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Why Stainless Steel Erases Garlic's Aroma
Stainless steel. Stainless steel, of all things, has been shown to remove the odor of garlic. Kitchen gadget companies have even created stainless steel bars shaped like soap for removing kitchen smells from your hands. But using any stainless steel ...

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AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets. The company employs about 6200 men and women in ...

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Stainless steel apron-front sink by Tritan, available at Carpet One Floor & Home in Newport. Tritan Stainless Steel Sink at Carpet One Floor & Home in Newport Farm House meets urban loft in this Home Place, 16-gauge, stainless steel apron-front sink by ...

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How can I tell if this is stainless steel? by Biofreak Q: I don't know if the metal used for my metal strainer is stainless steel or not? It doesn't say anything about what metal it is on the strainer, and the packaging disappeared an eon ago. Is there a way to test it, or examine it to test to see if it is stainless steel? Maybe by using flame, or magnets or chemicals? If it is any other metal except stainless steel, it may be harmful for certain very sensitive recipe ingredients I frequently use. Thank you.

A: there is a hand held device that is called a PMI. This uses a radioactive source and measures the energy returned. This will tell you the proportions of each element. Better ones will tell you exactly what alloy it is.

How can you clean a stainless steel fridge? by kimmysilo Q: I have a stainless steel fridge that I can't get clean, tried cooking oil, that worked for a little but dried and left a sticky residue, then I tried dish detergent, still nothing, finally resorted to stainless steel cleaner, still can't get the damn thing clean, it's loaded with finger marks and crap, any suggestions???? windex didn't work either :(

A: Oh, I empathize with your situation. Only recently did I discover that all the oil-based products I tried were actually the problem. I talked to the manufacturer (Sub Zero), searched web sites, sought household experts and talked to friends. No suggestion got the fridge where I wanted it. It took about a week of using a cloth dampened with water and a little dishwashing liquid, wiping with the grain, rinsing and drying -- once a day. It was definitely clean and the oily products finally came off completely. Now, I just wipe it with the cloth I use to clean the counters (stainless safe cleaner), then spray it with a window cleaner and wipe dry for the shine. (I use Mrs Meyers but I'm sure Windex works too.) This just worked for me. Once I got all the awful junk off it looks great.

What is the difference between stainless steel and silver for silverware? by jchrist81285 Q: I want to register for silver and my fiancee wants to register for stainless steal silverware. He is worried about having to clean the silver because of tarnish, but I want what goes best with China and looks good. Do companies like Lenox sell stainless steel silverware? Thanks!

A: Yes stainless is available. http://www.lenox.com/search/index.cfm?fuseaction=search Stainless will be easier to maintain since silver tarnishes. Stainless steel is great stuff.

How do I get paint off my stainless steel sink? by cats2006 Q: When we remodeled the painters used our new stainless steel sink to wash their paintbrushes but they did not wash it all out & the paint dried on. What can I use to get it off without harming the finish?

A: Paint thinner. I used to clean brand new homes after construction and I used paint thinner on all kinds of surfaces and on all kinds of things from putty to paint. It wont hurt it.

Is cheap stainless steel flatware more likely to be contaminated with lead or other? by carobygirl Q: I purchased some inexpensive stainless made in China and I am worried that it could have lead in it or some other potentially dangerous impurity. What are cancer beads?

A: lead is not a component in any steel and steel would not leach any of its alloys Imagine something china can't f... up.

I need to invest in new cookware, stainless or nonstick? Which is the better choice and why? by tracey Q: I've been using nonstick for years, but now it seems stainless is being advertised more often. Is it really better?

A: A nice heavy-duty stainless is a good way to go. You'll have better temperature control, and you won't have to worry about all those little bits of teflon that come flaking off non-stick. And there's been some debate over whether the bits of teflon that end up in our food are dangerous or not. I know stainless can be harder to clean up, but its worth it in the long run. I've bought used stainless steel pans at garage sales that were 30 years old, and in good enough shape to continue cooking with. Never seen a used non-stick pan that was still useable. You may want to have one non-stick pan, just in case you're making something that's a huge pain to clean up. Happy Cooking!

