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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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 ...
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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 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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Kitchen Counter top has small patch that is losing color

My kitchen counter top has a small patch that is losing color. The patch is the main area of the countertop where my wife cuts veggies/processes food/other stuff. I am looking for some fix to get it ...
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Sugar on floor wet mopped

I spilled sugar on the floor and I was in half sleep. Later, I used my "Swiffer" with its fluid to get it up. But after that, the floor became sticky. So I steam mopped it twice and it's still sticky. ...
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Induction based fry pan not working on induction cooktop

For cooking on Induction cooktop, I recently purchased an induction based fry pan, however the cooktop could not detect it, just beeping when the this new fry pan is placed on it. This is troubling ...
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How to Resurface/Refinish the induction cooktop

We cook 4-5 times a day using our induction stove, resulting in a lot of scratches and spots on the surface. Is there any super smart way to remove the scratches? Thanks
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Sterlizing rags, sponges and scrubbers in a microwave? [closed]

Recently I've gotten worried about overuse of cleaning rags / sponges / scouring pads / scrubbers in my kitchen (let's call them "scrubbers" for short), and whether I should perhaps replace them more ...
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How to remove print/ markings from small Eye Drops bottle for other use?

I am not sure what the material of these types of small bottles is composed of. I find they are most reliable when it comes to being Leak resistant for small quantity of liquids etc where I just ...
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How to clean “reddish/ brownish” grime/ deposit marks from the Silicone Rubber lid gasket of a hot water Thermos Flask

How can I clean the grime from this rubberized sealing gasket on my Zojirushi Thermos Flask? This is mostly for hot water sipping, a yogic/Asian practice. The location of its basically where the lid ...
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Clean mold from a lemon squeezer

I've used this lemon squeezer but forgot to clean it. Now that I need it again I can't clean the mold in it (please see the picture), because it's too narrow. Is there a practical way to clean it?
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Keeping the spoon on the surface of a sucralose container

In the coffee corner in my family's kitchen, we have a plastic cereal container (similar to the one shown below) that's filled with loose Splenda or other sugar substitute. We keep a spoon in there ...
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Dishes after dishwasher have salty taste [closed]

I'm using a dishwasher for some time now and lately we have notice that dishes, especially glasses has a salty taste after they were in the dishwasher. It is frustrating to drink and have salty ...
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How to remove burnt grease on an oven shelf?

I have a wire oven shelf (rack) which has some burned-on grease: The shelf is covered with chrome so I cannot put it in my oven when going through the pyrolysis cycle (apparently there would be toxic ...
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How to keep ice cream frozen when defrosting freezer?

I have frozen ice cream in my freezer, but I need to defrost the freezer now, so how do I keep the ice cream frozen during that time? How can I prevent it from melting and spilling out from the box?
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How to open a bag of rice sealed with string

A 25kg/50lb bag of rice comes sealed with a string stitched along the opening. Short of cutting each stitch, is there an easier way of opening a bag of rice. I know there is a trick to untying a ...
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Metal Residue On Dishes

I have a set of white dishes, plates, bowls etc. They are not stone or porcelain but I am not sure what they are. Every time a piece of silverware scratches against it it leaves a grey line which I ...
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Remove styrofoam protection from under the fridge by myself

I have ordered a new fridge and it came packed in styrofoam protection, including on the bottom. I need to remove that but I don't know how. The fridge is to heavy to lift by myself. Even if a ...
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How to determine what metal is the inside of my kettle?

It may be aluminium, steel, or something else. I don't feel its attraction to a magnet, but maybe it is because the keetle is too thin?
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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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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 clean pomegranate drops from the ocher waterproof wall paint?

I have some ocher (ochre) walls painted with a waterproof paint (this is how it's called, but it seems like not so resistant to water). I cut a pomegranate and some drops fell on the wall. The ocher ...
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How can I get all the applesauce out of the jar?

Where I live, all of the brands of commercially-available applesauce that I've found come in irregularly shaped jars. There's a narrow section in the middle of the jar which makes it hard to reach the ...
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Is there any hack I can use to prevent having to clean my gas stove so often?

