DIY Cooking


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N. Thornton

Hi


A wallpaper seam roller makes a decent pastry roller for situations
where the usual big roller wont do. Now I've got a lot of lemons to
zest, and it strikes me that a manual wood rasp would probably do a
much faster job of this than the traditional lemon zester.

Any other examples of DIY tools being good for cookery? I guess some
kind of saw would be good for boned meat, there's the blowtorch for
browning and caramelising, hammer and screwdriver for cutting up
frozen foods... any others?


Regards, NT
 
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Seri

Drills for coconuts (to get the milk out)

| Hi
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| A wallpaper seam roller makes a decent pastry roller for situations
| where the usual big roller wont do. Now I've got a lot of lemons to
| zest, and it strikes me that a manual wood rasp would probably do a
| much faster job of this than the traditional lemon zester.
|
| Any other examples of DIY tools being good for cookery? I guess some
| kind of saw would be good for boned meat, there's the blowtorch for
| browning and caramelising, hammer and screwdriver for cutting up
| frozen foods... any others?
|
|
| Regards, NT
 
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David Hearn

N. Thornton said:
Hi


A wallpaper seam roller makes a decent pastry roller for situations
where the usual big roller wont do. Now I've got a lot of lemons to
zest, and it strikes me that a manual wood rasp would probably do a
much faster job of this than the traditional lemon zester.

Any other examples of DIY tools being good for cookery? I guess some
kind of saw would be good for boned meat, there's the blowtorch for
browning and caramelising, hammer and screwdriver for cutting up
frozen foods... any others?
I use my plaster mixer and cordless drill to stirr the porridge in the
mornings. What I hate though are all the crunchy bits I keep finding in it.
My wife thinks that it's posh porridge with added crunchy bits.

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-= debully =-

I sometimes could do with an SDS drill with attatched chisel bit to get
through my wifes steak.
 
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T i m

I sometimes could do with an SDS drill with attatched chisel bit to get
through my wifes steak.
;-)

Luckily my Wife think's dinner is something that's delivered on a
moped so I'm safe there!

Talking of SDS again (I darent start another thread ..).

Whilst In B&Q earlier I noticed their SDS drills are now 23.99 or
summat. They were very much different (lighter, smaller) than the
Challenge one I got from Argos some weeks before this 'other' (cheapo)
model came out.

I did notice on the box it mentioned a 'clutch' but no mention of a
rotary stop?

Anyone got one (I think it was one of the 'Proline' models (or
whatever their cheapo line's called))?

All the best ..

T i m
 
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Set Square

In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
N. Thornton said:
Hi


A wallpaper seam roller makes a decent pastry roller for situations
where the usual big roller wont do. Now I've got a lot of lemons to
zest, and it strikes me that a manual wood rasp would probably do a
much faster job of this than the traditional lemon zester.

Any other examples of DIY tools being good for cookery? I guess some
kind of saw would be good for boned meat, there's the blowtorch for
browning and caramelising, hammer and screwdriver for cutting up
frozen foods... any others?


Regards, NT
A Mole Wrench is wonderful for cracking nuts and for getting the meat out of
crab claws. You can apply a very large force over a controlled distance
without going on and smashing the whole thing to pulp.

It works the other way round to - I use my wife's self-lighting caramelising
blowtorch to light my large plumbing model.

P.S. I hope you wash the fungicidal gunge off your wallpaper roller before
using it on food!
 
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Dave Gibson

N. Thornton said:
Hi


A wallpaper seam roller makes a decent pastry roller for situations
where the usual big roller wont do. Now I've got a lot of lemons to
zest, and it strikes me that a manual wood rasp would probably do a
much faster job of this than the traditional lemon zester.

Any other examples of DIY tools being good for cookery? I guess some
kind of saw would be good for boned meat, there's the blowtorch for
browning and caramelising, hammer and screwdriver for cutting up
frozen foods... any others?


Regards, NT
I use my Electric Power Planer on the pig to make pork scratchings.
 
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S Viemeister

N. Thornton said:
Any other examples of DIY tools being good for cookery? I guess some
kind of saw would be good for boned meat, there's the blowtorch for
browning and caramelising, hammer and screwdriver for cutting up
frozen foods... any others?
Needle-nosed pliers for pulling bones out of fish. A hatchet/small ax for
chopping up bones for stock. Spackle blades for icing, fine paint brushes
for pastry.

Of course, it works the other way, too - muffin tins for sorting small
parts, roasting tins for catching oily drips, old liquidisers/blenders for
mixing garden stuff......