Whats the difference between stainless steel and sterling silver earrings? by Q: Hi! I was just wandering what is the difference between stainless steel earrings and sterling silver earrings Which one is better on your ears and which one is worse? Which earrings should I get? Most of the ones at Claires say stainless steel on them. What's the difference? Please help! Thanks

A: Sterling silver is a precious metal, as opposed to stainless steel which is not. Through my own experience, the biggest difference that I can tell between the two is simply a price point. Some people do have reactions to silver, although as a precious metal this isn't that common. Stainless steel is also a bit darker then sterling silver. I would let your wallet guide you in this one!

What metals is surgical stainless steel made of? by Dave Q: What exactly is surgical stainless steel made of (metals)? Does it contain nickel? If so, what % does it usually contain? I am deciding between surgical stainless steel piercings or titanium. Both same price and looks. I want to know which one is more hypo-allergenic and generally nickel free.

A: surgical stainless steel is an austenitic steel containing 18-20% chromium and 8-10% nickel. and some proportion of molybdenum. The word 'surgical' refers to the fact that these types of steel are well-suited for making surgical instruments: they are easy to clean and sterilize, strong, and corrosion-resistant. The nickel/chrome/molybdenum alloys are also used for orthopaedic implants as aids in bone repair, and as a structural part of artificial heart valves and other implants. However, immune system reaction to nickel is a potential complication. In some cases today titanium is used instead in procedures that require a metal implant which will be permanent. Titanium is a reactive metal, the surface of which quickly oxidizes on exposure to air, creating a microstructured stable oxide surface. This provides a surface into which bone can grow and adhere in orthopaedic implants but which is incorrodible after implant. Thus steel may be used for temporary implants and the more expensive titanium for permanent ones

What is the best stainless steal cookware to buy? by Brownie12866 Q: I am not looking to spend $600.00 on cookware. I am looking to spend $400.00 or less. I have been looking at Emerilware and Wolfgang Puck's cookware. I hear all-clad is the best but that is out of my price range. I have had other pots and pans that were not stainless steel and I hear stainless steel lasts longer and cooks your food nicer. Is this true?

A: Stainless is better fir fry and saute pans in my opinion, and that should be where you are spending your money. Not sure what you are looking to get in a set, but I am a fan of All Clad and own a few pieces (fry and saute pan), All my other stuff is calphalon, which I am not as thrilled about, although it does a decent job. So you could always mix and match, buying more expensive for the really important pans, and spending less on things like a stock pot, etc. Kind of like saving to buy a really good chefs knife or two, rather than a whole set of mediocre knives. BTW, do not spend a lot on a non-stick, it will not last that long anyway, so buy cheap one and replace in a year. Do spend money on 12" or 10" fry pan, 12" or 10" saute pan and dutch oven. Also lodge cast iron is essential to me, and fairly cheap.

Can you turn a white stand alone icemaker into the stainless steel or even black color? by Renee C Q: I have a white icemaker that is stand alone. All of the other appliances in the kitchen are black or stainless steel. Can you convert the outer colors to stainless steel?

A: There is spray paint that is specially formulated for appliances. Take a look at the paint section of one of the major home improvement stores. It's amazing what can be painted.

Is stainless steel a good idea for a kitchen worktop? by Anna P Q: We are building a new kitchen, it's going to be white and modern, and we are not sure what material to choose for the worktop. We like stainless steel, but we are afraid that it will scratch easily and look bad after a few years. Does any of you have one, and if so would you recommend it?

