Essential Kitchen Tools

What kitchen tools are absolutely essential to you?

Posted by garnishrecipes 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Kitchen Equipment Hacks

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

Posted by garnishrecipes 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


repainting kitchen cabinets?

What primers, degreasers (?), type of paint and glaze do I need?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


drain in kitchen not draining?

Had a guy snake kitchen drain and still did not drain until he took off the mechanical air vent, so he said to replace the vent, after replacing the vent there was no change, the drain is very slow with the vent on, if the vent is off it drains fast, I have tried 2 vents they are the black cheaper vents. any help would be appreciated. Thanks the sink is a double

Asked by chunkeluvr53 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


A challenge of sorts: Field Kitchen

I want a military style field kitchen.  Not the giant 30,000 dollar trailers, the small but efficient kind towed by jeeps with 60 hp in the world wars. It has come to my attention that even these are quite expensive, not mention rare. I want to basically make a clone, except perhaps make it light enough to push by hand (should be possible by replacing non-essential heavy materials with light ones) and make it propane powered. Hopefully on a budget of a few hundred dollars. Any suggestions are welcome. A base/ pre-made trailer or cart to build it off of, material reccomendations, and most importantly how to implement the the cooking part. It needs tot be able to house 2 30 gallon pots and griddle top. pic is more or less what I'm aiming for

Posted by Bando_Red 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


is a steel kitchen pot bulletproof?

I am working on a completely home made armor set for sword combat.  Actually, it will be mixed with a few modern firearms such as .44 Magnum revolvers, 9mm handguns and .45 pistols.  It is better that you DON'T know what I am doing.  Trust me.  So the question, Is a steel kitchen pot bulletproof?

Asked by bendog38 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Alternative Ideas for Kitchen worktop?

I have to put new worktops into my kitchen and would like some alternative ideas for a worktop using any type of material? Tiles and Concrete are not an option, any other ideas? Thank you :)

Asked by welshwaters 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Are knex kitchen utensils allowed?

I have made a really cool working kitchen tool from knex ( not gonna say what! ) and I want to know if it can go in this contest?

Posted by Bartboy 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how do i paint over kitchen tiles and what tools will i need?

Asked by maureen50 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


My kitchen peninsula has a soffit that is packed with insulation - - what's the best way to remove both? Answered

Apparently the soffit is part of the ceiling - - i.e., open on top - - - that's why it's filled with blow-in insulation. I just want to remodel our kitchen - - which includes removing the peninsula and the problem soffit/insulation. Maybe the biggest problem would be to replace the insulation when I'm done.

Asked by gls5807 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


air vent filling up when run water in kitchen sink. then it leaks out of vent

Think some thing is blocking line and there is a crack or break in ait vent other wise would back up to top of roof and flow out on to roof.

Asked by 6jongambit6 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


how do i install a dishwasher?

Asked by wrnfase 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can you hook up a propane tank in place of natural gas hookup?

For example, could you you connect a propane tank to something like this: http://bit.ly/fJG9VI It's a natural gas oven. 

Asked by drewSaysGoVeg 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Mechanical timers - wind up mechanism

Can anyone advise what is the maximum length of time the mechanism on a mechanical hand-wind timer can last for (approx range will do) i.e between 60/70 minutes, 3/4 hours.

Asked by MMAM 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How do you get rid of ants in the kitchen?

Asked by Igorota 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Ideas for DIY solid surface kitchen counter top?

Hi all, I need to replace some counter tops in my kitchen and I love the solid surface materials like Corian, but it's also very expensive so I was wondering if we could collaborate and come up with a DIY solution. I know concrete is one option for a DIY counter top. But it's very heavy, prone to cracking and a little to industrial for my taste. Maybe someone who knows more about synthetic resins will have a suggestion. I'm imagining pouring a mixture into an upside down mold the way it's done with concrete. It would be great if we could figure out how to mold a sink into the counter too, but maybe that would add too much complexity.

Posted by SteveGerber 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I've got a leaky pipe under my kitchen sink how do i fix it?

Can anyone point me towards an instructable for fixing leaky pvc pipe? Thank you

Asked by WendyleeGirbav 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago





Countertop alternative: Any way to cover an old formica countertop without all the demolition and expense? Answered

Oddly arranged kitchen, want to improve the countertops without a lot of expense as a get by for now solution until we can afford to rip out the entire kitchen and start over or move.

