Archive for January, 2011

Where can I find reusable clear cutlery?

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Why is it impossible to find transparent cutlery? I just want reusable transparent cutlery, like polycarbonate or something. Does it exist? Where can I find it? Thank you.

Try Big Lots. Have you tried Wal Mart, Target,etc.?

Should you "reseason" stainless steel cookware after the initial one you do when you buy it wears off?

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I’ve recently bought a stainless steel electric frying pan and in the guide it explained how to season it – which I did. I’ve used it a few times and the seasoning has pretty much worn off. Should I redo it, and continue to redo it? What about my other stainless steel cookware – saucepans etc – that I’ve never done – is it worth doing it to them as well?

I have been cooking for 35 years, and I never heard of seasoning anything except cast iron. Stainless steel should be usable from day one after you clean off the dust from the purchase box. ;

How do I connect (and regulate) a kitchen stove to a 20# propane tank for my cottage?

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I’ve tried using the regulator in the stove but no gas comes out. When I used the regulator on the 20# tank and bypassed the stove’s regulator, too much gas came out (although we did successfully bake a nice pizza!) Is my stove set up for natural gas instead? How do I find out?

This is a temporary hook-up until we get a permanent tank installed outdoors.

Thanks for your answers, clues and suggestions!

Don’t play with this! The pizza you baked was most likely toxic, because the oven was heated with too much gas and not enough air, yellow flames. The perfect flame of a gas stove is supposed to be blue.

Your gas stove is most likely as you said set up for natural gas. It can be changed over to propane (different size nozzles and air mixture adjustment for the burners) which has to be done by a certified gas furnace repair man. The cost involved may be questionable, it might be better to buy a used propane gas stove and forget the one you’re playing around with now.

The gas cylinder must be placed outside, all connections must be tested for leaks, because propane gas can be extremely explosive and could lift your cottage off of it’s foundation.

Also a warning in additiion:
Never use a gas stove for any extended time to possibly heat the place. Gas flames produce Carbon Monoxide, which can lead to death or brain damage in a very short time. I would recommend a carbon monoxide detector for safety.

How do I convert my pellet stove back to a wood burning fireplace?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The home I bought had a woodburning fireplace that the previous owners converted to a pellet stove. I’d rather have a woodburning fireplace. Can I just remove the stove and go back to using the chimney or do I need a professional to do the conversion?

I would recommend you get it inspected by a professional.
It wouldn’t cost much, and he/she will be able to tell you exactly what needs to be done to adhere to your local fire codes.
Then you can do the work yourself, if you feel confident in your abilities.
Some fireplace inserts call for a specific vent to be run inside the chimney opening to accommodate the insert.
Others don’t.
I couldn’t be sure if yours is modified unless I looked at it.
Just remember, if it’s not done correctly now, if you ever plan on selling the house, it’s going to be inspected anyway, so you’ll have to pay for anything that was done wrong now, then.
Not to mention the risk to your property and personal safety.
And if you use the fireplace a lot, have it cleaned and inspected periodically.
Be safe..

Brown Spots on Cutlery After Dishwashing?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

I have recently started using a dishwasher to clean my cutlery and crockery. I have noticed a problem though. Whenever cutlery has been through the dishwasher, it comes out in brown spots. It can’t have anything to do with the quality of the cutlery because they are very high standard. Can anybody tell me why this is happening and how I can prevent it?

Magic Erasers get this off without harming the cutlery. I think this happens when the cutlery has been left too long before washing, or, as someone else said there is some other metal object in the dishwasher that is affecting it.

What’s your favorite piece of cookware and cooking utensil?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

What type of cookware or cooking untensil should "they" invent?
How would you improve your favorite cookware/cooking utensil?

I love spatulas! ah hahaah and tongs