Equipment

Equipment
obsttortenform
obsttortenform
When inverted, cakes made with this pan have a large depression in the middle that can hold fillings.
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paraffin wax
paraffin wax
Canners sometimes use this wax to seal jars, but it's hard to get a tight seal. It's safer and easier to use two-piece canning lids. Many grocers apply wax to fruits and vegetables to hold in moisture and make them shiny. Candy-makers sometimes use wax in their chocolates so that they hold up better in warm weather.
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parchment triangles
parchment triangles
Cake decorators use these along with decorating tips to make decorating bags.
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pizza stone
pizza stone
This is a ceramic slab that you preheat in the oven. A pizza baked on one will cook more evenly and develop a crisper crust.
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salt mill
salt mill
Trendy cooks fill this gadget with expensive sea salt crystals so that they season their food with freshly ground salt. It's not clear why they do this, since salt is an inorganic mineral and, unlike pepper and other spices, doesn't become stale once ground.
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springform pan
springform pan
These pans are great for baking delicate desserts that are prone to falling apart when removed from the pan. The rim loosens from the bottom when the clamp is opened. This pan has two bottoms, so that it can serve as both a tube pan (pictured) and a layer cake pan.
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stainless steel cookware
stainless steel cookware
Warning: aluminum, copper, and iron cookware can react with acids in foods and alter their flavor and color.
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steaming basket
steaming basket
This fits inside pots of different sizes, and the petals open to accommodate vegetables, seafood, or whatever else you want to steam.
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sudare
sudare
These are made of bamboo.
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tart pan
tart pan
These often have removable bottoms.
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vacuum stopper
vacuum stopper
Wine, once exposed to air, turns vinegary. This stopper has a pump that removes much of the air from the bottle and allows you to keep opened bottles of wine a bit longer.
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whisk
whisk
A well-equipped kitchen will have several of these, in different sizes.
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yogurt strainer
yogurt strainer
This fine-meshed strainer is used to drain off the whey from yogurt in order to make yogurt cheese
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