Posts Tagged ‘Cookware’

How to Remove Soap Residue from Plastic

Dear Home-Ec 101, Help!  My plastic dishes are starting to taste (and smell) like soap.  I hand wash, and switched to a “moisturizing” dish soap this spring.  Since then, the taste is very very pronounced, even after I switched back to plain blue Dawn which several friends recommended as a remedy.  Is there anything I…

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How to Clean a Dirty Broiler Pan

Dear Home-Ec 101, The other night I splurged and made rack of lamb for my husband and sons. It was the first time, because I really don’t like it, and probably the last, because the clean up was such a hassle. Even though I sprayed my roasting rack and pan with Pam, it still took…

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How to Clean Stained Enameled Cast Iron

Dear Home-Ec 101: I have one of those pricey enameled cast iron Dutch enameled cast iron Dutch, err…French ovens. One particularly rushed morning while doing laundry, entertaining baby and vacuuming the endless pet hair from my carpets I let a chunky ragu scorch onto said pricey French oven. After several days of soaking I gave in…

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Why Am I Burning Food?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have an All-Clad stainless steel skillet, and I can’t seem to cook anything in it without burning the food.  Last night, I cooked pork chops in it.  I heated the pan on high, put a little olive oil, and put the pork chops in.  The areas between the chops turned black quickly, and started…

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Xtrema Ceramic Cookware: A Review

Heather says: Frequently I’m asked, “Heather, what cookware do you recommend?” I find it a difficult question to answer. I have my set I’ve used for years to which I’ve slowly been adding a few enameled cast-iron pieces, and of course I have experience with restaurant grade equipment. At this time I don’t have a large…

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Seasoning Your Cast Iron Cookware

Dear Home-Ec 101, I got this set of cast iron pans last year for my birthday and I know that you have to do something with them before you can use them. I “googled” it but I find soooo many different things I don’t even know where to start. I figured you ladies would be…

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Let’s Talk Teflon

Dear Home Ec 101, My popover pan that has been with me through thick and thin (and one husband and a couple of boyfriends!) has suddenly started misbehaving. Where before I could simply tip the pan over and golden fabulous popovers will pop right out.. Now when I pull the pan out of the oven,…

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Did I Stain My Stainless?

Dear Home Ec 101, I have a stainless steel pan that has acquired a brownish/bronzish color all over the bottom of the inside of the pan. What is this, is it bad, and can it be gotten rid of? I like shiny things. Signed, ~Maggie Magpie Heather says: I love my stainless steel, the only…

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How to Clean Dirty Pan Bottoms

Dear Home-ec 101, I hang pans up above the stove and cruddy looking, stained bottoms look bad. I bought two new shiny ones and the smaller one looks like heck after just one run through the dishwasher. The packaging did NOT say to avoid the dishwasher so what happened? It said it was “professional grade”…

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