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Do I need to re-season my wok?

Hi Chem- You are so knowledgeable and was glad to see your feedback in addition to Ronbo's. No real reason. What did you think of the pics above? Does it look normal, in progress, etc? If I don't need to start all the way over, even better...it just seemed that in some spots, it's bluish, almost silvery, back to the original color. I'm not actually sure how to proceed. I have attached a close up, here.

Aug 14, 2012
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Do I need to re-season my wok?

Thank you! For everyone, including Ronbo, which seasoning method is best? It seems that you all are not fans of the oven method? Should I do the Tane Chan method? Anything would be appreciated!

Thanks!

Aug 14, 2012
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Do I need to re-season my wok?

Thank you, Ronbo! So you think that I should take a rough pad and some scouring powder, clean it again thoroughly, and then re-season? Thanks!

Aug 14, 2012
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Do I need to re-season my wok?

I would also like some feedback specifically on the wok which I have been trying to season. I started off with cleaning the carbon steel wok extremely well with soap and water and then dried it well. Then, I used the oven method (coated with peanut oil) and then stir-fried some chinese chives on the top of the stove. I got a black residue and rinsed the wok. Then, a day later, I decided to get the wok very hot on the gas stovetop and poured a bit of oil and then wiped it with a paper towel. This is where I am now. What should I do? Do I need to start over? Why do I have the spots? What is a properly seasoned wok- black and shiny? Please help!

Aug 14, 2012
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Do you know who makes this Dutch oven?

You are very welcome! Update us as to what you find and decide on- be sure to include pics! :)

Feb 15, 2012
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New Creuset Color at Williams-Sonoma

My experience is that the Batali chips extremely easily. I would not consider this, as quality should trump the color choice :)

Feb 09, 2012
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Do you know who makes this Dutch oven?

Hi lilgi- that is a Le Creuset casserole from 1958 designed by Raymond Loewy. You may be able o find it on eBay, at estates, or antique stores. This is definitely a great piece, along with all the Enzo Mari pieces that were done for LC. Hope this helps!

Feb 09, 2012
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New Creuset Color at Williams-Sonoma - Aubergine

By the way- if you are considering between this color and another, the WS store clerk that I've made friends with has disclosed to me that this color scratches very easily...so, a word of caution, as most of us invest in these pieces for the long haul...

Nov 06, 2011
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Visiting- Shopping and Eating tips appreciated!

Hello chowhounds!

I'm visiting Manhattan this week and would love some eating and shopping tips. What are your best recommendations for quick eats and also shopping for cooking-related items? Do you all know of any vintage cookware shops also?

As I'm going to be by myself, I don't necessarily need fancy sitdown.

Thanks!

Oct 03, 2011
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Grocery Outlet

I was afraid to go here since it is so charmingly also known as "Gross Out," but I went and was pleasantly surprised. There are some nice (and cheap) things that you can find and I do now frequent it!

Sep 30, 2011
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New Creuset Color at Williams-Sonoma - Aubergine

Blondelle- totally agreed! this is the best color since linen and ocean!

Sep 28, 2011
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New Creuset Color at Williams-Sonoma - Aubergine

I saw the aubergine in person and it looked almost black to me...I thought maybe they had poor lighting and then saw the aubergine in another WS and found the same thing...I much prefer cassis...

Sep 28, 2011
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Enabling those who didn't buy the LC 2.5 qt. doufeu!

They are both nice...I got one in red, though, and I love it!

Jan 25, 2011
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Enabling those who didn't buy the LC 2.5 qt. doufeu!

Thanks! I will have to try this out :)

Jan 25, 2011
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Enabling those who didn't buy the LC 2.5 qt. doufeu!

Wow! I bought this doufeu and would love to make that boule...does anyone have a good recipe?

Also, this is really a stupid question, but how do you get the pretty criss-crossing? :) Baking is obviously not my strongest skill...

Jan 25, 2011
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Williams Sonoma Winter Sale 12/31/10

Hi all. I was in Williams Sonoma yesterday (12/31) and they had a TON of Le Creuset and Staub on sale. There were several 7.25 qt, 6.25 oval, 3.5, 2.5 doufeu, skillets, etc, on sale. The prices were quite good, although not as good as the outlet when they have 40% off.

They had mostly azure blue (cobalt?), citron, some ocean (scratched), cherry, and dune. Most of us are cookware junkies, so I thought I would let you all know so that you can add to your cookware collection :)

Happy New Year to all and happy cooking!

Jan 01, 2011
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Le Creuset Fennel is here!

You're so good! I really like that color. I wonder if it would go with the rest of my collection... :)

Dec 25, 2010
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Salted Pistachios!

Thanks, Todao! I'll take your good advice and not waste any of my pistachios!

Dec 24, 2010
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Salted Pistachios!

Hello all,

I don't know what was wrong with me when I bought these, but I bout roasted and salted pistachios. I also spent several hours in removing the flesh from the shells and even have sore fingers.

Here is my issue: they're salted and I want to make baklava. Should I wash these and then dry thoroughly before I grind them?

What should I do? Or should I just buy unsalted pistachios?

Please help! Thank you!

Dec 23, 2010
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Caribbean Blue LeCreuset?

Good luck, dixiegal! I think that you'll have a good time and after you get your 7.25, you may be hooked and get other pieces. I don't even know how many pieces I have, at this point! :) It will be a happy new year, indeed!

