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A cheap piece of equipment/appliance that can help with reducing stock in a room that is not suited for cooking

I've just reduced a 4l of stock in my "kitchen" to 0.5l by boiling it over an hour. I wrote "kitchen" with quotation marks, because that room might have been designated as a ...
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How does one "reprogram" a Frigidaire oven?

We accidentally attempted to start the cleaning cycle on our Frigidaire Gallery double wall oven (model GLEB27T8ABA) while the lower oven door was open. Thankfully, the oven did not actually turn on ...
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Do I need a wooden spoon to make proper Pate a Choux?

I have a lot of silicon spatulas at home, and I was told I needed to buy a wooden spoon or spatula to make pate a choux the correct way. I watched a couple of Bon appetite cooking videos, and the ...
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Can I use j-cloth to squeeze water out of grated zucchini?

As per title. Can I use j-cloth to squeeze water out of grated zucchini ? I will be using never used/new j-cloth.
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Any substitutes for a pizza peel?

I'm not cooking with a special pizza oven; I'm just using a regular oven with a pizza stone. However, I don't have a pizza peel. What can I use to put the pizza onto the stone? Any way I can make a ...
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What kinds of stains are these and how do I remove them?

I recently bought an All-Clad D3 4qt sauce pan. I've used it exactly twice. I boiled water with the pot filled 2/3rd to 3/4ths of water and then once it was boiling I boiled spaghetti noodles in it ...
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How much is the flavour of a BIR curry affected by the aluminium pans used in takeaway restaurant cooking?

BIR (British Indian Restaurant) cooking is a specific method used by takeaway restaurants to quickly cook curries using precooked ingredients. Typically, spices are fried in oil, ginger and garlic ...
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What is the function of this tool of my scissors?

What is the function of this part of my scizors.
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What baking sheet material(s) are best, and at least safe, in temperatures up to 550 (°F) degrees?

My oven goes up to 550 Fahrenheit degrees and it seems the sheets I've found so far are safe up to 500-450°F. Are there concerns with potential chemical releases that buyers should be familiar with if ...
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When baking bread in a multi cooker is some water required?

If I want to bake bread in a multi-cooker, do I still need a small amount of water at the base of the inner bowl?
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Large kitchen scale shows very inaccurate results for large masses

I have a three different huge kitchen (?) scales with accuracy / being able to measure stuff to up to 200 kg / 440 lb. When I compare the results, for first two scales they're: comparable or ...
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How to use a carbon steel pot (not pan)

I found a very old pot in my very old house. I suspect it to be carbon steel, for the following reasons: It's rusty It's magnetic It looks a lot like the carbon steel pans that were stored with it, ...
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What are the dips in muffin/cupcake tins called?

When I was writing this answer I realized that I have no idea what to call the dips in muffin/cupcake tins. I used to call them cups but when I looked it up I found that the cups are the paper inserts ...
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Why do some springform pans have bumps all over the bottom piece?

Some springform pans have a perfectly flat bottom piece, but other springform pans have a bottom piece with bumps all over it, such as this one: Do the bumps serve any purpose? I have never used a ...
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Does this tool where a knife edge is dragged between two angled abrasive pieces hone or sharpen?

A few weeks ago I bought an awesome Global knife. I ordered this tool from Amazon: My question: Does this tool hone the knife, or does it sharpen it?
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Holes inside Siemens IQ700 Microwave, Are these holes causing the microwave to switch off?

So my ~11 year old Siemens IQ700 microwave oven has developed a number of small holes right through the enamel & metal on the inside - I noticed these when the microwave developed an issue where ...
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Do the conventional round ovens have any advantage over an OTG?

The "conventional round oven" (can be used for baking, grilling and roasting, as per the claims on the packaging) I'm referring to: The typical Oven Toaster Griller (OTG) I'm referring to: ...
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Why is the Gastronorm system based on 530 × 325mm?

I met the Gastronorm system tonight, by accident, and discovered it was based on a standard container size of 530×325mm. Wholly logically, other sizes are fractions or multiples of that 1/1 standard, ...
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What is the purpose of this microwave platter with outer ring for water?

I recently inherited a platter for use in the microwave. It is made of plastic and has a channel around the perimeter for water. Its markings read: FOR MICROWAVE OVEN ONLY. DO NOT USE WITHOUT FOOD ...
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How to measure 4tbsp of coriander

I am following a recipe that mentions 4tbsp of coriander leaves and 5tbsp for Mint. How can one measure leaves in the weight of tbsp?
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Scraper for Ugolini & C miniGel L4

I have recently inherited a "Ugolini & C miniGel L4" gelato or ice cream maker that my mother bought in the early 1980s (Williams and Sonoma began importing this model in 1979 but ...
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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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What is the name of the tool which involves a ball inside a sealed container that is shaken to grind up spices?

I have seen a tool which is in two parts. In either part, you place both the plastic ball that comes with the tool and spices. You then screw the two parts of the tool together (it's plastic, it's ...
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Will I crack the enamel if I put a room temperature dutch oven in a pre-heated oven?

