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Questions tagged [utensils]

Implements used for cooking (e.g. whisk, spatula), serving (e.g. ladle), or eating (e.g. forks, spoons).

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When to use a slotted vs. solid turner?

When would you choose to use a slotted turner instead of a solid one, or vice versa? I would have thought it’s just a personal preference but lots of utensil sets have both so apparently it’s more ...
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Garlic press with minimum force required

What type of a grarlic press would require the minimum amout of force to operate? (for people with hand problems) Would this one where the pressing part is pivoted require less force than one with a ...
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Does cooking in a nonstick pan affect the finished food?

Whenever I cook in a nonstick pan, the food doesn't seem as crispy as compared to when I use simple aluminum pans. Is this due to the pan material or is there another factor behind it?
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What is this utensil?

dads, chefs, cooks, and other kitchen tool-familiar folks, We used to have this exact fork like spatula but it recently broke. We are looking to buy a replacement but we don't know what it's called ...
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Cabinets at the top of the wall, what goes there? [closed]

I recently got a new house and (unlike my current house) the kitchen has cabinets going all the way to the ceiling. These cabinets are unreachable without a ladder and each one has windows so you can ...
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What method can be used to peel an Avocado without damaging it? [duplicate]

This is a problem I really have each time I want to peel them. Over the years I used forks, spoons and knifes but always the Avocado gets damaged as it is mushy, pulpy when I peel it and gets a mess. ...
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What utensil (material) to use in Convection + Grill mode of Microwave Oven?

My Microwave Oven (Samsung DE68-03387M) has three modes: Microwave, Convection and Grill. It has various combinations of those. There is a Pre-heat option which uses Convection and Grill modes ...
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What alternatives do exists for properly squeezing lemons?

This happened to me often when I go to some restaurants or be on a visit to somebody place. It just happen that I want to add some lemon to my soup or use it as an addition to my meals but they do not ...
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Does anybody know what company made this spatula?

I received the following spatula and I want to buy another one, but I can't find it. Does anyone recognize the company?
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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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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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What is this attachment for on this veg peeler?

Just found a vegetable peeler with a very strange bladed attachment on the bottom of the handle. The blades are all parallel but arranged in a V arrangement. There is an arrow pointing in the ...
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Food safety of China-imported kitchen utensils

I am considering ordering a few silicone kitchen utensils from China (like this). However, I am concerned about their food safety. The seller assures that the tools are made of "100% Food Grade ...
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Mysterious “spoon” in family. Requesting specific name/buying source

Does anyone know if this utensil has a unique name or know where to purchase one like it? My mom received this spoon from "A wok set from our wedding" (early 1980's) and loves it. She has named it ...
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Sanitizing a meat rack

If a meat roaster rack has become contaminated with mold, etc, would soaking it in hot water and bleach (0.5 cup bleach to 1 gal of hot water) for 2 - 1 hour cycles with hard scrubbing between soaks ...
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How do you clean cheesecloth?

Do you only rinse it with water and accept stains? Boil it? Soak it in bleach? Put it in the washing machine? Put it in the dishwasher? Are they disposable?
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Where can I find an extremely slim wooden stirring spoon?

A friend of mine has this very slim wooden stirring spoon. It's handle is a little thicker than a pencil, and the spoon itself is about 1.5 inches wide. It does any amazing job of stirring and ...
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What is this cooking utensil labeled “Orka by Mastrad” and “1 ml = 1 pinch”?

It is labeled "Orka by Mastrad". It also says "1 ml = 1 pinch" on the right-side part. What is this object and what is it used for?
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I have a water-logged meat thermometer (non-digital) How do I dry it out?

I recently and very stupidly ran an analog (non-digital) meat thermometer through the dish washer. It came out full of water, like a fish tank or a pimp's aquarium heels, and it has not dried a ...
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Way to Prevent Rusting Racks?

I'm using metal racks with sous-vide cooking to help keep the packets separate, and they're rusting on me. The racks are mostly chrome plated (or maybe nickle). Is there a waterproof paint or coating ...
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Will heat cause a silicone scraper to harden?

I like to use a flexible silicone scraper to stir my eggs in the pan when scrambling them. I know silicone is heat resistant so it won't melt, but will prolonged exposure to heat gradually cause the ...
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What's a microscoop?

I've bought pure caffeine powder and its serving size is said to be a microscoop, but no measure of weight is given. So what's/what size is a microscoop? "Microscoops" can be found from the internet,...
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What are these utensils?

A friend of mine is on vacation and found these in their condo. I love to cook and now I have to know what kind of utensils these are. Please Help.[
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Is rice supposed to be eaten with chopsticks?

This question is about cultural norms and tradition. In Asian countries, is rice intended to be eaten with chopsticks? I heard this is a western misconception, as rice is too hard to pickup with chop ...
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What is this metal utensil tool with wooden handle?

Saw this at a flea market with other kitchen tools and do not know what it is. The end of the tool that is pictured is attached to a wooden handle, not a gear or some other mechanical attachment. ...
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French whisk handle has rocks in it?

