Equipment

Egg Wedger

Generally, I am not a fan of unitaskers, those kitchen tools that have only one purpose. An asparagus steamer or a fish poacher may be just the tool for the job, and if storage space is never a problem, you may want one of each, but for a practical home kitchen, we just don't have enough room for every device... Read more →




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Bundt Strike Out

I have a "non stick" Bundt pan but of course I grease it every time, usually spray it with baking spray until it can't take anymore, then do it again before I put the cake in. For some reason though, the past couple times the cake has been glued to the sides of the pan and I ultimately had to... Read more →




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Weighing In

My new kitchen scale has a button labeled "Tare". I'm not sure what it is for or how to use it. Can you help? --Tandi The 'Tare' button, sometimes labeled as a 'Zero' button, is used to reset the scale to zero. It can be used in a number of ways. The simplest is to make sure that the scale... Read more →




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A Pizza Find

For years, I have been trying to make a good thin crust pizza. When my wife and I were in Italy several years ago, we really enjoyed a pizza we had in Rome, near the Trevi Fountain. The crust was so thin and crisp that it was almost cracker like. I tried everything I could think of to make a... Read more →




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Cuisinart Convection Breadmaker - Not Ready for Prime Time

For Christmas this year, I asked for and was given a Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker, model CBK-200C. If your idea of a bread maker is, "I'll set this up and have fresh bread when I get home from work," or "when I get up in the morning," then the CBK-200C is probably not the one for you. I have only... Read more →




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Breadmaker Jewish Rye Bread

If you own an automatic breadmaker and are getting tired of the same old loaf with the paddle hole in the bottom, then you should try using it for something new. I frequently use my bread maker as a mixer/proofer and then shape the loaf by hand to cook in the oven. The following recipe is for Jewish-style rye bread,... Read more →




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Cleaning Cutting Boards

I recently received a plastic and a wooden cutting board. Unfortunately neither came with cleaning instructions. I use the plastic type for the meats, and the wooden for vegetables, fruits and breads. How do I make sure I am not having any bacteria or other bad things pass on to other foods? In other words, how do I clean my... Read more →




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Pop-up Turkey Thermometer

This past Christmas we bought a turkey with one of those plastic pop-up thermometer thingies in it. It got me to wondering: How do these things work, are they reliable, and can they be reused? --George Although some people refer to them as timers, they are actually thermometers, as you note, since they indicate the temperature of the meat and... Read more →




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Care of Copper Pots

I have what I believe to be a copper pot. At least it has copper on the outside. I've cooked pasta in it many times and it works great. However, once I kept the leftover pasta in the pot and put it in the fridge. A day or two later when I took the pasta and pot out of the... Read more →




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Blending Hot Liquids

Why is it that when you blend hot liquids they blow the lid off the blender if you aren't holding it in place? --Dave Actually, the science of this is pretty straight forward. As you know, when you heat a gas, it expands. So, you put hot liquid into the the jar of the blender and put the lid on.... Read more →




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