Is it safe to put an enameled cast iron dutch oven in a pre-heated oven, when the dutch oven is starting at room temperature? Or will this cause thermal shock and break the enamel? The Internet says ...
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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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What are the risks to store a digital scale under an object?

The storage space in my kitchen is rather limited. For that reason, I store my digital scale under a (rather lightweight) salad spinner. Is there any risk to mess up the calibration of the scale and ...
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Is my rice pot still safe to use?

The bottom part metal of my rice pot has turned into darker colour as shown below. May i know if it is still safe to use and what causes it to turn colour? I think the pot is made up of anodised ...
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Why we use bronze die (and not steel) for pasta extrusion?

I found many research papers on differences between Teflon and bronze die for pasta extrusion but there are no comparisons between bronze vs steel/brass/any other metal dies. Why we still stick to ...
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Can you make pasta dough in a breadmaker?

Is it a good idea to buy a breadmaker instead of a food processor for making pasta dough (and bread, obviously)?
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What is the use of this strange contraption on this serving fork?

I just bought an old fork + knife set at a flea market. The kind of big cutlery that is used to cut and serve chicken, roasted meat, whatever. The strange thing is that the fork has a moving part on ...
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Can I bake cake in an air fryer?

My oven does not work at the moment, but I have an air fryer. Is it possible to bake a cake in the air fryer?
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Advantage of flexible cutting mat? [closed]

For anyone who owns and uses a flexible cutting mat, what do you enjoy about it? Thanks
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Why would using a tall baking pan cause the top of a cake to be darker?

I'm reading a review of cake pans. Most of the round pans in the review are 2 inches tall. However, there is one round pan in the review that is 2.5 inches tall, and the review had the following ...
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Is it safe if I use house hold scissors instead of special kitchen scissors?

I used scissors to cut a straw for my hydroflask, then I drank out of it. Is is safe if I used plain household scissors? I rinsed the straw before I drank out of it, right after using the scissors to ...
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Can you identify these items?

Is anyone able to tell me what these are? The openings are tapered as though whatever is placed in them is meant to be easy to remove. They don't look like the shape of anything I can think of, ...
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What are the tables called where food is delivered for service to dinner?

In formal dining rooms there is often a long table set to the side and the servers use it to stage dishes before they are served to the table. What is that appurtenance called?
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Why are halal carts so much more prevalent in nyc than taco carts? [closed]

I expressed surprise to a friend that halal carts are so prevalent in nyc, whereas taco carts seem nearly non-existent, and he confidently told me that this is due to the halal foods being easier to ...
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Is there any way to chop vegetables quickly without using a knife? [duplicate]

I sometimes need to have chopped, or more specifically, shredded vegetables for coleslaw or other similar dishes. Usually I use a knife, but it can be time consuming. I have tried using using food ...
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What are the names and purposes of these six kitchen knives?

My longtime neighbor had this collection of six GONON-GIRONDE high-carbon steel knives that she inherited from her mother. I thought that they were incredible, and must be wonderful to use. Sadly she ...
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Is it harmful to heat a whetstone?

I am cooking a pressed apple terrine (a derived version of this one from Raymond Blanc) where I need a weight to put on the apples during cooking. Problem is, the only weight fitting I have that fits ...
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Is this coffee maker safe to use?

I pulled down my bialetti Moka to make some coffee and found it like this: Is the coffee maker safe to use? Does it need cleaning? How should I clean it?
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How can a flat rotating disk whip egg whites?

The Bamix 'beater' attachment is just a flat disk which rotates on an immersion blender. When it rotates the disk stays mostly in place, it doesn't displace the liquid in a way that moving a ...
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Wooden butter knife sanding?

I received a wooden butter knife in the mail fairly recently: now my only question is this, will it need sanding to maintain its food worthiness or does it require something else to keep it food safe? ...
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When cooking on an induction cooktop, can you leave a pot off-center or suspend it to slightly lower its temperature?

I like to cook using poaching and low simmering techniques (70°C to 85°C, about 160°F to 190°F). I want to get an induction cooktop, but the ones I can afford only have 10 temperature settings. I ...
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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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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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What mill would you recommend to grind allspice?

I recently buy allspice berries thinking that IKEA grinders could grind it. However, the berry is just too large to this mill. What type of mill or grinding appliance should I be looking for when I ...
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Donvier ice cream maker - inserting the bucket

Recently I bought a Donvier 1 pint ice cream maker on Ebay. When I figured out how to put the rim on the chill recepticle it didn't seem that hard. When the ice cream didn't freeze I did some ...
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How to use a ridged cast iron griddle?

While shopping the other day, I purchased a cast iron pan that has ridged griddle lines in it. I thought "oh, this might be nice for cooking meat!" but I'm not actually sure that's the case. ...
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Will using a stick blender 'chop up' the gluten in my Yorkshire pudding/crepe batter? If so, does it matter?

I've always made Yorkshire puddings and pancakes using a stick blender. I'll typically make the batter, leave it to stand for an hour or so and give it one last whizz about 5 minutes before pouring it ...
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