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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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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How to remove mould from a wooden spoon

One of my wooden spoons has mould on it (black spots, not able to be removed by surface scrubbing - I went on holidays without clearing the dishwasher...). Is there a way to remove the mould? Or ...
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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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What could this utensil pair be used for?

The photo is of a utensil found in a European (French) kitchen. What is its use? The knife is 7 inches (18 centimeter) long.
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What would you call this spatula?

It's my favorite but its getting a bit worn and I've been trying to order a replacement online. I've tried "spatula with scooped sides" and "spatula with angled sides" but nothing leads to what I want....
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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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Can I use a terracotta pot to bake a pie?

I have cooked many casseroles in a large terracotta pot with great results. Can I bake a pie in a terracota pot in an electric oven. Can the pot take the high temprature that shortcrust or puff ...
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Should I throw away my pan if I accidentally melt plastic on it?

I have a pan/wok that I use for toasting flatbreads. Yesterday, I placed it in my cupboard while it was still hot and it accidentally touched a plastic bag full of salt. The plastic immediately ...
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What kind of cookware is suitable for a glass ceramic stovetop?

I have a glass ceramic stove surface. I need to buy some cookware, but I'm not sure what kind I need to buy. The manual has the following opinions about what cookware I should use (paraphrased): ...
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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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Use of traditional copper sauteuse pans

I have been given a set of very thick and heavy tinned copper sauteuse pans, 5 in all, ranging from large down to small. I have no idea what they are used for. They don't come with lids but I have ...
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Pressure cooking gadget that is heated with a torch (looks like a Afghan Kazan Pressure Cooker)

I have no idea what the thing is called but I found these videos via TikTok but cannot find the name of the device. I unfortunately also did not save any screenshots of this thing... But, it is a ...
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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 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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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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What is this device?

What is this device called? The length is exactly 12 inches.
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Can you use regular knife sharpeners on damascus steel?

Can you use regular knife sharpeners on damascus steel? I'm aware it should be sharpened properly once a month on a wet stone, but I want to know if I should keep it bright by using a steel between ...
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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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Utensils for stir frying ground beef

I stir fry a pound of ground beef on a stove-top pan (made of ceramic titanium) on a daily basis. That is my "cereal" meal. I use a spatula and a second one that looks like a large spoon (all nylon) ...
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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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Kitchen utensil identification - tong of some sort

My wife got this from a thrift store for a good price; and hey, it would be good for something. The bottom plate has several long slender slots. Any ideas?
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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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What is this utensil for?

My sister inherited a bunch of tupperware and plastic utensils. One of them, we couldn't understand its purpose. Click for full size Ideas so far is to keep pizza-box lid from falling, or to ...
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Silicone turner and grill?

I was grilling today and due to lack of equipment, needed to use a silicone turner to remove cooked burgers from the grill, after the gas was off. Seeing as I may have exceeded the maximum ...
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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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Silicone molds: transportation and storage

I'm not quite sure if this is a proper question for this website, but I hope it is. My question regards silicone molds you'd use in patisserie for baking (like cakes) or freezing (like mousses). I am ...
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What are these silver “sporks” for?

I was going through some miscellaneous silverware in my in-laws' drawers, and ran across a set of these strange-looking forks that look a bit like sporks. Anyone know what specific food they're for? ...
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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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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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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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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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Untwisting stuck salt shaker

Any idea how I can facilitate the untwisting of this stuck salt shaker? I was thinking an oil filter wrench but that may break it. Should I try soaking it?
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Silicone utensils are changing the taste of my egg whites

I eat scrambled egg whites every morning, cooked over low or medium heat (they have better taste and texture over low, but sometimes I'm in a hurry) in a non-stick pan with cooking spray. I have to ...
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What is this grilling utensil with two wire mesh panels?

I want to buy this cooking utensil but have no idea what it is called and where i can buy one from. I think it is mainly used on barbeques. Ive tried googling and had no luck. I'll try describing it ...
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How do cooking utensils remain safe for use?

Say I were to be cooking chicken in a pan, and I'm using tongs to flip the chicken periodically. By the time the chicken is done, how can it still be safe to use the tongs I started with to handle the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 “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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Where can I find “food safe” glass marbles for sous vide cooking?

I would like to find "food safe" glass marbles for sous vide cooking. They can be used for keeping bags from floating, to space out ingredients in a bag, or even as "filler" space in a chamber vacuum ...
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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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How to choose good quality Chinese slicer knives?

Chinese slicer knives look like cleavers, but are very thin and meant to chop foods that are reasonably soft, e.g. not bone. I've heard that Chan Chi Kee (CCK) is the best, but it's very difficult to ...