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 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 to measure food without proper measuring equipment?

I bake and cook a lot of food in general, but one problem I always seem to have is that I never have all of my measuring utensils with me. This presents some problems: How much is a ounce, cup, pint ...
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How to stop a serving spoon from falling into the food?

When food is served in big pans in school, the serving spoon will sometimes fall into the food, as shown below: What can I do to prevent this? We could try only leaning the spoon against the long ...
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How to store cans in a cupboard

We have lots of cans of food in our cupboard - different kinds of beans, corn, etc. They are all the same size, your standard size can of black beans or whatever that you can find at your local ...
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How do I fully utilize the pasty sauce on bottle with minimum wastage before discarding the bottle?

There are instances where I have thrown away ketchup bottles with a little content left inside, simply because I could not get it out. Some bottles have a narrow neck & opening and others have ...
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Removing mold from walls without use of harmful chemicals

I have mold in the corner of my kitchen. Usually remove it with mold-removing chemical products like bleach spray and it work perfectly. But recently some people told me these chemicals are harmful ...
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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 to make neat, round pancakes

Whenever I make pancakes, I can never make them very circular. My pancakes always end up looking deformed and barely like a circle. I've tried just pouring the batter (which didn't work) and using a ...
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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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How to avoid splatters when microwaving?

Microwaving food often leaves behind splatters which are hard to clean up. When microwaving food from containers, I can usually just put the lid on top, rotated to leave a crack for air to come out. ...
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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 remove the cork from a wine bottle when I don't have a corkscrew?

How can I remove the cork from a wine bottle, without it falling into the wine, when I don't have a corkscrew? I'm not talking about flanged corks, or corks that partially protrude from the bottle ...
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How to make washed fruit last longer in the refrigerator?

Say I washed a bag of grapes, set it in a glass bowl, and left it in the refrigerator. Given time, the grapes will become soft and rotten. I've tried draining the water completely, but this doesn't ...
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What is the quickest way to defrost a frozen chicken breast?

I keep store-bought chicken in the freezer, and usually defrost it in the refrigerator for ~36 hours before cooking the chicken. But this method requires me to decide 36 hours in advance when I would ...
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How can I remove soap suds from a dishwasher?

When someone accidentally uses dish soap for hand-washing in the dishwasher, the whole thing quickly begins filling with suds. How can I remove the soap/deactivate the foaming properties quickly, so ...
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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 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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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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Any hacks for peeling garlic?

I have tried smashing the garlic with a knife and even bought a fancy garlic peeler once. Smashing with a knife has the downside of deforming the garlic which is not always desirable. The garlic ...
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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 can I cut onions without tears? [duplicate]

When onions are cut, people's eyes tend to tear up. What can be done to avoid this?
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

What are some tricks for opening seemingly impossible-to-open glass jars, like the one pictured below? ATTEMPT: I have tried twisting as hard as I can, but clearly that hasn't worked so far. I have ...
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How do I fill a hot water urn that doesn't fit in the sink?

I have a large container (a hot water urn) that I need to fill with water. I don't have access to a hose, unfortunately, so that is not an option. I did also try stuffing the urn in the sink, but ...
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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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