How can we store our kitchen sink dishwashing sponge to prevent it being eaten by our cat? Rupert, after years of ignoring it, has recently decided that the sponge is a fun thing to shred and nibble on. Currently it sits on top of the sink edge on top of a spiky plastic soap saver thingy so it can dry. How can we store it so that it will be (a) easily accessible to humans, (b) not accessible to Rupert, and (c) able to air-dry? I'm imagining something like this with a flap on top, for instance.
I am trying to find a kitchen island/table similar to the ones pictured here and here. [more inside]
Were doing an addition to our house, mainly a new kitchen. But included in our wish list is a set of french doors and we must move the washer and dryer to a new location outside the main house. I had a highly recommend contractor come over to take a look. After going over our "wish list" he said the way to proceed is to make a "as built" set of drawings of the property with set-backs, electrical, etc. He does the drawings work himself and charges $50 an hour. Says the entire preliminary drawing could cost up to approx. $5000. My head hurt for awhile and I am just not clear on the best way to proceed. I know we cannot afford all the work we want to get done. I know we are willing to work with cabinetry from places such as IKEA or Home Depot, if that really makes a difference. I know I want to have everything up to code and work with permits on the job. I know my head hurts. I started my own overview house plan using Google SketchUp and the help of this very forum, but it is very preliminary and I am not sure if I am up to making it a complete drawing with gas, elec, plumb, etc that would be necessary for the final job drawings. What I am asking for is help on how to wrap my head around this project. Am I being naive to think that this can all be done without spending 5K on drawings alone? What else am I missing here?? Thanks, Henry
How long can I leave bleach on a countertop? [more inside]
Should we go with Ikea cabinets or plywood custom built units in our remodel? [more inside]
Help me maximize use of available space and compensate for the ghastly layout in my terrible horrible no good very bad kitchen. [more inside]
Please recommend good books that discuss the theory of food taste and design—analyzing flavors and textures, figuring out pairings, that sort of thing. Either savory or dessert-centered would be fine. [more inside]
What is this odd ICE knob on the faucet? [more inside]
How do I cancel out really pungent odors left behind by someone's cooking? [more inside]
How do you divide frozen foods, especially meat, between two freezers? We have a regular refrigerator-freezer in the kitchen for items used daily. Then there's a back-up refrigerator-freezer in the garage for beer and meats that we buy in bulk and freeze until we need them. I can't figure out a good system for deciding which meats get stored in the kitchen freezer and which get stored in the garage. Every method I try gets all confused within a month or two. So how do you do it?
Help me find a grooved wooden shelf to hold an open cookbook! [more inside]
I'd like to make some kitchen tools, but I have no idea how to get started. [more inside]
I'm looking for help with kitchen renovation ideas! [more inside]
What's the best way to store my fats? [more inside]
After months of rambling on the wonders of waffles to my UK housemates, I was gifted the best present ever...a waffle maker! I am desperate to make this thing work. Need electrical advice. [more inside]
Dumb kitchen move question: how do you wash capsaicin out from inside your nose? [more inside]
Let's say you're starting from scratch and outfitting a minimalist kitchen. What do you buy? [more inside]
We are in the US - Help me figure out what to do with our kitchen appliances from Australia. [more inside]
Help restore harmony to our home. Do we need a food processor? Do we want a food processor? (more inside) [more inside]
looking for a great Kitchen dish cloth: anyone have something they really like? Mostly for wiping up....
Can anyone share the manual and/or tips for the Chef'sChoice Professional Sharpening Station 130? [more inside]
What should I cook with all these kitchen tools? [more inside]
What are our options for a uniformly colored kitchen countertop? Laminate or ...? [more inside]
I have a kitchen wall cabinet to install. I can't do any heavy lifting due to a back injury. Is this an insane way to install a kitchen wall cabinet? [more inside]
How can I brighten up the recessed "can" lights in my kitchen? [more inside]
We're remodeling our kitchen, yay. But... [more inside]
Sink air vent invites buggaboos? [more inside]
I have an older cat who has become a total bastard when it comes to the kitchen. He is constantly on the counter. I run him off and when I leave the kitchen he is back up on the counter almost immediately. He'll eat meat cooking in a frickin' frying pan. Any solutions other than constantly squirting him with water or putting him in a crate while cooking? Closing off the kitchen is not an option.
Speaking of cast-iron skillets, I have two, and they worked brilliantly on a gas stove. But now that I have a flat-topped glass stove, they work less well because they're not perfectly flat. One is a bit convexly rounded on the outside, so some of it gets hotter than the rest; the other is concave on the outer bottom and sort of mounded on the inner bottom, so that oil pools around the edges, around the mound, if you can picture that. Both pans work great for baking stuff like cornbread, but not so good for steaks or such. So I've got two pans I love but now understand why I could buy them cheap at thrift shops. Question: Is there any way to make the bottoms of these pans perfectly flat again so they'll cook well?
Is there any reason I couldn't use this as a kitchen torch? I just got a sous vide setup and need a kitchen torch. From my research, it seems like that one would work. Am I missing anything?
My cat is trapped and crying; how worried should I be? [more inside]
Should I install this microwave/hood combo in my kitchen? If so, how can I position it? [more inside]
People who live with others but cook for yourself: What do you cook? How do you cook it? Requesting recipes and tips, please. [more inside]
What kitchen tools are necessary for a home cook in a western country looking to try their hand at creating dishes traditionally found in east and southeast Asia? [more inside]
My last day of pastry school, yay! I'm applying for jobs in NYC and several people have asked me to come in and "trail" for an hour or a day. What exactly does that mean/entail? [more inside]
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]
PLEASE tell me where to buy and how to get installed decent laminate (or other relatively inexpensive) countertops in Seattle. Home Depot has robbed us several times over in the kitchen remodel we're doing, and I can't deal with them any longer. I need another place to purchase countertops, and an installer (bonus if they're the same). I also would like to have this done in the next week or two, as I'm due to deliver a baby in three weeks. Of course, HD said this would all be done weeks ago, and it's not. Cabinets are being installed today and tomorrow. Help!
I've had this dish towel holder thingy stuck to my washing machine since forever. You slide the towel down into little slots and it holds them by pinching. It's plastic, has no moving parts, and it attached to the washing machine (or anything else) with some adhesive pads on the back. Are these available somewhere? Pic 1 Pic 2
Looking for a recipe for fresh-pack turnip pickles designed for hot water processing. [more inside]
Looking to rent a commercial kitchen in NYC. [more inside]
We're remodeling the kitchen and, although I'm in IT, I don't know what to do with the audio. [more inside]
Is there anything I can do to restore my beautiful, pristine Sabatier carbon steel knife to its original condition? [more inside]
Please recommend a kitchen compost bucket... [more inside]
What do you know about countertop dishwashers? What should *I* know about them before purchasing one? Where can I find a selection (or heck, even 1) in stock at a brick'n'mortar here in Los Angeles? and, barring a local retailer, Which countertop dishwasher should I buy online? [more inside]
kitchen nightmares - UK and US version. why is there such a huge difference in quality? [more inside]
I have a crockpot, need to eat at home more, and am really short on time. Anyone have recipes I could use? [more inside]
I have way too little storage space in my kitchen, and am looking to get something like this. Are there any better options available to me for around $100-$200? What kind of standalone shelving do you use in your home?
My new roommate assured me during our initial interview of each other that she was very clean and that, in particular, she was committed to keeping communal spaces very neat and tidy. Fast forward a few months, and somehow I think I missed something. [more inside]