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What is this metal rod with attached razor blade? Found in Nana's Kitchen

Our Nana passed, and we found this in her kitchen. It appears to be well used. That is an ordinary razor blade it is holding. The screw forces the blade into a curve.
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Preventing flash rust after tempering a carbon steel wok

After just 2 days of using my new carbon steel wok pan, I noticed something suspicious inside it: Looking back on it, it was probably just burnt oil and nothing to worry about. However, I mistook it ...
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When honing with a ceramic rod, why alternate edges of your knife? Why not hone each edge separately?

Starting at 0:58, Owen in Vancouver counsels you to alternate the knife's edges. Each time Owen pulls the knife, he alternates as he advised. But why? Why not hone one side with 15 consecutive ...
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Inner dimensions of Anchor Hocking glass measuring cups

Hi especially for those who already have the Anchor Hocking glass measuring cups. I wonder what are the inner dimensions (diameter) and height of the Anchor Hocking glass measuring cups (250 ml and ...
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Is it feasible to cook via a forge?

I was playing the Sims Medieval the other day, and at one point, the blacksmith proves s/he's a capable cook by... taking a piece of meat, firing up the forge, and hammering the thing into a steak. It'...
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How to clean aluminum with lye "stains"

I got careless and used a lye solution to clean an aluminum moka pot. The end result was that the whole thing was covered in sodium aluminate with some stains standing out from the rest. Here's what ...
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Dirty cutlery holder hanging over glass stove lid with drip container

When I cook, I use cutlery to get the food from the pan, and after using them I put it on a plate that is on the table. But I thought I could do better, putting a frame of hooks to hang the cutlery in ...
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What to do to cool down oven after grease fire?

I have cleaned the grease out the oven but the oven is still warm and it’s not on. What do I do to get the oven to cool down so it’s back to normal?
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Using the plastic tray liner from meat packaging as a cooking aid

My wife says that she has gotten advice on Facebook that using the plastic absorbent liner from packaging can also be used in the oven to distribute the heat more evenly. I am hesitant to put plastic ...
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How to quickly fill cannelloni tubes with relatively dry mixture [duplicate]

We got some cannelloni delivered by mistake so I'm going to be making this for the first time. Having cooked many other pasta varieties, the sauces look fairly straightforward. However, this ...
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Does food steamer require ventilation

I am considering getting a food steamer but I don't have access to a kitchen. I have a microwave in my room but I think I could use a steamer as well to cook vegetables. I've never used a steamer ...
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Getting even heat on a gas stove

I am cooking on gas stoves very seldomly, mostly in some hotel/airbnb's with a small personal kitchen. I often have this problem: the gas comes out in a ring of blue flames. I think more expensive ...
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Reduce flame maximum on cooktop

My wife always uses the maximum setting which results in flames shooting around the outside of many pots melting their plastic handles. Is there any way of reducing the maximum to keep the flames ...
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What is this stainless-steel item's intended use? Is it a cheese grater?

Found in a drawer. I did a google image search but that turned up either handheld graters (but with clearly abrasive grating surfaces) or shower heads. What irritates me is the surface seems to be not ...
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Which utensil or device can be used to make spirals or conveyor screws with vegetables?

I don't know if there exist some tool or utensil to make these spirals or screws. I mean the shape which I am intending to replicate follows the idea seen in the figure from below: Another example of ...
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Safe bottles for fermented liquids

I have some kombucha scoby that I let go way too long (had to leave town for a bit, new job…) and it has gone to vinegar. I would hate to just throw it out as it’s delicious vinegar. I’d like to give ...
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Are heavy-bottom stock pots called something else?

I would quite like to get hold of a large stock pot with a thick base so I can make things like preserves as well, but whenever I look at kitchenware in my local shops (I'm in NZ if that makes a ...
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What are the safety and warranty implications of steaming bread in a domestic oven?

There are lots of recipes online that suggest mimicking commercial bread ovens by using a water bath and or ice cubes to create a hot, steamy baking environment. I have always been very wary of doing ...
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Can I use a rectangular ceramic pan instead of enameled cast iron to bake bread without losing the nice crust?

My wife has been baking sourdough bread in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven and has been getting a very nice crust. She preheats the pan and oven to 500 °F (260 °C), then puts the dough in the pan, ...
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How to properly fill the ice and salt into an oldfashioned ice cream machine?

I am making ice cream with an inexpensive electric machine that uses a dasher. For a test I put 2 quarts of water in the inner pot. Then I added 8 trays of ice to the space between the inner and ...
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Using Instant Pot Duo Crisp to mimic smoker-cooked pork shoulder

I have once prepared pulled pork on our basic charcoal kettle grill with fabulous success: the end result is succulent meat well permeated by the rendered fat and smoke, and there is a crisp crust ...
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Yellow color from brand new Pre-Seasoned Lodge Cast Iron griddle (before seasoning or even heating). Is this normal?

I received my Lodge 10.5 inch pre-seasoned cast iron griddle today (and I'm very new to the world of Cast Iron). I washed it with water and soap and used the soft side of the sponge and on second wash ...
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Storing cast iron in the oven

We store a few cast iron pans in the oven, on the bottom rack. We leave the pans in there while cooking other things. Occasionally, I worry that this might affect oven performance, by interfering with ...
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Are these pots suitable to cook in?

My mother recently bought these from an old second hand shop because she thought them pretty, but I am just wondering if they are suitable to cook on the hob. I tried to google them on Google images ...
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Using manual egg beater to cream eggs and sugar

So I don’t have a whisk or an electric whisk and a lot of baking recipes say to cream eggs and sugar and I used to do it with those tools. Can I cream eggs and sugar with a manual egg beater (in ...
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What are the reasons for using an egg whisk to cook scrambled eggs?

