (e.g. frittatas)?

I see a lot of frittata recipes call for using a non-stick pan, and for finishing under the broiler (or "grill" in UK-speak). However, I have also read that non-stick pans in general are not ...
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Preheating in toaster oven

This is not a duplicate of other question currently being asked. My question is in regards to specifically toaster ovens. How does a toaster obtain and control the desired temperature within enclosure?...
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Wok slides around in ring

I have a round bottom wok with a metal handle. When placed in the wok ring, the wok slides down to the handle side due to the weight. The ring is reversible, however it slides on either side. This is ...
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Rice cooker vapor from cooking brown rice leaves a starchy film on surrounding surfaces

I have a really old, basic rice cooker. When it cooks brown rice, the steam/cooking vapor that escapes forms a grubby film on the lid, and usually leaves residue on surrounding surfaces in my kitchen ...
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Kitchen utensil identification - small delicate chopper

Recently, we were cleaning out my grandparents house and found a couple of tools in the kitchen that were odd. One is this small tool that looks like a chopper, but it's very lightweight. The blade is ...
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Kitchen utensil identification - double-ended shaker? [closed]

Recently, we were cleaning out my grandparents house and found a couple of tools in the kitchen that were odd. One is this narrow metal tube with a star pattern of holes on the end. The cap on the ...
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How do I know what kind of coating is on this pan?

My family bought a pan in France. There is very little information about this pan (it's a Monoprix brand), but the label attached to the pan says that the pan's material is aluminum and the coating is ...
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