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.
Growing up I was convinced my father loved his knives almost as much as he loved us. They were cleaned, dried and sharpened each time they were used. I never knew a dull or spotted knife... until I moved out on my own.
I don't own a set of steak knives and so I usually don't serve steak (or pork chops, etc.) at my dinner parties. Or is it that I don't often serve pork chops or steak at my dinner parties so therefore I don't own steak knives?
How does owning, nor not owning, a specific piece of kitchen equipment shape our dining habits?
I am not a tall person. I level out at about 5 foot nothing, in my stockinged-feet. My hand are proportional to my height; they're small and square. For this reason, I've always avoided full-sized chef's knives, opting for smaller 8-inch knives. Full-sized knives make me nervous; can I handle them? Can I take advantage of their weight, or will they be harder to use safely? Well, chef Sara Moulton is petite herself, but she has a convincing argument. Yes, even small people need big knives.
Serving a green salad with grace and competence is actually a tricky thing to do. Success ultimately depends on how comfortable you are with your salad serving implements. The classic salad server set usually consists of one spoon-like and one fork-like implement, but these days there are a dizzying number of options to choose from, including spoon, fork, and flat implements as well as the short, chubby salad 'hands'. And for some, a pair of tongs or chopsticks is the only way to go.
When Geoffrey Lilge agreed to help outfit Highlands Kitchen, his wife's award-winning restaurant in Edmonton, Canada, he had no idea it would lead to a new career for him. He became obsessed with finding the perfect cutting and charcuterie boards, which eventually led to OnOurTable, a collection of handcrafted wooden kitchen objects that Lilge makes in his Alberta woodshop.
We're rolling ahead with video: it's time to start showing you all some basic techniques and we'll start with the onion, that pungent bulbous bundle of flavor, so essential to so many cuisines. Watch the video above, then click through for a quick run-down on onion types and the secrets to keeping your eyes dry while you chop.