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Are these mold spots on my new stainless steel pans?

I recently bought two stainless steel pans, and have used them about two or three times each. Today, I got them out of the dishwasher and boiled water in each of them. When I removed the water, they ...
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Can I engrave a stainless steel pot inside?

I'm thinking about giving my stainless steel pot volume markings on the inner wall, like in 250ml increments, with a multitool and fine diamond tip. Various info says that scratches in stainless are ...
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How to avoid excessive smoke when frying a sausage in a stainless steel pan? [duplicate]

I tried to fry some sausages and it caused so much smoke to the point that I was worried it would trigger the smoke alarm. Sausages used: Flinders + Co X Paw Patrol Chicken & Veggie Sausages I ...
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Does a stainless steel pan need special maintenance? Seems sticky in some parts only

just wondering if someone knows a lot about stainless steel pans. When I first got it was pretty good, nothing stuck really. But recently (2 years after) it seems to stick but only on one side of the ...
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Is a stainless steel stain in a pressure cooker safe?

I placed a stainless steel idli stand in a pressure cooker (unsure if the cooker is Aluminium or steel, but it has the word "wrought" etched on its worn out bottom), poured some water into ...
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I recently purchased a wok from goodwill however I cannot figure out if it is carbon or stainless steel

I tested the wok with magnets and they stick, so aluminum is ruled out. It definitely is not cast iron, and it has a small “china” text etched into the small handle connector. Not a complete round ...
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Do stainless steel sauce pots wear out and how can I tell if it needs replacement?

Perhaps a chef who has lots of experience with cookware might know when to or when not to replace a stainless pot. I use the pot for cooking great northern beans and it has been used for maybe 60 ...
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Is it dangerous to stack stainless steel cookware?

I have a set of stainless steel tri-ply cookware (non-coated). To save space inside my cabinets I stack fry pans and saucepans inside each other (smaller in bigger ones). I wonder is that safe? They ...
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La Classico Stainless Steel Stock Pot and Multi purpose steamer

Has anyone seen steamer without holes on the bottom but the holes are the side instead of the steam trays? The side of the trays is double layer to accommodate for the steam holes. I’m looking for ...
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For smash burger patties, are you supposed to wait until the meat releases from the pan before you flip it?

This is what I've read about stainless steel pans: You are supposed to preheat the pan up to the Leidenfrost point (379 ℉ / 193 ℃). You can test that the pan has reached the Leidenfrost point by ...
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How to avoid oil burn on the exterior of stainless steel pan

After I sear a steak the exterior sides and bottom of my stainless steel pan get coated with what looks like burned oil. I usually let it cool down, then fill with the soapy water for overnight ...
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What is this number (275) on the bottom of stainless steel pans?

I recently bought a set of stainless steel pans from Amazon (I live in the UK). The information on the product page says the material is 18/8 stainless steel. I believe this refers to a (common) type ...
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Black stains developed on the bottom on stainless steel pot [duplicate]

Black stains developed on the bottom on stainless steel pot. These are coming back after cleaning the pot when I cook chicken. What are these, whether it is possible to get rid of these and it is it ...
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Is this steel casserole safe for use? [duplicate]

Yesterday I bought this 1 lt (1 qt) steel casserole in a chinese shop, and after boiling one egg, it's decolored and got black spots, as shown: It's stainless steel, it weights 430g, and I guess it's ...
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Dosa on clad stainless steel pan

Has anyone had success at making dosa on a clad stainless steel pan? I mimicked the method for frying eggs on clad stainless steel (medium heat, when drops of water dance, add fat, spread room-...
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Are all stainless pans necessarily non stick?

Are all stainless steel pans coated with nonstick? Can stainless steel saute or frying pans be distinguished by the quality of their nonstick coating? I'm just afraid of accidentally buying a ...
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Even after I heat and oil, why does food stick to my stainless steel pan? [duplicate]

I've had this pan for 8 years. It's low priced and average — I see no brands or names on it — not even on the bottom! I followed What’s the Difference Between Nonstick and Stainless Steel Cookware? ...
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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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Something dark gray coming off of sheet pan after scouring

I've been using a stainless steel sheet pan and an aluminum sheet pan for baking/roasting for the last year (new to cooking). I used the steel one regularly, so it accumulated a lot of brown stains. ...
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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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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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Why do my stainless steel fry pans always develop a residue?

I have a set of stainless steel frying pans. They are Emeril Lagasse brand which at some point was mentioned to be made by all-clad. I don't believe they are of particularly high quality but seem to ...
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Is it bad to heat empty pans?

When preheating a stainless steel or cast-iron pan I tend to throw it on a high temperature with nothing in it and leave it on for several minutes until it is very hot. I then add the oil and cook. I ...
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Stainless steel in contact with molten plastics - useable after cleaning?

(Context:) Years ago, I borrowed a stainless steel pot to an acquaintance. When they returned it, they apologised and said they had accidentally molten significant parts of a plastic ladle in it. As ...
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Does the accidental discoloring during seasoning impair my steel pan in any way?