A: Personally, I would go for a granite or engineered stone bench top. You can always have stainless steel appliances such as the fridge, microwave oven, oven, cooktop, etc with a granite or engineered stone bench top. These two types of bench tops would looks so modern and stylish, plus they both with hold scratches etc Here are the pros and cons of having a stainless steel bench top, as well as a granite and engineered stone bench top Stainless steel Stainless steel benches were once only found in restaurants and industrial kitchens. Bu the minimalist, contemporary look they create means they're in many private kitchens now, too. Pros Most hygienic type of benchtop Able to withstand hot pans Won't warp or corrode Can incorporate the sink and drainage area Cons Scratches show easily Streak marks are common after cleaning One of the most expensive options Is a noisy material on which to work -------------------------------------------------------- Granite Hard stone option. Pros Hardest benchtop material Able to withstand hot pans Difficult to scratch Available in many colours Cons The colour and pattern you choose in the showroom may be different to what you get Medium to high price range The porous nature of stone requires regular resealing ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Engineered stone Engineered stone is new to the market. It's a combination of stone granules, marble dust or glass particles and resin or polyester. Pros Stain and scratch resistant Able to withstand hot pans No need to seal Cons Expensive option Source: http://renovate.realestate.com.au/indoors/kitchen/benchtops/buying-guides/benchtop-materials-buying-guide

How can I turn my white stove into a stainless steel stove? by crystalmartinez06 Q: I just bought a new house that came with all white appliances and I have a stainless steel fridge. I dont want to have to buy all new appliances because the ones that are there are new. Is it possible to buy just the face of the dishwasher or range? I would just buy the stainless steel adhesive but I dont think it would look right with white appliance. Please HELP!

A: While it's entirely possible that you may be able to order a new oven and broiler door in stainless steel and possilbly get a new burner top in the same stuff, I have to think the cost of the parts plus the cost of having them replaced would probably equal or exceed the cost of just replacing the appliance.

What is the best thing to use to clean stainless steel appliances? by Steph Q: I just got a stainless fridge and stove but I'm not moved into my house yet so I haven't had to clean them...does Windex work? Or do I have to go out and buy some expensive cleaner specifically for stainless steel?

A: Stainless steel wipes, they sll them in the grocery store

If I leave water in a stainless steel container for 6 months during the summer, is it safe to drink? by Mary K Q: The water remains in the container for 6 months.What chemicals leach into the water from the 18/8 stainless steel? Nickel? Are these generally safe in small enough doses?

A: Get serious! You probably have more to fear from whatever leaches out of the plastic stopper (BPA, plasticizers, whatever) than from what leaches from a relatively inert stainless steel surface. . Rinse it out and get fresh! On the other hand, if this is the only thing which stands between life and death while you are adrift at sea, go ahead and drink it. It takes a while for a chronic dose of nickel (or plasticizers) to build up to an acute one...and from the conditions given, this is a one-time exposure. What you would worry about in a life-threatening situation and what you would worry about normally are two different things.

How do I paint steel or stainless steel metal a shiny gold? by cfyella Q: I want to paint some steel/stainless steel things such as an exhaust and intercooler for my car a shiny gold, not one of those dull golds. Can anyone help me? Any products?

A: get the gold plating. Gold is almost inert and will be able sustain any fumes

What is the best brand of stainless steel toaster? by Q: I am looking for a new stainless steel toaster what brand can you recommend. Any reviews would be much appreciated. Thank you.

A: Hey there Jude. I have just bought a new toaster myself so your in luck! I would personally recommend the Breville tt49. Just visit the site below for the full spec. Bye for now...

How do you clean a scorched stainless steel pan? by Q: I just came in from work, put a heavy gage stainless steel, copper bottom pan on with a bit of oil to heat for dinner. My husband called with an emergency and I forgot the pan for about five minutes. By the time I got back to the pan it was scorched black and the oil caught fire as I rounded the corner. I put the fire out with salt since it was an oil fire and it now sits on the back steps waiting for the smoke to disapate. HOW do I clean this? It is scorched BLACK. I'll admit I haven't gotten it to the sink yet since it is still hot but this is a new pan and I'd hate to think it is ruined. Any cleaning ideas? I've always cooked in cast iron so the stainles steel is a new experience. Advise please!

