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Lawnie
Sep 5, 2006

That is my helmet
Give it back
you are a lion
It doesn't even fit


My enameled Dutch oven is from Aldi. I have a pretty hard time justifying spending a ton on cast iron products, personally, but even at $30, itís a decent piece of cookware.

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Steve Yun
Aug 7, 2003

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Grimey Drawer

Go to Homegoods, TJMAXX, Marshalls, Ross. They often have enameled cast iron in the $50-100 range

The Midniter
Jul 9, 2001



I just cook my shakshuka in a stainless steel saute pan.

The Slack Lagoon
Jun 17, 2008



Recipe I use calls for tossing it in the oven. Can the stainless pan go in the oven or do you not put it in the oven?

extravadanza
Oct 19, 2007


The Slack Lagoon posted:

Recipe I use calls for tossing it in the oven. Can the stainless pan go in the oven or do you not put it in the oven?

Stainless is oven safe.

Steve Yun
Aug 7, 2003

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Grimey Drawer

... if it doesn't have plastic handles

The Slack Lagoon
Jun 17, 2008



Thanks, I'll check for a suitable stainless pan at TJ Maxx

extravadanza
Oct 19, 2007


I would still recommend a non-stick pan or an enameled cast iron pan for Shakshuka. I think it should be possible to find a nonstick pan suitable for the oven, at least up to 350 or so.

Booyah-
Dec 21, 2004



That's my favorite thing about the calphalon contemporary non stick pans that I was recommended here:

http://www.calphalon.com/en-US/calp...t-ca-1876838--1

Oven safe up to 450.

SubG
Aug 19, 2004

It's a hard world for little things.


extravadanza posted:

I would still recommend a non-stick pan or an enameled cast iron pan for Shakshuka.
Why?

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


I'd imagine the stuff you're browning would stick to stainless steel.

Croatoan
Jun 24, 2005

Hold the line, I have shitposting to do.


I use all-clad for Shakshuka. I mean sure, stainless steel would be fine too, it's basically the same thing for reactive foods but I always recommend all-clad. Gotta love a pan that'll last a lifetime.

Jay Carney
Mar 23, 2007

If you do that you will die on the toilet.


You can make shakshuka pretty easily by dumping some prego, cheddar, and eggs in a glass bowl and microwaving it for five minutes so not sure why you all are messing around with cast iron.

emotive
Dec 26, 2006



My cast iron is pretty well seasoned (or, I thought it was...) and it still made my shakshuka taste metallic.

I just use stainless for it now.

Thoht
Aug 3, 2006



Seriously, there's no reason not to use stainless for shakshuka. It's made for poo poo like that.

Murgos
Oct 21, 2010


AnonSpore posted:

What do yall use for holding your knives? Are those universal knife blocks where you just stick your knives in a mass of foam (?) worth it?

I used the Koosh block for a few years. It's fine? Eventually the little strands break apart and come out and etc...

Doom Rooster posted:

Wall-mounted magnetic strips all the way.

This is what I did after the Koosh block fell apart. It's much better. The knives are now out of the way freeing up much more counter space while being ready to hand. I would never go back.

I mounted the magnetic strips to the tiles in my kitchen wall with liquid nails. Took 30 minutes to get them nice and level, walk away and let it set and it was done.

Feenix
Mar 14, 2003
Sorry, guy.


Instant Pot question. If I am making a dish that takes pasta noodles, and it calls for 2 cups of liquid... for 10 oz of pasta, should I assume it's going to absorb it all?

Reason being, I am going to do 12 oz of pasta, and wondering if I need to add exactly 1/5th more liquid, too.

Steve Yun
Aug 7, 2003

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I got a Bodum French press. I noticed that the screen wrinkles a little on one side, which might leak some grounds up. Is this normal among Bodums?

obi_ant
Apr 8, 2005
I plan to live forever.... So far so good!

Steve Yun posted:



I got a Bodum French press. I noticed that the screen wrinkles a little on one side, which might leak some grounds up. Is this normal among Bodums?

Mine does the same thing.

The Slack Lagoon
Jun 17, 2008



Sometimes you get a few grounds in the coffee. Isn't really bad imo

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008

It's a horrible name for anything really but especially a shirt.


extravadanza posted:

Stainless is oven safe.


Steve Yun posted:

... if it doesn't have plastic handles

The Farberware I bought as Babby's First Pot Set back in 1993 has oven-safe plastic handles (to 425). Not sure if they make 'em that way still.

