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So, How About That Yogurt Maker?

I noticed that we've been going through kind of insane amounts of the Trader Joe's Greek-style yogurt recently. Since I'm already spending a small fortune on the stuff, I'd like to just try making my own. Any tips, recommendations, absolutely-best-yogurt-making devices EVAR? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 26, 2015 - 32 answers

How to deal with water pooling between the sink and the backsplash?

The ledge between my sink and the backsplash is forever filling up with water... gross black gunkiness develops if I am not very very diligent about removing all the dish soap/scrubbers/sponges every night and wiping it down. What habits/products/modifications can I use to keep it from getting gross with a minimum of effort?
posted by joshwa on Aug 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Have good blender, need food processor?

Can a blender reasonably substitute for a food processor? [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Aug 15, 2015 - 17 answers

I need some help with home economics

I need help managing the food in my pantry, fridge, and freezer. [more inside]
posted by colfax on Aug 9, 2015 - 30 answers

Dish drying rack

Basically, I am looking for the best dish drying rack ever. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jul 19, 2015 - 24 answers

bought portable dishwasher, trouble removing sink sprayer hose

I bought a portable dishwasher and the instructions recommend removing the sink sprayer and capping it off. I cannot budge the hex bolt. I have tried liquid wrench and I am using a basin wrench (pliers won't fit in that space). 1. Any other suggestions? 2. If I've turned off the water to the sprayer, do I really have to remove the hose? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Cooking for a College Student?

I've moved into an apartment and am trying to become a Real Adult. I've got some basic cooking skills, but would like a cookbook or something to follow since I lack variety. I cook a lot of soup at once and freeze/store it as my next few meals due to time constraints. I'm looking for advice, guides, sites, real-life books. [more inside]
posted by Just Another Entity on Jul 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Name a good step stool that's less than 15" wide

I'm looking for a foldable, two-step step stool that is less than 15" wide. It needs to fold to a depth less than 5.5", but I don't think that's a limiting factor. It would be nice if it were aesthetically pleasing, too. [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal on Jun 27, 2015 - 2 answers

I'm getting real tiled of your dirty grout

Tiled kitchen counters - they get dirty and gross and I hate them. But I'm renting so I can't tear them out. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Jun 22, 2015 - 9 answers

[bugfilter] Worms/larvae on kitchen cookware

Found this little thing in our glass measuring cup and 3 little wiggling worms/larvae (no pic) that looked like mouse droppings on our wok lid stored upside down. Both items were washed and cleaned and were sitting on the kitchen counter. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by lucia_engel on Jun 21, 2015 - 12 answers

One is the loneliest cabinet that I've never seen

Can I use a single Ikea kitchen base cabinet without mounting it to the wall/using a ledger board? I am moving into a rental that doesn't have any cabinets on the side of the kitchen with the fridge and stove. There is space at the end/in the corner where I would like to put in additional storage. My first thought was a kitchen cart but now I wonder if I could get a single Ikea base cabinet (36 wide). [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jun 14, 2015 - 10 answers

What are my next steps on this house?

There's a house we're interested in. It doesn't have any ductwork for the kitchen and there's no hood vent over the island cooktop. What do we do next? Can we retrofit the ducting? How do we arrange our thinking on this problem? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon on May 30, 2015 - 14 answers

Which LED under-cabinet lights?

What kitchen (or elsewhere) LED under-cabinet lights have you used? Were they good or bad? Do you wish you'd done it differently? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on May 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Can I or how do I sharpen this meat grinder blade?

I have a venerable Moulinex "Jeanette 243" grinder, with a very old blade, which I'm not sure how to sharpen [more inside]
posted by Dext on May 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Recommend a cereal dispenser / container?

I was recently awarded backpay for raises I was contractually owed, and I want to spent a portion of it on decor. I'm looking at 4 boxes of Cheerios and am slightly embarrassed -- I appear to regularly open new boxes before the unopened ones are finished. I'm thinking a cereal dispenser would help me unclutter my counterspace and reduce spoilage. Does anyone have a dispenser they really like? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on May 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Finding a wood with a specific look in Seattle

I'm so lost I'm having summing up the question here. But: I have a sample of wood and I want to show it to someone, and have them make me something that looks like it, in a specific size. Who would this be? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Apr 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Nice Rack

What is this rack-thing on my new kitchen wall? [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Apr 19, 2015 - 3 answers

What are fun, complicated dessert recipes I can make in my home?

I really love baking although I don't love cooking. I made donuts for the first time over the weekend and it was fun! I'd never fried anything before! I'd like to try some more new challenges! What are your suggestions? I have the basic stuff (food processor, stand mixer, dutch oven, double boiler) but nothing particularly fancy. What desserts -- tarts, cakes, pies, cookies, donuts, candies, new types of desserts I have never before encountered -- will make me try new things in the kitchen and help me feel proud of the tasty and beautiful creation I have created? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Apr 13, 2015 - 47 answers

Can I use an IKEA countertop for a DIY "table"?

