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Can you butter-baste steak without a gas stove?

The couple of seconds it takes to scoop up the butter won't have any significant effect on your pan's temperature, especially if you use something that retains heat well, like cast iron.
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What's the best way to remove melted plastic from a glass cooktop?

Been there done that… First, make sure that the cook top is cold, this will solidify the plastic again and make it come off easier. Then use a scraper for glass cooktops - the kind with the razor ...
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How to grill without an actual grill

Another consideration is that some apartment complexes have restrictions on what type of grills can be used because of fire hazards. Where we lived many years ago we were not allowed to use charcoal ...
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How can I compare heat levels from burners?

It is not a property of the stove (or the markings on it). Words like "medium heat" actually refer to the speed at which your food is cooking, and there are a lot of factors which contribute to that. ...
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Does my electric stove heat up quicker on the highest gear?

Yes, it will bring you to a boil the quickest. Many heating systems we encounter in everyday life have thermoregulation, and it is counterproductive to run them at full blast at the beginning. For ...
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How to grill without an actual grill

I used one of those portable propane grills when I was in an apartment. Stoves are different. A grill will have a long burner and a grate that is meant to be cooked on. The stoves will have round ...
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Cook with no hood - how to control smell

Is there a bathroom with a fan? Setting up a portable electric hob just outside the bathroom with the door open might help, especially if you can also leave the front door ajar during cooking to ...
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Using Pizza Stone as makeshift french top on electric coil range?

I see a few issues with your concept. First, a pizza stone is not intended for uneven heat distribution and fast heating - used in an oven or barbecue, it needs time to heat and this ideally happens ...
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Melted pot residue on solid plate cooker

This might not have a happy ending I am afraid. You might need to get a replacement part for the plate. If it was a true enamel pot (and it sounded like one) rather than an aluminium pot with an ...
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How to grill without an actual grill

The grill pans are, as others have mentioned, a disappointment on top of the stove. On the other hand, using a cast iron grill pan with the broiler is an effective combination. Adjust your oven rack ...
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How can I compare heat levels from burners?

Fortunately, temperatures don't usually need to be as precise in stovetop cooking as in baking. When you do need precise temperatures, you can stick a thermometer in the pan. This can be useful for ...
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How can a dutch oven reach 400°C on an electrical stove?

The 300 Celsius you refer to are the air temperature inside the oven. The energy in your oven is quite sufficient to heat a piece of metal to much over 300 (in fact, judging from the color I have seen ...
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Burned pan health issue

It is unlikely that the burned residue from eggs warrants either tossing the pan or the stove. In fact, depending on what the pan is made of, you could likely clean it and continue to use it and the ...
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What's the best way to remove melted plastic from a glass cooktop?

Depending on the type of plastic, acetone (nail polish remover) may do the trick. Worked great for me on a bread bag melted to the side of my toaster.
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Why do my nonstick fry pans 'bow up' and not make good contact with my flat top stove

This most frequently happens with thinner pans used on too small of a burner. Effectively what you're doing is heating up the center of the pan so that it expands, but the outside edge hasn't heated ...
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How to improve contact between non-flat pan and stovetop

I have one of those pans, and I also have a glass top electric stove, and the answer is that you can't use the pan on the stove. Not only does it not make good contact, an electric stove is incapable ...
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Do scratches on electric range burner elements affect its performance or function?

Thanks for adding the photo, Ford, as I think I know what it is. Although your photo is nicely focused, it's not the real thing so I can't be 100% sure. It looks to be the built up bits of grease and ...
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Learning how to cook again, burned cooking oil making pancakes but not sure what it produces?

From an NIH paper about cooking fumes: "Frying at high temperatures also produces aerosols of fat with small aerodynamic diameters of 20–500 nm which disperse in the air of the kitchen and nearby ...
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Cook with no hood - how to control smell

(first, dealing w/ the lack of fume hood) I currently have a kitchen with no hood, and have lived in other places where that was the case. Only one had the situation where there wasn't a window near ...
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Can boiling a soup too low result in less flavor?

I'd say that recipe really is going to depend on how much flavour is in your ingredients. Nothing really has much time to 'cook' so the end result is going to be very 'summery' ie not far off 'just ...
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Is it always possible to visually determine if it's gas or electic stove?

Gas stoves will always have "open" heating elements because the gas requires oxygen in order to burn and generate heat. Anytime you see a closed, glassed-over heating element, the heat is electric in ...
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Is induction cooktop supposed to heat with pauses?

It is normal for an induction burner to power cycle. I don't know about your brand specifically.
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How hot can my Frigidaire electric induction cook top heat up to?

Yes, absolutely it can get hotter than that. Per Reviewed: On average, induction cooktops reach a maximum temperature of 665.5°F While I don't know the specifics of your model (call Frigidaire and ...
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cooking with a round based clay pot on an electric stove

I wouldn't recommend it. You're going to be generating a large heat differential between top & bottom, even if you manage to find a heat 'spreader' capable of properly heating the entire lower ...
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Does my electric stove heat up quicker on the highest gear?

It may depend of the manufacturer. On every electric stove I have used, the heating element operates similar to a microwave oven. The control technique is called ‘pulse width control’. This means the ...
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Cook with no hood - how to control smell

you could try cooking sous vide basically vacuum sealing the mean and cooking in a bag Meant to allow for incredibly tender steaks There are dedicated units that maintain water temps and circulate ...
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Do all modern electric stoves have "binary" heating elements?

The "old school" type of cast iron hobplate, and also the type of glass ceramic hob directly derived from that design, controls power output, NOT temperature, although the more powerful types have a ...
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Is it safe to leave a broth simmering overnight on an electric stove?

In the opposite direction from "scary stove fire stories" - If your electric stove is sufficiently "modern" it may turn off after a few hours, leaving you with un-refrigerated un-heated bacterial ...
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Even heating: skillet thickness vs. electric element size

Electric oven spirals turn on and off continuously, and the temperature of coil depends on the ratio between periods of cooling and periods of heating. Thicker skillets act as accumulators of heat, ...
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Ceramic Cooktop (non induction) getting damaged after use

It looks suspiciously like water that's been burned off at the edge of an overboiled pot. On ceramic tops you get two kinds of stain. You get grease/food burned on, and that'll turn black like the ...
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