Questions tagged [kitchen]

Hacks related to objects and activities in the kitchen, including cleaning and maintenance. Note that cooking is off-topic.

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How to pour out liquid from pan with no opening

Some people are too good with filling cup from the following king of saucepan without any mess, but how? I want to pour out without mess as it doesn’t have a beak.
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How to test a lock&lock's air leakage with common home tools?

I bought a lock&lock to store medicines to avoid moisture. I put dryer inside and frequently and quickly the dryer is full of moisture and I have to replace it. Then I take a look at the plastic ...
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How to repurpose old fridge with broken compressor as ant-proof dry food storage?

I have an old refrigerator (the compressor died) and I would like to keep it as ambient room temperature pantry storage for food items which don't really need refrigeration, like coffee, dried food, ...
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What to do with big pieces of chocolate milk powder

The chocolate powder I bought to add in milk came in plastic jar. Now accidentally one must have added a wet spoon to take the powder out. Now the fine powder has changed into sticky big stony masses, ...
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How to unscrew this screw

I want to take out my dish washer, but there is a screw that I don't know how to unscrew. I can't get the screwdriver straight on the screw head, only at an angle. Please see the pictures. Thanks.
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Alternative way to have clear non wrinkle protection layer covering for these electronic devices?

So I’ve tried kitchen cling film and it’s neither easy to apply and keep clear and non wrinkly, nor feels thick/ strong protection enough to prevent scratches & impact damage. It’s also a mess ...
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How to remove the the lip on pull top cans

I save food cans to be used to store things like screws, nails and other small parts on racks that I have built in my garage. When using cans that have a conventional top that is opened with a can ...
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How to keep the water bottles erect in the refrigerator door?

When opening or closing my refrigerator's door, the water bottle(s) stored there often fall sideways: This is irritating, and as you can see, I did try to place a heavier bottle besides it, which ...
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How can I remove white stains from microwaving rice and pasta?

Background For the past several years, I have cooked rice and pasta in my microwave instead of on the stove. This involves putting the rice or pasta in a bowl of water and then using the automatic ...
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How can I 'fool' an induction cooker into thinking that it has a larger pot on the surface?

My induction cooker requires a certain diameter size pot bottom and checks to see that one is there by some kind of sensor. I am wondering if there is any way to 'fool' the sensor, as I have a small ...
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How can I peel vegetables without scraping my fingers?

PROBLEM: When I peel vegetables (carrots, potatoes, butternut squash), I scrape or cut myself with the peeler (SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS). QUESTION: How to hold and rotate the item so as to peel it ...
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To pour liquid medicine into a Teaspoon/ Tablespoon (for exact measure) from a dark glass/ plastic bottle without wastage, spillage or dripping?

To pour liquid medicine into a Teaspoon/ Tablespoon (for exact measure) from a dark glass/ plastic bottle without wastage, spillage or dripping? Found these similar ones, but they are bigger ...
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How to remove scale from coffee machine?

I have a coffee machine which can make espresso. It has a grinder and a brewing unit, and it takes water from a dedicated container, not from a tap. It looks mostly like this picture: https://www....
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How to microwave flour tortilla without making it wet

I sometimes make homemade burritos, with a mix of fillings wrapped in a flour tortilla, and I reheat the leftovers in my microwave for later meals. By the time the fillings are near the temperature I ...
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How to build a detector to keep cats off kitchen counters

Our 2 cats like to jump on our kitchen counters, which we would like to prevent. We currently have: a ScatMat Indoor Pet Training Mat, which gives a mild electric shock when stood on; however, this ...
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How can I extricate ginger minced in my blender to use it, without anything touching its blades?

To save time and eschew knifes, my grandparents dropped whole garlic cloves and ginger roots into their Vitamix blender to mince. It worked, but some smidgens are trapped under the blades. They fancy ...
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Should I throw away a mould-covered mug?

I had been out of my house for a month, and came back to find that my toddler feeder and my mug in the sink had mould on them. I am not sure if it is safe to give my kid milk in his feeder, or to use ...
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How can I clean the back of my fridge, without pulling out the fridge?

My grandparents haven't cleaned the condenser coils at the back of their fridge for 6 years, and worry that it's grubby. Their fridge whirs louder and louder, and they feel heat when they place their ...
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Retrieving behind the refrigerator

My dishwashing soap fell through a gap and went behind my refrigerator. I took a broom and got it to stand upright but I don't know how I can get it out. I can't pull my fridge out as it's in there ...
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Good ventilation for open kitchen in a studio apartment?

I live in a typical studio apartment in US. It has an open kitchen with a range hood but the the range hood only sucks smoke from the stove to the ceiling, i.e., no outside air circulation. This is ...
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How to clean wicker plate-holder?

Paper plates can be too flimsy for heavy food, or too hot to hold if the food is hot, so we have some wicker plate holders to use underneath them. Occasionally I'll find a plate holder on the floor ...
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Stainless Steel sink stain or…?

Wondering if anyone has advice for if there is a way to remove this stain in my kitchen sink. What happened was a bottle of Lysol toilet bowl cleaner was leaking badly (did not come out of the cap ...
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How do I remove old burnt grease from stainless steel pans?

I'm trying to clean and old stainless steel pan which has burnt grease inside and outside. Ideally, the method used should be functional to clean the outer edges of the pan, therefore something a bit ...
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How do I make a lid for this bin?

