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Recommend pots and pans please.

I would like to purchase a few new pots and pans. The ones I've been using are very old and pretty crappy. I am overwhelmed by the options. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jun 23, 2016 - 46 answers

What should we do with appliances after kitchen renovation

I'm about to kick off a kitchen renovation in Brooklyn and trying to figure out what the best thing to do with the appliances is. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Jun 22, 2016 - 11 answers

Can you recommend a decent, fairly cheap, paring knife?

My paring knives keep disappearing. I need a couple, either new or vintage. I'm looking for something that feels decent, not a chintzy little one. Not Made in China would be preferable. I really don't want serrated ones. I like nice solid black handles but it's not mandatory. Budget is $25-50 for 3-5 of them ideally. I'm fine with buying used ones on eBay if you have suggestions.
posted by Slinga on Jun 9, 2016 - 29 answers

Organize my Trash!

I am looking for a way to organize for multiple recyclables, compost, slops, etc. [more inside]
posted by aetg on Jun 6, 2016 - 6 answers

Recommendation for durable, dishwasher-safe, non-stick cookware?

Best answer would be available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
posted by Exchequer on Jun 4, 2016 - 10 answers

What's the best way to store fresh herbs?

What's the best way to store store-bought fresh herbs so they last the longest? I usually have cilantro/coriander, scallion, mint, basil (Thai, holy, and Italian), and occasionally sawtooth coriander and Chinese chives on hand. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 29, 2016 - 13 answers

What do I cover granite countertops with since I'm renting?

I need the equivalent of plastic couch covers or tinfoiling your stove for counters. I'd like to use the counters with the covers on. Appearance is unimportant. Usability of the counters is. [more inside]
posted by derbyshire on May 25, 2016 - 17 answers

Hard-Wired Remote-Controlled Under-Cabinet Lighting

I have 4 sets of cabinets in my kitchen with under-cabinet lighting, and each light is controlled by its own switch (on the light). We rarely turn them on because you have to walk all around the kitchen. Are there lights I can replace them with that are hard-wired and can all be turned on from a single location, without running new electrical to connect them to a new in-wall switch?
posted by chriswarren on May 25, 2016 - 11 answers

Bring the best of the world to my home reno!

I'm a Canadian doing a large scale home renovation. I know Japanese-style toilets, and German-style tilt and turn windows, and they're amazing. But what else am I missing? Can you recommend any other game-changing home innovations from around the world that aren't common in Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
posted by evadery on May 24, 2016 - 35 answers

Need advice on kitchen and bath remodel

I'm totally gutting kitchen and 2 baths and want to do it as cheaply as possible to stay within budget (30-35k) and am overwhelmed with the number of contractors and kitchen cabinet showrooms out there and don't know where to start. Should I hire general contractor to take care of everything or should I start with going to kitchen cabinet showroom and then act as my own contractor and hire out plumber, electrician etc. Which is the most cost effective? I want to remove 2 walls for the remodel, does this mean I have to hire a contractor anyways? Help! For those who've done this, where did you start? Also how much did you spend, is my budget realistic?
posted by CheeseAndRice on May 17, 2016 - 15 answers

I want to make cooking, and the kitchen, more pleasant, less stressful

Am moving into a household w/ a Mom and 2 kids (18-22 yrs). The kitchen was a mess; I have scrubbed the walls, painted, added new lighting, rearranged drawers, added a radio and some color. After 20 years of scrambling to get food on the table, Mom is reluctant to spend much time in the room; cooking or socializing. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on May 16, 2016 - 37 answers

Tiny little transglutaminase packets?

I want to use transglutaminase, but only for like one meal at a time, and possibly with large gaps in between. TGM inactivates very quick upon exposure to air. Is there any way to buy extremely tiny packets, like sugar-packet-sized packets, of TGM so I could just use individual ones for one-off things? Smallest size I found online is 2 ounces, which is still far too much.
posted by hleehowon on May 13, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I choose a microwave?

Please help me buy my first microwave. What do I need to know? How much is reasonable to spend? Australian edition. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on May 12, 2016 - 13 answers

How would you update, but keep, kitchen cabinets?

Your thoughts requested on what to do with solid but not beautiful cabinets. [more inside]
posted by jlittlew on May 2, 2016 - 21 answers

What is this kitchen (?) implement/tool used for?