A: I am so glad you ask. This is my favorite cleaning tip. Just put eclectic dish washing liquid in the pan. Add just a little hot water. Soak over night. Next day just a little brush and all gone.

What is best thing to clean stainless steel covered in thick, sticky dust layer? by singlemumtwosons Q: The top of my stainless steel microwave is out of everyday reach and is now covered with a thick layer of dust that is "sticky" and nothing I've tried to clean it with will "cut through" it properly. Does anyone know any household things (I like to keep it "green" if possible) or products you can buy that are not harmful to the environment that will clean it? Thanks in advance.

A: Any sort of "Soft Scrub" would work. It gets it clean without scratching it up. If you don't have soft scrub, you can make a homemade one using Comet and water. Just mix them together until it forms a paste. Whichever you use, the paste or the scrub, use a rag to polish and clean, and then just rinse it off.

How can I get rid of rust on my stainless steel refridgerator? by somjzmine Q: These are cause mainly from splash of water stains. They leave spots on my stainless fridge. I tried stainless steel polishes and nothing seems to get rid of the spots. How can I bring my fridge back to show room luster like new again?

A: Stainless steel does not rust, if your fridge is stainless all you need to do is wash it with a soapy liquid and water, then dont let the water dry, dry it just after washing But give it a good rub with a towel initially then a softer cloth. what you are seeing is not rust but oxidisation through leaving water to dry on a metal surface it does surface stain and slightly tarnish but washing and drying will polish it up ok....Good luck

Where do I find sources of stainless steel kitchen building accessories? by rich h Q: I am having an outdoor kitchen built. It will have a stainless grill, refrigerator, and sink. I also want to install a stainless ice drawer and some other generic stainless doors/drawers. Who sells these types of items, specifically, what companies offer them? (I found some offered on Amazon, but not by the manufacturer, only a middle-man mail-order house. The local grill boutiques don't deal with the kitchen construction items.) I want to buy ready-made, not custom-built, to keep prices affordable.

A: What you are looking for can be found by going to the manufacturers website. Expensive; Sub-zero,Viking,Wolf Inexpensive; GE, Kitchenaid, Jenn-Air The cheapos typically don't carry this stuff. I would go to your local appliance center. Call them in the phone book and ask them if they offer patio appliances or highend outdoor grills. Mention the expensive names. They probably carry the others as well. A restaruant supply house would be a good place to find stainless kitchen counters and drawers. You can also look in the yellow pages for metal wholesalers. They can probably refer you to manufacturers that purchas from them for any custom work God Bless

does anyone know how to remove stainless steel leg supports which are chemically glued to a glass table top? by redhound Q: i recently acquired an oval glass table top but it has stainless steel leg connections on it which i wish to remove. they are very well attached with no visible signs of glue, (could be a chemical attachment) however one of them had become detached at some stage and was reglued again, hence my curiosity about removing them all. i hope to make a really decorative ironwork base for it -unique in the universe! any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

A: acetone.

What is the difference between surgical stainless steel and stainless steel? by rrr Q: So i am thinking of having my friend pierce my septum for me and i was going to get a ring at Claire's. I had called and asked if they had surgical stainless steel (because i had heard that is what you should use for your piercing first) and they said they just had stainless steel. What is the difference and would it matter if i used that one instead of surgical?

A: as long as it's clean and sterile, it shouldn't really matter

What is the difference between surgical stainless steel and titanium when it comes to belly button piercings? by Sunshine. :D Q: What is the difference between surgical stainless steel and titanium when it comes to belly button piercings? Which one is better for a belly button piercing? I need help? (:

A: Surgical stainless steel is just the normal type bar that comes with a piercing. Titanium is more expensive than stainless steel but it has less chance of infecting. It depends on your body too whether it would infect or not. I have had my lip pierced for about 3-4weeks now. It was $50AUD for the stainless steel and $75AUD for titanium. I got the stainless steel and i havent had any problems or swelling. Hope this helps.

How do your permanently color stainless steel? by Evantheterrible Q: I know it's called stainless, but is there some way to color it? I can easily heat it, but it will just rub off. Is there a clear coat or patina I can use?

