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

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Should I always run the exhaust / hood fan when cooking?

A question over on DIY.SE about sizing a range hood exhaust got me thinking about whether I should be running the exhaust fan every time I cook. Is it supposed to be more of a proactive or reactive ...
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What vessel to use for baking cheesecake

I am wanting to bake my go to cheesecake. It is baked in a 9" springform pan but I want to half the recipe. (Well, I don't really WANT to, but my waistline says I should!!!) Anyways, what type of ...
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Is it safe to use flax thread for cooking?

I was not able to get hold of hemp thread and so I bought flax (100%) thread instead. It smells a bit funny, but is it safe to use for cooking? I plan to use it for a bouquet.
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Used Metal Knife on Aluminum Cake Pan, is it Ruined?

I'm learning to make cakes from scratch and bought two of these 4-inch round pans to make a small layered cake. After letting my layers cool, I turned one layer out and the cake fell from the pan ...
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How does a marzipan knife work?

So, marzipan - or is it marchpane? English is not my native language, but I own a cooking book where it is called marchpane - is pretty sticky, and cutting it with a normal knife doesn't really work ...
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Tool for making small balls of sticky food

There are several kinds of sticky food balls that I'd like to make, but the usual process consists in rolling them in your hand one by one. This process is tedious and time-consuming. I'd really like ...
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Can I take a glass baking dish from the fridge and put it in a hot oven?

I have a glass baking dish my husband put together a meatloaf in it last night and put it in the fridge. Can I put it right in the hot oven? I think no so I have had it sitting on the kitchen table ...
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How clean should the outside of pots and pans be scrubbed?

I’m the official pot-scrubber in our household. I have a question on how clean one should scrub the outside of stainless and copper pots and pans and whether this is merely an aesthetic choice. I ...
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Solder for steamed pudding mold

My small steamed pudding mold has sprung a leak. What type of solder should be use to repair the leak? Thanks,
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Worried about raw eggs, Salmonella, and pasta maker.

I recently got a pasta maker as a gift. The instructions clearly say to NEVER use water on it. My main concern is the raw egg in the pasta dough. How do I make sure the pasta maker is safe for future ...
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What is this “spatula” called, and what is it for?

I have this "spatula". The split in it perplexes me. It was inherited from a roommate who left it behind after moving out. It has a partner, that is a bigger spatula/flipper, with a hole in the middle....
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Turkey took 2 hours longer in oven with no bottom element

Our Christmas turkey, which, according to weight, should have only taken 3 hours to cook, was in for almost 6 hours and still was not quite done at the bone. My oven is new, but does not have a ...
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How can I tell if a steel rod is for sharpening or honing?

I bought one of those rod tools before I fully understood the process. Now I'm not sure if the steel rod I bought is meant for honing or for sharpening. Is there a way to tell the difference simply by ...
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Anybody know where I can get some Stanley spatulas?

Back when Stanley had home parties, the demonstrator would hand these out as a hostess prize or thank you. It’s my absolute favorite spatula and I cannot seem to find one anywhere! It’s a soft, ...
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Is there a water kettle or dispenser that can keep the water lukewarm?

I'm looking for a kettle or a dispenser that can keep or warm up the water around 100 F. The hope is to drink the warm water directly. All the devices I've found so far are made for boiling the water ...
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What are the main differences between a stand mixer, a countertop blender and a food processor?

I'm looking to replace my countertop blender. Since my kitchen space is rather limited, I was doing some research to see if there are any "multipurpose" devices. I found out that there are also stand ...
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Are the bake and broil elements in my Frigidaire oven interchangeable? [closed]

We ordered a replacement element and realized after installing it that we installed what appears to be the bake element in the broiler element location. Will this be a problem as in a fire hazard?
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What is this one-handed tool with five dull steel “blades” called?

I've been using it to break down clumpy powders, it's the best thing I have for the job by far, and I need to buy more for people helping me.
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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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How Old Is My Meat Slicer?

I just purchased this Berkel GC for $50, which to me is a steal, it was rusty and crusty as can be, running poorly and smoking. The blade moved but it has a ton of resistance, I've taken everything ...
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Looking for a pliers-like tool for making crushed tomatoes

I need a tool for crushing or mashing fresh tomatoes. I know I can use a grater but that takes too much table space for me to use and it's not comfortable enough - if you want to crush a tomato after ...
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How do I tell if a metal can is safe to bake in?

I'm hoping to make some Boston brown bread in the near future, and the recipe I plan to use (http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/10/gluten-free-boston-brown-bread-recipe.html) calls for 'unlined ...
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Heat diffuser for ceramic cooktop

I have seen similar questions on here, but not directly answering my question. I recently purchased a tagine, which is a ceramic slow cooker. It comes with, and says to use a diffuser when cooking on ...
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bleach cleaning on chopping board… dangerous?

I had used bleach on a sponge to clean a floor of paint. My boyfriend, then used said sponge to clean our wooden chopping boards. I remembered this today and decided to clean the board with soap and ...
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Sheet pan/baking tray convention outside the US?