Also, holy poo poo my Farberware is 25 years old?! Plus I have one I got from my mom, lord knows how old that one is. What I'm getting at is, if you want no frills stainless on the cheap, I heartily endorse them. Maybe once a year I have to tighten the screw that holds the handle on, but that's it. Though again, could be like Pyrex, Converse, and my favorite style of boots, where They Don't Make Them Like They Used To.

AnonSpore
Jan 19, 2012

Bear Witness

Is there anything a deep fryer does that a regular pot filled with oil can't do or is it all just convenience?

Steve Yun
Aug 7, 2003

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Grimey Drawer

Mainly it keeps grease and smell from getting into the air

Zorak of Michigan
Jun 10, 2006

Waiting for his chance

Designs with a lid and basket make it a lot easier to fry without getting spattered. Designs with the heating element in the oil can control the oil temp more finely than a burner heating a vessel heating the oil.

Christobevii3
Jul 3, 2006


Probably slightly less of fire vs gas stove top

Steve Yun
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Grimey Drawer

https://www.kickstarter.com/project...medium=facebook

Shere
Mar 26, 2006

It's shrine maiden, not shrine maid!




$600 for a smart rear end slowcooker with an optional meal subscription.

I'm just reminded of the old Tex Avery house of the future cartoon.

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Flunky
Jan 1, 2014


I'm not buying an all-in-one kitchen replacement device until it's dispensing Jetsons-style food pills

Feenix
Mar 14, 2003
Sorry, guy.


I'd just like to say, I had my mini-rear end little food processor for at least 6 years, no problem. Tried one recipe today that made a semi-firm dough. Mega smoke.

I'm ready for that fancy rear end one that was recommended to me.
So ready.

SubG
Aug 19, 2004

It's a hard world for little things.


That is one fancy rear end Easy-Bake Oven.

Boywhiz88
Sep 11, 2005

floating 26" off da ground. BURR!

Iíve been thinking about picking up a hand blender. In part because the blender I have is a hand me down from my grandpa and has seen better days.

Any reason not to get this one?

https://www.bestbuy.com//site/kitch...p?skuId=8813007

Price seems right and I have a gift card. Is it overkill? Barring any major items, this should handle all of my blending needs, right?m


Also, thinking about replacing my toaster. Itís not terrible but I got it from a thrift store in 2010 for a couple bucks. I think a new one could do better but not sure what I should look for or whatís overpriced. Iím looking at a KitchenAid model thatís on sale for $40, down from $60. Itís a 2 slice, so nothing crazy.

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ulmont
Sep 15, 2010

ASK ME HOW TO CUT PINEAPPLE LIKE A BADASS


Boywhiz88 posted:

Iíve been thinking about picking up a hand blender. In part because the blender I have is a hand me down from my grandpa and has seen better days.

Any reason not to get this one?

https://www.bestbuy.com//site/kitch...p?skuId=8813007

Serious Eats was not a fan.

quote:

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender was nearly the same price as the All-Clad, but it trailed in testing, with results similar to the much less expensive Hamilton Beach 2-Speed.
http://www.seriouseats.com/2017/11/...n-blenders.html

Neither was the Wirecutter.

quote:

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender wasnít reviewed in any major editorials, but at the time of our 2013 testing it was the fifth-rated immersion blender on Amazon (getting 4.4 out of five stars and 85 percent positive reviews) and actually had higher user ratings than the KitchenAid 3-Speed. It comes with a big box of attachments, including interchangeable blades, a chopper, and a whisk. We didnít find that the 5-Speed performed any better than the KitchenAid 3-Speed, and we didnít think weíd use all of the attachments.
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/b...ersion-blender/

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Boywhiz88
Sep 11, 2005

floating 26" off da ground. BURR!

The Wirecutter review mentioned they liked the 2-speed Cuisinart on a budget.

https://www.bestbuy.com//site/cuisi...p?skuId=5317984

Considering the price and whatnot, anything I should consider w this one? Iím cool with it not being top of the line, and giving me room to grow. Iím trying to stick w Best Buy because I have a big gift card and unfortunately the All Clad blender isnít an option.

Iíll mention that part of why I was eyeing the KitchenAid was due to its attachments. I already have a food processor and stand mixer, Cuisinart and KitchenAid respectively, so I suspect I should consider relying on those for whipping eggs or any larger blending, right?

Boywhiz88 fucked around with this message at Feb 22, 2018 around 19:04

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