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How to Choose the Best Knife Sharpener

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 3:55 AM

 There's something to be said for a sharp kitchen knife. Not only does it make your chopping easier, it also gives you better results (no more squashed tomatoes), and it's safer! A knife sharpener is an essential tool for the chef who likes accuracy and ease. We find out what you need to know about buying a sharpener.


The Basics

* As you cut, a knife’s fine edge gradually begins to curl over to one side, which makes the knife feel dull before it actually is. To correct this, you can use a sharpening steel (or honing steel), a tool that realigns (uncurls) the knife’s edge, but doesn’t actually sharpen it. Experts recommend giving your knife a few passes on a steel before each use.

 * When a knife is dull, the cutting edge has become rounded. A knife sharpener to takes off a tiny bit of metal along the edge in order to recreate the fine angle.

 * Knife sharpeners are typically made from a variety of hard materials, including diamonds (hardest), tungsten carbide, ceramic (usually aluminum oxide-based), and steel (softest).

 * The surface of the tool must be harder than the knife itself, so high-carbon steel, ceramic, or Japanese-made steel blades (harder than other steel blades) require a sharpening material at least one step harder.

 * Sharpeners also come in a range of coarse to fine grits. The coarser the grit, the quicker it sharpens your knife, but the more metal is removed and the rougher the edge. Multi-step knife sharpeners have coarse- to fine-grit surfaces to help create the ideal edge.

 Different sharpener styles to choose from include:

* Electric sharpeners, which usually have a combination of coarse, medium, and fine grinding surfaces (either belts or wheels) that spin when the sharpener is turned on.

* More expensive models have diamond-surface wheels, while lesser models have ceramic surfaces.

 * Higher-quality machines also tend to be less noisy.

 * Electric sharpeners can do the job quickly, but if it’s a very good one (or if you are inexperienced) you can also quickly do a lot of damage.

 * Pull-through manual sharpeners have two abrasive surfaces (rods, plates, or wheels) set to approximate the angle of the knife blade.

* Holding the knife upright, you simply pull it through the sharpener as many times as necessary (depending on the type of abrasive material).

 * They’re not as powerful as electric sharpeners, so they may not be very effective for an extremely dull or nicked blade.

  * Sharpening stones (waterstones and oilstones) are traditional tools still popular with some hard-core enthusiasts, and also for narrow-angled Japanese blades.

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* Typically made from a ceramic material or a composite stone reinforced with resin, stones take quite a practiced hand to sharpen effectively.

 * Some stones come with clip-on guides to ensure the correct angle. You may either need to buy a set of two or three stones of varying grit, or a two-sided stone.

 * Waterstones must be soaked in water and oilstones must be rubbed with mineral oil before each use. The liquid provides lubrication, which prevents metal filings from clogging the abrasive pores of the stone.

 * Some stones labelled “sharpening stones” or “whetstones” may not require treatment with oil or water, but read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

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How to Choose the Best Knife Sharpener

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 3:55 AM

 

 

There's something to be said for a sharp kitchen knife. Not only does it make your chopping easier, it also gives you better results (no more squashed tomatoes), and it's safer! A knife sharpener is an essential tool for the chef who likes accuracy and ease. We find out what you need to know about buying a sharpener.


The Basics

* As you cut, a knife’s fine edge gradually begins to curl over to one side, which makes the knife feel dull before it actually is. To correct this, you can use a sharpening steel (or honing steel), a tool that realigns (uncurls) the knife’s edge, but doesn’t actually sharpen it. Experts recommend giving your knife a few passes on a steel before each use.

 

* When a knife is dull, the cutting edge has become rounded. A knife sharpener to takes off a tiny bit of metal along the edge in order to recreate the fine angle.

 

* Knife sharpeners are typically made from a variety of hard materials, including diamonds (hardest), tungsten carbide, ceramic (usually aluminum oxide-based), and steel (softest).

 

* The surface of the tool must be harder than the knife itself, so high-carbon steel, ceramic, or Japanese-made steel blades (harder than other steel blades) require a sharpening material at least one step harder.

 

* Sharpeners also come in a range of coarse to fine grits. The coarser the grit, the quicker it sharpens your knife, but the more metal is removed and the rougher the edge. Multi-step knife sharpeners have coarse- to fine-grit surfaces to help create the ideal edge.

 

 

Different sharpener styles to choose from include:

* Electric sharpeners, which usually have a combination of coarse, medium, and fine grinding surfaces (either belts or wheels) that spin when the sharpener is turned on.

* More expensive models have diamond-surface wheels, while lesser models have ceramic surfaces.

 

* Higher-quality machines also tend to be less noisy.

 

* Electric sharpeners can do the job quickly, but if it’s a very good one (or if you are inexperienced) you can also quickly do a lot of damage.

 

 

* Pull-through manual sharpeners have two abrasive surfaces (rods, plates, or wheels) set to approximate the angle of the knife blade.

* Holding the knife upright, you simply pull it through the sharpener as many times as necessary (depending on the type of abrasive material).

 

* They’re not as powerful as electric sharpeners, so they may not be very effective for an extremely dull or nicked blade.

 

 

* Sharpening stones (waterstones and oilstones) are traditional tools still popular with some hard-core enthusiasts, and also for narrow-angled Japanese blades.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knife_sharpening" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knife_sharpening

* Typically made from a ceramic material or a composite stone reinforced with resin, stones take quite a practiced hand to sharpen effectively.

 

* Some stones come with clip-on guides to ensure the correct angle. You may either need to buy a set of two or three stones of varying grit, or a two-sided stone.

 

* Waterstones must be soaked in water and oilstones must be rubbed with mineral oil before each use. The liquid provides lubrication, which prevents metal filings from clogging the abrasive pores of the stone.

 

* Some stones labelled “sharpening stones” or “whetstones” may not require treatment with oil or water, but read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Read the full article at http://www.annaandkristina.com/knife-sharpeners

 

 

 



 

Owned a Wusthof Classic Kitchen Knives

Posted on April 23, 2016 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)


I'll start by saying that I own both this knife and the Wusthof Classic 8" chef's knife, and I love them both to death. I tend to use the Shun more for cutting up poultry and such, because the steel is harder (less steeling when doing heavy work); and I use the Wusthof more for mincing and dicing veggies (much easier to use the bolster grip when doing these tasks). Quite frankly, in my humble opinion, when you are in this price range, comfort and aesthetics are going to be bigger factors than relative sharpness. Provided you clean and maintain the knives properly, you will be putting them in your will to a deserving heir.

Note to sharpness snobs: NO stainless knife can touch an old-fashioned carbon steel knife for sharpness. If you don't believe me, go and see what your butcher uses. The problem with old-fashioned carbon steel knives is that they are very high- maintenance and will look ugly after a while no matter what you do.

Personally, if I had to choose, I'd take the Wusthof solely on the basis of my personal feel and the fact that the blade is a little easier to hone than the Shun. I am just glad I don't have to choose, but if you do, I can't recommend strongly enough getting out to a store and handling the knives before you buy. When you're in this neighborhood, about the only way you can choose badly is by not buying the knife that feels best in your own hand. You're going to get a top-quality brand whichever way you go.

I really like it. I like really smoothly sharp knives. I don't think many people really need that sharp because to cut most of fruits, vegetables, and meets, one would be perfectly okay with roughly sharpened knife (rough sharpening works even better for cutting because it acts as a saw). Typically it is very hard to sharpen a knife to that smooth well because the steel has to be really good. It seems the case for this knife. I previously tried so-called Damascus knives which is supposed to be of a similar quality (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damascus_steel" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">More on Damascus here). However, most of what I could afford were poorly forged - they were very sharp but soft (as a result, you need to sharpen it pretty often). This knife seems to be made of properly forged steel - I haven't seen any dulling after a week of pretty intensive testing in my kitchen.

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A Kitchen Knife Surprise Discovery in Osaka

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:00 AM

My friend went to Japan a week ago. She was doing some nature conservation work somewhere in Osaka. During her free time, she wandered along an old street and saw a peculiar object on one of the houses walls.

It is a knife made from stone decorated with flowers. A man came out and she asked about it. Later, she founds out that the house belong to a famous Japanese kitchen knives maker. (More about kitchen knives here)

And it wasn't actually a house, it was a workshop. The man was his son and he invited my friend to have a look. It was a decent space with some old and new blade making appliances. 

She took some photos and when she came back she showed them to me. That's how I came to know about her story.

She relates that some of the machinery is actually more than a hundred years old. It does look old but the man, Mashimoto san, had said that it still works and vital to the process of blade making. I was impressed by that.

" Quality knives tend to have very good balance with not too much weight either in the blade or the handle. The old fashioned way to test is to place your finger at the finger grip at the hilt or blade-end of the handle, holding the knife horizontally with the cutting edge down. A quality, well balanced knife will balance at that point and not fall off your finger. Naturally, utmost care should be taken when doing this test! Only very expensive and high quality manufacturers consider the balance so most knives will simply fall off your finger." (wikihow.com)

Kitchen Knives Set : Important For Your Kitchen

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)



The important advantage of buying a complete set of kitchen knives is because they typically provide a wooden block that covers them and prevent them knocking against one another. Sometimes they have sheaths to protect them. Plastic material knife handles can be manufactured into whatever contour you would like.

They can furthermore be constructed for it to match your hold. Kitchen knife is the vital tool in the kitchen, not simply for the professional cook, equally for the newbie cook a good and superior knife will make sure that the work is performed well. The top knife brands for example Global and Henckels are recognized, and though I would personally endorse these brands they might be premium priced and will not fit into all budgets, you can find excellent knife sets that will furnish you with many years of use without the tall price.

The cutting blade of the boning knife is often tempered making it really hard in order for it to endure scuffs against stiff elements, including bone. No competent chef will be able to function without kitchen knives; these are extremely important for cooking and a priceless tool to simplify the work. A bread knife can be a much needed knife for your kitchen, yet it obviously will get considerably less usage if compared to the others. Make sure to look at a chef knife for level of quality not purely with the blade, but the grip and the material it is crafted from.

Love your coffee? Get uninterrupted sips at any time

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Coffee connoisseurs are spread all around the world and many of them like to make their own cup of delight regularly. The evergreen drink has found takers in the four corners of the earth making it available ubiquitously. Moreover, it’s the lack of time or might be the increasing cost of visiting coffee shops that has incited a need to buy the espresso machine. Buying the perfect machine can save you from lots of trouble and provide an endless supply of supreme coffee. This will work well if you are looking to save money while not letting the quality in your drink slip.

People are all the more particular about what they want to drink. Quite rightly so! This is also the reason why coffee shops have spread to all corners. Still, there is scope to make a better latte or cappuccinos, giving rise to the requirement of personal coffee vending machine. The coffee lovers need to understand the basic ways to make a satisfying drink and also their preferences, though the suitability differs for individuals.

Well, coffee can taste bitter when not made accurately. Do you want to avoid such agony? Better still, why depend on others when you can get the best beverage prepared so easily with your own hands. The availability of espresso machines are a boon for people who want their drink to be perfect. During the office hours, people can reach out to the free espresso machine to enjoy a relishing cup despite having too much of a workload. This actually can reduce the stress levels in the body and kill any laziness that might have crept in. All they need to do is pay attention to preparation of coffee in the machine, the beans used, and also check for filtered water to be included. See, it’s not all that hard to enjoy every sip of your coffee when you are spending some efforts on it.

Find out more:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/the-10-best-espresso-machines

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/espresso-in-space-lavazza-isspresso


 

Why You Need This Important Cookware

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Cast iron cookware has been there in our kitchens for long time now. When you choose a good piece of this cookware, it will last long to serve your next generations. Other than that, it will be easier to clean properly, season and maintain. This is just one important kitchenware useful for that bubbly pizzas, seared steaks, sizzling bacon, golden-brown fried chicken or corn bread and more.

When buying, consider the thickness of the pan. An iron pan has a higher density retains heat more and does not cool fast as compared to an aluminum pan. An iron pan is the real deal for maintaining original temperature, delivering that thick crispers and an evenly browned crust. As a result, you end up using less oil since the heat retained reheats the oil.

This cookware is very durable it can last for many years. It is among the best kitchenwares that get better as you continue using it. It has no rivets or welded joints that can wear out. The surfaces are usually non-stick and smooth. However, you need a fine layer of seasoning to prevent food from sticking.

As it is made from iron, it can rust. Therefore, it should be cleaned gently without scrubbing and allow it to dry thoroughly after use. Carelessness can lead to emergence of rust spots. Avoid cooking overly acidic foods in the cast iron cookware. Acidic foods are likely to pick up color and flavor from the iron making the food taste metallic or dingy.

For proper maintenance, use it often especially for oil-based cooking such as searing or frying, clean it immediately after use because it is easier to remove food debris when it is still hot, avoid scrubbing with tough abrasives but opt for soft sponge, dry thoroughly, reheat and oil it again before storing.

More reading:

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/ChoosingCookware


 

Why I Recommend These 2 Panasonic Bread Makers

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

For years now, Panasonic has become a household name when it comes to creation of some of the best bread makers; and being one of the first companies to revolutionize the home bread making industry, it is for fact some of their products are currently riding high in market. The following are some of the most innovative Panasonic bread makers that are worth your hard-earned cash.

Panasonic SD-YD250

This machine is fully automatic and it is one of the best choices if you have been looking for a premium or even basic bread making machine. For many years it has been in the market, it has practically shown a lot of consistency when it comes to yielding of great loaves.

One thing that has clearly come out about this machine is its easy to use feature. Everything has been perfectly laid out and you won’t find any trouble using some of the control settings. Additionally, if you cannot stand any noisy machine, this also can be the best solution. It is extremely quiet when in operation.

Overall, if you are looking for a machine that is flawless and efficient, this is what you should be bringing right into your kitchen.

SD-BMS105-SW Panasonic home bakery

Coming fully complete with all the high quality materials and over 30 pre-programmed settings, there is no way you will go wrong if you buy this machine today. It is innovative and the following are some major highlights about this bread maker.

This machine can really make things quite easier for you; the automatic ingredient dispenser can allow you to place the fruits, yeast among other things; the best part, you can have them automatically included in the dough when the time comes. The delay timer has also made the machine quite a masterpiece; you can bake your bread even when you are not in the kitchen.

Bottom line, it is also one of the best; however, it comes with one major limitation. It is relatively expensive and it can be a little bit tricky if you need this machine and you do not have enough room to stretch your budget. Nonetheless, if you want something just for your basic needs, this is not the right choice for you will find some of the functions quite overwhelming.

Learn more:

Independent - Best selling brands

 

A Birthday Present for Grandma

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

My grandma's birthday is just around the corner. One fine day, I jokingly asked her what she wanted for her birthday this time. She shyly said to me that she needs a new set of kitchen knives. And she jokingly added and it must be a set of best kitchen knives too.

My grandma has always loved to cook. I love her assam fish the most. Although my grandma is getting older and older, she still cooks for me whenever I come to her place. How much can a set of kitchen knives cost? I do not mind spending extra if it makes my grandma happy.

I went with my mum to the nearest mall and picked a good set of kitchen knives. After discussing for a while, we finally decided on which set to buy. My mum said that the knives are not too heavy for my grandma to hold and has a nice grip to it. I hope my grandma will love her present a lot. 


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