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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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What spike is this? Identifying some utensils

I moved into a new home and found these spikes left behind in different drawers in the kitchen. I assume they are for cooking, but they are not items that I have come across in my limited culinary ...
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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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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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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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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's an efficient way of removing seeds from citrus fruits?

My application is for juicing but I guess it would apply to fruit salads as well. I have an auger-style crushing juicer and roughly remove seeds I see before ramming the orange/lemon/... pieces down ...
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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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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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How to store clay dishes?

I’ve got some (partially glazed) clay dishes, the kind that are used often for Spanish tapas or as containers for some soft French goat cheese: The problem: the clay draws in a lot of moisture when ...
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What is the proper way to dispose of a kitchen knife?

How do you throw away a kitchen knife (or for that matter, any knife)? It seems extremely dangerous to just throw it in the dumpster, even if it's wrapped up real well.
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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. ...