About to purchase my first coop apartment in NYC, and it's desperately in need of a new kitchen, among other things. Mr. Narrative and I would like to go and look at kitchen cabinets and counter-tops and tile and such in person, preferably in a nice-ish store. Where should we go? [more inside]
Best hand operated can opener ever! Recommendations? [more inside]
I am looking for an app (android preferably, but iPad/iPhone ok) to help me keep my kitchen inventory... But with a special detail. [more inside]
MythFilter: I get these chain emails every once in a while about how dangerous it is to heat water in the microwave. I can't seem to get a straight answer from anybody! Is microwaving water really that dangerous? [more inside]
What are some awesomely useful appendices, charts, and references that I can add to my home-grown cookbook? [more inside]
Is rain ruining the appliances I'm supposed to Freecycle? [more inside]
Putting in a kitchen backsplash and want your opinion. Doing a stainless steel backsplash behind stainless steel oven/range and white subway tile the rest of the kitchen. Grout is a grey which will work for the SS tile and also for the white subway tile. However, the white subway is 3x6" and the SS tile is sold as 1x2" but isn't really quite 1x2. Our handyguy says it will look bad to have the groutlines not even with each other due to height difference of tiles (SS vs white) but the guy at the upscale tilestore says not an issue. We aren't sure if it will or not. [more inside]
What makes lemon bars tart? [more inside]
We'd like to buy my mom some really good kitchen knives for her birthday. However, we don't really feel like paying $55 for a 4.5 inch knife. [more inside]
I have a 20 year-old house with decent-quality stained oak cabinets (built by a cabinet builder on-site during the house's construction). I love the layout of my kitchen and the cabinets are very functional, but the finish is looking a little worn and chipped these days. How can I refinish these cabinets? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I have a cooking puzzle for you: we rather wildly underestimated the price of our groceries when we went shopping this evening, and as a result we decided to try to raid the current contents of our pantry to accommodate two weeks of meals rather than just one. Well, it turns out we have way more stuff than we thought, but we have no idea how to put it all together. Assuming that we can buy $10 or so more groceries if we need to make recipes work, can you tell us how to make the enclosed list of ingredients into 5-7 tasty vegan dinners that are more interesting than just five nights of beans and rice? We know we've got lots of food, we're just not very good at improvising. [more inside]
What would be the best way to cook unshucked, frozen corn? It's been in the deep freezer since June, mostly because I'm not sure the best way to cook it now. [more inside]
Kitchen Renovation Question. Do we buy countertops like we're gonna maybe get stuck here, or do we buy countertops like we wanna spend significantly less money? [more inside]
What is the best source for reputable "eco-friendly" kitchen cabinets? [more inside]
Your kitchen implements that aren't meant for kitchen: tell me of them. [more inside]
I'm looking for cool, industrial-looking shelving for my kitchen. Specifically, I love these from CB2, but they're not deep enough (I'd prefer 12 inches to 8). [more inside]
What color Le Crueset should I order if I hope to be able to purchase more matching pots in the (most likely distant) future? [more inside]
I got a crockpot as a gift and am dying to use it. Problem: I am an OK cook, but no chef, and I have never used a crockpot. What would be a good recipe to start with and what are the common mistakes to avoid? [more inside]
Best programmable slow cooker for a vegetarian? Do any exist which will _start_ cooking at a predefined time? Anybody care to comment on the Hamilton Beach programmable slow cooker? [more inside]
Please help me design my new kitchen. I would like to know what kitchen features you can't live without! [more inside]
I just moved into a new apartment. There's a garbage disposal, but I can't find the switch anywhere. Any ideas? [more inside]
Help me find a manual or any other information about this Garland range. Specifically, we need to figure out why it's not working. [more inside]
I'm interested in dishwashing practices in the developing world. If you were one of roughly the half of the people in the world without running water in your home, how might you wash your dishes? What kind of set up would you have? Are sinks common even if you collect water from a public well or water truck? Or would you have a washbasin/plastic tub? On a countertop, table, or floor? Cloth or tarp outside? Would you use non-potable water to do the washing up? Save the graywater for next time or for other cleaning tasks? [more inside]
Did I just ruin my kitchen wood block counter top thanks to moisture/mold/poor use of cleaning products? [more inside]
TrashFilter: Is a specialised drawer under the kitchen sink for garbage & recycling bins a good idea? [more inside]
Can you recommend a light fixture for a kitchen island? [more inside]
What do you call this kind of setting (in art)? What are your favorite examples? [more inside]
What's-this-tool-filter: Found this tool in a kitchen drawer at a vacation rental at the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Anybody know what this is for? Something to do with crabs or oysters maybe?
