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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

Fruit fly trap ! Put some strong smelling vinegar, like apple cider vinegar, in a glass and make the trap by making a cone with a sheet of paper. The strong sweet smell will attract them and they won'...
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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

As I’ve recently tried to much success, sucking the bastards with a vacuum cleaner is easy, fast, ruthlessly efficient, and unlike sticky liquid contraptions, it doesn’t carry the risk of accidentally ...
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Wooden cooking layout

The steam released by cooking the foods you mentioned, and boiling water outright, would probably damage the wood. Foil might prevent that, if you seal it completely (using some sort of moisture/heat ...
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A cheap piece of equipment/appliance that can help with reducing stock in a room that is not suited for cooking

Well, what you’re looking for is called a “still”. It boils liquid and condenses and recovers the vapor. Most commonly (in cooking) a still is used to boil off and collect pure alcohol, but stills I’...
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How do you cook more successfully in a different kitchen?

Planning, planning, planning. As you say, you are used to your kitchen and know where everything is. Go over the recipe(s) in advance and locate everything you will use. When you cook at home, you ...
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How do you cook more successfully in a different kitchen?

Assuming you are not catering, and this, as you state, is most often holiday meals with friends and family, then practically speaking, you can bring your own knife (or knives), and a positive attitude....
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Wooden cooking layout

First off, if you're living in a dorm room then you've signed a contract saying what you are and aren't allowed to do in that dorm room. Read it. It's very likely that it will include cooking as ...
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Please tell me what this kitchen tool is called and its use, specifically

Looks like a butter curler to me. A butter curler is a kitchen tool designed to produce decorative butter shapes for use in food decoration. It can also be used to make chocolate and wax shavings. ...
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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

Removing whatever it is that they were attracted to is the first step. The second is making traps for them: Find a small container with a tight fitting lid. (I like the ones you get for dipping ...
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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

Try adding a few carnivorous plants that feast on flies not too far away from your fruit bowl: A Nepenthes Ventrata, for instance, requires regular watering and temperatures in the 15-25C range, but ...
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How to get all the rice out of the pan?

Other things you can try: add a tablespoon more water at the start reduce the cook-time by 2 minutes let the rice sit for a minute or two with the lid on, sort of "steaming in its own juices" The ...
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How to get all the rice out of the pan?

I find that a silicone spatula is frequently better at getting the pan clean than a stiff spatula like a wooden one. If your rice is slightly burnt into the bottom, you might have to use both - ...
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A cheap piece of equipment/appliance that can help with reducing stock in a room that is not suited for cooking

It's probably a little more than your budget, but I run a dehumidifier in my kitchen in the winter. The utility room is adjacent and that's where I hang my washing up to dry so even without long ...
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Can I use stainless steel scrub to clean regular dishes?

You can but you probably shouldn't. Stainless steel scrubs are quite coarse, rough and with sharp edges. They are particularly abrasive, suited for scrubbing the pan's metal surface and removing the ...
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How to get all the rice out of the pan?

Try putting a spoon of fat (oil, butter, etc) in the beginning... it will melt and coat the rice/bottom of the pan. I used to always have some rice stuck to the bottom of my pan when I moved into my ...
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Roasting rack? I'm stumped as to what this is....Help! :)

The rack on the right looks just like a rack to hold tacos. See the below image:
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How do you cook more successfully in a different kitchen?

Personally, I do a few things: I keep a bin of supplies in my car. It's more geared towards serving food rather than cooking initially (as I'm mostly dealing with meetings where there's food being ...
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How can I remove surface rust from a cleaver and keep it off

For the rust you can try an oxalic acid cleaner like Barkeeper's Friend (try it on a small spot first!). It's worked great for my bakeware's cooked-on spots, and should be useful for rust as well. ...
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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

You can try some fly paper from a hardware store. It is cheap and not harmful to other animals or people. Hang it around the problem area and toss it when the problem is gone or replace it when it ...
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Roasting rack? I'm stumped as to what this is....Help! :)

The rack on the left appears to be the "King Kooker 12-Slot Leg and Wing Rack for Poultry". It is used for roasting or grilling chicken drumsticks or whole wings.
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How to keep insects away

I've had problems with insects, even when I lived in a relatively cool place. (My apartment was next to the trash chute, and on the day they sprayed for bugs, it would drive them into my place for ...
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What is the best place to store garlic in the kitchen?

Keep your garlic away from the refrigerator, or any cold storage. Garlic germinates after exposure to cold, which is why it's planted in autumn. This means that putting your garlic in the refrigerator ...
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I accidentally used a bathroom sponge on my dishes

I mean, I wouldn't eat off them like that. I suggest washing them with regular dishwashing equipment first. Your dishes aren't ruined or anything. A big reason they're made out of something non-...
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How do you cook more successfully in a different kitchen?

If you're vaguely in charge of the menu, you could cook things with non-crtitical timings. Nothing worse than one pan going off like a shot while the next one seemingly takes forever to come to the ...
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How to keep insects away

I've had this issue for years of living on apartments. After trying just about every off the shelf product nothing worked. I found this mixture to be amazing: Equal parts of the following: Boraic ...
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How can I remove surface rust from a cleaver and keep it off

For later maintenance, once the coarse rust is gone: Attack small rust spots with a cloth and a bit of toothpaste as soon as they appear. If you want to keep the cleaver oiled, use a food safe oil of ...
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Wooden cooking layout

Regardless of the (lack of) fire safety of that specific area, your room will have a smoke detector in it. Any time your cooking produces the slightest whiff of smoke, the entire building will be ...
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Cabinets at the top of the wall, what goes there?

After doing some more research on this question, I have found that this is actually a pretty common problem because a lot of people build to the ceiling, otherwise the cabinets will collect dust on ...
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Cabinets at the top of the wall, what goes there?

The intention, I think, is that you'll use them for your most ornamental presentation dishes, that are saved for best. If you don't have such things, I'd suggest using them for the rarely used items ...
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