I recently entered the realm of cooking with cast iron and steel pans, and am still trying to find my way around it. Last weekend I went about seasoning my first bundle of pans (De Buyer Mineral B) ...
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Are bonded stainless pans safe to use if they make knocking sounds?

We were gifted a set of Cuisanart stainless steel (impact bonded) pots and pans last Winter and use them fairly heavily for cooking at home. We just started to notice however that a few of the smaller ...
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Problems heating up pans on an induction hob

I bought an induction hob to precisely control pan temperature; it’s a 2000W Hendi single hob, temperature and power can be combined independently. I tested two De Buyer pans with it, a multilayer ...
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How should I clean this pan? [duplicate]

I've been using this pan for a while, and have somehow scorched the bottom of the pan. Can someone tell me how I should clean it? Thanks!
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How does the performance of a warped pan compare to a level one when using gas?

Of course there will be hot spots when using it on anything besides gas because it won't sit flat. But are there any performance disadvantages when using a slightly warped pan and gas? As far as I ...
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Is it safe to use glass cooktop cleaner to clean and polish stainless steel pots?

My glass cooktop cleaner has abrasive materials and other components which are very effective when cleaning the hob: grease, burnt and solid stuff... I thought this could be used to clean and polish ...
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Damage to pan bottom

I have a non stick Tramontina frying pan. Today, in an effort to remove the brown stains on the reverse (metallic) side, I put the pan in boiling water with baking soda for 30 min. After cleaning it ...
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Prevent onions and potatoes from sticking to bottom of steel pot for stew

I make bulk lentil stew every week as a form of meal-prep. The first step in my ad-hoc recipe is to fry some onions in oil. If I add spices to these onions after they have cooked a bit, the spices ...
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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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Searing Tofu in Stainless Skillet

I've been trying to sear tofu in my stainless skillet, but no matter what I do it seems to stick. The nice crust gets ripped off of my tofu pieces. I've played around with different amounts of oil, ...
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Burned pan health issue

I cooked my eggs with my pan and forgot to turn the stove off after removing the eggs. Later on, my pan got a huge burn mark and so I threw the pan away. Should I replace the electric stove as well? I'...
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Deep frying with tallow in a stainless steel pot

I do not have access to a cast iron pot, only a thin, lightweight stainless steel pot. Will I be able to deep fry potato slices in beef tallow in it? I am afraid the heat distribution will be ...
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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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Lead residue on stainless steel skewer?

I recently purchased some stainless steel kabob skewers from Amazon, similar to the ones listed here at the Webstaurant Store. They look and feel like stainless steel, however they appear to have ...
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Chicken: How to prevent spices/seasoning from burning on Pan?

Newbie cook here, I use stainless steel but it seems to be a paradox on this. I am using bone-in chicken thighs and a dry lemon-pepper rub that I put on the chicken. Pat it dry/let it cool down ...
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What can deform/bend a stainless steel skillet? [duplicate]

One month ago I bought a set of stainless steel cookware from Cuisinart. Today I noticed that the smallest pan is not flat - the base has bended so that the center is a little lower than the edgees. ...
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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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Stainless steel pan discoloration [duplicate]

I couldn't find something that resembles this but one day I used my stainless steel pan and I think I didn't clean it properly so I woke up to discover these "stains" on it (BKF didn't help scrub them ...
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Can't stop eggs from sticking to stainless steel pan [duplicate]

I've made omelettes in this pan before without any problems, but fried eggs are impossible to make without sticking.I heat the pan, throw few drops of water and check if they move around (some would ...
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Water repellent-like residue on pot when cooking vegetables

When I boil vegetables including broccoli the pot gets a water repellent-like residue at the water line that is very hard to remove. There is also residue similar to when cooking beans on the sides of ...
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Non stick pan browning milk vs stainless steel

We recently purchased a nonstick medium pot but have been encountering problems while making mac & cheese. The milk seems to be browning/toasting with all settings on our induction cooker ...
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Help me understand why my stainless steel skillet becomes non stick after frying one egg?

I've been playing around with making my stainless steel skillet stop sticking to my food. I found that seasoning with oil that's just about to smoke works a bit, but doesn't work that well when frying ...
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Some stainless steel more stainless than others

I'm rather disappointed in the latest stainless steel bowl I bought. Left it in the sink unwashed from a salad for a week while I had to be away, came back and it had rust underneath and inside. Same ...
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Black spotting/dust in stainless steel utensils.Is this mildew?

I moved into this house a couple of months ago and bought some high quality stainless steel utensils with me from my house. I am noticing some black spots that don't go away with scratching or washing ...
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Will putting a salted steak into a preheated stainless steel pan cause pitting?

Typically when I cook steak, I salt/pepper it and then leave it out for a while to warm up. Next, I preheat my non-stick pan, put in olive oil, and add the steak. However, I recently bought a set of ...
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