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I used olive oil to finish my salad serving utensils - now what?

Do nothing, or maybe give them a soap wash. You seem to be very worried about what are very small effects. Sure, the oil can oxidize over time. It won't turn your utensils into a big ball of funk. ...
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I...?)

Why pizza/wood ovens, but not BBQ/smoker? Fire is not fundamentally a problem indoors; there are certainly safe ways to do it, like fireplaces. The things that make fire dangerous are lack of ...
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Is there aroma transfer in wood fired ovens?

The book is correct, for two reasons: Wood-fired pizza ovens are not smokey, instead having very good draft in order to allow maximum hot fire burning. A pizza is in a Neapolitan pizza oven for 60-...
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Correct use of a wood fire oven

A lot of the cooking with an oven like that is intended to make use of residual heat stored in the brick, etc. The process of burning the wood down to coals heats up the brick oven itself which ...
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I used olive oil to finish my salad serving utensils - now what?

Really no need. These are salad servers. Salad has dressing. Dressing contains olive oil. Relax!
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I...?)

Please, Please, Please do not try to do indoor smoking without equipment made for it. It is Dangerous! DANGEROUS Devices that use open flame inside your house take advantage of a chimney to let the ...
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I used olive oil to finish my salad serving utensils - now what?

Rancid oil is generally still safe, it just has a bad taste, so from a safety standpoint your utensils are fine as-is. From a taste consideration, the oil must 1) go rancid, and then 2) have flavor ...
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Firming up Neapolitan Pizza Crust

500F is not really that hot, in terms of Neapolitan pizza. Traditionally, they are baked for 2 minutes or less, at 700F - 900F (371 - 482C). So, this could be a temperature, and/or a cooking surface ...
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Correct use of a wood fire oven

Wood burning ovens generally need to be preheated. Depending on the size of your oven, and the fuel you are using, this could take some time. You are going to have to get a feel for how your oven ...
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I used olive oil to finish my salad serving utensils - now what?

Hot water & soap won't damage the wood so long as you don't leave it in the water long term -- clean it, rinse off, then dry it. (some recommend towel drying it, as it might warp if there's still ...
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Can I use a cheeseboard as a cutting board?

You certainly can use a "cheese board" or other single-slab piece of suitable wood as a chopping board. What you might want to consider is that there is a reason why even expensive, good-quality ...
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How to apply oil when seasoning wood cutting board?

No need for elaborate application techniques (brushes, spray, etc.). When I worked in an old style restaurant, the Chef had me: clean the block with a wire brush**, then wipe free of dust pour any ...
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Ignition temperature of most foods , or maximum theoretical cooking temperature ? Read below?

This is not an answerable question. The most precise answer you'll ever get is "it depends". The most practical answer is "when you have installed your oven, use trial and error to find ...
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Firming up Neapolitan Pizza Crust

I've heard that Neapolitan pizza is traditionally served with a soggy base in the middle. I've never been to Naples so I can't confirm that this is true, but you might just be cooking a "classic&...
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Not Burning a Wood Fire Pizza

When you write that the temp was registering 375C with the built in thermometer, I am assuming that is the air temperature near the top of the dome. If you are burning the crust, the surface ...
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Not Burning a Wood Fire Pizza

A pizza burning on top while being undercooked on the bottom can be caused by uneven heat in the oven, as well as a pizza being overloaded with toppings. The former can be an issue with the oven ...
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Does food cooked in firewood taste different than that which is cooked in gas?

"Taste better" is entirely opinion based and unanswerable with anything but opinion. As to does it taste different, absolute. How different depends on application and technique. Different woods ...
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I used olive oil to finish my salad serving utensils - now what?

Warm water and dishwashing soap is good first step that almost can't hurt. Use it generously and you will take out a lot of olive oil from your wood. Don't scrub, just wash, and be generous with ...
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How to take care of a wooden mortar and pestle?

Note that a wooden mortar is first and foremost a wooden utensil and the same care instructions as for other wooden equipment apply. So oiling it regularly with a food grade oil is a good idea. You ...
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How to apply oil when seasoning wood cutting board?

I wouldn't use coconut oil due to its solidity which explains why it's still sticky, although you can rub it in more; this is a list of good choices. In particular, mineral oil is good and easily ...
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Can I use a cheeseboard as a cutting board?

I don't see any downsides to this, other than the cost and time spent might be higher than if you just bought a quality wood cutting board to begin with. An alternative would be to find a quality ...
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I...?)

There's no reason you couldn't have an indoor BBQ or smoker, but you're going to have to either design it for such use, or buy one of the (rather expensive) commercial options. A pizza oven is ...
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I...?)

Opinion, but there are multiple indoor options, like stove top and oven smokers, gas and electric grills with stove top ventilation systems such as those by Jenn-Air and other makers. These are not ...
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Why can I have an indoor pizza/wood oven, but not a BBQ or smoker? (or can I...?)

Cooking fires are set up to achieve complete combustion of the fuel, producing the maximum amount of heat from the minimum fuel, by burning efficiently at high temperature and supplied with plentiful ...
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Can you put charcoal or soaked woodchips in a pan on top of the grate of a gas BBQ in combination with the gas to create smokey flavors?

You can, but it's not very effective. I have a steel wood chip box for my gas grill. I've tried using it a couple of times with soaked wood chips, and it simply doesn't produce enough smoke to really ...
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Can you put charcoal or soaked woodchips in a pan on top of the grate of a gas BBQ in combination with the gas to create smokey flavors?

The charcoal flavor comes from phenols that leave the charcoal and deposit on the food as its burning. You can certainly do this without the food being directly over the charcoals - smoking food in an ...
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Firming up Neapolitan Pizza Crust

An authentic Neapolitan Pizza usually has a rim that is fluffy and soft in the inside and comes with a delicate eggshell crust (cornicione) and when cutting a slice of it, it is expected to bend at ...
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Is it safe to use a grill to cook when chemically treated wood was burned in it?

Timber is treated using CCA (chromated copper arsenate). It is not safe to burn or eat food cooked over this timber. The main risk with this compound is that the smoke and ash will contain arsenic ("...
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How to take care of a wooden mortar and pestle?

Mix a drop of blue Dawn with warm water, not hot, use a soft sponge over entire surface, then rinse with the same temperature water and allow to air dry for 48 hours, then crush a couple of ...
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How to apply oil when seasoning wood cutting board?

This is what I do with my chopping boards: Wash with warm soapy water, scrub with a nylon cleaning brush. Dry with paper towels and wrap in fresh paper towels for an hour. Remove paper towels and let ...
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