When cooking scrambled eggs in the frypan I use a spatula to gather the egg together. To me this doesn't damage the pan, and avoids the egg forming 'nodules'. It also saves the time-consuming hassle ...
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Smart idea to buy the woks that Chinese restaurant chefs use, for my home's electric induction cook top?

I need a non stick wok for my Frigidaire electric induction cook top. What do you think of the the copycat technique? Why don't I just buy the type of wok used by Chinese restaurant chefs? But what ...
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Spray bottle keeps spraying even when not squeezing trigger [closed]

I know that spray bottles are usually cheap and konk out or break or whatever much sooner than we would like them to. Yeah that is a bummer, I know. But, I have the opposite problem. I have a sprayer ...
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Emeril 360 Oven. How do i disable timer when baking?

With the Emeril 360 oven, is it possible to use with out timer running? Can you turm off timer when baking?
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Baking a Pie in a Stainless Steel

My ceramic pie dish broke recently and I only have stainless steel as well as cast irons in the approximate size of my desired pie. Can I bake my pie in these or will something go terribly wrong? And ...
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Can you season over some thin flash rust and get a usable pan as a result? What are the downsides of doing so?

I've had a carbon steel pan with some thin flash rust spots. I've tried to remove them by scrubbing, but after applying a new layer of seasoning it turned out I hadn't removed all of it. While I find ...
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Is there a Pyrex baking dish that can fit a packaged dry lasagna noodle?

Pyrex baking dishes all seem to be 9-inch by 13-inch, and many sites recommend that as the ideal size for lasagne. As a result, the most tiresome and messy part of making lasagne is getting the ...
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Is it possible to repair damage to the non-stick surface?

I thought I signed up before writing that post, but I can't edit it! Sorry for screwing up. I want to provide details here. Thank you so far for assistance! I used that pan JUST on Electric Cook Top ...
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Why did my Zwilling Aluminium pan cookware surface corrode just after 1 month?

On March 3 2021, I bought this Zwilling 33 cm / 13 inch Aluminium deep saute pan with lid. Please review pictures below, inside my red circle. The coating on the surface appears to have corroded! Why? ...
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Is anyone aware of cast iron pots and pans that are enameled on the exterior with plain cast iron (no enamel, no non-stick) interiors?

Looking for a brand of cast iron pans that is enameled on the outside, but with a bare iron interior. In other words no enamel, no ceramic, no non-stick on the inside. (so it is less likely to scratch ...
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What is the reason for the automatic fruit and nut dispenser on some bread makers?

What is the difference between putting fruit or nuts into a bread maker at the beginning and adding them via the fruit and nut dispenser on some bread maker models? I thought it might be due to the ...
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Why does KitchenAid recommend against using the Dough Hook on Speed 1?

KitchenAid's manual for the stand mixer contains several warnings not to use the dough hook on any speed other than 2. While lots of websites explain how high speeds can overheat the dough, what can ...
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How can a tandoor oven cook skewered meat evenly

I am going to build or buy a tandoor. Before I invest, I have done some research into how to cook in one. The part that confuses me is, all the video's I have seen, show the skewers in the tandoor ...
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Electric cooktop for sous vide-level precision?

Yes, I know, but bear with me here. I've been thinking about getting an electric cooktop, and reading about them online a lot of people seem to mention that on some of the low settings, their cooktop ...
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Is it safe to use an enamel/cast iron Dutch oven with small cracks and worn enamel

I have a few-years old enamel/cast iron Dutch oven. I haven’t looked after it that well, and the inside is showing small cracks (crazing), and there is some grey discolouration which looks almost like ...
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Why are most circular pizza peels designed with holes in metal

I am looking to buy a pizza peel. In the UK, I'm noticing a difference in styles, and was curious if there was a reason more than design There is the "paddle" design, which is more ...
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What is this cast iron skillet with diagonal ribs intended for? [duplicate]

I'm not actually sure if "skillet" is the right word for this, but it seems close. We got this second hand, so not sure of its origin. The particular feature that I'm not sure of is the set ...
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How do I avoid microwave-safe covers melting in the microwave?

I've twice now had a microwave cover that was advertised as microwave safe melt while heating food. The first time, I was reheating Chinese leftovers (3 minutes on 950W, like I usually reheat my foot) ...
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Microwave Oven Operating Frequencies

I have read that industrial microwave ovens operate at 900 MHz rather than the more common 2.4 GHz ovens found in most homes. Why is this? Some examples of this claim: Continuous Microwave Processing ...
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Can I still use a Tagine that was outside for a while?

I have a ceramic Tagine that I used regularly to make Middle Eastern dishes. However over the last few months I didn't use it and it sat outside on the balcony for a while, collecting rain water and ...
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Could I use a sous vide rack for cooking lasagna in boiling water?

I enjoy cooking my lasagnas in boiling water before using them in the pan. I am perfectly aware that putting a little oil in the boiling water helps avoiding the noodle to stick together. But I cook ...
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What blender is required to create an emulsion?

Let's consider for specificity an emulsion prepared with the use of a protein possessing emulsifying properties as an emulsifying agent. Domestically most commonly prepared protein-based emulsion is ...
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Need advice re chance of damage to a stainless steel tray in a very hot oven

I need to heat a clean stainless steel tray to the temperature of boiling water. Would the self-cleaning cycle of the oven damage my tray in any way?
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Double boiler sort of pan

I have a stainless steel sort of double boiler made in Israel, but the top only has one cylindrical steam vent sticking up about 3 inches off center. What would it be used for?
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Cooking French fries with strainer from IKEA's Idealisk

I want to make French fries, but I don't have a proper deep fryer, but just a dutch oven and a strainer from IKEA, Idealisk. Is it OK to leave the potatoes in the strainer and submerge them in the hot ...
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