A: below is a site that offers some help on anodizing stainless steel i believe this is what you are looking for..

Why are water storage tanks made out of stainless steel yet the plumbing in the home is copper? by Sparrow Q: If you are trying to buy a metal tank for storing potable water then it will almost alway be made out of stainless steel. However, when it comes to plumbing with metal you are normally going to see copper. As a side not it seems like breweries as well as whiskey, scotch and bourbon distilleries seem to prefer copper tanks and pipes while wineries, vodka and rum seem to choose tanks and pipes made from stainless steel. It appears to me that copper can do both jobs yet copper tanks are nowhere to be found when it comes to home use. Why is that?

A: Copper is not often used in new construction anymore, but it is used for water systems because of it doesn't rust and is very easy to bend. It is soft and therefore creates good seals at joints and it also heats up quickly and bonds well with silver solder. It is not used for tanks in the home because of its softness and its cost. Copper is far more expensive than stainless steel, and to make a tank that wont eventually collapse under its own weight you have to use a lot more metal, making the tank excessively heavy and expensive.

How can a piece of stainless steel remove fish odors from hands by rubbing under cold water? by Dino Q: Cooks, fishermen and waiters handle smelly foods continulally so to remove these odors from their hands they rub stainless steel under running water and, Voila!, the odor goes away. How does this work? Is it chemical or just physical?

A: Courtesy of http://chemistry.allinfoabout.com/features/steelodor.html " It makes sense to me that the sulfur from the onion/garlic would be attracted to and bind with one or more of the metals in stainless steel. Formation of such compounds is what makes stainless steel stainless, after all. Onions and garlic contain amino acid sulfoxides, which form propanethiol-S-Oxide (R-S(O)H), which reacts to produce sulfuric acid upon exposure to water. These compounds are responsible for burning your eyes while cutting onions and also for their characteristic scent. If the sulfur compounds bind to the steel, then the odor is removed from your fingers. It's possible that normal carbon steel would be even better at odor removal than stainless steel. However, steel doesn't work to remove high concentrations of sulfur compounds. " Fish might contain some sort of compounds similar to the compounds in onions/garlic.

How do you keep a stainless steel toaster oven from tarnishing? by Jennifer O Q: The top of the oven doesn't look so nice anymore and we don't ever put anything on it. The stainless wipes are not helping either - in fact I think it made it worse. Soft cloth and water is not helping either - it looks discolored now. Any suggestions?

A: You can try a steel wool pad if its already discolored or try buying some stainless steel cleaner from an appliance store.

What type of 20 gauge stainless steel would be good to make ulu knives? by scarfacepqs2 Q: I make the knives known as the Alaskan eskimo ulu. And would like to know what type of 20 gauge stainless steel would be good make these ulus.

A: Stainless steel doesn't make very good knife blades. Try using tempered steel or carbon steel.

How to clean the stainless steel band on my iPhone 4? by ♥ I love my Puppy!!♥ Q: Somehow, I don't know what or how, I got some kind of stain on the stainless steel band of my iPhone 4, and I have no idea how to clean it off. I tried rubbing gently with a damp washrag, but it didn't work, and I don't want to fuck up my phone by trying anything else. Can anyone please help?

A: This works I use it all the time use stainless steel cleaner

How do I bring Stainless Steel back to it's original shine? by tms6279 Q: Stupidly, I set a Stainless Steel saucepan on "high" and walked away. Twenty minutes later the homemade chicken soup had boiled dry discoloring the exterior and interior. I've tried Comet, dishwashing liquid and a scrubbing pad. It's usable but obviously doesn't match the set. Any suggestions?

A: there is a cleaner called Bar Keeper....buy (at grocery store)- use it..it will restore the shine good luck

How do I get my black and stainless steel stove to shine? by JennyP Q: I have waited forever to purchase new appliances and have finally gotten a stainless steel fridge, microwave, and a gas stove that has a black stove top and stainless steel trim etc. I am having an awful time trying to get the black part to look clean! I've used Windex, Dawn soap and water, a commercial cleaner and the top usually looks cloudy or "smeared". Help!