There's a popular chain of home furniture store, which shall go unnamed, from which I've gotten a couple of bins which look like this: Unfortunately for me, that store doesn't sell lids for these ...
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How do I prevent stacked drinking glasses from sticking together?

I don't have enough shelf space for each glass to sit separately. I must stack them to fit. The problem is worse for some sets of drinking glasses than others. It might be because of their shape, ...
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What is this on my kitchen chimney and how to remove it

Lately there had been much cooking in our kitchen and today I saw ankle It seems like oil droplet but I wonder how they even got there and how do I clean them up so the chimney net is clear.
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Checking microwave proof containers

Although there are markings in form of symbols to tell us if a container is microwave safe or not, I have some plastic containers which don't have any symbols but are microwave safe. Is there any ...
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How do I pull the rubber plug out of this despenser

Is it possible to pull the plug (white object in the bottle in the image) out with no special tool.
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Substitute for mortar and pestle

Are there common household items that can serve in place of a mortar & pestle? Specifically, something with a little grit (not a porcelain / stainless steel bowl) to grind things up finely.
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Removing water stuck inside a double glass cup

I got a fancy "double glass" cup, and put it in the dishwasher. Yesterday I noticed something really weird after the dishwasher finished the cleaning process: As you can see, there are water "...
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How to wash a sieve?

After cooking pasta, I use a mesh-type kitchen sieve (aka colander, mesh strainer). Immediately after getting the pasta out of the water, I run tap water onto the sieve for a few seconds to remove ...
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Fixing Liftup Hydrolic Support Bar

I have 4 cabinet door having same issue. They are not working as powerful anymore and I need to keep the door to lift up instead of these bars. While they seem very basic devices, is there a way to ...
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How can I reduce hissing sound produced by pressure cooker? [closed]

When I use pressure cooker, hissing sounds are produced and vapour comes out of the vent pipe.
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How to roll a dough to a certain thickness

Is there a way to roll out dough to an even 5mm thickness? I'm a newbie on making cookies. Thanks!
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Cooking In An Oven When Only The Top Heating Element Works

Only the top heating element on my oven works. When I want to bake something thicker than pizza, the surface of the food burns, while the rest of the food remains uncooked. I have tried using lower ...
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How can I remove the smell of egg from my hands?

Whenever I baked something like cake and used eggs in this, the smell of egg remains on my hand even after I washed my hand, which irritates me a lot. What could be remedies to remove this smell ...
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What is the most efficient / effective way of washing up

For say a family of two parents and two children, what is the most efficient/effective way of washing up? Perhaps the answer is 'get a washing machine', but for those without one for whatever reason ...
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How can I cover my kettle's spout?

I need something sturdier than aluminium foil or plastic wrap to cover my kettle's exposed spout to block dust from entering, whenever it's not used. Please see beneath. So the covering doesn't have ...
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How to make an elderly kitchen sink look better

I have moved into a place that has an elderly black sink in the kitchen. I've cleaned it with Lime Away and Bon Ami, but I've made no progress with some discolored lighter areas that become apparent ...
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Deodorizing a smelly dishwasher

I recently moved into a new place with two others, and we've found our dishwasher to be unusually stinky. A day's worth of rinsed-off dishes is enough to get this really funky smell, completely unlike ...
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How to make toasts not to jump and fall from the toaster?

On too many toasters, when the toasted bread is ready - it jumps too high and often falls from the toaster. Any idea for a workaround on this, without the need to limit my bread choice by its weight ...
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What is this hole used for on my kitchen sink?

In my apartment's kitchen sink, besides the tap, I find there is a cap. When I unscrew the cap, I find there is a pipe or a hole that connect to somewhere (probably into dishwasher, but I'm not very ...
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How to get rid of limescale on pipes?

I have read that limescale in pipes makes them way less energy efficient, so that 50-80% of energy is wasted for example in a boiler. How would I get rid of this? I am looking for some product or ...
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How to remove filter holder out of Brita water filter jug?

When I cleaned my Brita water filter jug, I accidentally placed the filter holder in the wrong orientation. As a result, the filter holder is stuck in the water filter jug. I tried very hard to remove ...
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Lifehack to prevent freezer burn and ice on food (no ice in freezer itself)

I find that almost anything in my freezer gets ice in it, and often has freezer burn after about a month. The freezer itself is free of ice. This includes microwave dinners that come pre-sealed from ...
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Simple alternatives to olive pitter?

How can I efficiently take out the kern of olives if I don't have an olive pitter? This task is particularly tedious when the olives are still firm. Currently, I'm cutting them in four (see picture ...
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Remove ice from freezer surface

I just discovered that my ice cube tray has been leaking. There is significant layer (1/2" thick) of ice underneath it. It's about the same dimensions as the tray (5" x 12"). Is there an easy / quick ...
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Removing Liquified Plastic Layer Residue From Notched Metal Surface

I use old electric hob (as shown in the picture) for preparing my food, which takes a while to heat up and then takes even more time to cool down after use. Today I made a grave rookie mistake - as ...
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Tool for cleaning delicate crystal wine glasses

I have a very handy tool for cleaning Champagne flutes -- the long, slender glasses where it's very hard to reach the bottom of the glass. I think it's made by "Final Touch" but I suspect more than ...
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Smooth out scratches on the side of a knife

I am really unsure where this question belongs, perhaps it is better suited for “Seasoned Advice” or “Home Improvement”? I have a large cooking knife with a smooth blade. While sharpening it with a ...