We found this metal scissoring-action type tool (YT video) in my Swedish grandmother's kitchen drawer after she passed away. No one in the family knows what it was for. Is it a kitchen tool or a handicraft thing? Do you know? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Apr 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Baby baby baby light my way

My flat has (allegedly) asbestos ceilings and we are not supposed to put new holes in the ceiling. Both fixtures in the kitchen/dining area are ugly and dim. Please hope. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Mar 21, 2016 - 12 answers

Australia, ho! Help sort out my kitchen.

I am preparing for a move to Sydney. I will be burning an askmefi question a week for awhile so here is question one: what to take from my US kitchen? I have a lot of equipment. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Mar 9, 2016 - 33 answers

Sorry Mum, I ruined your wedding present cookware...

Can I use my mother's Falconware roasting dish on a gas hob without scorching the bottom? [more inside]
posted by HypotheticalWoman on Mar 5, 2016 - 10 answers

How do I replace the light bulb in these under-cabinet lights?

How do I reach the light bulb in these under-cabinet light fixtures? Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by yonglin on Feb 28, 2016 - 7 answers

Smoke detector is keeping me from cooking in my new apartment

I just moved into a new apartment and am having trouble with my smoke detector. Should I get a new one, or is there another fix? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 26, 2016 - 16 answers

What freestanding kitchen storage solutions can my trash bin fit UNDER?

I have a trash bin. I have a recycling bin. They are out in the open in my kitchen. I would like to use the space above these bins for additional storage without drilling anything into my walls. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by waterisfinite on Feb 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Front end for a kitchen stereo

My lovely friends have a boom box in the kitchen. They use it a lot and it is getting old and battered. They also have a powered 2.1 speaker set. What's a good, inexpensive, WiFi-connected tablet or the like with which they can stream audio to the speaker set? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Feb 23, 2016 - 10 answers

wall-mounted kitchen "instant hot water dispenser"

I know it's a longshot, but I've seen miracles performed here before. Does anybody happen to know of an "instant hot water dispenser" (similar to the ones shown here), but are mounted to the backsplash above the sink instead of in the counter-top itself? I know that it would probably be possible to rig up something wall-mounted on my own using a standard counter-mounted version, but would rather pay for something ready to go out of the box. thank you.
posted by jimmereeno on Feb 11, 2016 - 8 answers

what size Le Creuset enameled cast iron dutch oven?

Hi, I want to buy a Le Creuset enameled cast iron dutch oven but because they are so expensive I can only buy one. I've waited a long time and finally I'm going to take the plunge and do it. I know I want the yellow color, and heaviness does not matter because I'm going to leave it on my stove top for display when I'm not using it, so I don't have to lug it in and out of my cupboard. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Feb 9, 2016 - 31 answers

Pegboard or Rail + S-hook for Kitchen Pot Storage?

My roommate and I want to increase our kitchen storage capacity by building something to store pots by their handles. The two current ideas are either a pegboard or a few metal rails with S-hooks. [more inside]
posted by Maecenas on Feb 3, 2016 - 29 answers

Help me organise my spices and oils

I like to cook so have a lot of spices and various bottles of stuff, but I have a tiny kitchen. I'm having trouble getting my head around how to organise it. Details (and photos of current mess) inside. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Feb 2, 2016 - 27 answers

Laquer touch ups, scared!

My kitchen was redone a year and a half ago. We installed custom cabinets that were lacquer finished. I was home during the entire process and know that they did a very good and thorough job. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jan 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Mouse proof kitchen trash?

Can anyone recommend a mouse proof kitchen trash can? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Jan 20, 2016 - 9 answers

What is it? Identify the object.

What is it? Identify the object. It is heavy for its size (2 lb), the housing is metal, the handle is wood, it has a SPST switch that makes a satisfying thunk and the electric motor runs and turns a threaded jawn inside the chrome nozzle-y looking thing. Marked Kenmore cat no 559 8392. Pics
posted by fixedgear on Jan 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Where does one find under-the-sink storage trays?

I like the finished product of these sink storage trays, but I'm not prepared to make them myself. Where can one find them (or something similar) in Western Europe? Are they available online or in brick-and-mortar chain stores? Thank you.
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Jan 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Ideas for your (small) dream kitchen

We're getting ready to gut and replace our 12' x 13' DC Capitol Hill rowhome kitchen. What are the little things you like in a small kitchen, or that you wish you had done? [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower on Jan 7, 2016 - 70 answers

Identifying Kitchen Floods: PAR38, R40, BR40?

What bulbs should I use to replace the overhead flood lights in my kitchen? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jan 1, 2016 - 6 answers

Puzzling kitchen-gadgets gifts?