A: home depot in cleaning dept. it is called STAINLESS STEEL MAGIC $4.89 a can work's great comes in spray can they also make other great cleaning &polishing prouduct's you will love it

How do I remove rust spots from stainless steel? by puppychow Q: I am trying to clean up a stainless steel back splash and some kitchen appliances that have brown spots that look like rust spots. I was able to remove most of them with stainless steel cleaner but does anyone know any tricks?

A: Contrary to what many people believe, under certain conditions rust spots will appear on stainless steel due to the passivation layer breaking down. See following website with respect to this. http://nhml.com/resources_NHML_Rusting-Stainless.php To repassivate at home: To passivate stainless steel at home without using a nitric acid bath, you need to clean the surface of all dirt, oils and oxides. The best way to do this is to use an oxalic acid based cleanser, and a non-metallic green scrubby pad. Don't use steel wool, or any metal pad, even stainless steel, because this will actually promote rust. Scour the surface thoroughly and then rinse and dry it with a towel. Leave it alone for a week or two and it will re-passivate itself. You should not have to do this procedure more than once, but it can be repeated as often as necessary. See following website http://www.howtobrew.com/appendices/appendixB-1.html

How to clean stained stainless steel and plastic parts to juicer? by sarahjaniepoo Q: I borrowed a juicer from a friend and used it much more than she ever did. Now I want to return it, but there is one plastic piece of it that is stained (from carrots and beets) and a stainless steel part that is discolored a bit in parts from the same. Any ideas for getting the stains out?

A: Buy some stainless steel cleaner found at walmart. I use it on my sink, which is old and it helps ALOT! Or Bar Keepers Friend...............

What is a good stainless steel brace watch for a 19 year old to start off with? by Alex Q: I want to save up for an Omega seamaster pro or a tag huer link chronograph, but obviously they're quite expensive so it may take a while. So, for the meantime I was thinking about getting a more affordable watch, that utilizes the usual stainless steel brace (and preferably a blue dial). Does anyone have any suggestions as to what watch I should consider getting? (Price cap of $600) Thank you in advance, opinions appreciated!

A: Can't go wrong with Fossil! Stylish, durable, reliable, great warranty, and great prices.

Why should I use stainless steel cookware? by Rich F Q: I received a very nice set of stainless steel cookware as a wedding gift. While very pretty, Im finding them almost useless for cooking. Everything sticks, they're difficult to clean, and Im using my old non-stick pans instead. Should I simply leave the stainless out for decortive purposes, or are stainless steel pans better for some applications?

A: Stainless steel has some benefits: 1) Dishwasher safe: my anodized aluminum pots are NOT dishwasher safe (my wife put one in and it lost its gun-metal gray finish - sad) 2) Conductivity: most stainless steel cookware has an aluminum (or copper) middle - this transfers the heat nicely - steel by itself does not conduct heat evenly. "All Clad" cookware refers to the fact that the aluminum within the cookware is clad in steel. 3) Aesthetics: stainless is pretty. Stainless is not anti-stick, so you'll have to use all your skills to avoid sticking. 1) Use oil or butter: heat your pan before oiling. Once to temp, add the oil/butter and wait for it to heat-through. THEN add your food - sticking should be minimized. 2) Move your food around a lot: once you add a piece of food that is likely to stick, move it shortly afterward. This will prevent the food from gluing itself to one spot in the pan - a crust will start to appear, and that will protect the food from sticking. 3) Love the fond: anti-stick pans don't have a good chance at fond development (fond is the stuff that sticks to the bottom of the pan, and is crucial to pan sauce creation). You should experiment with your cookware, or send it to me: I am wishing for some new cookware.

Is there a good cleaner for stainless steel appliances? by sgts_wife Q: All the appliances in my kitchen are stainless steel, and I hate how they look becuase every time I wash them they are full of streaks. Is there a good cleaner made for stainless steel that won't leave streaks?