Dec 23, 2010
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Caribbean Blue LeCreuset?

I am not sure if it is being discontinued, but the LC outlet stores have plenty of Caribbean blue. If you don't mind having a second, but that costs substantially less, I would recommend calling an LC outlet store and have them ship you a french oven. I usually receive beyond excellent customer service and they go through all of the french ovens to find a lid and pot combination that seals beautifully. Usually, the only thing wrong with the pieces that I buy there are that they may have a paint splotch on the bottom or something that is just cosmetic and not noticeable, at all. You can find the nearest store to you by going to lcstores.com.

I can tell you that the LC outlet in Woodburn, OR is my favorite. They always even give me xeroxed copies of their favorite recipes for me to try out. The latest is a wonderful bread made in the long pate terrine!

Also, I found a tarte tatin pan here that I only paid $60 for (coupon). I was so excited, as they're harder to find now!

Dec 21, 2010
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Thermomix anyone?

Can someone explain what exactly this is? Thanks!!!

Dec 15, 2010
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Help! Chipped my beloved bowl! (From Crate and Barrel set, 2005)

These bowls were called Addison bowls. Crate and Barrel comes out with different colors every Fall and Spring. Unfortunately, these aren't made anymore as they now sell Parker bowls in the Fall and Spring which do not have the smooth sides. I would check on eBay and search for Crate and Barrel bowls, mixing bowls, etc. They sold thousands of these and you should eventually find one. Good luck!

Dec 06, 2010
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Is Malay Satay Hut Open for business?

My family and I wanted to get away and after seeing many pleasing reviews here on Chowhound, we were extremely excited! The hours for the store said that it opened at 12 noon on Saturday, and when we got there at 12:15, there were 2 workers standing outside waiting for the boss to open the store. When she finally arrived, we went inside and were appalled at what we saw. There were several tables that were full of food, plates, etc. from the night before. Instead of cleaning up the night before, they just left everything there. We were thinking about waiting for them, but after seeing the state of the restaurant, decided that this was not the cleanest, nor most sanitary of environments and we left.

We are from Malaysia and are very familiar with hawker food and "unsterile" environments. After seeing their lack of discipline in opening and prepping on time, and their laziness at cleaning, we vetoed eating here.

We did happen about Phnom Penh Noodle House and were SO overjoyed. We had some sort of crispy noodles (shaped like a boat/basket) with combination meat, the chicken wing appetizer (I could eat these for a lifetime), their red curry mussels, and the papaya salad. We ate every single thing on the table, and I have to say it is one of the most satisfying meals in the past year. Don't miss this place!!!!

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Malay Satay Hut
212 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA

Pink?..Peach?..Salmon? Le Creuset

It doesn't look like powder pink (Japan) but sort of looks like the peach. I know that several years ago, LC came out with dusty rose. I'm not sure if it is that color, though. Good luck with this...I'll keep an eye on this thread as I'm curious what color it is!

Nov 11, 2010
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Le Creuset - Can you have too many colors

I love order and symmetry and I must say that my favorite color is red. That said, I started to get bored with all red pieces, so the result is a mixture of cherry, flame, kiwi, and cassis (probably my all time favorite, now!). Maybe I have problems? :)

If you take a close look, you'll see Mochi, the pug, in the background. She's my trusty sous chef :)

The pieces are:

7 qt round in cassis
3.5 qt braiser in cassis
4.5 qt in cherry
pate terrine in cherry
6.25 oval in cherry
6.25 qt wide round (risotto) in kiwi
Small heritage oval cocotte in flame (3 qt?)
2 qt pumpkin cast iron in flame (of course)

So I guess the question is still open. Am I nuts? :)

Nov 09, 2010
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Ramen Basics for the Noodle Novice

I'm a huge ramen fan, as well, and one of my favorite has to be mapo ramen- a combination of chinese mapo tofu and ramen. So tasty!!! (A huge shout out to Mentatsu in Orange County, where I first became exposed to mapo ramen!!!)

Nov 08, 2010
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Cappuccino maker?

Are you opposed to capsule machines? The Nespresso machines are all really great with amazing coffee and easy clean-up. Plus the machines have 19 bars of pressure which helps to produce that wonderful creme so essential to good espresso. Some of the nespresso machines come with the aeroccino, which is an electric device that automatically steams milk appropriate for lattes or cappuccinos. You would just chain out the little attachment in the machine for this distinction.

Nov 08, 2010
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13" peking pan: is it a good size?

I mostly cook for 2-4 with leftovers and use a 14" wok. I would say that you should choose a 14" one at a minimum and then decide if you need a bigger one if you entertain a lot. A disclaimer, though- I am an ABC (American-born Chinese) and thus your observation above holds true :)

Nov 08, 2010
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Buying First "Real" Pans... Help

Hobbybaker is right. I have seen LC at TJMaxx/Homegoods several times. I have also been very surprised to see Mauviel copper pieces there at incredible prices. If you have the time and patience, check out all of your local TJMaxx/Homegoods/Tuesday Morning stores.

Also, the LC outlets are a wonderful place. The help that I have found in the majority of them is extremely detailed and customer-service oriented. They treat every purchase as if they were purchasing the items themselves. They will also ship to you and look for specific pieces if you know what you want. You are able to call them and they will service you.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Nov 04, 2010
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