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Gas Oven Broilers - Do Any Really Work?

They're definitely pricey, but my gas oven has an infrared broiler and that works really well.

Nov 16, 2013
SeaKoz in Cookware

Capital Culinarian Grill vrs. BlueStar Grill

I also have a 36" culinarian and I like the grill quite a bit but I had to get used to it. My outdoor grill is an infrared and it heats up crazy fast. I usually spend 10-12 minutes waiting for the culi to heat. I do cook lots of meats with it but I have a cover like you'd find at a diner that I put over things when grilling. Even so, my infrared thermometer tells me the culi gets up to 525-550 or so degrees when grilling while my outdoor grill will top 700.

Given the option of doing it over, I'd buy again in a heartbeat.

Nov 16, 2013
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I need the worlds longest wall mounted pot rack/bar

If you're really committed, you can get one custom made for you by Enclume.

Pre-remodel, I had one of their racks and they're top notch. They customize but I can't imagine it being inexpensive.

http://www.enclume.com/Contact.aspx

Sep 09, 2013
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Kitchen sink - stainless of fireclay

I'm not sure if it comes in a farmhouse, but if you're open to other choices, look at the Silgranit sinks by Blanco.

These are granite resin sinks, they're nearly indestructible, won't scrach or dent, are very quiet compared to stainless and are super low maintenance. I have two of them in my house and I love them.

Other companies make granite composite too, you can see them at Home Depot or Lowes if you want to get a sample. They come in lots of colors and the only downside I have is that they feel a little plasticy.

Jul 06, 2013
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3rd party whisk for kitchenaid blenders?

Right!! Mixer!! Not blender :)

Jun 28, 2013
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3rd party whisk for kitchenaid blenders?

The whisk, I've already replaced my blade with one that scrapes the edges of the bowl.

Jun 28, 2013
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3rd party whisk for kitchenaid blenders?

This is silly, but it irritates me that the whisk attachment for my kitchen aid blender isn't dishwasher safe. I've been looking for a stainless steel replacement but I can't find one. Anyone else have better luck?

Jun 27, 2013
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pizza stone vs. steel

I made my own pizza steel for $49:

I found a local blacksmith (Exor Ironworks in Seattle) who sold me a 16"x14"x3/8" steel plate for $45. They took a grinder to the edges so that they're smooth and not sharp.

Once I had the steel plate, I let it soak for 48 hours in vinegar to remove the mill scale (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mill_scale).

After the soak, the mill scale came right off with a garden hose, no scrubbing involved!

I then wiped it down with baking soda to neutralize the vinegar (probably overkill), and hosed it down again with a hose.

Next, I scrubbed it with soap and got it really clean and went through seasoning like you would with cast iron.

Cost: $45 for the steel, $4 for the vinegar and $1 for the baking soda.

I'm not sure you'd want one the size of your oven, that'd be extremely heavy! My plate is 24 lbs. Steel weighs .2839 lb/cubic inch which makes calculating the theoretical weight of your steel easy. Further, you'll want space around the steel for air to circulate.

Jun 27, 2013
SeaKoz in Cookware

How to choose a carbon steel pan?

Thanks everyone for the replies!!

Apr 20, 2013
SeaKoz in Cookware

How to choose a carbon steel pan?

Hi Folks,

I see lots of threads here about specific carbon steel pan brands but I'm wondering what I should look for in choosing one. Why should I pay a lot more for a de buyer over a lodge for example?

Thanks!

SeaKoz

Apr 18, 2013
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Discounts on high end appliances

Absolutely negotiate!

What's more, appliances a re a commodity, I would ask every vendor in your delivery area to quote you a price on the appliances you want. Few appliance stores actually have their own service departments anymore so it really doesn't matter who you buy from.

Feb 17, 2013
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Workarounds for a small (?) oven

I had a 24" oven for a few years before we gutted and remodeled our kitchen. It handled a 20lb turkey just fine at thanksgiving and for the rest of the year it was better than the 30" wall oven I replaced it with, it would get to temperature incredibly quickly.

Feb 03, 2013
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Built-in blowtorch.

I can't help you but I have to ask: WHY? What are you planning to do with this thing?

Nov 04, 2012
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Mandoline Versus Food Processor [moved from Home Cooking]

Consider getting a cut resistant glove like this one: http://amzn.to/Np2FR1 This is the one I have, it makes the mandoline much safer to use!

Aug 25, 2012
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Porcelain Cast Iron Grill Help Needed

You don't season enameled cast iron so there's no need to do what your doing. Go ahead and clean with soap and water. If you want to get it looking new, use bar keepers friend.

Jul 12, 2012
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buying a wok

I thought the reason to use cast iron woks is because most home ranges don't get hot enough to really wok but you can get the same effect with cast iron because cast iron does such a good job retaining heat.

Jul 11, 2012
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Paperstone Cutting Boards (Lamson GoodNow)

Best rash decision I ever made. Pizza night with friends goes through quite a few cutting boards :)

Jul 05, 2012
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Paperstone Cutting Boards (Lamson GoodNow)

I've heard about the smell but never experienced it on my epicureans. I have 10 of them, I ran out of cutie boards one night and in a fit of rage bought 7 more so it would never happen again. All of them epicurean and I love them!

Jul 05, 2012
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What is more useful for you? Saute pan or Frying pan?

Do you have a cassoulet recipe that isn't ridiculous in the amount of effort required??

Jun 04, 2012
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Stovetop burner alternatives, old ones are too small, crooked, and overheat. Portable stove Q. (Novice Chef)

I'd highly recommend an induction burner. I moved into a house with an electric glass top and hate it so much I've only been using my portable induction burner. The induction portables are very powerful and are very responsive, way better than a portable electric.

May 24, 2012
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le creuset outlet sales for summer 2012

I made a couple of purchases at the local LC outlet and now I get a post card from them every month or two with a new offer, usually save X% off of a specific color.

May 22, 2012
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Range hood solution for open peninsula: Downdraft? Unobtrusive hood?

Yeah, I figured it was too good to be true, the version I was looking at allowed you to put up to a 1500 CFM exterior blower on it, but I don't think that'll help.

Apr 16, 2012
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Range hood solution for open peninsula: Downdraft? Unobtrusive hood?

Have you thought about a hood like this one?
http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajma...

I'm strongly considering it for my own kitchen.

Apr 14, 2012
SeaKoz in Cookware

Where to buy a free range turkey in Seattle?

Hi Folks,

I need a large (22+ lb) turkey for Canadian Thanksgiving (October 8th specifically). I'm having a hard time finding one! I'd prefer a free range, organic turkey but I'll take what I can get.

Any suggestions? I tried Bill the Butcher but they said the turkey farms they work with are all timed for American Thanksgiving.

Worst case, i can always drive up to Vancouver but that just seems silly.

Thanks!

Sep 06, 2011
SeaKoz in Greater Seattle