Background: I often shallow-fry my food with high heat and a fair amount of oil. This means oil gets all over the stove and neighbouring walls. A good thing that I do (and worth sharing with everyone) ...
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How can I reattach to the Ziplock bag its slider that separated?

The following picture depicts my problem: I photographed some more:
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How to remove oil without soap while washing?

How do i clean the oil off my lunch box after just finishing eating my lunch, without utensil soap at my disposal ?
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Tea dispenser leaks

So, this has happened twice. I have a tea/beverage dispenser in the fridge with a tap at the bottom. The lever is not fixed and can spin around. Here is a pic: Someone leaves the thing too close to ...
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How can I improve dish washer performance? [closed]

Besides washing dishes first or changing detergent, are there ways to improve the cleanliness of dishes coming out of an old dish washer?
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How can I deal with refrigerator odor when it is turned off for a long period of time? [duplicate]

If I have to go out-station for long time,it is recommended to switch-off the refrigerator if there is no food in there to avoid any electrical accidents. But,when I open the refrigerator after a ...
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How to make a garbage bin?

How do you make your own garbage bin, provided you already have a bag for it? I've tried using empty boxes, like the banana boxes produce departments give away. This never really worked well. Also ...
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Replacement for a sheet pan

I have some of those frozen dinners that you cook in the oven (they can be cooked in the microwave but the quality is crap comparatively). The directions say to put the dinner on a sheet pan and place ...
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How to open oysters safe without oyster knife & glove?

I've done some research but I noticed there are some ways to open an oyster. Some either try it with a screwdriver but there is a chance the oyster might get damaged. (You also preferably need a glove ...
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How can I clean stainless steel coffee maker carafe

The inside of my coffee maker's insulated Carafe is stained with coffee. How can I make it look like new? I've done some web searching and found some ideas including things that don't make sense like ...
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Reduce blender noise

How can I reduce or eliminate sound coming from high speed blender (a normal, common, 10 speed Osterizer blender)
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Best way to clean butter from a knife

Butter doesn't clean off of silverware very easy. Every time I finish buttering bread, I'm left with a knife covered in butter which needs to be cleaned. I can't just run it under the sink unless I ...
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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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Making the most of a mug that can't be put in the microwave or diswasher

My sister got me a pretty cool mug(R2D2 mug, had to tell!) and I absolutely love it, I read at the bottom of it that it can't be put in the microwave nor the dishwasher, not sure why but something ...
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Is there method to protect coffee from moisture

Yes, tight lid is the best way, you might say, but that is not very easy/creative idea to do it. Have you got your best way to protect coffee from getting wet and damage?
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How do we use less than one unit of a multi-component soap pod? [closed]

It is no longer possible to find stores here that sell dishwasher detergent as just a box of powder or a bottle of liquid; they only sell these "pods" that are supposedly "one size fits all". As a ...
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How do I keep saran wrap (plastic wrap, cling wrap) from clinging to itself?

To tenderize meat, I first place it between two sheets of saran wrap, and then beat it with a meat tenderizer mallet. It's not wrapped tightly, else the wrap would just break when you hammered it. ...
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Cleaning Narrow Spaces in Kitchen

My oven sits in between two countertops with perhaps 1/2 inch of total wiggle room, which means that I have two roughly 1/4 inch gaps that are ~36in deep in which all manner of crumbs and food mess ...
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How to heat up two bowls in a microwave? [duplicate]

Some of us use microwave's for just one bowl. But I want to know if there's a life hack to add two bowls into a microwave at the same time? This would be great!
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How to peel shell of boiled eggs without damaging the egg? [duplicate]

How can I peel the shell of boiled eggs without damaging the egg ?
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How to quickly thaw accidentally frozen milk?

Some spots in my refrigerator are colder than others, and sometimes I accidentally put milk in a spot that is cold enough to freeze it. Now I have a gallon or half-gallon of frozen milk, and want to ...
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Easy way to crush beans / peanuts?

I am looking for an easy way to crush beans like mongo and black beans, also peanuts. Obviously I can use blender right? But are there any other tools or methods that I can use to crush those kind of ...
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How to remove dust from fridge coils?

My Whirlpool side by side fridge has the external coils underneath the fridge, with a fan to circulate air. Over the years the coils collect a lot of dust. For some reason the coils are sort of M ...