My mother-in-law likes to give (and get) stocking stuffers of obscure kitchen items, which the recipient then needs to identify. Past items include those square hard-boiled egg thingies, pineapple corers, garlic-peeling tubes, and finger protectors to wear while slicing tomatoes. Suggestions for what I could give her? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 7, 2015 - 61 answers

Should I cook this?

Turkey defrosted for Thanksgiving. Sat in the fridge until yesterday, when it was re-frozen. If it safe to cook and eat? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Cast Iron Care Kit

I'm looking to put together an assortment of accessories for my dad's beloved cast iron pans as his Christmas present this year. I've already thought of one of those silicon heat-protecting handle covers and a bottle of flax seed oil (let me know if I should be going with another kind) for seasoning. What else should I include? [more inside]
posted by ELind on Nov 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Renovation in NYC

My wife and I are considering buying a place that requires a kitchen and bath renovation in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Our real estate agent is suggesting we get an architect or contractor to come in, take a look, and give us an estimate before we even put in an offer. A couple questions: (i) is this necessary? We've done some research online and have a good general idea of how much kitchen and bathroom renovations cost - or I am I wrong and we really need a individualized estimate?; (ii) we don't have any friends who are architects/contractors - how would we go about finding one to come by a place we haven't even put an offer in on yet and give us an estimate?; (iii) assuming we go forward, with or without getting an estimate up front, how do we find a good architect and/or contractor - and do we need both? Any answers, suggestions, resources, etc. would be greatly appreciated - thanks!
posted by slide on Nov 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Are all "French Door" style refrigerators inherently flawed?

When we close either door of our new French Door refrigerator, the opposite door often pops open, and doesn't close completely. The KitchenAid authorized repair guy who came in to look at it said that there's nothing he can do to fix it, because "ALL French Door refrigerators do that". [more inside]
posted by melorama on Oct 30, 2015 - 30 answers

Ohhhh...So that's what a planetary mixer is

I am borrowing an awesome planetary mixer for the next 24 hours. What can I make with it tonight? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Oct 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Ants, you're not welcome anymore

I have ants in my kitchen. Anyone have any suggestions on how to discourage them? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Oct 12, 2015 - 25 answers

We have a new stove (coming Wednesday)! Now we need a range hood!

We replaced our well-loved Caloric kitchen stove with a new range, and now we need a range hood. We're sort of confused by the choices. Can you help us figure out what brand/model to get given our requirements? Bonus for personal stories, and detail about where to order. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Oct 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Can I eat it? Seafood edition

I have an unopened (sealed) can of lump crabmeat that's been refrigerated. It expired about a week ago (best if used by date was a week ago on 10/5). Can I still eat this? Or should I throw it out?
posted by MeFiMouse on Oct 11, 2015 - 17 answers

Minor kitchen remodel on even minor-er budget

We *must* replace our lower kitchen cabinets. The uppers are *ahem, previous owners* stained green. How do I match the unfinished lowers to the uppers? Is it possible with stain or am I forced to do a flat paint/black stain to cover the previous stain? Is there a cheaper route than Home Depot/Lowes? Is Habitat a practical option? I don't see cabinets on CL.
posted by kristymcj on Oct 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Can I fix this?

I did my kitchen last year, now the countertops are splitting? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Oct 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Where Should I Stop the Kitchen Backsplash?

We renovated the kitchen last year and the backsplash is the last thing we have left to do. There's one area that I'm not sure how to deal with, however: I don't know where to stop the backsplash at the end of the counter. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by chococat on Sep 28, 2015 - 27 answers

Newbie kitchen questions

As my earlier question will show, i am not a fan of cooking. But I have finally decided that I want to learn how to cook and reduce my dependence on seamless. You might have guessed that I am very new to cooking. In fact, i am figuring out my way around kitchen. Sharp knives, hot surfaces, hot oil, food germs etc are kind of anxiety inducing. And I am really anxious about making a mistake and poisoning myself. So, some questions: [more inside]
posted by TheLittlePrince on Sep 13, 2015 - 31 answers

Is it safe to leave the oven on while unattended?

My husband believes it is safe to leave the house with the (electric) oven on. Maybe not 100% safe, but no less safe than leaving the house with any electrical appliances plugged in. I am not so sure, and I am failing to find any reliable information online. Please resolve this disagreement: how unsafe is it to leave the house with the oven going? [more inside]
posted by meese on Sep 3, 2015 - 20 answers

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 - 33 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 - 18 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

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