I'd like to do something like this to make some counter space in my kitchen. Can I use an IKEA countertop instead of cut-to-measure wood? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Mar 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Is this a good deal for old cast iron pans in need of some TLC?

Inspired by reading this post regarding acquiring and restoring old cast iron pans, I thought I'd check my local Craigslist for deals. And I might have found one! [more inside]
posted by starscream on Feb 18, 2015 - 15 answers

Sink divot repair recommendations?

My new farm sink has a small chip in the surface, about the size of a dime, it is a shallow chip. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Feb 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Range hood lights keep burning out.

Our range hood has become death, destroyer of light bulbs. We're having to change bulbs about once a month, even after switching from normal to "oven"-type. We never use the hood fan, either. Any ideas on what might be causing this, and a possible simple fix short of asking our landlord to replace the hood?
posted by penguinicity on Feb 6, 2015 - 6 answers

No clearance for drawer slides --- how to mod?

I hope to install side drawer slides on my kitchen drawers (I've been unhappy with undermount slides), but the enclosing cabinet doesn't have much clearance. Do I try to cut grooves in the drawers, or enlarge the holes in the housing? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Jan 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Kitchen range for serious cooking?

I'm shopping for a new kitchen range and I'm not having much luck figuring out what to get. I'm a pretty serious cook and I'm planning to pay for a nice range, but when I say serious I mean that I don't care about or want a lot of the features that (I think) sell ranges but aren't actually much good for cooking. Help! Excessive detail below the fold. [more inside]
posted by madmethods on Jan 5, 2015 - 21 answers

Hive Mind: please recommend a Brave Little Toaster

Yesterday the last of a long line of El Cheapo toasters finally kicked the bucket and I need a replacement. Except, this time I want the Rolls Royce of toasters and price is no object. What do I buy? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Dec 20, 2014 - 21 answers

How do I clean melted shrinky dinks off my toaster oven?

Shrinky Dinks were placed in our toaster oven without being on a tray, and the plastic melted onto the oven's heating element. How do I get the toaster oven clean? [more inside]
posted by werty on Dec 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Mid century modern dish identification

Tineye has failed me!!! Help me identify the maker of this dish. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Dec 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Sarasota downtown or "nice walks" lodging with kitchen-type facilities?

Sarasota Where-To-Stay: We want to stay in Sarasota, Florida, USA, Dec. 27-30 to visit with my dude's parents. Can anybody recommend a nice place to stay with kitchenette-type facilities (i.e., at least refrigerator/microwave - or maybe a friendly BNB) with _somewhere_ nice to walk, i.e., not located on a high-traffic road with nothing nearby but uninteresting industrial stuff, nail salons, or chain stores? I'm working with a travel agent, and have looked around a bit myself, so this is a long shot. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Dec 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Kohler Elate faucet cartridge replacement help

My kitchen sink, a Kohler Elate is leaking from the handle. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Nov 6, 2014 - 11 answers

When does the plumber stop plumbing

I did a kitchen remodel and the only person I wanted to use was my plumber rather than the contractors because my plumber knows my house and situation pretty well. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 5, 2014 - 13 answers

What are your best kitchen organization hacks?

What are your best hacks for repurposing items or using them in an unusual way to help organize your kitchen? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 2, 2014 - 51 answers

How to cook without condensation?

Condensation pours down walls if I try and cook stews, risottos or even boil pasta in my small kitchen even with the (tiny) window and/or extractor fan on maximum. Can't get cooker hood vented to outside. How can I adapt my cooking to keep condensation to a minimum?
posted by janecr on Oct 29, 2014 - 11 answers

Should my kitchen sink be generating heat when it's turned off?

This morning when I went to use the kitchen sink, the floor around the sink was warm to the touch. I opened the cabinet under the sink and the air inside it was hot, and the bottles of household cleaners I store beneath the sink had condensation bubbles on the insides. The surrounding cabinets are warm too. This is is not normal. Before I email my landlord, is there any non-negative reason this could be happening? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Oct 28, 2014 - 18 answers

I'm cooking! (With a catch.)

Hi! I'm hosting a dinner party. One of the attendees is a professional chef. MeFi, what do I feed my guests? [more inside]
posted by schooley on Oct 22, 2014 - 26 answers

BEST. TUPPERWARE. EVAR.