I'm at a restaurant supply store and I'm looking to buy this heavy duty French whisk manufactured by the company WINCO and I'm shaking the handle and it sounds like there are small rocks or sand in ...
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What is the “honey stick” called?

I often see this utensil used in pictures of honey: I've never seen this stick-like utensil used in other contexts, just for honey. But what is this "honey stick" called exactly? And is it used only ...
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Soup 'fork' source

So, this is more a question about food etiquette/trivia than cooking, but this community seemed to be the closest fit. Is there a specialized fork-like utensil that was used for soup in western high-...
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What to call this utensil

I'd like to know how to call this cooking utensil, great for stirring soup and sauces. Origin eastern european, this particular one is Polish. Am trying to buy more but do not know what name to look ...
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What are the pros and cons of various woods used in wooden utensils?

Looking up wooden utensils on amazon, I've found bamboo, maple, olive wood and birch wood spoons/kitchen utensils. Is there any clear benefit to one wood over another for cooking utensils? Is one ...
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Why aren't glass spoons used for eating?

Why aren't glass spoons used for eating? It seems it would solve the problem of metallic taste with some foods.
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Cooking issue with cheap plastic forks

I was cooking rice, beans and sausage for my friend and I but since we are living very low budget my only utensils were plastic forks, knives, and spoons (really cheap ones that come in packs of like ...
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Essenial cookware/utensils to buy from scratch for sustanence in the US? [closed]

I am a guy from India going to settle in the US(Houghton, MI) for higher education for a period of 2 years. I have been bombarded by a variety of stereotypes for cooking (You won't get this and that ...
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Is it safe to use unwashed barbeque grill utensils?

I had a fit when my husband said he never washes the tongs spatula or meat fork after cooking on the outside barbeque grill. He just let's them hang out there dirty (ugh) & uses them again without ...
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How to remove residual flavours from, e.g., a coffee press

I'm considering using a glass coffee-press jug as a mixing vessel for other drinks but I'm worried about residual coffee flavour even after using normal detergent. Is this something I should be ...
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How do I clean up my utensils after cutting extremely hot chillis? [duplicate]

As a corollary to a previous question: How to decide how much to dilute extremely hot chillis Are there any precautions or cleaning methods that I have to take when cutting said naga chillis? I've ...
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Why do hand held can openers stop working so quickly?

Is there any way to fix or adjust a hand held can opener? I keep buying new ones because within a month or so of buying them, they won't roll correctly on the can lip.
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Oiling wood handles

I'm new to the cooking industry - yay for new pads - and I have a question about oiling wooden utensils (or wooden handles on pots, for that matter). The instructions state these should be oiled and ...
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How should glasses/cups be oriented in storage?

I believe that it's better to store glasses/cups right-side-up in the cupboard, but at work everyone stores them upside-down. Which is safer/more sanitary?
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Why does my knife leave grey streaks in the butter?

Sometimes my flatware leaves grey streaks in butter. I've only seen this with knives in cold butter. They claim to be stainless steel which I would think wouldn't do this. If I recall they were the ...
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Leaving the ladle in the soup considered harmful?

There's this belief in my family that leaving the ladle in the soup is bad, but nobody actually seem to know why it would be bad; it's really just a persistent piece of family lore. I never really ...
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Can I substitute a stainless steel pot for the traditional iron dutch oven?

I have very limited options in my kitchen, and while the dutch oven is the preferred method for getting an 'oven spring' while baking sourdough, I do not have a cast iron pot to do it. IF stainless ...
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How to a prevent spoon from falling into soup?

When preparing a soup, the spoon which I use to stir the soup with, often falls in. Is there any way to prevent the spoon from falling into the soup?
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How to choose a pan for making caramel?

Is there any noticeable difference in taste and texture when making caramel on a non-stick pan versus a normal pan? I have seen a few cooks making caramel on a stainless steel saucepan and others on ...
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Why can't this ice cream scoop go in the dishwasher?

I have an ice cream scoop that is labeled with something like: Do not immerse in water hotter than 140 °F / 60 °C. Do not wash this item in the dishwasher. What is the real reason for ...
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How does a Miracle Thaw work?

Miracle Thaws are utensils for rapidly thawing foods. Put an ice cube on one and it melts before your eyes, yet the whole thing stays cool to the touch. How do they work? (Inspired by this question: ...
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Utensil to thaw meat

A very long time ago, I was at a friend's house where her father took out this piece of ribbed metal from the cupboard. It was a dark piece of metal about the size of an adult hand. It had grooves on ...
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Very unusual kitchen tools

I found this very interesting post. I can guess what some of them must be but have no idea about the others. Can someone please help identify these:
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How to safely reuse scissors used to open food packaging multiple days in a row?

I often have to resort to prepared food from the local supermarket for a number of consecutive days because my parents are on vacation. This food is sealed in vacuum bags and usually requires 3-5 ...
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Microwave friendly utensils, what qualifies as

Any easy ways to identify microwave friendly utensils? I know some basic guidelines like, "no metallic items", but am confused about certain kind of glass dishes, bowls. Are all kind of ceramic ...