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Has anyone ever "repainted" their old kitchen appliances for a new look... Answered

Preferably in black or stainless steel look. How did it turn out?

Asked by hunt4anarnia 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


My husband and I are building a kitchen island and would like a blueprint it is 46" x 46" with a 18 "bartop?

The island top is 48 by 48 with the bartop being raised approx 3 inches from the island top, the island will have cupboards and a dishwasher on one side with the backside of the dishwasher being for a drawer bay, and the opposite side of the dishwasher will be cupboards.  there will be nothing on the bar side possible decorative panels that match the doors.  and a rack on the side of the dishwasher for cookbooks.

Asked by Karenbell 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Anyone any comments on "Downdraught extractors" for kitchen stoves

I'm looking at rejigging our kitchen at home in the UK. On various US programs, we've seen "downdraught" extractor fans which seem to be a very neat solution to the problem of getting fumes off the stove and outside. Trouble is, they aren't really available in the UK, and if I get one, I'll have to ship if from the USA...... Before I do that though, I wondered if any Iblers had opinions for or against this type of extraction ? Thanks Steve

Posted by steveastrouk 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


True Stainless handle

The stainless cabinet handles are manufactured from stainless steel material as they carries better finish as well as durable. Stainless steel is also the favourite material house ware and kitchen ware too. It is also the main choice for cabinet handle specifically for bathrooms and kitchens mainly due to their easily maintenance. Besides the benefits above, the color and finish of the stainless steel handles looks rather good against cabinet background. Wooden, fiber or plastic material. Modern contemporary kitchen design fit very well with stainless steel handles, and there are good selections of styles to select from. Normally it is not economic and easy to change out the entire kitchen cabinet and it is rather costly, so changing the knobs and pulls may be a good way to refresh the cabinet. Besides the decorative function, the cabinet knobs and handles are also useful in a number of ways. As cabinet door go through lots of wear and tear, so they are easily damaged. Their paint and polish can easily drop off over time. Hence the stainless steel knobs and handles are the better choice for kitchen cabinet due to their durability. but in the market nowadays, many distributors will sell SS201 Material handles rather than SS304 handles due to price problems, and SS201 will rust very easy, so if considered the price, there is another alternative choice, that´s Zinc alloy handles or Alu handles or knobs, especially Zinc alloy handles can be processed in many different finishing. Whatever types of knobs or handles you choose, they ought to fit in the theme of the kitchen. Hence do check out the different styles of the stainless steel handles. Do check out www.fashion-alen.com for more related information

Posted by Imex international 7 years ago


A house with granite countertops and limestone tile backsplash, should the granite countertop go part way up the wall?

I remolding a kitchen using granite countertops and limestone tile for backsplash and trying to determin the best place to end the end the granite.  I've seen pictures of both with the granite extended about 4 inches up the wall and with the granite stopping at the wall.  Which is best?

Asked by atasc 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


what are the first steps to troubleshooting a freezer/refridgerator?

My fridge/freezer stops working every few days

Asked by r.nasty 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how do you adjust hinges on modern cupboards so that the door closes firmly?

How do you adjust hinges on modern cupboards so that the door closes firmly?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


ideas for a crepe maker?

I've wanted to make a crepe maker for a while but could use some suggestions and advice on materials. My first thought was "I have a spare cast iron skillet and an alcohol burner, maybe I can flip the skillet over and place it above the alcohol burner and a pan below to catch the drips." But I'm sure that is riddled with problems...it wouldn't heat evenly and the bottom of a cast iron skillet is pretty bumpy.  Even with a lot of butter I think it would still stick.  Not to mention the resulting device would be pretty far from elegant. I thought I'd try to crowd-source this puppy.  Any ideas for a funky looking crepe maker?  I don't know much about stove coils and I can't say I trust myself fiddling with that much power, so unless somebody knows of a real safe way to handle that I'd prefer a different heating method. Of course, the cheaper it can be done the better but I'd expect to spend more than the bottom of the line commercial crepe maker (usually run about $50).

Posted by linuxmoose 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Camp Kitchen or chuck box designs?

Does anyone have good instructions for a camp kitchen/scout chuck box? I'm looking for something as lightweight as possible.?

Asked by Pandroe 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Who knows Blender? (not the kitchen appliance)

So, anyone know about Blender, free rendering program? if you do, post some stuff you've made.