Help me identify this odd kitchen... thing. [more inside]
I'm flying back to the US next week to attend a wedding celebration. What kind of cool kitchen things from Germany/Europe can I give the couple that are not so common in the US? [more inside]
Sort out a disagreement between roommates! [more inside]
I just bought some cubed seitan. now what? [more inside]
I'm hunting for a ceiling light for my kitchen... I really like the way light tables look, and want to find one (2' x 3' or so, with a wooden frame, available in, or shippable to, Toronto) that I can invert and hang from my ceiling. Google has failed me. Help? Note: doesn't actually have to be a light table. Could be a fixture that looks like a light table. That would be preferable, actually.
How do I best store my food so it neither goes bad nor attracts fruit flies? [more inside]
What are the best oven mitts out there? [more inside]
Need advice for living through a kitchen renovation. (Or, how to camp out in your own house?) [more inside]
I have a digital kitchen scale on which the LCD has crapped out. By pressing on different parts of the ribbon cable connecting the LCD to the circuit board, I've determined that there are multiple shorts or shoddy connections on the cable. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to fix it, so I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas for ways I can repurpose it for a fun electronics project. I have some basic electronics knowledge and soldering experience.
The doors to my kitchen cabinets are now chalkboards. There six of them. Now what?
Which immersion blender should I buy? Which should I absolutely not buy? Primarily using it for soups for two people.
Why do people use kitchen sponges? Are they somehow better than just using a regular dishcloth? [more inside]
Need help deciding on tile for our new kitchen backsplash! We recently moved into a renovated house, and it already has these granite countertops. I'm not a huge fan of the color or strong veining, but they're new and we don't have the money to replace them. Our cabinets are currently dark brown, though we might paint them a light grey or white in the next year or so. What kind of tile or marble should we use on our backsplash? Or should we just paint it another color with somewhat washable paint? We cook lots and there are already quite a few marks above the stove and around the sink. [more inside]
Can I install Marmoleum Click tiles over ceramic tile? [more inside]
Please share advice on gel mats for kitchen. [more inside]
The hinge on our kitchen cabinets has come apart, and I don't know if I can repair it. Replacement is only $6 or so, but I'll have to wait on delivery. It's a salice hinge, and there are 2 pieces, one on the door and one on the cabinet. There's some linkage that hooks the two pieces together, but I didn't install them so I have no idea how they fit together. Here is a picture of a similar hinge, with an annotation of where the separation has happened. Anyone familiar with salice hinges? Anything I can do, or should I just replace and be done?
What do you use your kitchen torch for, besides caramelizing sugar? [more inside]
Is it okay to wash your hands in the kitchen sink? [more inside]
Old stove with two mystery components [more inside]
Found this grub/maggot/larva on kitchen table. (Apartment's kitchen, "dining area," living area are all connected.) Just a single bug, not a whole clutch of them. Should I be concerned? I kind of expected there would be more of them. Did it come out of the nearby fruit dish with apples and bananas? Do I have to do any radical cleaning? Is my kitchen that dirty?
What do we absolutely need? [more inside]
Please help me find the perfect water glass. Fortunately, I know exactly what it is. Unfortunately, I can't find it anywhere in the world. Maybe because the last time I saw one was in the late 1940s? [more inside]