Kitchen Tips

Using and Maintaining Cast Iron

November 21, 2011

Cast iron cookware provides a cooking surface with great heat retention properties and typically is fairly cheap. And seasoned properly, this surface can be fairly non-stick as well – not as good as Teflon, but with a bit of care, able to release delicate fish filets and eggs. The key phrase here is “seasoned properly.” [...]

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Cleaning Dial Complete Foaming Soap Dispensers

May 10, 2011

I’ve been using Dial Complete foaming hand soap dispensers for a few years now, and I’ve just been refilling my original dispensers. Recently, their output has been a bit anemic and has seemed to require a bit more force to get soap out. I suspect that the soap tends to dry out and build up [...]

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Rediscovered: The Humble Can Punch

February 21, 2011

While cleaning out my apartment the other day, I tripped across a stash of my old photography supplies for manual B/W film processing. In that pile, I found a standard-issue can punch/bottle opener that I had used to pry open film canisters in the darkroom. I cleaned it off and dismissively tossed it into a [...]

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