Sheila
 
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Dave Stanton

Drills for coconuts (to get the milk out)
And bandsaw to cut it up !!.. Only joking folks.

Dave


And you were born knowing all about ms windows....??
 
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Ian Stirling

N. Thornton said:
A wallpaper seam roller makes a decent pastry roller for situations
where the usual big roller wont do. Now I've got a lot of lemons to
Hot-air paintstripper set on hot I find more convenient than the
blowtorch.
Ideal for melting cheese on toast, ...

For cutting up food, I find that 30s-1m in the microwave to warm it up
from -20C to around -1C or so, and maybe start melting bits helps.
This changes the food from totally solid, to slightly flexible, and
makes getting a cutting tool into it possible.

I find my favourite knife in this circumstance is a 1mm thick stainless
carving knife.
Tap gently on tha back with a lump of wood, and it just goes right through.
 
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Andy Hall

Hi


A wallpaper seam roller makes a decent pastry roller for situations
where the usual big roller wont do. Now I've got a lot of lemons to
zest, and it strikes me that a manual wood rasp would probably do a
much faster job of this than the traditional lemon zester.

Any other examples of DIY tools being good for cookery? I guess some
kind of saw would be good for boned meat, there's the blowtorch for
browning and caramelising, hammer and screwdriver for cutting up
frozen foods... any others?


Regards, NT

Definitely

The Rothenburger blowtorch for caramelising Cremes Brulee.


Microplane makes some nice tools that equally at home for woodworking
and the kitchen.

www.microplane.com



..andy

To email, substitute .nospam with .gl
 
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N. Thornton

Set Square said:
In an earlier contribution to this discussion,


A Mole Wrench is wonderful for cracking nuts and for getting the meat out of
crab claws. You can apply a very large force over a controlled distance
without going on and smashing the whole thing to pulp.

It works the other way round to - I use my wife's self-lighting caramelising
blowtorch to light my large plumbing model.

P.S. I hope you wash the fungicidal gunge off your wallpaper roller before
using it on food!

Oh its never seen wallpaper, I got it for cooking. Just seems to be
one more DIY item I use for cookery. Looks like some people thought I
was kidding - funny maybe, but I've used quite a few diy tools on food
:)

I dont know if the roller is dishwasher proof yet, but its cheap
enough that I'm going to try some time. Gad ya compare kitchen
implement prices with DIY, if I get poorer the kitchen will become the
workshop too.


Regards, NT
 
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Mary Fisher

N. Thornton said:
if I get poorer the kitchen will become the
workshop too.
It always was here, until I screamed and raged and sulked and ... well I'm
sure you know what I mean.

So was the sitting room (for dismantling the motor bike) and the dining room
(for welding) ... there was nowhere left for me to extract my honey except
the bathroom and to make my candles except the back bedroom ...

Mary
 
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Mary Fisher

I find my favourite knife in this circumstance is a 1mm thick stainless
carving knife.
Tap gently on tha back with a lump of wood, and it just goes right
through.

When you need to take the head off a frozen fish you need a 5lb hammer on
the back of an axe ...

Mary
 
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Rod Hewitt

(e-mail address removed) (N. Thornton) wrote in
A wallpaper seam roller makes a decent pastry roller for situations
where the usual big roller wont do. Now I've got a lot of lemons to
zest, and it strikes me that a manual wood rasp would probably do a
much faster job of this than the traditional lemon zester.
The microplanes <http://www.microplane.com/> ...

"It started out in 1990, merely as a new type of woodworking tool with
hundreds of tiny stainless steel razors designed to shape or to file wood."

And yes, they do zest lemons extremely speedily.
 
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John Southern

Dave Gibson said:
I use my Electric Power Planer on the pig to make pork scratchings.

Used to be a comedy series on ch4 called "home improvement" in it Tim
Allen presented a spoof show called tool time and they had an episode
about construction site cooking where a plumber made a grilled cheese
sandwich using his blowtorch.
Think its rerun on the Disney channel all the time.

Jon.
 
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Set Square

In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
John Southern said:
Used to be a comedy series on ch4 called "home improvement" in it Tim
Allen presented a spoof show called tool time and they had an episode
about construction site cooking where a plumber made a grilled cheese
sandwich using his blowtorch.
Think its rerun on the Disney channel all the time.

Jon.

Since we're lapsing into nostalgia, my late father used to drive a steam
roller (i.e. real steam - none of your diesel rubbish!) back in the 1920's.
He told me how the workmen would keep the most recent new coal shovel for
cooking and - using a little lard oil (supplied for some part or other of
the steam engine) - would cook a breakfast of bacon and eggs over a roadside
brazier.
 

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