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Best pots/pans?

The best pots and pans are the ones that you feel comfortable with and have comfortable handles and will use with confidence. If you can visit a Bed Bath and Beyond, a Macy's, as well as other stores, you can get a feel for fit and finish and go from there. Companies like Chefs Catalog and Sur La Table offer a wide variety of cookware at reasonable prices.

Non-stick is good for some applications, but not necessary. Hard anodized aluminum has a strong following as does multi clad stainless. Cuisinart has been around a long time and has some good multi clad cookware.

Cast iron will last a lifetime if you do your job. Although the older you get, the heavier it feels. We have and use Lodge cast iron but not frequently.

We use Scan Pan Fusion 5. It was made years ago and is 5 ply stainless but was discontinued some time ago. We also have our original Westbend LustreCraft waterless which is 3 ply and 40+ plus years old (yes, that will raise some blood pressure around here) and they see use as well. We also have Magnalite Magnapro hard anodized and the odd assortment of non-stick. They all have a purpose and work well. But there are no favorites and I would be hard pressed to call any one of them "best".

Aug 18, 2014
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Cuisinart DLC-5 vs DLC-8 "Pro-Custom 11" Food Processors.

We use our old Cuisinart CFP5 from the '70s quite frequently. Bought it when it first came out. For average tasks it cannot be beat. We also have the 20 cup DLC-X for large jobs. And it is a work horse. It has the detachable stems. They lock on rock solid. I am guessing that it makes disc storage easier. Discs are relatively cheap on ebay. As for which to keep, if you have the space, keep them both and use them. If space is an issue, keep the larger. You can always process less in the larger machine but cannot process more in the smaller machine in a single operation.

Aug 18, 2014
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Cooking on a hotel steam iron

Is it any wonder why our country is in the shape it is in?

Aug 18, 2014
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Alternative to Vitamix blender

I know you are looking for something other than VitaMix but check QVC. They often offer 4 interest free payments, sometimes free shipping. Still expensive but the pain is spread out.

The Ninja is a lot less and Target generally has them. I don't know what the longevity of them is but they are popular.

Aug 13, 2014
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Need advice on a Bread Knife

Aug 13, 2014
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New Stove advice needed...

I would look at Blue Star ranges and check out their videos. Another would be Five Star Ranges by Brown Stove works. Rick Bayless of One Plate at a Time/Food Network uses this brand on his show.

Both are high quality and pricey.

Aug 05, 2014
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Omcan Induction Burner?

On anything electronic, I recommend buying new. Warranty! You picture look similar to a brand called Summit. We have and occasionally use a Magnaflux. There are many portable units out there: the Max Burton seems very popular and I believe it is carried by Chefs catalog. Sunpentown is another popular brand (ebay). Also check wattage.

For Magneflux:

http://magneflux.com

To give you an idea other units:

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search...

Jul 20, 2014
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Pressure Cookers: Stovetop vs. Electric

We have both: Kuhn Rikon Duromatic 12 qt stove top and the Cuisinart electric. The stove top wins hands down because of its all stainless construction and the capacity. The Cuisinart is a good performer as well, but is non-stick and less capacity. I will say pushing a button is simpler than adjusting the gas to "just right", but overall I give the nod to the stove top and prefer it.

Jul 20, 2014
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Has anybody installed a charcoal grill in their kitchen?

Carbon monoxide: odorless, colorless, and a killer. And

Get a range/cooktop where a chargrilled is an option such as the Blue Star. Expensive yet safe. Also check your local ordinances for the do's and dont's. Weber (the kettle people) ave or had a restaurant and all meats were cooked indoors over charcoal. They had a massive system to exhaust the area over the cookers as well as make up air units to replenish that which was exhausted.

Jul 15, 2014
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Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

Try a large pasta pot. The pasta basket will allow you to remove almost everything. You can then strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth. I agree, the pressure cooker is best and quickest. But any method you are comfortable with will be best for you. We use a pasta pot for turkey carcasses as it is large, The resulting brother is jelly like when chilled.

Jul 15, 2014
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Best propane range for new homeowning (and thus poor) foodies

Sorry for the double post.

Jul 04, 2014
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Best propane range for new homeowning (and thus poor) foodies

I would like to suggest Brown Stove works. They have been around for ages. They make basic ranges as well as the Five Star Range Rick Bayless uses on his TV show. Give their site a look over and then give them a shout.

http://brownstoveworksinc.com

Jul 03, 2014
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Best propane range for new homeowning (and thus poor) foodies

I would like to suggest Brown Stove works. They have been around for ages. They make basic ranges as well as the Five Star Range Rick Bayless uses on his TV show. Give their site a look over and then give them a shout. They manufacture for a lot of the big names.

http://brownstoveworksinc.com

Jul 03, 2014
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Looking for a new smoker, would like to do both hot and cold smoking

For electric, I would recommend looking at the smoking-it line and the smokintex line. Smokin-it, if you compare the two brands, gives you more for less: larger wheels, longer cord, higher wattage element, overall a larger unit for less money. Both are analog, and all stainless inside and out. And the smoking-it forum is super active, so join and ask questions, read the posts, good and bad.