Posted by Gunslinger95 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to clean stinking kitchen tubes?

Get chemicals from supermarket, pour it into the basin, pour hot water, clean everything with acid, or? I'm looking a green way to clean the basin, the tubes are open but there is a smell coming up from the tubes. edit:as an answer to bleach I'll recite from grist.org:"The corrosive ingredients in these products can severely irritate eyes, skin, and the respiratory tract, and can be fatal if swallowed. Chemical drain cleaners are among the most dangerous of all cleaning products, containing sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) that can permanently burn eyes and skin. In oven cleaners, lye and sodium hydroxide can burn skin, eyes, and the respiratory tract."the p-trap in the kitchen is made of metal, anyway I guess it can be removed and cleaned manually which seems like the best way. the air valve in the kitchen is the yellow one, so I think it's not the water that blocks the air blow.I don't think I have a disposal ( is it the machine with knifes under the sink? i don't have that one)but I'll try to pour a some lemon juice, too.I think the enzyme cleanser is this one:http://www.thisthatotherthings.com/bacoutfoamer.html?productid=bacoutfoamer&channelid;=FROOGbut I live in Italy, so I'll try to find another one at least in Europe.as I live in an apartment, I can't clean more than the pipes under the sink, not to mention to change them.other solutions I've found are: *Pour down half a cup of sodium bicarbonate (or baking soda or sodium carbonate) and half a cup of vinegar, wait 15 minutes, pour down 1 lt. boiling water. I translated it from another language and there is a confusion here about sodium bicarbonate, baking soda and sodium carbonate, I didn't get which one to use.this works for opening blocked drains or the toilet. BAKING SODA IRRITATES YOUR SKIN, USE GLOVES. it makes a chemical reaction and you should be careful when it boils. but the ingredients are harmless to nature.to disinfect:*Mix 2 spoons of borax, 1 cup of vinegar and 500ml hot water, use it for toilet, and similar surfaces.I don't know how/where to find borax (water+O2+sodium+bor) but this solution might help for the smell.

Asked by iovsjupiter 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


do they sell a devise to hold up a kitchen cabinet so that they will easier to instrall them?

Need a devise that will hold up kitchen cabinets when I install them. I will be working alone...

Asked by roy6486 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Hard to reach space in a wall kitchen cabinet. Any idea ?

Hello everybody Here's my question : In my kitchen, I have a wall cabinet, in which, there is a place (orange arrow on the picture) where things that I could put there would be hard to reach. This cabinet is located in a kitchen corner and is beside another cabinet as shown in the pictures. Then, I dont'use that space and I'd like to... I was wondering if someone has or had the same problem and if so, how it could be fixed. Any idea will be welcome. (I didn't find anything like that by using the search engine of instructibles web pages. Maybe I was not clever enough in English Language...) I hope there will be helpful replies... English is not my native language, so, please, (if possible), try to use simple words in your replies...

Posted by iwonder54 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Is it possible for me to mount a front on our oak kitchen cupboards?

They are good cabinets, but have that very dated looking arch on the top. Can anyone think of any solution to give the doors a new life without replacing them? We are going green and don't have much green either so bonus if it is eco- and wallet friendly.

Asked by bunchaviolets 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I want to use a water catchment under my outdoor kitchen sink to re-use the water. Answered

It would need to be a max. 20" high and 16" around. We'd need a multi-filter as well. Thank you!

Asked by silversword 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How do I fix a kitchen aid stand mixer that is not spinning?

Kitchen aid stand mixer

Asked by katieg03 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


granite tranformations drop over old ones in Omaha .ne.?

Asked by uss ticondergo 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago



Raise & Lower Spice Rack

I built a small spice rack that hangs on the underside of my kitchen cupboards (it is hidden behind the valence), and I want to have it raise and lower using a simple motor mechanism but I am a complete novice and I have no idea where to start. Right now I can just raise and lower it by pulling a string, in the same you would raise and lower window blinds. Any thoughts?

