Questions tagged [kitchen-safety]

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Why didn't microwaving a stainless steel spoon set my kitchen on fire?

I am a new, and newly sleep-deprived, dad. As such, I didn't think twice about taking a big, shiny, stainless steel spoon and sticking it right in a baby bottle sterilizer. ("I want this supplement to ...
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Is it safe to boil water in a microwave?

Our electric kettle broke. So this morning I used the microwave to boil water for the first cup of coffee. Only thing is - the water in south Africa is not really the best of quality when you get it ...
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Is my microwave damaged if I can smell the food inside it?

I think I can smell the food inside my microwave. Is that bad? I figured it's not necessarily unsafe, since you only need a cage to block the microwaves from escaping, but I'm not familiar with the ...
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Why must the oven be preheated for a Pyrex glass pan?

This Pyrex glass safety label says "Always preheat oven". Any idea why?
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Where can I buy borosilicate (Pyrex) bakeware in the U.S.?

Because of the shattering dangers of the apparently inferior lime glass that Pyrex uses for manufacturing in the U.S. as exposed by Consumer Reports, I'd like to replace my Pyrex with borosilicate ...
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Are Pyrex casserole dishes safe for use on electric stovetops?

Would it be okay if a Pyrex baking dish is used on an electric stove top to reheat food?
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Is a borosilicate glass pot safe to use on a gas burner stovetop?

I've seen similar questions about Pyrex, but as I understand it Pyrex manufactured in the United States is now made from tempered soda-lime glass, so I am not asking about that. UPDATE: To address a ...
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Wooden cooking layout

I am a PhD student and I intend to cook in my dorm room. There is a wooden enclosure, I am not sure if it is meant for cooking but I intend to cook there. Please take a look at the space. Although ...
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How sharp should a paring knife be?

Recent bought a chef's knive and a paring knife, both are high carbon stainless steel. The chef's knife is quite sharp and can cut a piece of butcher's twine just by touching it, with little or no ...
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Frying a turkey while snowing

Light snow is in the forecast for Thanksgiving. I plan on deep frying the turkey. I have deep fried turkey before. I know what to do and what not to do: I wear layers of clothing, goggles, lower/...
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Is heated up bleach dangerous?

I put my electric flattop oven on self cleaning. This heated up the top of the oven. I then bleached the flattop. The bleach steamed up and made it nearly impossible to breath. The entire room is now ...
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Why is the handle of sauce pans tilted and not horizontal?

Why is the handle of a saucepan tilted upwards now-a-days rather than the old fashioned horizontal handles?
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How do I reduce kitchen temperature during cooking?

My kitchen gets too hot during the summer while I am cooking. I have exhaust fans installed in the kitchen, but it's not really helping. I have four questions: Is there any other way I can reduce the ...
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First-Aid Kit for Kitchens

No one is immune to injury in the kitchen. Cuts and burns especially are common and can be severe. I love cooking with kids and I feel that it's my responsibility to be prepared for potential ...
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Is it safe to leave a broth simmering overnight on an electric stove?

I am trying to cook bone broth in a pot on an electric stove like this one and it needs to simmer for at least a day (so the stove is set to a low temperature). Is it safe to leave the stove ...
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Is it safe to use non stick cookware over a flame? [closed]

I have recently started to learn how to cook. Whenever I am trying to make a chapati or to cook a vegetable, I start experiencing an acute headache, most likely because of the steam or maybe the flame ...
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Did I ruin my stoneware dutch oven by heating it on a gas stove?

I was following this baked beans recipe. Relevant excerpt: Place a cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat and stir in the bacon, onion, and jalapenos until enough fat has rendered from the bacon to ...
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How do you clear food that sticks to the cutting knife?

I am now typing this with 1.5 hands because like a moron I cleared parsley that stuck to the knife with the edge towards my hand. After a quarter cup of blood it is a powerful lesson to never clear ...
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Are trace amounts of lead in seasoned bakeware safe?

I want to order a custom-cut steel plate to use like baking steel in the oven, and I read that in common raw steels the trace amount of lead can get up to 0.36%. If I season the steel like I would ...
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Safety Question about making stainless steel flat-top

I work in the office of a metal fabrication shop. I have access to cheap(comparatively) metal and a means of getting pretty much exactly what I want. I've recently been watching youtube.com videos ...
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How to make chicken liver less explosive?

I like fried chicken livers with onions quite a bit, and they are very quick and easy to make... unfortunately quick and easy doesn't translate to safe. These livers explode HARD. And of course they ...
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Can microwave safe glass vessels be used in an electric oven?

Can microwave safe glass vessels be used in an electric oven? I have this oven: http://www.cromaretail.com/Bajaj-28-Litres-2800TMC-Oven-Toaster-Grill-%28White%29-pc-469-468.aspx I just checked and ...
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Are there safety concerns with cooking something with beer or wine in the oven?

Probably a silly question, and I have never heard of an incident, but then again that does not rule out a safety issue. Basically, if I want to put a covered pot in the oven with beer or wine (or some ...
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My white device has turned yellow

Here is my white device, which has turned yellow on one side while cooking an over done cheese burger: Does anybody know whether it is possible to turn it back to the white color?
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Can I use stainless steel scrub to clean regular dishes?

I know stainless steel scrubs are usually for cleaning tough spots out of stainless steel woks and pans. I use a regular kitchen sponge for my bowls and plates. However, sometimes the dishes get ...
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Glass bowl safe in pressure cooker?

