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What is the purpose and name of this object?

My friends have a house-sit. The house's owners possess two of these objects. We don't recognize them. The blades are sharpened, and they were stored beneath the sink. We have some strong theories, but no real answers. The owners are Bangladeshi Americans, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by eyesontheroad on Jan 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Microplane, yay or nay? And (warning: pun ahead) grate uses?

Should I buy a Microplane? I'm hesitating because $$ (looking at this one), and a small kitchen means I try to keep gadgets strictly to a minimum. Is it worth it, and what are the things you use your Microplane for? [more inside]
posted by taz on Jan 20, 2013 - 46 answers

Help me find this kitchen item!

I was in a kitchenware store on holidays a few weeks ago and I saw these great silicon-type glass drainers. Of course I can't remember what they were called, nor can I describe them in ways that google will like. Can anyone help? I'm Australian and I saw them in Beechworth... [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Jan 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Paint my kitchen!

Not literally. But I'm stuck on picking a color. Special snowflake details inside. (Possible triggers for mental health issues) [more inside]
posted by 1066 on Jan 16, 2013 - 21 answers

How to buy a new fridge?

We need to get a new refrigerator. So which of the new refrigerator features are worth it? And how bad is bisque color really? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jan 7, 2013 - 29 answers

Light beer recipes: it's like a kitchen on a dock... cooking (with) near water.

I have 8-10 Bud Light beers in cans left over from my New Year's party. I'm not going to drink them... but can I cook with them? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Jan 4, 2013 - 31 answers

Is my fridge broken or is it just me?

Is my fridge broken or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Dec 25, 2012 - 10 answers

How to best level a kitchen floor?

I've gutted my kitchen, and the concrete floor is uneven. Can I get away with only leveling the floor where I'll install the floating flooring, or should I really pour leveler where the cabinets will rest, too? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Dec 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Brunch: My Favorite Team Sport

I am having a New Year's Day brunch and I'd like to serve some fancy things that aren't typically homemade here in the US. [more inside]
posted by jph on Dec 11, 2012 - 19 answers

My frying pan is holey...

What is this frying pan with holes in the raised center? I'd like to replace it but I can't find one on the Tubes. [more inside]
posted by katrielalex on Dec 8, 2012 - 8 answers

I always know where my towel is: it's on the roll or in the trash

Help me reduce my dependence on foreign oil domestic paper towels. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Dec 6, 2012 - 30 answers

What is the best gift for a kitchen remodel

We're getting a kitchen renovation. What are your best coping items? [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Dec 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Practical yet Attractive Uses for narrow-necked glass bottles?

I have a few old glass bottles which I've cleaned, de-labeled, and given airtight cork tops. They're attractive bottles, about 750ml each with narrow tops, and I'd like a practical way to show them off ideally in the kitchen. I already used one to infuse olive oil and other to hold my dried dried beans rather than leaving them tied up in the pantry. What else can do with them?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Help My Mom Figure Out Her New Electric Stove

My Mom just moved into an apartment with an electric stove, the very first electric stove she's had in seventy-one years of being alive. She's finding the learning curve a little daunting. Could you share some tips and tricks that would make the adjustment a little easier, things that you had to learn while transitioning from the gas stove to the electric stove? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 2, 2012 - 27 answers

Best kitchen scales

Looking for kitchen scale recommendations. [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles on Nov 20, 2012 - 18 answers

The Door is Ajar

My mother thinks I am a crazy person who will burn his house down because I don't leave the oven door slightly ajar when I use the broiler setting in my (gas) oven. Is she right? [more inside]
posted by Mad_Carew on Nov 20, 2012 - 26 answers

Undercounter beverage center?

Any recommendations for an under-counter beverage fridge? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Nov 19, 2012 - 7 answers

What type of plywood should I use for cabinets?

What grade and variety of plywood should I buy for hidden, inside cabinet carcasses? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Nov 14, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I make sure that my refurbished cast-iron skillet has no oven cleaner residue?

How do I make sure that my refurbished cast-iron skillet has no oven cleaner residue? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Care and keeping of grout in the kitchen

Can you tell me how to make my tile countertops and grout in the kitchen easier to clean? [more inside]
posted by purple_bird on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Kitchen safety question! I dropped a mercury thermometer and I am freaking out!

Help! I dropped a candy thermometer! Details inside! [more inside]
posted by auiricle on Nov 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Dishwasher or hand wash?

Dishwasher vs hand washing -- which is more efficient in this scenario? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Nov 7, 2012 - 43 answers

Even my lightning gets too fast

I rent an apartment. I like to cook. My kitchen is more-or-less (see below) unventilated. So I have grease everywhere. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 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

What is the legal situation with regards to my ceiling falling in?

My kitchen ceiling just fell in, as a result of a month-long leak that has been building over time. About 2-3 square metres of inch-thick plaster came down at once - would certainly have caused injury if not worse had we been underneath it. The owners of the flat above have repeatedly stalled in taking any action - as far as I know they have still not called a plumber. They explicitly stated on Thursday that they were getting an emergency plumber in and hoped for Saturday morning but weren't sure. This is Tuesday and we haven't heard anything. Prior to this they were repeatedly contacted by our letting agent but claimed that they'd "been having trouble with" both their mobile and landline. Are they liable for this in any way? How do I proceed? (Further details: I'm in Scotland in the UK.)
posted by Kirn on Oct 16, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm dyeing here.