A: Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaning Stainless steel kitchen appliances look best when they're clean and shiny. To clean tough stains and cooking grease, and give them a dazzling shine, try the same detergent you would use when washing the dishes. One formulated to cut grease works especially well.This also works well for general kitchen cleaning.Waterless hand soap also works great as a polish, simply rub on, and polish - no rinsing.=)

My stainless steel pan cracked; what should I replace it with? by Cyndi P Q: I bought a stainless steel set about 3 years ago; it was on sale and wasn't teflon ( I hate that stuff). It's been awesome but now one saucepan has cracks from the base to the top. What could have caused this? The dishwasher maybe? Anyway, what should I buy next time around? Think maybe my stuff is just a freak ocurrence and stainless would be OK to buy again?

A: try the faberware accents from target

Where can I find a stainless steel travel mug that has a stainless steel interior? by libraryn71 Q: I can't seem to find any stainless steel travel mugs that have a stainless steel interior. Most come with a plastic interior, which I don't really like. Where can I find the ones with stainless steel interiors?

A: Try a camping store (don't know which country you live in) but something like Millets or an ex-army store. Or Amazon...http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aladdin-0-35l-Stainless-leakproof-travel/dp/B0002X73V4 here is one: http://www.surplusandadventure.com/shopscr2335.html

Is stainless steel appliances worth all the finger prints? by angel Q: I thought about getting the ''stainless look'' appliances, but I worry about it rusting if It gets scratched or something. We just bought a new home and we are getting ALL new appliances as well as washer and dryer. Any tips on good brands and stainless steel vs stst look?

A: That is all yuppy stuff, Black is all the rage in my house and it looks dang good to me.

How to remove fingernail polish from stainless steel sink? by Kell Q: I accidentally spilled fingernail polish in my stainless steel sink and now I can't get it out. Does anyone know how to remove nail polish from stainless steel?

A: Acetone works as nail polish remover; I don't know why it would hurt stainless steel.

How to clean stainless steel and granite? by Carrie Q: My countertops always look so bad and streaky. What should I use on them to make them look shiny? Same goes for my stainless steel appliances. Thanks for your help!

A: I clean my granite with a Black Diamond Granite Cleaner. It absolutely is streak free. I tried the Simple Green line and it was awful. Do not clean your granite with anything that isn't specifically for granites and stones. You will dull the granite. I use a Stainless polish on my appliances including my stainless sink several times a week. It protects against fingerprints and keeps the stainless sparkling. All these products are available at your supermarket or hardware stores. Again only use the products that are recommended and nothing else.

How does a stainless steel thermos flask stay hot? by Bez Q: I was mostly just wondering, dtailed answers are appreciated. But as always, all answers are appreciated. Once I had hot water in a stainless steel thermos flask and it was still hot 2 days later, I was wondering why.

A: it's because it's a vacuum flask, you have two stainless steel flasks welded together with only a vacuum between, a vacuum is a very poor conductor of heat so it's a very good insulator http://home.howstuffworks.com/thermos2.htm

What foods are best cooked in good quality stainless steel cookware? I'm planning to...? by Lollipop26 Q: I am planning to purchase Calphalon Contemporary cookware, however I'm having a difficult time deciding between the stainless steel or the nonstick. The exterior on the stainless steel is absolutely beautiful, however I'm concerned with my food sticking to the pans. Instead of buying a set of one or the other, I'm thinking I should buy each piece individually. So I'd like to know, what foods are best cooked in stainless steel and why?

A: I cook just about everything in good stainless steel pans. I love mine. Stainless heats up pretty fast and holds the heat. You'll find yourself cooking at slightly lower temperatures. I want pans that I can bang around in the kitchen. I don't want to work to hard at taking care of them. I don't want glass lids that I can't replace if I drop one. There's nothing wrong with buying a starter set, but I prefer to buy pans as I need them. Most of my pans don't match. That is fine with me. They are my tools, I didn't by them to decorate the kitchen. I have: 4 stainless saucepans. 1 stainless skillet. 3 cast iron skillets. 1 heavy rolled steel wok, 1 stainless stock pot. I use the cast iron for most frying, Stainless steel for almost everything else. I prefer the stainless skillet for searing meats that I'm going to braise in the oven. I also own several pieces of Corning ware and Pyrex glassware that I use in the oven.

