Alternative uses for specialized cooking gadgets

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  1. thebarbecuemast says:

    you need to get a wok its good for cooking everything! -except bannana bread

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    How about a slow-cooker technique for making powdered baby?

    • pupdog says:

      Powdered Baby Flesh is an INGREDIENT, people. It’s what you do with it that makes all the difference.

      I personally find it adds a little richness to my French Onion and Baby Soup that you can’t get anywhere else…

  3. suburbanhick says:

    Reminds me of a friend of mine from college who got high one day and somehow figured out how to cook Pillsbury crescents in the only cooking device in her dorm room – a toaster. How she ever got them out once they puffed up is beyond me!

  4. oasisob1 says:

    I’ve used coffee pots to make ramen, boiled eggs, veggies – drip coffee pot for ramen, percolator for everything else.

  5. Pedantic Douchebag says:

    1) Par-fry some hash browns
    2) Press the par-fried hash browns in a waffle iron
    3) Finish frying waffle-shaped hash browns
    4) Presto, waffle fries!

  6. bcsizemo says:

    I would also note that slow cookers or “crockpots” as I call them do vary by manufacture…  Most modern Rival units run hot and will simmer water/broth on low.  I replaced a Rival unit with a Hamilton Beach unit because it would cook a roast in 4-5 hours on low and after 8 there would be no liquid left in the pot.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      My Rival cooks hot, too. I only use it for stewish sorts of things, and they are fully cooked in three to four hours.

      • mikedt says:

        Newer models are much hotter that the ones mother used. I got one recently and sent a note to Rival asking about the much higher temperature. Seems that the higher temps is do to a federal regulation to prevent bacterial growth.

        • bcsizemo says:

          Well I suppose all the other crockpot manufactures didn’t get the memo then….   The Hamilton Beach unit I replaced my super hot Rival with can cook a roast for 16 hours on low and not loose any liquid.

    • retchdog says:

      the trick is to get one with an analog dial and set it between “keep warm” and low, or even directly on “keep warm.” the instructions are very clear that you shouldn’t do this because of the danger zone, which always makes me titter because it reminds me of “she-bop.”

      • bcsizemo says:

        All the units I’ve seen or at least had experience with have more of a rotary switch then an analog dial.  My HB unit not has warm/low/high, but there is no inbetweens spaces, there is no way to make a setting called low-ish.

        Honestly if you are going down that route a corded dimmer control unit would work equally as well.  (Might take some playing with to get the temperatures marked like you want, but it’d work.)

        • retchdog says:

          i have a west bend 5 quart and the dial turns smoothly. i suspect it’s just a potentiometer, so it basically is a dimmer. anyway, it has two keep warms, and i’ve noticed that the higher one works well for cooking. in fact, i suspect that the two keep warms are a subtle wink-and-nudge to get around guidelines/restrictions and include a true “low” setting.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          My Rival has off/low/high.

  7. Paul Renault says:

    But, but, but… The slow cooker’s slow!  That’s its benefit.

  8. Robert says:

    I’ve repurposed colanders as hats. It’s a glamorous thing to do.

    http://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/66500/Marilyn-Monroe-in-Colander-Hat–66742.jpg

  9. Nylund says:

    I think it’s probably common knowledge, but a really cheap coffee grinder is really great for grinding spices.

  10. aeon says:

    We use a rice cooker for 火锅 (Hot Pot or Steamboat — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_pot). You have to pre-prepare the stock, but the rice cooker keeps it simmering nicely while the other ingredients cook in it.

    • chgoliz says:

      You can also use a fondue pot for Hot Pot.  It’s particularly great if not all of your dinner guests are able to use chopsticks, since fondue forks are part of the package.

  11. sockdoll says:

    Based on his experiences preparing meals in hotel rooms all over the world, movie critic Roger Ebert wrote an entire book on cooking meals in a rice cooker.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Pot-How-Use-It/dp/0740791427 

  12. Ken Williams says:

    No mention of bacon in the waffle iron?

  13. SamSam says:

    (2) the cooking time should be equal to or shorter than normal

    Trying to make good food: you’re doing it wrong.

    I’m all for reusing single-purpose appliances, but that’s a silly requirement. If you use your slow cooker to cook your meat sous vide, for example, that’s a great non-traditional use for it, and may taste excellent, but it’s not going to be shorter than searing it on the stove, and nor should it be.

  14. Tim Lewallen says:

    You can heat pop tarts on the hot plate portion of a coffee maker (college food).

  15. bolamig says:

    Costco’s Aroma brand $30 rice cooker is incredibly flexible because the “steam” setting cooks anything, for any user-specified amount of time.

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