In this video, a Frenchman visits New York and buys a half sheet pan, which he appears unfamiliar with (both the term and the device itself) despite being an experienced cook. So I'm wondering: is ...
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Why wait for some hours before filling any food into a new freezer?

User manuals of some freezers indicate that for the first few hours after switching on the new freezer, one should not put any food into it. For instance, I am looking at a specimen that requires me ...
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Is it possible to do slow cook things using a sous vide machine?

My question is the exact opposite of this one. I'm considering getting a sous vide tool like this one. I'm wondering what's preventing me to use it as a slow cooker? Like, would it make sense to use ...
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Does anyone know what kind of pan this is?

I have a friend who has this pan. What is it used for?
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Do these two types of mouli graters do the same thing?

I would like to know whether these two types of mouli graters found in the internet do the same thing, work the same way, or are actually used for different types of food. How do they differ in terms ...
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Is using a frying pan to boil water for pasta a good or a bad idea?

I just found out how my girlfriend makes pasta: She uses a (non-stick) frying pan to boil the water. I told her she should use a cooking pan. When she asked why I did not have a response. After some ...
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Optimal type of wine bottle opener?

The type of opener I typical use for wine bottles is the winged lever corkscrew type: The main problem I have with these is that they don't actually pull the cork all the way out. You have to lever ...
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Got a refrigerator?

Reading Butter cake creaming method reminded me of something I was taught in school, more years ago than I care to admit, but long enough ago to make it relevant... In many Asian cultures having a ...
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Repairing Minipimer knife blade

The knife blade of my beloved ancient Minipimer has become loose. What can I do to fix it tighter to the axle. Both the blade and the axle are all metal.
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Does Tomato Damage a Wok's Seasoning?

I have been using a wok since some years, it is nicely seasoned and I was quite happy with it and the results. Recently, I have started cooking some Indian dishes, and because I like my wok, I just ...
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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 to 'stretch' tomato ketchup?

Currently, my home ketchup recipe involves using around 2.2 pounds of canned tomatoes to make 3.4oz/100ml of ketchup. A full can of tomatoes costs me around USD$4.50 here. This means that 3.4 oz, or ...
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Roasting rack? I'm stumped as to what this is…Help! :)

A friend gave me a bunch of her old inherited cooking accoutrement and I'm not entirely sure what the function of this is. Anyone know?
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How to season a giant cast iron cider press?

How do I season an antique cast iron cider press that I just bought? It is substantially bigger than any stove, oven, or grill that I own, at about 48" diameter. I'd consider other food-safe finishes ...
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Will a metal dough scraper damage a granite countertop?

I have a brand new granite countertop, and a lovely metal dough scraper that a friend gave me. Am I likely to damage the counter if I use the scraper regularly directly on the granite surface? I have ...
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Meat Thermometer

Bought a new Food Network meat thermometer. Temperature never changes. Always stays at 160 even before use. What is wrong? How do I correct?
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Worms found around eggs [closed]

Two weeks ago, I stored around 20 eggs in a pot and sealed it (that was wrapped inside clean closed trash bag) for storing them safely and placing in the fridge (which I forgot to do...). The eggs ...
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Are hardware store themocouples food safe?

I recently finished reading The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes. The authors of this book put a strong emphasis on accurate measurements and measuring tools, ...
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Mesh size for straining yogurt?

Usually, I strain small batches of yogurt through a cheesecloth, but cleaning the cloth afterward is cumbersome. I'm thinking to buy an industrial stainless strainer (40cm / 16" diameter, 10cm / 4" ...
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problem with flame control in a natural gas grill

I have a natural gas grill and replaced the burners a couple years ago with generic adjustable length burners. Lately I noticed I was getting yellow flames so I adjusted the air flow on the burner and ...
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How to clean a copper kettle?

My GF bought a kettle with copper finish. Looked really nice until water stains started to leave marks on it. It is now almost entirely covered with those darker gray-ish marks which I assume are some ...
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Pound cake sticks to pan - need alternate solution

My pound cakes stick to the pan regardless of the efforts I take. I have used baking spray, olive oil, butter, butter & flour, and tin foil strips. I have cooled completely, placed in the freezer ...
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Using hardware store dowel as rolling pin?

Is there any reason not to use the wood dowelling I always see in the hardware stores/wood shops for a rolling pin for pastry?
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What adhesive should I use to repair a glass and silicone cake mould

I have a silicon and glass cake mould with the round base made of glass with some silicone feet and a detachable rim made of silicone. One of the feet came lose and dropped off. What glue I can use ...
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I get black flecks on my butter when I grease my pan

I recently bought a Teflon-coated pan and have been using it without cause for concern, but while greasing it tonight I found the butter stick I used came away with grey flecks / residue. I typically ...
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When was the garlic peeler invented?

I've just discovered today that there is an instrument used for peeling garlic - it looks like a simple tube made of silicone or rubber. Here's a sample video with it. I have the feeling that this is ...

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