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Can you pop microwave popcorn on a stove?

After I found the pack of microwave popcorn again I decided to do a quick search on the English web. I found that the corn in the bag is just normal popcorn mixed with some fake butter and that there'...
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Cooking pasta in a water boiler

Advantages: You can make pasta in your water boiler. Disadvantages: Hard to clean. Waste of energy, a water boiler is on or off, it will expend full energy keeping the water boiling. Incredibly ...
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Getting even heat on a gas stove

As these are rented places, I suspect part of the problem is cheap thin-based pans, especially very thin steel. I have similar gas rings at home and mostly don't have an issue - but I have a choice ...
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Can I use this Ikea glassware on stove top?

No, you can't. You should always assume glass is not safe to use on the stovetop. Essentially none of it is, and while there are a very few exceptions, they'll say so explicitly. (For example this ...
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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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Can I reheat meal in pyrex-like glassware on vitro ceramic stove?

I would absolutely not recommend heating Pyrex with any type of direct heat, ever. That stuff goes off like a hand-grenade, highly dangerous - not to mention messy. I've seen it happen too many ...
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Are gas stoves preferred in a commercial kitchen due to having a constant heat source

Commercial burners generally have a high power output. A commercial kitchen doesn't have to be large to have 12 burners, all capable of 3kW, in a small space, plus ovens, and running near constantly. ...
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Getting even heat on a gas stove

You could get one of these: It's called a heat diffuser, and they come in many different shapes, sizes, and price ranges. A cheap one will probably do the job well enough, though might break over ...
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Cooking pasta in a water boiler

Advantages: you free up one burner in your stovetop, and one pot Disadvantages: you might damage your equipment in the long term (starch might get in places where it shouldn't, and metallic parts ...
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Why'd Cantonese restaurants desire 40,000 BTU for soup?

For a domestic kitchen a few thousand BTU is plenty as you will rarely need to heat more than a few liters of liquid. In a professional kitchen you might be asked to prepare a 30-litre portion of ...
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Induction cooker hot on inner circle only

Warping doesn't matter with induction, since you don't need the pan to touch the surface, unlike resistive electric technology. I suspect that your unit is working as intended. I have personally ...
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Is there a "standard" stove heat?

There’s no ‘standard’ heat level, as it really depends on what type of cooking you’re doing. There are some things that you can look for to try to figure out how much heat they’re using. But be ...
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How do you stop tomato sauce from splattering?

You can lower the temperature to simmer and reduce your sauce, it will take a longer time, but will do the job. or Have a look at splatter screens at your local stores (or online) or Or just put ...
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Did I ruin my stoneware dutch oven by heating it on a gas stove?

It sounds like you had a lucky escape. It's not temperature itself that would damage stoneware as it's fired at over 1000C in manufacture (Wikipedia). Differential thermal expansion is what breaks ...
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Can you be harmed by staring at induction stove cook top?

No, your stove is fine to look at. If it is actually an induction stove, then the red would just be a light to let you know it's on. The actual induction heating won't make the cooktop glow red. You ...
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Getting even heat on a gas stove

Move the pan continuously At least in my cooking experience, the part where you would care about even heat mostly is some kind of browning process and tends to not lasts very long. If you move the pan ...
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What temperatures do low-medium-high on the stove correspond to?

Here is what cook surface temperatures correspond to these labels: High: 450° to 650°+ Medium-High: 375° to 449° Medium: 325° to 374° Medium-Low: 250° to 324° Low: < 225° to 249° On my electric ...
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How can I prevent my house from smelling like the food I've cooked for hours afterwards?

When using a hood you need to think about where the fresh air comes in to replace the extracted air. It has to come from somewhere. If the rest of the house is completely sealed the fan will be ...
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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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Purpose of hole in stove leading to oven

A simple Google search yielded the following https://www.shopyourway.com/m/questions/1019973 All ovens are vented one way or another. You would not want to heat up the air in a sealed chamber ...
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the whistle on the kettle keeps popping off

Given that PTFE (Teflon) tape is meant for use on drinking water pipes, and PTFE is used for non-stick cookware (which gets much hotter than a kettle spout), I'd happily use it (the type for potable ...
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Are gas stoves preferred in a commercial kitchen due to having a constant heat source

You are asking two questions here: Do commercial kitchens prefer gas stoves, and why? Is there another type of cooker that performs similarly to a gas range? Commercial kitchens I will first ...
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How to unclog the stove

The jets can be unscrewed, using a properly sized wrench, and cleaned with an appropriately sized cleaner. Once clean they can screwed back in. They are typically made from brass and are soft. Using ...
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When cooking in a stove-top pressure cooker, is the time to cook a particular food item the same, irrespective of the quantity?

Cooking time won't change* with the amount of rice. Keep in mind that much less water is needed in a pressure cooker than on the stove because there is very little evaporation. The ratio of rice to ...
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gas range hack for greater power output: does it work?

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME, unless you are prepared to put out a big fire. I have tried this at home and it does work. I love to cook in a wok, but traditional stoves don't make this easy. Traditional ...
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Can you make tortillas/pitas on stainless steel?

Tweaking your technique, rather than pan choice, may help a bit - people often use whatever is to hand to make recipes, and what you have is what you have as far as pans go. I've used the same ...
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How did grease get in under cooktop on stove?

Most of the dishes we cook do have at least some oils and fats in them. Even when we are not explicitly frying, or even sauteeing, the delicious fragrant vapors which fill our kitchens when we cook ...
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what noise is the water boiling pot making when boiling water?

cavitation noise - The noise produced in a liquid by the collapse of bubbles that have been created by cavitation.
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Is it safe to lower the gas on a dual ring burner so that only the inner ring is lit?

This is almost certainly normal and how the ring is supposed to work, and it should be perfectly safe to use it this way as the gas is cut off when you turn the ring down. I have these types of ring ...
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Getting even heat on a gas stove

One technique I found useful when I cooked on gas was to more extensively pre-heat the pan. This doesn't work perfectly on thin metal pans, as you probably will see in a lot of short-term rentals, ...
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