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Bipolar Oven

My oven is bipolar: when I follow the instructions for frozen pizza, it's done in about 66% of the time, i.e. instructions say 18min, it's done in 12, usually less - 18min would burn it to a crisp. Thicker things, like pork roasts or heating a pre-cooked ham, are barely tepid in the center at the time in their instructions, i.e. instructions say 45min, takes over an hour to get to the recommended temperature. The oven is a generic, in-every-apartment-I've-ever-had kind of stove. What's it's problem? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jul 28, 2014 - 17 answers

What cooking chemistry should I know?

What are basic pieces of kitchen science that would be helpful for me to know? I'm most interested in baking but cooking is okay too. Things like the effect of salt or liquid on a recipe or whether I want my bread dough to rise in a dry or humid area and why would be really great. I'm okay at following recipes but I'd absolutely love to know why different ingredients and combinations have different effects and how I can use that to my advantage. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jun 23, 2014 - 22 answers

Tips and tricks for the noob cake-baker

What are some tips for an adequate baker trying to get into cakes and more advanced things? I made my first ever cake last night (cake, filling, and buttercream icing) and it came out fine, but was a little nerve-wracking because the batter took nearly twice as long as the recipe said to bake. Then I realized I didn't have a wire pan to cool it with, nor a "cake plate" so it would look nice for presentation, nor a means of covering it without messing it up. What other pitfalls can I expect in preparing, timing, or equipment? What are the vital tools and supplies for my new hobby? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Jun 5, 2014 - 39 answers

How can I bake or make bread without using my oven during the summer?

Late last year a few friends and I started an informal bartering club. My contribution is baked goods, usually bread of some kind, but as the first heatwave of the season kicked in I realized I’m going to need an alternative to oven baking. Cooks and bakers of MeFi, hope me some bready recipes that I can make during red flag season. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 2, 2014 - 24 answers

Completely average, completely delicious chocolate frosting?

Frost my cupcakes! Please suggest your best recipe for an excellent middle-of-the-road chocolate frosting-- not too dark, not too heavy, not too fragile, not too sugary. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Oct 26, 2012 - 19 answers

It's cute but it doesn't cook.

I'm considering renting a small apartment with a super-tiny kitchen. So tiny that it doesn't have an oven! Would a convection/microwave oven suit my needs? Also, do you have experience with induction cooktops? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 26, 2011 - 27 answers

What makes lemon bars tart?

What makes lemon bars tart? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Feb 25, 2011 - 26 answers

We can only consume SO MANY croutons.

Help us keep our home baked bread fresh. Well, freshish. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Jul 13, 2010 - 43 answers

We've got to stop loafing around...

What are the best supplies for baking bread at home from scratch? [more inside]
posted by cior on Dec 16, 2009 - 45 answers

What are your favourite ways to avoid waste in the kitchen?

What are your favourite kitchen and pantry management tricks to avoid the waste of food and money? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Mar 28, 2009 - 34 answers

Other than patch a bark canoe...

What should I do with five pounds of failed peanut brittle? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Dec 19, 2008 - 10 answers

Do convection microwave ovens work?

Do convection microwave ovens work? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Oct 11, 2007 - 10 answers

We Need Good Bakeware!!

My wife once threatened me with death if I ever dared present her with housewares as gifts. "I want real gifts" said she. Fifteen great years later, she wants good bakeware for Christmas. Good is defined as "won't ever rust" and "not that floppy silicone nonsense". So, Mefites, Hope Me! [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Dec 18, 2006 - 29 answers

This is goofy

Where can I buy cookie cutters in Atlanta (or online)? [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce on Oct 4, 2006 - 22 answers

How much is "one cup"?

How much is "one cup", as referenced in North American recipes? [more inside]
posted by coach_mcguirk on Jul 23, 2005 - 20 answers

Puting your head onto a flaming gas range isn't as convenient or clean

Is there such a thing as a range-powered, detachable stove-top oven that can work with gas ranges? If not is it feasible to make one? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Jun 23, 2005 - 3 answers

Does it need to be a KitchenAid?

I'd like to get my wife a kitchen mixer. We really can't afford a proper kitchen aide as we'd like, so I wanted to ask the foodies here at Ask.Me. If it matters she'll be using it mainly for making cakes and cookies.
posted by TuxHeDoh on Feb 12, 2005 - 27 answers

What's a good picnic recipe using APPLES?

Today's theme ingredient is...APPLES! What apple-based dessert recipe would you recommend for a picnic? 1) I don't care much for the very tart varieties of apple (e.g., Granny Smith), so I prefer a recipe that uses, or at least works with, the less tart varieties. 2) There will be several hours between baking and serving, so it should be servable at room temperature. 3) I'm reasonably skilled in the kitchen; you need not shy away from more difficult recipes.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Sep 15, 2004 - 13 answers

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