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How can I find wire rack/sieve to put clams or mussels on top, in giant bowl?

I found instructions to place clams in a sieve or similar when purging to prevent them from taking up the sand and grit again. This makes a lot of sense, but I don’t have a matching sieve-bowl combo. ...
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Stir Frying Chicken, Correct Amount for 1 Pan

Goal Cook small strips of chicken for a stir fry, to be added to vegetables and rice later on. Background The grocery store likes to sell packs of chicken breast that have about 2 pounds of chicken, ...
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De'Longhi 7 qt stand mixer

I have a De'Longhi 7 qt. stand mixer that I believe is now manufactured by Kenwood in America. I would love to make pasta but the attachment is no longer available. Can I use those made by KitchenAid? ...
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Where can I source my own food safe pizza steel?

I am looking to save some money and order a slab of scrap steel from a local company. My question is what kind of steel should I be asking for to ensure the steel is food grade quality?
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Can this silver-colored skillet be put and used in ovens for baking?

My grandparents own this silver-colored skillet. QUEENSENSE SENSHIN is the only printed on it, at the bottom. To save money and space, they desire to dual-purpose this skillet not only for cooking ...
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How fine is "Fine Mesh" for removing lumps from custards?

Many recipes for custards and similar deserts like lemon curd suggest passing the completed custard through a "fine mesh strainer" to remove lumps. When looking up strainers and sifters I see a wide ...
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Do I need a specific pan for baking sourdough bread?

I have been following a recipe to make sourdough bread and a starter. The recipe said to cook the bread in a dutch oven or a cast iron casserole dish. Since I have neither, can I cook the bread in an ...
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What are the vertical-edge plates called?

I'm assuming asking this question is ok since questions about kitchen equipment and cutlery are permitted. So far I've only found steel plates that have a vertical edge. Do these vertical-edged ...
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How can I remove discolouration on my ceramic dish?

I have some very pale blue/grey dishes that have (what looks like) specks of grease that have "burnt on". You will see why I put that in quotation marks in the photo. It looks like it would come off ...
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Is it common for slow cookers to heat unevenly?

I have a CrockPot brand slow cooker that is less than one year old. I have recently realized that it heats rather unevenly, being considerably cooler on the side near the controls than on the ...
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What are the different parts of a zester called?

Earlier I was trying to describe which part of a zester to use and realized I have no idea what the different parts are called. I fell back on google, and was surprised to find nothing, there are ...
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Kitchen Aid KSMC50S stand mixer attachments and dough hook

I inherited a Kitchen Aid KSMC50S stand mixer from my mother. It was purchased new around 1998 or so. My model has a sticker right above the accessory port that says "No attachments available for ...
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How to best zest a citrus fruit that was already halved and squeezed?

Zesting a citrus fruit is pretty straightforward with the fruit intact, but sometimes it happens to me that I absent-mindedly halve and squeeze the fruit and then remember that I wanted to zest it ...
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Gotham Steel Pans

I purchased two Gotham Steel 9 and 1/2” pans. I use an induction cook top. This was a match made in hell. Didn’t realize that I needed an interface between the cooktop and pan. What would be the best ...
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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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Why this cooking pot not working on my Induction?

I just bought this Induction compatible Kadai (kind of wok) but surprised to know it's not working. When I place it over my Induction cooker, it doesn't show any error (generally if a pot is not ...
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Is folding with a spatula really necessary?

In most recipes involving whipped egg whites or whipped cream, you are instructed to fold a the whipped mixture in parts (thirds) into the non-whipped mixture using a spatula. For example, angel food ...
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Markings/smudges/wear on steel springform pans

Hi folks. Can someone tell me what the markings are on this steel springform pan? I tried cleaning it with Bar Keeper's Friend already. Also interested to know if they are still okay to use if they ...
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Does smoke point affect max temp of patina

If I were to season a cast iron pan by rubbing it with olive oil(smoke point of 350F to 410F) and putting it in the oven for a while at 340F to create a patina, would I be able to later on use that ...
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Stock Pot vs. Dutch Oven / Sauce Pot

I currently have this on order and plan on using it for stocks, broths, and boiling grains/vegetables. My question is: what are the advantages of a dutch oven / sauce pot over this when it comes to ...
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Is is safe to use a stainless steel pan that has been cleaned with bleach (Comet)?

I have been cleaning my stainless steel pan with Comet for quite some time now and have only now come to know that I shouldn't be using bleach on stainless steel. If I clean it with dish soap and hot ...
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Do I use the Air Fry fan when baking with the Emeril 360 Air Fryer/Oven?

The air fry fan comes on automatically but the instructions seem to indicate I should push it off. Is it still convection cooking or is the Air Fry button for Air Frying only?
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Sharpening a knife

Lets say I sharpend my knife starting with Grit 400, then 1000 up to 3000 and 6000 but its still is too dull. If i want to sharpen the blade again do I restart with grit 400 or 1000 ? And is there a ...
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Pampered Chef taco shell maker stoneware with cracks. O.K. to use?

I bought 2 taco shell makers stoneware that have some hairline cracks in them. Will it be safe to use them? Here is a picture:
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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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Can I used induction ready cookware with traditional stoves?

