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Can you recommend an electric egg steamer?

I've used a vegtable steamer (Black and Decker I think it was) with good results. With a ramekin it is pretty easy to make an "egg McMuffin" at home too.

Apr 13, 2014
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12" chef knives

My 300mm Gyuto is a joy to use. You need pretty good counter space though.

Apr 13, 2014
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DE BUYER FK2 Santoku Knife

This is what you really want: Glestain
http://japanesechefsknife.com/GLESTAI...

Mar 23, 2014
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ELECTRIC STOVE FOR INDIAN COOKING! help!

Induction cooking is very responsive to heat changes similar to gas cooking. However, you will need induction compatible cookware (your aluminum cookware will not work). Personally, I significantly prefer induction cooking over traditional electric cooking. I dislike smooth cooktops too so, even with that personal preference I will still take an induction unit over everything but natural gas.

For a pressure cooker, a stainless steel WMF Perfect Plus works wonderfully on induction, electric coils, etc. De Buyer "mineral" iron cookware will serve you well too.

Mar 23, 2014
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frustrated search for baking pan

HIC Porcelain is working well for me and has a good price when you 'deal spot' on Amazon.

Mar 23, 2014
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Masala Dabba recommendations?

I'm trying to add spices to my diet for better health and variety. For example, I really dislike cauliflower in general but, I have eaten some vegetarian Indian cauliflower that I really liked. Chickpeas are another I'm trying to add to my diet so, I need to find a way to spice and jazz them up. The street food I had in Dubai showed what can be done with simple healthy ingredients when you have a good spice rack and some knowledge about how to use them.

Mar 16, 2014
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Masala Dabba recommendations?

Any recommendations for where to purchase a good quality unit? I'm probably going to "test drive" a cheap one from a local source (assuming I can find one) before I order one on-line to get a good quality model. I want something that won't easily dent and has NO SHARP edges to cut me (which is a common experience with the local ethnic grocery store options).

TIA,
Sid

p.s. I'm trying to duplicate some of the the tasty things I had at http://www.zaatarwzeit.net/ so I have some mideastern spices coming in addition to more common Indian spices.

Mar 16, 2014
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Masala Dabba recommendations?

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Mar 16, 2014
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Best Tea Kettles, 2014 Edition

What are you looking for in your tea kettle? My LC kettle works very well but, so does my Japanese hot pot dispenser. Add some tea to a china tea pot, pour some water in, and I'm a happy 'camper' with a nice cup of tea.

Feb 20, 2014
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Le Creuset Japanese Grill

That is a great score!!!!

First, you need more heat to keep the cooking temperature up. A small gas flame is what you want but, an induction hot plate might work too (though I suspect it might be a little messy to clean up).

Most of us probably have experienced these at a Korean resturant but, they are not exclusive to Korea.

Feb 20, 2014
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Storage of Enameled Cast Iron (Staub)

First, lift your pans and DO NOT DRAG them across counters, grates, etc. to avoid wearing the enamel finish.

For stacking, use a thick kitchen towel or thick pot holders to protect the finish. Heavy cast iron pots laid on top of each other will put a lot of pressure on the finish where each pan 'edge' presses/slides against the enamel surface it contacts.

Feb 20, 2014
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Mineral B rust, and reseasoning, and ugh.

Considering the short duration of the rust, I dare say it is superficial and cosmetic only.

As others have mentioned, wash it , scrub it, etc. to remove the visible rust, dry it with a handy towel and place it on a HOT burner for a few minutes and then take a paper towel with some oil in a pair of kitchen tongs and wipe the affected area. I doubt you will notice and difference in your pan after you cook in it once or twice since the seasoning will have sealed up any cosmetic damage that may have occurred. Considering the short timeframe involved, I seriously doubt any rust pits are present but, minor ones will be 'consumed' in the seasoning process. Heck, some people even argue that rough cast iron is better than smooth since the seasoning is thicker and smoother making a better non-stick cooking surface.

Feb 20, 2014
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Eating Out Virginia

I'm curious about BBQ options as well.

Feb 08, 2014
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need mortar and pestle education

Granite is a denser stone and won't take up odors and oils like Marble will. With its frosted finish, things don't fly around like the polished surfaces do. The lab grade ceramic models are also an option except the ones I see are slick smooth surfaces.

For me, Granite mortars and pestles from Thailand are an easy choice.

Feb 02, 2014
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Le Creuset - Well I finally did it!

A small 3mm copper 1qt saucepan will change your world. ;-)

$50~$60 well spent IMHO.

Jan 24, 2014
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Steak knife set

Unless you go custom ($$$$) finding what you want made in America is going to be very expensive. Wusthof Trident (not the stamped cheaper knives) can be found on ebay in the $100~$120 range for a set of 4.

In terms of rust, stainless steel is rust resistant, not rust proof. Some stainless is more resistant then others.

The dishwasher is a very harsh environment for knives, flatware, and cookware so, don't expect anything to "last a lifetime" with current dishwashing soaps.

Jan 24, 2014
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How to transport le creuset on plane?

True gifts are generally exempt but, proving it was a gift can be difficult at times. A discreet receipt might be helpful here.

I also know a lot of Europeans, especially British/Irish/Scottish citizens, come to New York to buy clothes because it is so much cheaper. H&M might be starting to change this but, before school starts, around holidays, etc. you would often see Europeans arriving with lightly packed bags only to depart with the same bags overstuffed and testing zipper integrity.

