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Seven Ways to Use a Wok

A wok is a very unique bowl-shaped frying pan with Chinese origins dating all the way back to the Han-Dynasty. This pan may have a small flat bottom and wide, sloping edges or it could be completely rounded (i.e. the traditional Chinese design). Woks are often made of carbon steel, an almost indestructible material that can and really should be pre seasoned.  This seasoning, referred to as the patina, functions to make a wok virtually nonstick and to prevent rusting. Like the seasoning on a well-loved cast iron pan, this seasoning also imparts flavor into dishes. You can develop a...

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What's the Difference Between a Teapot and a Tea Kettle?

If you’re not much of a tea drinker, you probably use the terms teapot and tea kettle interchangeably. But anyone who makes their own cup of tea each day could tell you that these are two different vessels that serve two different purposes in the art tea making. Let's have a look at what makes a teapot and tea kettle different and how to use each one. Teapot vs. Tea Kettle Simply put, a tea kettle is what you use to heat water for tea and a teapot is what you use to actually steep tea.  You need both to...

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Is It a Skillet or a Frying Pan?

What do you call that handy pan you use for nearly everything—a skillet, frying pan, fry pan, or just a pan?  No matter what you call it (or whether you feel that these are all different names for the same pan), this type of pan is ubiquitous for good reason. It’s a reliable piece of cookware with countless practical applications, and every chef or home cook should have one they love. This pan is simple but mighty in anyone’s hands! Let’s take a look at the features of a fry pan. What Is a Fry Pan? A fry pan is...

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What Is a Sauté Pan and How Is It Different Than a Skillet?

Contrary to popular belief, sauté pans and skillets aren’t actually the same thing. These are two of the best types of pans home cooks and chefs can have and they can often be used interchangeably, but they are different enough to justify having both.  Understanding how a sauté pan is different from a skillet can help you feel more confident in the kitchen and save you time deliberating over which pan is best. Sauté Pan vs. Skillet A sauté pan is a large pan with straight sides, a long handle, and a lid. A skillet, often called a frying pan...

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How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen

Deep cleaning the kitchen doesn’t have to be complete drudgery if you have a plan. To that end, here is a step-by-step guide including some of my best kitchen cleaning hacks! Supplies Needed Deep Kitchen Cleaning Step ladder Microfiber cloth Bucket Mop Old toothbrush Rubber gloves Oven cleaner Cleaning products of your choice Plastic trash bags (I like to use large construction bags as they can hold more heavy stuff) MUSIC!  Okay now that we have the proper tools, let’s get going. What to Wear to Clean Your Kitchen Before we get started, make sure you are properly dressed. I...

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Everything You Need to Know About Dutch Ovens

A dutch oven is a large, heavy pot with sloped sides and handles. This piece of all-purpose cookware provides even heat distribution and unparalleled convenience.

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What's a Saucepan and Which Size Is Right for Me?

Despite its name, a saucepan is really just a small pot with high, straight sides and a single long handle. Saucepans commonly have lids and sometimes include small spouts on the side for easy pouring. You may already have a saucepan in your kitchen arsenal, but does it have everything you look for in a great piece of cookware? Here’s everything to consider when choosing a saucepan, from what size to look for to what material is best. Saucepan vs. Pot: Is There Really a Difference? Saucepans are specifically designed to accommodate sauces and other liquids, while pots are a...

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What is a Braiser?

You’ve probably seen this pan before, but maybe you’ve never thought you needed one. That may change soon. A braiser is a type of pan designed specifically for a cooking method known as braising, but this is far from the only way to cook with one. The braiser truly is a one-pot wonder

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