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Are these pots suitable to cook in?

These are enamelled pots - perfectly fine and intended for cooking, albeit a bit sensitive to chipping if not handled carefully. You can find various listings of that exact set on the Internet, e.g ...
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Is it necessary to add vegetables to slow cooker pot roast?

If you're doing it as a pot roast, the vegetables are mainly there to deliver flavour (unlike in a stew, where they're a major part of the dish). Sometimes they're eaten, sometimes discarded (which ...
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What is the benefit of a pasta pot with an inset?

The pot at the top with the holes in the lid allows you to drain the pasta without a colander or second container, so you have one less thing to clean. In my experience it's sometimes hard to get the ...
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What is the benefit of a pasta pot with an inset?

I find these gadgets inconvenient, so, I would say no real advantage. I cook pasta in a large stock pot, and remove with a spider to the pan with the condiments. I can even cook several batches in a ...
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Why not cover the pot?

By quick-prepare ravioli, you mean without sauce, right? It's fine to (and you should) cover the pot to bring the water to a boil. Incidentally, it's best to start with cold water from the tap, hot ...
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Is it necessary to add vegetables to slow cooker pot roast?

To directly answer the question as it was originally posted before edit: why does everyone add vegetables to slow cooker pot roast To save time Longer answer: It is not necessary to cook ...
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What is the benefit of a pasta pot with an inset?

That kind of pasta pot has many uses in the kitchen. I use the pot by itself to cook stocks, process smaller batches of cans, make soups and chili, etc. Besides cooking pasta in the insert is very ...
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I accidentally dropped the lid from a can of diced tomatos in my crockpot of cabbage roll soup!

When you can foods, even in a mass production setting, you're pouring near boiling contents into the cans. So heating it in your soup is no different than having used those tomatoes in the soup. If it ...
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Are these pots suitable to cook in?

You don't see them around so much these days, but they look like a million variants of the old enamelled steel casserole pots, probably last popular in the 70s. They probably ought to have lids.
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What's a pan and what's a pot?

I think the answer to your question lies in the etymology of the words. Pan is actually coming from Germaic pfanne (in Dutch panne). Which is from Latin patina (shallow pan, dish) and Greek patane (...
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Boil dried pot...is it safe?

First, I think you should maybe consider making better use of kitchen timers. The way to test whether you've damaged the pot is: Fill it around 2-3cm deep with water Turn on medium heat Do NOT walk ...
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Tramontina lid stuck to pot

It seems really unlikely it somehow rusted shut or anything like that while you were boiling, so it seems most likely that there's just a partial vacuum inside. While boiling, it'd have been full of ...
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blending smoothies in a metal pot - will the vitamins go away?

I could not find (quick search) a reference to the fact that using a metal bowl "destroys" vitamins. Aluminum bowls will react to some ingredients, mostly acidic ones (tomatoes, citrus..), but in a ...
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Why not cover the pot?

While not relevant to ravioli, many other foods will have a different outcome simply because of the amount of water remaining in the food - removing the lid will result in higher evaporation but ...
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Baking bread - stainless steel or potless?

In my mind, bread baking containers are divided into two categories: 1- Pans for shape Many bread pans are used only to give bread shape. These can very from "normal" loaf pans for sandwich bread ...
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I boiled dry my 18/10 ss pot, is it damaged and unsafe to cook with now

You might want to try to use Barkeepers Friend or Bon Ami. This is what allclad recommends for a task like this. I have removed many stains from my allclad with these products even on the polished ...
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Do I need a specific pot to cook Japanese-style rice?

In my experience, rice can be cooked in any pot. I cook quite a lot of Japanese style dishes, and as far as I can tell the rice is cooked in the same way as any other. For myself, I've done it in ...
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How can I cook more efficiently in a campervan using a single pot over a gas-powered flame?

I've done a lot a single ring camping cooking. My camper van has a bit more kitchen than yours but I still take a similar approach when staying in it and going to work. Here's a typical example that ...
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I need to keep blacks beans and rice warm.

I would place cooked beans and rice in a warmed pot (cast iron is good) and then place it in your oven set at its lowest temperature...Maybe 175F, and certainly below 200F. At 375F your rice and ...
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What's a pan and what's a pot?

As a native English speaker, certainly where I come from, saucepan and cooking pot are mostly interchangeable. However, I understand the differentiation to be that "pans" have long, extended handles ...
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Is there some sort of pot with a sort of sieve on the bottom to separate sauce?

Broiler pan. This is mine. The last thing I made on it was bacon this past weekend. It worked just like what you want - the bacon cooked and the fat dribbled down thru those slots into the pan ...
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Benefit to covering pasta while cooking?

I see a benefit to covering the pot while bringing the water to a boil, as you will reduce evaporative cooling and get to temperature quicker. I might also allow, that in some cases (maybe frozen ...
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How do I pour from a dutch oven without making a mess?

I have the same problem with my Lodge dutch oven, and the large measuring cup seems to be the best way to do it. However you end up doing it, as a tip for the oil-running-down-the-side-of-the-bottle ...
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Is it possible to heatproof (insulate) stainless steel pot handles?

There are a variety of heat resistant silicon accessories that will serve your purpose. Here a couple from Amazon.com* Duncan-2-Piece-Short-Handle-Holde JAZ Innovations Cool Touch Lid Handle Cover ...
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How does choosing good induction cookware differ from choosing cookware for other types of stove?

Considerations that apply to glass-ceramic cooktops also apply with induction: -Bottom should be relatively smooth so it does not scratch or break the cooktop -Bottom should be relatively flat (more ...
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How does choosing good induction cookware differ from choosing cookware for other types of stove?

The things you need in a good induction pan are: The metal must be iron/steel, because induction stoves work using magetic fields they need a good sized flat section on the bottom, this is so that ...
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What pot size for 150 servings of sauce?

I would make up a small test batch and measure the amount of sauce you think is sufficient per person. It will vary significantly on the type of sauce, how "hearty" or rich it is, and whether you'll ...
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Shatter resistant tea carafe/pitcher/pot

Heat-resistant glass is called for, which will be much better suited to withstand the thermal shock of boiling water than regular glass. I'd use a Pyrex measuring cup -- which are available in one ...
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Why not cover the pot?

They probably recommend cooking uncovered because pasta water easily boils over: particles of starch come off the pasta and form a foam. However, this foam can be very much reduced by adding a small ...
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What is a casserole (vessel)?

This is from a UK perspective. A casserole dish is generally round or oval, almost always has a lid, and can go in the oven. It may be made of a variety of materials. The use that earns the name is ...
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