Jan 24, 2014
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How to transport le creuset on plane?

International baggage fees are pretty high and vary depending on your ticket "rate class" and the airline.

$60 ship plus VAT may be cheaper if she can't fit into her luggage. Definitely warn her so she can plan accordingly. With strategic packing in a piece of luggage which isn't overstuffed, they don't take up as much volume as might think if you put underwear and shirts in and around the dutch oven.

Jan 24, 2014
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Alternative to Revere Ware Copper Bottom Pots?

Let me second these comments. Demeyere Atlantis cookware is among the very best stainless cookware. I love mine.

I also have a single piece of Viking cookware which is similar to the Demeyere Atlantis with riveted handles and is 5 instead of 7 layers in the cladding.

It really depends on your budget and what you expect out of your cookware. If a $200~$350 saucepan is out of your price range, the Tramontina "Tri-Ply" cookware made in Brazil is pretty darn good at a $40~$100 price point.

Jan 24, 2014
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Staub $120, Fontignac $112

You aren't going wrong with either choice. As an owner of both LC and Staub (and of course Lodge un-ECI), I can say I prefer the Staub for its superior finish. The heavy cast iron cooks well, heats evenly, and makes a nice table side serving dish since it retains heat to keep your meal warn throughout service.

Jan 24, 2014
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Bialetti Aeternum experiences anyone? Differences between them?

Okay, a follow up for anyone that may be interested:

I got my mother the "Light'n Easy' model for Christmas. She likes her De Buyer mineral pans but, the weight is a problem for her and the spin on her glass cooktop bothers her. This particular model is pretty thin so it heats really fast but, you need to pay attention to how hot your cooktop is or it can and will burn your food where the burner is. The non-stick surface works very well especially with a spritz of olive oil from a mister. Overall, this was a great choice for my mother and her weak arthritic wrists.

The Aeternum 'Rosso' and 'Evolution' are very similar pans in their basic construction. Both are thicker aluminum pans with the same non-stick coating, one being gray and the other Rosso red. The Rosso has a softer synthetic welded handle which seems to be pretty weak for this size pan and the Evolution has an oven safe riveted handle that is comfortable to hold whether the pan is hot or cold, empty or loaded.

The silicone outer covering/'paint' is easy to clean as is the interior. The interior is super easy to clean since I typically fry in it with a little olive oil - you literally wipe it out with a dry paper towel. The interior is so slick, when I retrieve small things with a spatula it really takes a separate spoon or spatula to push against or you will end up sweeping them over the side of the skillet. I often just tip the skillet and 'sweep' diced things straight into my plate or a bowl. Eggs and steaks are pretty easy to work with since they are larger easier to 'get under'.

Jan 24, 2014
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CHOW Reviews: Staub 5-1/2-Quart Round Cocotte

Chemicalkinetics,

Staub enamel is better though, I'm not saying LC is bad or inferior. The lustre and color on my Staub is better but, that is a pretty subjective comment.

I'm sure LC has larger numbers in service so that's always a consideration as well. I suspect most people in the USA, like myself, started with LC and moved on Staub after learning on LC enameled cast iron.

Jan 09, 2014
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would like to install a new induction range instead of gas. Hi, my mom is elderly and she leaves the gas burner on often unable to smell the gas when the actual flame is too low to see.

If you mother is used to cooking with gas and has some memory lapses, going with induction won't work. We went through this with an aunt in a similar situation.

Your mother would need to learn new cooking "techniques" and would most likely need new cookware. Without the nice pretty blue flame, you need to rely on a dial or display that probably is fine for the Ipod/Nintendo generation but, a stretch too far for the elderly with memory lapses who grew up in a simpler time.

Demeyere ControlInduc cookware is worth consideration as Kaleo suggested.

Jan 08, 2014
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Manual Can Opener Needed but...

Those are pretty good. I bought one for myself at Tuesday Morning and liked it so much I got a second one for my mother. It is a very handy multi-function device.

The Swing-a-ways a little better depending on the model in question but, they are uni-taskers.

Jan 08, 2014
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Terre d'umbria lead content

No. Totally unrelated.

Jan 07, 2014
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Manual Can Opener Needed but...

http://www.amazon.com/Amco-Swing-A-Wa...

Swing-a-way large crank can opener. Swing-a-way can openers are hard to beat.

Jan 07, 2014
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Lehman's Pressure Canners

Kaleo is right as usual.

These pressure canners can be found occasionally for a better price somewhere else but, usually Lehman's is pretty close to the best price you will find.

These are good pressure canners for any serious canner. When I get to an area where I can grow a descent garden, I'm going to get one of the larger models to can meats and various garden grown things.

Jan 07, 2014
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Finex cast iron pan

Anybody else looking forward to "Stop sign" shaped corn bread later this year?

Dec 29, 2013
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Steak Knife recommendation?

Serrations on steak knives can be good or bad. It depends on the profile of the "teeth".

With a flimsy stamped steak knife, serrations are about your only option for cutting a steak that is not super tender. A keen edge on a straight stiff steak knife works well on all but the toughest steaks.

Dec 29, 2013
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What is more useful for you? Saute pan or Frying pan?

Consider the group you are polling too. The people in this thread aren't your normal group of shoppers at a mall or big box store.

Dec 29, 2013
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