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 do I pour from a mug without having it drip so much?

Pouring things from a mug or similar container almost always seem to end up in dripping; some containers fare better than others, though. A mug is terrible, most coffee pots are okay-ish, but I've ...
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How to extract 100% of liquid from a mixture of solid and liquid?

I have prepared a herbal oil by heating coconut oil with a set of local herbs for quite a good amount of time. The mixture at last, consists of solid and liquid. Solid particles are burnt left overs ...
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How to extract coffee grounds from used Nespresso capsules?

I drink about 100 cups of coffee per month... and now I'd like to find a practical way of getting the coffee grounds out of the used Nespresso capsules - so that I can use it as a fertilizer!
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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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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 to organize food containers better?

We have plenty plastic storage containers for food leftovers, travel snacks, work lunches etc... Currently there's two cube drawers of Tupperware style containers. Oftentimes the lids get separated ...
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Stained fridge from dry-erase markers

Does anyone know of a way to remove stains caused from dry-erase markers? I was using the side of my fridge as a whiteboard and it seemed to work fine at first... but I left what I wrote up on the ...
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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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Dish soap nozzle build up

How to prevent dish soap bottle from getting clogged by dry soap at the tip of the bottle. The tip of the bottle keeps getting clogged from dry soap substance.
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How to kill the stink in an unplugged refrigerator?

There is a refrigerator that has been left with food in it and without electricity for some time, opening the door is 'unpleasant'. It either needs to be cleaned and restored to service or it needs ...
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Best glue to fix stripped frying pan lid knob?

I have a frying pan with a metal lid. The lid has a small threaded post sticking out of the top of it onto which a wooden knob is screwed. The threads inside the knob have become stripped so the ...
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How to remove a hard boiled egg's shell quickly, by hand, without damaging the egg?

I have a difficult time peeling the shell off a hard-boiled egg by hand without damaging the egg. Peeling the egg also irritating and takes longer than I'd like. I have tried rolling the egg, so the ...
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How to “recharge” sodium acetate hand warmer without a stove?

I have a pretty standard hand warmer with the metal discs in them to activate them - I did some research and found out that they are Sodium Acetate hand warmers and the disc is used to 'freeze' the ...
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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 to peel an orange?

I love oranges. They are very juicy and I really like its flavour. The problem is that I don't know how to peel them efficiently and every time I struggle to peel them well. When I do it, I usually ...
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How to pour out liquid from pan

Some people are able to fill a cup from the following kind of saucepan without any mess, but how? I want to pour liquid out with no mess, but the pan doesn’t have a beak.
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How to open camera lens mug without breaking it?

I've received a gift in form of camera lens mug, but after pour in a hot beverage and closing the lid, I can't open it anymore. Do you know any alternative methods to open it without breaking the ...
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How to separate egg yolk from whites?

While being careful, using your fingers etc. doesn't feel like a hack, is there any complete unique way of separating egg yolk from whites? I originally had a real hard time trying to break open the ...
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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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What is an easy way to drain a can of tuna?

Is there any easy way of draining a can of tuna without special tools, or a strainer? I'm talking about a normal (in the US) 5oz can of tuna. Not the huge ones at costco.
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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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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 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 can I keep cookies from going stale as long as possible?

I like soft chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, even in an airtight container, cookies will go stale after a couple days. Is there a way I can prevent this from happening? Not necessarily ...
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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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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 remove ice cubes from the ice cube tray?

I make ice for my drinks by filling a plastic ice cube tray with boiled water and putting it in the freezer overnight. The problem is it takes a considerable amount of effort (more than I would like) ...
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How to Get Rid of Smell in a Refrigerator?

How do you get rid of the mixture of smells in a refrigerator (Not Unplugged) so that other items don't inherit their nasty smell? I have heard of baking soda, but are there other techniques?
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How can I safely grate a small food item without cutting my fingers?

When I am grating a block of parmesan cheese and the block becomes particularly small, I often fear that I will slip/the item will be completely grated and I will cut/grate my fingers. I've used ...
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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 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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Plucking a chicken without a machine

Like my username implies, I'm a shochet (though I'm still in training), and I kill chickens. One problem I have is getting the feathers off the chicken once they're dead. I know that I could buy or ...
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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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Cleaning hydrochloric acid stains from metal

I used hydrochloric acid to remove calcium deposits from a pot, but left some of the acid on the kitchen sink metal plate overnight. It produced corrosion stains like on the photo, that can't be ...
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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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Cleaning a microwave

What is the easiest way to clean dried/burnt-on food out of a microwave? Cleaning out the microwave was always one of my least favorite tasks back when I worked the graveyard shift at the local ...
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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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How can you get the first brownie out of the pan without destroying it?

When I bake brownies and cut them, it's always difficult to get the first brownie out of the pan without breaking it. The subsequent brownies are easier to get out because of the open space created ...
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Remove white stain from counter top

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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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 hard-boil an egg in the microwave safely?

It's quite dangerous to hard-boil an egg in the microwave as it may simply explode and making a big mess. Cleaning the microwave after that kind of accident to avoid a bad smell can be a miracle. Are ...
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My LPG runs out while I am cooking, what should I do now?

I am living by myself, and sometimes my LPG (liquefied petroleum gas - a fuel tank) will run out of gas while I am still cooking and in need of it. This results in an unfinished food. I am hungry and ...
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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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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 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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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 ...