I have this Anchor Hocking glass bowl that I am thinking of using in my pressure cooker, curious if its safe or not? I used it in the microwave no issues. I plan to throw some chicken in it with no ...
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Deep frying and burning eyes

I live in a small 800 sq ft. apartment and will occasionally deep fry food. Any time I do, everybody in my household experiences a burning sensation in their eyes. I'm monitoring the temperature of ...
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Prevent pepper spray effect when cooking raw hot peppers

Something I've noticed when using raw, fresh jalapeños and adding them directly to heat. It can sometimes put out a "pepper spray" which can make you and others around the area you are cooking cough ...
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Can I reheat meal in pyrex-like glassware on vitro ceramic stove? [duplicate]

I have this delicious dish with gravy I did yesterday, and the rest is still in the pyrex-like oven proof glassware used to cook it. Can I "cheat" and quickly reheat directly on my vitro ceramic ...
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Material of my mixing bowl

I'm using a handheld mixer with a melamine mixing bowl. Lately I've noticed that the surface of the bowl at the bottom of the bowl feels irregular, and dark spots have begun to appear. Should I use a ...
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Are there dangers to using solid fuel on a propane grill?

In another question, a user proposed burning briquettes on a propane grill in order to get charcoal flavor on the meat. I don't grill myself, so I don't know enough to judge whether this is a great ...
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Is it safe / advisable to use a nonstick baking sheet on an induction cooktop for pancakes (375 F)?

I bought a large non-stick baking pan and I would like to use it on my thermador freedom induction cooktop to make pancakes. The cooktop will apply energy evenly to the rectangular footprint of the ...
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Are countertop blenders with plastic jars dangerous?

At my local shopping center, I notice that all models of countertop blenders, even the most expensive ($500 USD), have plastic jars. I am concerned that if the blade inside comes loose or breaks while ...
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Is it OK to leave pans unattended on an induction stove that is turned off?

I was just wondering if leaving pans unattended on an induction stove while it is turned off is actually safe? Could any external factor turn the stove on?
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Ceramic cup seems to be cracked internally, is it safe to use?

I have a large ceramic soup cup which appears to be internally damaged after being rinsed with cold water while hot: Is this cup still safe to use, or is it likely to shatter or otherwise fail during ...
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If a utensil is safe for a 'normal' microwave, is it also safe for a flatbed microwave?

I have some silicon based utensils (a steam case, a rice cooker and one for cooking pasta). These are developed for use in microwaves and I do not want to get rid of them. However, I'm planning in ...
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How do tempura chefs touch 350 degree oil without being burned?

In this video of a chef deep frying shrimp, he repeatedly applies more batter to the shrimp, clearly touching the oil over and over. Does the batter protect your fingers? Is it just a short enough ...
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Final failure mode of Cosori electric pressure cooker when lid is left unlocked?

One reason I prefer an electronic pressure cooker to a regular stove for safety is that it won't start without setting the count-down timer to turn it back off. (I am forgetful, and have 3 times ...
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Is food contaminated with swarf due to polishing metal plates or sharpening knives safe for our body? [duplicate]

Swarf is a word for metal particles or debris produced in polishing metal with abrasive tools. For example, swarf can be produced when polishing teppanyaki grill or sharpening knives. I often see ...
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Stop my pot splashing me

When I'm going to boil something, I'll set the water to boil while I prepare the food itself. When the water is boiling and my ingredients are ready, I turn to tip them in. But as I add the pieces of ...
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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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Is it safe to leave a gas oven on unattended?

Is it safe to leave a gas oven on unattended the whole day (with a closed dutch oven inside it braising beef etc.), similar to crock pot cooking? It is a gas oven with pilot lights on the stove, so I ...
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Shallow frying safety

I've recently begun shallow frying a lot of chicken in batter - which have been turning out perfectly tasty for what I need them for. However, frying with more than a splash of oil is scaring me - ...
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Can I heat frozen waffles in the oven without a baking sheet?

Where I live I currently don't have a toaster, baking sheet, pan, or really anything that I could use as a container in the oven. I'm starving and I'd like to heat up some frozen waffles and was ...
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Where to store my propane torch?

Yesterday, I began using a propane torch (which I won in a raffle; Yay!) for browning the tops of foods. My quandary is: where do I store the torch? The instructions say not to store it in your living ...
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How to avoid too hot pan that causes fire

I've start cooking large batches of food on Sunday in preparation for the week. One item is cooking chicken at a high temperature on my cast iron skillet until it is cooked through. Last night as I ...
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Is it safe to put a baking steel directly on oven's floor?

I have an electric oven with concealed heating elements, I am considering putting my baking steel directly on the oven's floor for the purpose of doing some cooking experiments. Is this safe? Would it ...
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Pyrex glass coffee pot

I have a very old Pyrex glass coffee pot that belonged to my grandmother. As a kid, I have a distant memory of her using it on a gas stove to boil water. The pot has a picture of a flame on the ...
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Glass cooktop safety

I recently had a grease fire on my glass cooktop. thankfully I had a B/C class fire extinguisher handy but now I'm worried that my cooktop is no longer safe to use. does anybody have any advice for ...
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Is it safe to use staples or paper clips to seal parchment paper when cooking fish en papillote?

When cooking fish en papillote my pouches sometimes leak liquid in the oven. The internet tells me that I could use staples or paper clips for a better seal, but I could not find any information ...