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Kitchen Equipment Hacks Answered

Hey everyone. What are your favorite kitchen hacks- alternative ways to use your kitchen equipment to make, bake, or cook?

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enspana (author)2014-03-23

rust from cutlery to pots and pans

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Michelle Batson (author)2014-03-20

ketchup is a great way to take out rust from cutlery to pots and pans .try an let me know any brand works.

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flavrt (author)2013-03-26

This is half a hack, but worth mentioning. A company called Dork Food makes a temperature controller and they sell it on Amazon. When you plug a non-programable heating appliance into the Dork, it provides the brains to hold the temperature to whatever you set without overheating. So now a $15 crockpot behaves like a $400 sous vide machine. If you want beef cooked to 132º, you get every bit of it cooked to exactly 132º. Thick or thin, an hour or a day, it doesn't matter. I can't overcook.

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Moem (author)2012-09-15

The other way around...
using a paint mixer to whip up a large batch of pancake batter.

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garnishrecipes (author)Moem2012-09-17

Whoa! Props, that's awesome! :)

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Moem (author)garnishrecipes2012-09-17

When you're making batter to feed 150 hungry bikers, this is definitely the way to go!

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RavensCraft (author)2013-01-10

Instead of using a microwave on my frozen mini pancakes,
I line the side of a steamer with them, and steam them over my oatmeal
on the stove.

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kkeagan (author)2013-01-10

i have a round glass benchtop cooker and no muffin pans would fit so i just cut the tops off 400g tomato can tins down to 1" and made the 8 needed to fit in my cooker

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kkeagan (author)kkeagan2013-01-10

a polar fleece blanket is the best to rise b read pizza bases in
i make a white bread dough in my breadmaker ...cut into 8 and roll out makes the best pizza bases... you can make thick or thin bases

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kkeagan (author)2013-01-10

i use an icecream maker machine to make icy fruit drinks for the kids on hot days, watermelon is the most favourite

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EsmeraldaSus (author)2012-11-25

Have Stainless Steel appliances? Keep those annoying fingerprints off by using baby oil.

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garnishrecipes (author)2012-09-09

My favorite kitchen hack is using the mini food processor to grind coffee grounds.

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CrLz (author)garnishrecipes2012-09-20

My brother, TimLoco, likes to use a hot air popcorn machine to roast his own coffee. Lets him experiment with different beans, finding his pref for each.

I've never had freshly roasted beans otherwise (that I can remember), but his coffee is really good.  Comes out almost "greener" in a vegetable/ /fresh sense.  Lots of more intense, up front flavors.

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onrust (author)2012-09-19

i cut a hole in the bottom of a refried bean can to blow them out

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garnishrecipes (author)onrust2012-09-19

I need more details, how does this work? It sounds explosive ;)

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onrust (author)garnishrecipes2012-09-20

first you open the top. then flip it around, and using the can opener, punch another hole in the bottom. you then blow on the hole to push out the beans. sorry, not very explosive

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garnishrecipes (author)onrust2012-09-20

It's a neat trick. Thanks for the step by step, I was confused.

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Moem (author)onrust2012-09-20

The explosive part comes after eating the beans.

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onrust (author)2012-09-20

I also keep a bag of frozen peas in the freezer for an emergency cold pack. they form to any situation

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garnishrecipes (author)2012-09-19

Thought of another- I use an empty coffee tin to hold a piping bag open while I scoop frosting into it.

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niki31b (author)2012-09-16

I have used my kitchenaide to mix batches of grout...

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bwrussell (author)2012-09-14

More of a lifehack or tip then a true hack but a wet paper towel under a cutting board will keep the board from sliding around at all.

Any sheet of stainless steel can replace a pizza stone.

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garnishrecipes (author)bwrussell2012-09-14

Ooh I've wanted a pizza stone. Thanks for saving me some $ :D

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Ronyon (author)2012-09-09

4 and 8" drywall spatulas for cutting bread dough,scraping flour and other debris from counters and removing backed on food from pots and pans.

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scoochmaroo (author)2012-09-09

What a fun idea for a challenge.

I use my muffin tin upside down as a laptop stand to help with cooling!

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