Posted by Northern1 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Instructable Request - Commercial foil/wrap hanger

I would like something like this for my kitchen at home. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000YOM6O/ref=asc_df_B0000YOM6O1514313?ie=UTF8∣=A2OXZP811GUDWF&tag;=dealtmp3666-20&linkCode;=asn&creative;=395105&creativeASIN;=B0000YOM6O I did a search of the site and I was unable to find something like it. I would rather not pay $166 for something that could likely be made at home with little effort. I would settle for a hack of a different product. My goal really is to get the foil off the counter. I know I would be able to reuse the cutter that's on the box. past that  I'm at a loss

Posted by blue_drgn 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What to salvage from oven

We're getting rid of our electric oven/ range today because 3 out of the 4 burners don't work. I  figured that in that whole oven, there must be some useful materials, So what should I pull from it, and if you have any ideas, what could I do with it? As you can imagine, search results were very broad when I looked for "Oven" and "Stove". Any suggestions are welcome.

Posted by Bando_Red 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do refrigerators work?

I've always wondered what keeps my beers cool and my cheeses fresh. Now I'm new to Instructables, but on the advice of a good friend, I thought I'd post this here:   I love to figure out, research, how stuff works. And then figure out how to tell that story. This one animation has a bit of a story itself, because it turns out I made the first version a bit too fast... I didn't do my research properly. Anyway, so here it is. I'm curious to know what you think!

Posted by Sebvandenbrink 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Recommend some things to make with my limited kitchen?

We are remodeling our kitchen/living room and are without a place to properly cook food. We have been eating out a bit, but its been annoying to rely on restaurant hours and their food to survive. This is what I have and how I am limited. - various cooking utensils (spatulas, knives, bowls, you name it...) - microwave (pretty weak) - rice cooker (small) - Toaster - toaster oven - electric frying pan (9" and sort of difficult to get out and use due to how messy it can get) I am limited since we are using part of our garage as the "kitchen" area. But the power is limited here in that only one appliance can be plugged in at once. We tried two and the circuit breaker flipped. So we can only use one at a time. So if I want to melt butter for toast I have to melt it in the microwave, then unplug the microwave and plug in the toaster, annoying but its all we have for the next month(s). Also the space is very small, we have a counter that fits a medium cutting board, so imagine a cutting board and maybe an extra square foot as workable space. Can anyone recommend some food items we can make with these limitations. There are so many things posted, I found a few interesting ones like rice cooker pizza among others.

Posted by MrOldboy 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Attach Pasta Maker to Kitchen Aid Mixer

Can someone come Up with an easy tutorial on Attaching a Pasta Maker to Kitchen Aid Mixer ? The Pasta Maker has a Manual Cranking Handle. I have seen Kitchen Aids with the attachment and would like to convert mine.

Posted by TheCritic 7 years ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


removing rust from metal kitchen utensils?

Asked by ferra2727 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can I mount a fridge from the ceiling? Answered

My parents are moving into a home about a fourth of the size they live in now, since the kids are at college. The kitchen is a sad affair and needs to be torn apart. Even with a fair amount of work, the kitchen will be under 120 square feet. A standard fridge cuts the usable space down drastically and stick out into walking ad working areas.  Under cabinet fridges are being considered, but the below counter cabinet space is limited enough as it it, at best around, 200" linear of 32" deep counter and 90" of 24" deep counter.  The idea hit me when I was searching for fridges that fit under counters when I saw commercial display fridges, and mistook them for ceiling units.  So, is there any way to hang a small fridge from the ceiling? What kind of joists/beams would be needed to keep it from crashing down? Or is this a crazy pipe dream?? Are they just too heavy with all the copper coils and insulation?

Asked by eggplanthunter 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


is there a way to make a pop-up cd rack that uses 12v and a motor? Answered

I want to build a few pop-up parts for my pc station. One of them being a CD rack that stacks the CD's vertially and can, at a push of a button, raise itself up through the hole in my pc station, and back down again (see the pop-up kitchen spice rack). I know this is probably achievable given that there are many motors that will run on 12v, but i cannot work out how it would lift or how it would stop at the maximum height before it comes up against the edge of the desk etc.

Asked by MarkFW 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


DIY Hanging vegetable sacks?

I saw these Orka hanging vegetable keep sacks and as I can't buy them (availability and the price are the issue) I was wondering if anyone has an idea or advice on how to make them yourself? http://www.thegreenhead.com/2011/08/vegetable-keep-sacks.php

Posted by Sound Of Vision 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Molding with no Special Equipment

Hi, say I want to make a lot copies of a clay craft, and I don't have a special oven to mold brass stuff etc. How can I do it? So I prefer to mold in room temperature. I don't care a lot about the material, just if it isn't something weak, like gypsum. thanks.

Posted by merijnvw 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago