Author: James

The Different Types of Chef Knives and their Uses

Chef knives are the most common type of knife used in kitchens around the world. They offer a style that lends itself to just about every cutting, chopping or dicing task any chef needs to perform. Even though chef knives represent a single genre of kitchen knife, they can actually differ in style and construction. This article will take a look at the different types of chef knives and their uses. Handle types Even though chef knives are usually constructed following a very similar style, some variations can occur. One such variation is handle style and material. Different materials can offer different advantages. Here are several chef knife handle variations: Plastic handles are becoming more and more common on chef knives. One advantage to a plastic handle is the cost. Simply put, metal handle chef knives can cost 20% or more over plastic handle models. Plastic is also lighter, and this helps push the weight of the knife to the front, focusing the energy into the blade itself. This will help make cutting easier and faster, causing the knife do most of the work. Another advantage of plastic is that it is comfortable to hold. Steel handles can be cold and hard, making long use uncomfortable. Steel handles are usually found in high end models of chef knives. The steel handles add weight to the knife overall, making certain...

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Best Kitchen Knives to Buy in 2016

Has your old faithful knife become so dull that the only thing it’s good for now is to butter your breakfast toast? Do you want to know what the best kitchen knives currently are without navigating an online forest of shoddy reviews? Well then, you’ve certainly come to the right place, since our content, like the products we’re reviewing this time, is a cut above the competition! Cooking is a wonderfully creative and relaxing hobby. There’s really something cathartic about spending some time in the kitchen, preparing the hand-picked ingredients, mixing them up in precisely calibrated amounts at just the right time in order to fuse them together and create a meal that will satisfy both the desire for nourishment and provide a feast to the senses. You’ll be hard pressed to get any of that going effectively without a proper knife though. One of the most versatile and essential tools of any kitchen, a good one will last you a lifetime while a mediocre one might cause nothing but trouble. In this guide we’ve brought together kitchen knives reviews of what we’ve found to be the best products you can buy today after hours of research both in front of the computer and the cutting board. We’ve divided into three major sections. First, we’re taking a look at the premium knives whose excellence and durability are hard to...

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How to Cut a Pineapple Quickly and Easily

Pineapples are one of the most exotic looking fruits you can find in your supermarket. As well as looking like paradise, pineapples have a flavor that will instantly make you feel the ocean breeze blowing on your face. Unfortunately, many people pass by these tropical treats because the chore of cutting a pineapple can outweigh the reward. The truth, however, is that cutting a pineapple can actually be done both quickly and easily, providing you know what to do. This article will provide five easy to follow steps that will enable you to cut a pineapple like a pro. Step 1: Determine the ripeness Pineapples, like any fruit, are best eaten when they are at their ripest. Additionally, a perfectly ripened pineapple will also be easier to cut than one that is either over ripe or under ripe. The best way to determine if your pineapple is ready is to give it the ‘sniff test’. Turn the pineapple over and smell the flat, bottom part. If it smells like a pineapple, then it is ripe and ready to go. If it doesn’t smell like much of anything, then it is under ripe and will be tougher to cut and have less flavor. An over ripe pineapple will smell fermented, and the fruit will be too soft and hard to cut. Step 2: Trim the ends The two tools you...

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Choosing the Right Kitchen Knives for your Home

Purchasing kitchen knives can seem like an overwhelming task. Not only are there so many different ones to choose from, but also the prices can cause anyone to need to take a deep breath and count to ten. The truth of the matter is that choosing the right kitchen knives doesn’t have to be so challenging. And the expense of a good kitchen knife will be a worthwhile investment, considering that the best-made knives are designed to last a lifetime. This article will break down the five most common types of knives, describing their design and function, to help you know which kitchen knives are right for you. Bread knife A good bread knife is a staple for any house or apartment. No matter how much or how little you cook, you will always find yourself needing to cut bread in one form or other. From fresh baked bread to store-bought Kaiser Rolls, everyone eats, and thus, needs to cut bread. Using the wrong knife will cause bread to crumble and tear, creating a mess. Bread knives are specifically designed to cut through bread, using a serrated blade to create a clean, even cut every time. Carving knife Unlike a bread knife, a carving knife is not something that everyone needs. Unless you cook a fair amount of turkey, roast beef or other meat that requires precision slicing, a...

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How to Make the Most of Your Carving Knife

A carving knife is designed to perform a very specific task — carve meat. The size of the knife, along with the weight and thickness of the blade, makes a carving knife pretty much useless for many other cutting tasks. Additionally, if you actually use your carving knife for carving, then you won’t want to use it for any other tasks as they could potentially dull or damage the blade. However, for those of you who only have a carving knife because it came with a set, there are several non-culinary uses that it can perform. This article will present some ways that you can get the most from your otherwise unused carving knife. Basic crafting The blade of a carving knife is designed to cut through dense pieces of meat, leaving a clean, straight cut each and every time. Additionally, if kept sharp, the blade is designed to be able to slice meat into any thickness, or thinness, without any trouble. Carving knives, therefore, can be the perfect solution for cutting foam. Whether you need to cut foam for a pillow, or you need to cut large, thick pieces of foam, a carving knife will provide a straight, even, effortless cut every time. Styrofoam is another tricky material to cut into straight, even pieces. Most cutting utensils cause the edges to crumble, creating a jagged edge as well...

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