RIT dye and a stainless steel sink - now there's a line in the sink where the dye level was. How, why, and can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Sep 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Family cooking

Looking for ideas to get my kid involved in the kitchen -- prepping, cooking, clean-up! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 10, 2012 - 26 answers

Keep Track of My Food

Is there a good way for my family to keep inventories of our refrigerator and freezers? [more inside]
posted by EtzHadaat on Sep 4, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I rid myself of the mite infestation in my cupboard?

How do I rid myself of the white mite infestation in my cupboard? I have cleaned everything multiple times and in multiple ways! [more inside]
posted by ElliotH on Sep 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Appliance color

I am remodeling my kitchen. All walls are traditional square 50s white tile with black borders from floor to ceiling. The counters will be white linoleum, the cupboards white, and the floor will be wood (brown). The stove is a white 1940's gas range. Should I buy white fridge and dishwasher, or stainless steel? I'm leaning toward white to maintain continuity with the cupboards but think stainless steel will keep the look more modern, but the entire house (a 1915 bungalow) has a strong retro vibe. Pastel appliances are out of my price range. What do you think?
posted by waving on Aug 27, 2012 - 22 answers

help me take the best care of my new kitchen

I'm re-doing my kitchen, and it's almost done. Help me take care of it, to keep it looking awesome for a very long time. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 7, 2012 - 11 answers

We have also weighed limes.

The lovely Mrs. Haddock and I were given a digital kitchen scale as a wedding gift, but we have no idea what we should be doing with it. What should we be doing with it? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 24, 2012 - 41 answers

What is that white stuff inside my Ziploc Brand Container?

What is that white stuff inside my Ziploc Brand Container? [more inside]
posted by eisenl on Jul 16, 2012 - 9 answers

What are the best chopsticks?

If I were a chopstick connoisseur, which chopsticks would I have?
posted by djgh on Jul 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me find an urban-friendly contractor to renovate our condo!

Renovating a condo for the first time in downtown Toronto: How do we find great contractors and designers? How do we get started? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jul 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Kitchen Exhaust Fans for Wallless Homes

I've been advised to get a 900cfm range hood for my loftlike kitchen/living area, but I really want a ceiling-mounted exhaust fan instead. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated on Jun 19, 2012 - 7 answers

I want to set fire to my kitchen utensils

Kitchen Organization 101: Is there any obvious and efficient way to organize the drawer in my kitchen that holds all my big/weirdly shaped utensils (ie. mixing spoons, measuring cups, spatulas, pastry cutter, salad server, tongs, etc) that DOESN'T involve having them in a holder on the countertop? We don't have the counterspace to spare. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jun 19, 2012 - 26 answers

Faux Stone Everywhere

Wifey and I are looking for bathroom and kitchen tile, and we're frustrated by the amount of 'earth tone' colors -- yellows and browns and tans, which are generally the color of the things you want to flush away in the bathroom, if you get my drift. Where do we find bright, clean color tile these days? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jun 18, 2012 - 17 answers

What's a good, affordable kitchen surface

Cutting board and countertop options? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jun 14, 2012 - 8 answers

What made your kitchen/bathroom awesome?

We just bought a house and have to gut the kitchen and master bathroom. Damn. ... but we get to rebuild whatever way we want. Outstanding. What made your kitchen/bathroom awesome? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Jun 7, 2012 - 45 answers

Real cooking, please!

Please help me find videos of chefs cooking (not performing) and/or a real, working restaurant kitchen. [more inside]
posted by underthehat on Jun 6, 2012 - 10 answers

What is this cord called?

During a move I lost the power cord to my zojirushi rice cooker. It looks like this. What is it called? I'm looking to get a replacement. [more inside]
posted by maykasahara on Jun 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Who wants pancakes?

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be able to cook more than two pancakes at a time. Given that goal, I'm looking for recommendations for an electric griddle. What can you tell me about yours? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jun 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Granite or Laminate Countertops

Laminate or granite for kitchen countertops? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Jun 3, 2012 - 45 answers

Chicken Chunks At Home?

How can I re-create chip shop style chicken chunks at home? Specifically I am trying to re-create the kind of fried chicken chunks made at NYC's A Salt And Battery, in general I am trying to get that moist, crunchy, batter-just-pulls-away taste and texture found in fry joints. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Life is a bowl of cherry tomatoes

More Kitchen ID: Can you help me find a similar serving platter / bowl to the one shown in this picture? [more inside]
posted by sagwalla on May 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on May 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Caffeine thy name is C8H10N4O2, now get in my belly!

DripCoffeeFilter: Help me find a great drip coffeemaker. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on May 17, 2012 - 17 answers

I'm looking for recipes that are basically the hardcore level of food.

I'm looking for recipes that take, literally, days to make and are incredibly labor intensive. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on May 8, 2012 - 34 answers

brand of bowl?

What brand of bowl is Steve Spangler using here?, the clear plastic one not the metal one Thanks!
posted by wheelieman on Apr 25, 2012 - 1 answer

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