If you want a digital smoker, then look at cookshack. They are American made (the others imported) and pricey. But they have a 6 month paypal deal so you don't have to break the bank all as once.

Good luck and happy smoking.

May 02, 2014
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Grinder recommendations for drip coffee

I use a Cuisinart. The container holds about a half pound of beans. I have used the same grinder without trouble for a little under 3 years.

May 01, 2014
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Looking for a new smoker

For electric, I would recommend looking at the smoking-it line and the smokintex line. Smokin-it, if you compare the two brands, gives you more for less: larger wheels, longer cord, higher wattage element, overall a larger unit for less money. Both are analog, and all stainless inside and out. And the smoking-it forum is super active, so join and ask questions, read the posts, good and bad.

If you want a digital smoker, then look at cookshack. They are American made (the others imported) and pricey. But they have a 6 month paypal deal so you don't have to break the bank all as once.

Good luck and happy smoking.

May 01, 2014
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Parts for older Cuisinart Food Processors

Hello,

I'm not familiar with that model (we have the CFP5, a DLC XP, and a little mini prep). I called them to confirm before I ordered. Here is another site that may help, but I have not done business with them before.

http://www.kitchenworksinc.com/Cuisin...

and a link to the other site I mentioned for DLC 7:

http://www.cuisineparts.com/cpi2008dl...

Good luck!

Apr 30, 2014
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Parts for older Cuisinart Food Processors

If like me you are still using your original CFP (mine is the CFP5), and you find yourself needing a new bowl or blade, Cuisineparts International in Florida has them. I just upgraded our aging yet functional bowl and lid with a newer Lexan, for when the original finally cracks.

Parts are pricey, but the unit is still strong and is great for when the 20 cup Cuisinart is not needed.

Here is the link:
http://www.cuisineparts.com/cpi2008cf...

Apr 29, 2014
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Blue Star

This is rather old. We have the range; all is well.

Apr 29, 2014
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Please Help - Urgent Wok Crisis!

New wok and new housemate (or at least a good scolding).

Apr 29, 2014
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Best? Most Useful? Countertop Utensil Container

I use USA made crocks available from Lehman's Hardware.

Apr 29, 2014
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anyone have a pot filler?

Our sits to the right of the range, out of the way of cooking.

Mar 20, 2014
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Safe Use of Vintage Aluminum Cookware

Use and enjoy.

Mar 20, 2014
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All-Clad wok shaped pan vs. A decent wok

Carbon steel all the way.

Mar 20, 2014
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Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 - Time to Upgrade? (Or not?)

Like you, we are Cuisinart loyal. Our largest Cuisinart is the 20 cup, non-adjustable blades. Very strong and heavy machine. However, I think if I needed to replace it (or it's older and smaller sibling, I would opt for the large Magimix. Just my two cents worth.

Dec 31, 2013
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The Never-Ending Food Processor Debate

We have been using our original Cuisinart CFP 5 since it was introduced, and a couple of years ago, purchased the 20 cup Cuisinart model which we use for larger jobs. No trouble with either one of them.

I think that if I needed to (not wanted to) replace the Cuisinart(s), I would go with the Magimix. Like the CFP5, Made in France and I would assume that like our original Cuisinart, it would still be running 30 plus years from now.

Dec 31, 2013
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Everyday Dinnerware

Just plain old Corelle. Available in many stores and pretty darn durable.

Dec 31, 2013
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Food Savers/ Vacuum Sealers: Do you use them and are they worth the expense?

Have both a Food Saver and the Reynolds hand held with bags. Use both regularly, especial when buying packer cuts of meat, whole fresh fish, etc. I generally cut to portion size for meals and vacuum seal for later use. Also, when smoking meats in the smoker such as pork shoulders, I will pull after smoking and vacuum seal for later use. A real time saver.

Dec 31, 2013
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What stove would you buy?

Blue Star. Somewhat expensive. Bought ours in 08 and still going strong with no problems.

Dec 31, 2013
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The Never-Ending Food Processor Debate

The Magimix is made by Robot Coup in France, the manufacturer of the original Cuisinart, the CFP 5, which we have been using since it came out in the '70s. Still going strong.

Oct 30, 2013
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