Let me begin this post by admitting that I'm far from an expert on knives. Until quite recently, we had few that were worth even picking up, but I invested in two winners and Santa left one under the tree so things are starting to look up around here. Knives can be a tricky thing to buy because department store sets often include repeats of what you already own, or knives that may not be useful for your cooking style. And then there are the choices, the brands, the pricing. There's so much to know.
Fall is open season on cook's fingers. Why? All those root vegetables and tough winter squash, of course! Have you ever been in fear for your digits while dismantling a pumpkin or a butternut squash? Have you ever come close to losing a thumb while peeling a rutabaga? I still have a scar from a run-in with a tough little potato, of all things. Here are some safety tips on keeping your fingers safe and unharmed during the root vegetable season!
The local food mag in my town recently shared a gallery of chefs with their own personal favorite knives, the ones they use to dice and slice every day. These probably aren't chefs you know, but you might want to know their knives. Want to see them all?
The Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co is all about wood—not surprising considering its founder is Josh Vogel, the man behind "woody American design" company BDDW. But instead of crafting furniture, Blackcreek Mercantile (which is based in Kingston, New York) focuses on small goods for the kitchen, most notably wooden spoons, cutting boards, and their proprietary-blend cutting board and knife oils.
Last week we shared Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer's helpful advice on how to tell if your knife is sharp enough — but how do you sharpen your knife in the first place? Here are two more videos from Kramer demonstrating how to correctly hone and stone your knives, processes which take just a few minutes, but make such a difference in cooking.
Quitokeeto (pronounced "kee-toh") is an online pop-up shop curated by Heidi Swanson (of 101cookbooks.com) and Wayne Bremser. With an eye towards beautiful, lasting design, the shop features utilitarian kitchen "jewelry" and unique products from small producers. Their aim is to stock a very short list of things that are special, lovely, and worth owning.
Sharp knives make cutting and prepping ingredients faster, easier and safer, we know this. But what does a truly sharp knife look like? In this short but very illuminating video, Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer demonstrates five simple tests to tell if your knife is sharp enough. (Spoiler alert: it probably isn't.)
What food are most dangerous? Your mind might turn first to living creatures equipped with claws or pinchers. But actually, the foods that seem to give the most people a hard time aren't alive. They are the foods that are slippery or hard to hold. I'll tell you my most-feared food if you tell me yours!
Ever since we looked at American-made housewares on Apartment Therapy last week we've been feeling a bit patriotic. So we were tickled pink (or should we say red, white and blue?) when we discovered Lamson & Goodnow's cutlery and kitchen tools, which have been made in the same Massachusetts town since 1837.