I am thinking of buying some induction ready cookware, but I still do not have an induction stove - I am planing to buy this sometimes in the future when redoing my kitchen. Can I use this induction ...
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What is this spoon?

I have this weird spoon? I came across in a set of silverware from goodwill, it is shaped like a sidewise smashed heart, or maybe a lung? I tried reverse image searching it, but, couldn't come up with ...
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What kind of equipment do I need to turn dried chilli flakes into powder?

What kind of equipment do I Need to turn dried chilli flakes into powder?
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(Technology idea) "Fly-by-wire" gas cooktop controls - feasible? [closed]

I've seen recipes that require precise temperature control and had a potentially groundbreaking idea stem from it: how does the idea of fully-digital cooktop controls sound to all you cooks out there? ...
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does a tool like air bag opener exist for paper bag application?

There are these air bag openers that exists which are used in the food industry and assist with packing food: https://www.pack-secure.com/Bag-Opener-_c_513.html Is there a tool, hand held or ...
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Batter not sticking to aluminum rosette

The batter doesn’t stick to the rosette when I dip it, it falls off. What am I doing wrong? I made the batter, heated the rosette for 15 minutes, and dipped it into batter, which didn't stick.
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Why'd Cantonese restaurants desire 40,000 BTU for soup?

Out of curiosity, I was reading about this Metallic Mold Blower Wok Range (1 Burner 1 Soup Pot). Here's another. Did I pin-point the Soup Burner correctly? Residential gas stoves range from 400 to ...
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What vessel should I choose for Lactofermentation?

Do I have to use a mason jar to ferment veggies? Or would any jar do? In case of the latter, does it have to be air sealed?
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Cooking bolognese sauce in stainless steel versus dutch oven?

I've got a recipe I've been meaning on trying for sauce that indicates using an assumably ceramic dutch oven. Will I be in any dangerous territory if I use a stainless steel pot instead? I know not to ...
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What kind of teaspoon is this?

I have a cutlery set that came with 7 teaspoons. Six of them are the same, but one is different. In the following image I have three of the six on the left side of the picture and the different one on ...
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Wood versus marble rolling pin 'performance'

Is there any reason that a marble rolling pin would perform 'worse' than a wood rolling pin? My roommates recently bought a visually appealing marble rolling pin; however, I've noticed a few problems,...
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How and when should I use a bread knife?

I know the answer is "it's for cutting bread" but what I really want to know is when does its uniqueness actually help? What I've noticed is that it's sooooooooo much easier to use the santoku knives ...
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Does the oven door need to be toughened glass?

The glass door of my oven toaster and grill has broken. Can I use a thick glass (not toughened/tempered) in its place?
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How to distinguish between silicone and nylon spatula and judge their quality

I bought a few silicon spatulas from Amazon{The ones I bought}.These are most probably from China, and since those are not from very well known brands, I can't just blindly trust what it says on the ...
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Commercial Kitchens in the UK

How would you find a commercial kitchen to rent in the UK? I cannot seem to find any resources for them, the only ones i've found are attached to store fronts. Would this be a case of renting a ...
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How can I achieve an even heat across a large paella pan?

I just used a 20" paella pan to make a large paella for 10 people. The pan covers 4 burners. The problem that I had was that the center of the pan never reached the temperature of the parts of the ...
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Can I use 100% cotton bed linen as a pudding cloth?

It's hard to find large pieces of closely knit food safe cotton where I am. (UK / EU) Can I use pieces of undyed 100% cotton bed linens with tags removed instead? What chemicals if any would the ...
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Seasoning carbon steel wok [duplicate]

Can a new unseasoned carbon steel wok be seasoned after one use (used it for steaming)? It now has some rust on it. Can it be salvaged?
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How do professional chefs keep food thermometers clean between uses?

Assuming there will always be some occasion where the food tested will not be cooked properly, what method is used to prevent cross contamination?
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Glass still safe after boil-off?

I accidentally let all the water boil off in my standard glass kettle (if it matters, it's a Medelco WK112 OneAll Stovetop Whistling Kettle). It didn't crack, and cleaned up fine. But might there be ...
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What are the important traits of a good popcorn machine for home use?

I am aware that this question is somewhat subjective, so I did my best to ask a good subjective question, instead of "What popcorn machine should I buy?". I recently shared my popcorn-related ...
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Marinated Chicken without Grill

How would you prepare the following marinated chicken without a grill? I tried pan searing my chicken after marinating for 24 hrs but completely blackened the exterior without cooking the inside much. ...
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Are there any other brands like Xtrema?

I'm looking for lead-free, cadmium-free, arsenic-free 100% ceramic cookware. Unfortunately, Xtrema is not available where I live. Are there any other brands like Xtrema?
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Is Glass and Ceramic cookware suitable for high-heat frying and stir-frying?

Is Glass and Ceramic cookware suitable for high-heat frying and stir-frying? Can open flame (gas burner) make it shatter or crack?
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A strange cooker or fait-tout or... what can it be?

We have this odd cooker. We have not been able to figure out what it is. The top can't be opened. EDIT : There's some liquid inside both parts, we can hear it if we shaken them. Even if we can't ...
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