I need to know about the most badass tupperware-type stuff. Right now we have a mixed "collection" of mason jars, to-go containers, Talenti gelato jars, and the occasional thing that's actually meant for the job, but who knows where the hell the lid for it is. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Oct 21, 2014 - 39 answers

Hindsight is 20/20

Please help me deal with the aftermath of a disastrous remodeling job. [more inside]
posted by bendy on Oct 18, 2014 - 10 answers

What's the difference between an exhaust hood and an exhaust fan?

Ikea sells "exhaust hoods" like this Luftig for $379, and it sells "exhaust fans" like this Luftig for $99. How are they different that's worth $280? It can't be just the extra stainless steel and faux industrial style since this Eventuell which mounts under a cabinet sells for $499. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Oct 4, 2014 - 8 answers

He who controls the spice rack, controls the dinner table!

I need a wall-mounted spice rack that comes with refillable bottles and holds more than twelve bottles at a time. For some reason, the prices skyrocket 50+% above 12 bottles. Anyone have any good spice racks that fit those requirements or some search terms I can use? This is proving to be more difficult than I thought.
posted by griphus on Oct 1, 2014 - 22 answers

Designing our (little) kitchen

After months of drawing and re-drawing, we have draft floor plans! Now we need more eyes on the kitchen layout. Looking especially for specific suggestions. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Sep 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Steam oven basics? Recipes?

My house has a steam oven, something that I had never heard of until, er, I bought my house. So far, I've steamed some unadventurous vegetables and reheated a slice of ham. I have no idea what else I'm supposed to be doing with it. Any tips from the field? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Looking to buy a fridge to fit a small kitchen. Suggestions?

Our previous fridge was on the small side, but certainly not compact; still, even after taking a look at many well-reviewed models, I haven't been able to find any that would fit our kitchen. Could you help us find a moderately respectable smaller-ish fridge? Kitchen space dimensions/etc. inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Sep 16, 2014 - 16 answers

Are all restaruant kitchens hot and steamy?

I am thinking about working in a restaurant kitchen. My only experience so far is with pizza places, which have hot pizza ovens and therefore get pretty durn hot on a hot day, or when more than one oven is turned on. The last place I worked had perfectly good air conditioning, but it became completely ineffective under the aforementioned circumstances. [more inside]
posted by serena15221 on Aug 24, 2014 - 44 answers

Yeah but that TrueCoat...

We're going to be buying a refrigerator, a gas stove, an above-range microwave and a dishwasher shortly. All mid-range. What are some good, not-obviously things to note? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 22, 2014 - 23 answers

NYC plumbing cost. Recommendation for queens/north brooklyn plumbers?

We're doing a pre-war renovation in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC where our co-op requires we have a plumber replace the branch piping, new valves and shower pan for both the bathroom and the branch piping/valves in the kitchen. Questions: i) Is the below cost estimate reasonable. ii) Any recommendations of pre-war savvy licensed/insured plumbers in Queens or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Aug 22, 2014 - 0 answers

Inducing Lactation Is Not An Option.

Problem: every time I buy a quart of milk, it spoils before I can use more than a few tablespoons. Goal: be able to drink coffee at home on the weekends without wasting a gallon of milk a month. Solution: ????? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 21, 2014 - 58 answers

Bathrooms are gross. Cleaning shouldn't be worse.

How do you clean your grody tiled bathroom floors -- without causing more mess to clean up now or later? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Aug 21, 2014 - 30 answers

Best food processor for peanut butter, and other uses.

Tell me about your food processor, especially if you use it to make peanut butter. Our food processor's bowl is cracked, and rather than replacing the bowl, we're thinking of upgrading. Consumer Reports recomments a Cuisinart ($180-$300) or Breville ($400), but the high end of that price range seems too steep for us, considering how much we use the thing. That said, we're willing to pay around $200 for a good machine. I'm interested in your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Aug 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Why does my rice cooker's power cable have 2 different amp ratings?

I need to replace the power cable for my rice cooker. The kitchen area of my apt is pretty small, and the cable was stupidly close to the stove and I burned a hole through the insulation. On the end of the cable that connects to the mains, it says 16a 250v while the end that plugs into the cooker says 10a 250v. The appliance itself is labeled as 10a 250v. [more inside]
posted by pugg on Aug 21, 2014 - 9 answers

No one eats for free.

We host a lot of younger people who invite themselves over for dinner and then do not help clean up. I'm not mad or anything, but I am going to start politely asking them to help with dishes. I'd also like to commission a sign that says something along the lines of, "Guests are loved and welcome, and clean dishes are very appreciated." I need ideas. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Aug 4, 2014 - 49 answers

Fixing or Replacing Kitchen Faucets

DH and I moved into our new house to discover the kitchen and bar faucets could use some maintenance, if possible, or to be replaced. We're having a hard time finding a manual and parts for the faucets, and so may need to replace. Either way, can you help? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) on Jul 30, 2014 - 10 answers

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