Equipment

Is it okay to use extra virgin olive oil to season a pan? - Mary I wouldn't recommend using extra virgin olive oil, simply because you are paying a premium for the extra virgin part. That said, pretty much any cooking oil can be used to season frying pans. I use regular olive oil to season my cast iron pans,... Read more →




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How do you convert solid coconut oil weight to fluid ounces? -Marleen In order to know how many fluid ounces there are for a given weight of coconut oil, or any other ingredient, the first thing you need is a conversion factor. It turns out that the USDA has a very helpful tool, called their Nutrient Database (http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/index.html). To use... Read more →




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Frying Pan Concern - Cleaning After Cooking Chicken

How do I clean a seasoned fry pan in which I've cooked chicken? -Diane I'm not really sure what this question is getting at, but I'll hazard a guess that since chicken is notorious for contamination from salmonella, enterococcus or E. coli (among others), what you are concerned about is cross-contamination of other foods by a pan in which chicken... Read more →




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Not Ready for Prime Time, Too. Chef Buddy Digital Measuring Cup

It seemed like a good idea, the Chef Buddy Digital Detachable Measuring Cup Scale, a measuring cup with a built in digital scale so you can weigh as well as measure. Imagine a measuring cup with a digital scale built into the handle. Since I love making bread, the idea of a measuring cup that I could use to weigh... Read more →




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When I was a kid, we used to make these wonderful bush pies. For those who don't know what a bush pie is, it is a sandwich made by compressing to pieces of bread, with filling in the middle, in a device which compresses the edges and which you then heat over a fire to toast the outside while heating... Read more →




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Coming Clean

In your post on Seasoning Stainless Steel, you say to "wash in warm water with a small amount of dish soap and dry immediately." I thought that soap would dissolve the fat, so you would damage the coating if you use it. Read more →




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How to Calibrate a Thermometer

I got a new quick read probe thermometer, but I'm not sure it is reading accurately. Is there an easy way to check it? -- Dan There are two temperatures that are very easy to check a thermometer for in the home kitchen -- the freezing point of water, and its boiling point. Water freezes at 32°F (0°C). If your... Read more →




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"How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman is by far the most well thought out and robust iPad cooking app I have found Read more →




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Steel of a Deal

What do people mean when they say that conventional butcher's steels don’t actually sharpen your knife. According to the Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary, sharpen means to "make sharp or sharper." It seems to me that is why I use a steel, and the effect that it has. --Art OK, this is something that really bugs me too. It all boils down... Read more →




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Aroma Rice Cooker

The folks at Aroma Housewares Company kindly offered to send me an ARC-150SB rice cooker to try. Since I have always been a "stove-top rice cooking kinda guy", I saw this as a chance to see how well they work, and whether the technology could entice me from my old habits. Growing up, we cooked rice on the stovetop in... Read more →




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