How to clean stainless steel cookware factory polish residue? by eagerlearner Q: For brand new stainless steel cookware, if you run a kitchen towel or tissue over the edge or even the smooth surface, you can wipe off some gray color or charcoal color polish residue, you know what I'm talking about. Especially, at the edge, it is hard to clean them off completely. Don't know whether they are bad to your health. Anything that can clean them off completely and easily? It seems, those polish residue is not like grease or oil, it is not hot soap water soluble.

A: Dish soap and hot water, or run them through a dishwasher. They always recommend washing new kitchenware before using it.

How do I stainless steel marks off my cabinet? by riddick021 Q: I just finished remodeling my kitchen and when I raised the stainless steel hood into place it rubbed up against the side cabinets and left a few marks. I tried to remove these with soap and water but it didn't work. I have a semi gloss finish so need a solution that wont damage it.

A: Use a q-tip so you only work on the area marked. Try undiluted: white vinegar ammonia bleach If none of these work, then try TarnX or silver polish.

Who can install stainless steel countertops for me? by charlie Q: I live in the Maryland/DC area and looking to get stainless steel countertops. I'm having a difficult time finding companies that even offer stainless steel. Can anyone direct me in the area or know of a company that install stainless steel?

A: This falls under Sheet Metal companies. Look in the Yellow Pages for them.

Should you "reseason" stainless steel cookware after the initial one you do when you buy it wears off? by r2002 Q: I've recently bought a stainless steel electric frying pan and in the guide it explained how to season it - which I did. I've used it a few times and the seasoning has pretty much worn off. Should I redo it, and continue to redo it? What about my other stainless steel cookware - saucepans etc - that I've never done - is it worth doing it to them as well?

A: I have been cooking for 35 years, and I never heard of seasoning anything except cast iron. Stainless steel should be usable from day one after you clean off the dust from the purchase box. ;

Can you have a stainless steel dishwasher with a white stove and frig? by Toby4 Q: I know you can but all of our appliances are over 8 years old. Our white dishwasher just went out and I want to change everything to stainless steel. My husband said we can just get the stainless steel dishwasher and replace everything else as they die out. Wouldn't that look tacky? Tacky is not the word to use, but it wouldn't look right to mix appliances.

A: We replaced one major appliance a year, moving from white to stainless. This mismatched appliances did look odd for two years, but it was so easy to tell guests, "hey, we're switching over to stainless." This almost always led to a fun conversation where they got excited for how great our kitchen was going to look. And now it does look great! I love the stainless look, and they're a cinch to keep clean once you find the right cleaner. I'd do this over again exactly the same way.

What thickness is required for a stainless steel counter top? by Dan P Q: I'm making a stainless steel counter top for a homemade bar. With plywood base underneath, what thickness do I need for the stainless? I've read that standard stainless kitchen counter top thickness is 16 gauge, but this won't be getting nearly that much abuse. Is 20 gauge OK or is that too thin?

A: 20 guage should be fine as long as there is plywood underneath. 16 guage is what is used in commercial kitchens where there is no plywood or other sub structure.

Are there any types of stainless steel that would not attract to a magnet? by Stingray Q: I recently purchased a supposedly stainless steel braclet on eBay but when I checked to see if it was attracted to a magnet, it wasn't. I used the magnet to verify it was truly stainless steel. I always thought stainless steel would be attracted to a magnet. Helmut mentioned that 300 series not readily attracted. Does not readily mean not at all, or just barely, or what?

A: The 300- series stainless steels are not readily attracted by a magnet. The 400 series are strongly attracted to a magnet.

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