So a few weekends ago Di was over and while we were chatting I was peeling some vegis with my paring knife. Was distracted and broke off the blade (was diving into a whole turnip). Should have known since it was chatting with her that caused the distraction leading to the thumb slicing when sharpening my chef’s knife. As a result there is a no sharpening policy if Di is in the kitchen at the time. Anyway went down to the Salvation Army to see if they had a decent paring knife for sale. The [...click to contimue reading...]
One of the latest kitchen appliances in the past few years has been what is known as single serve coffee machines. The angle being that you make one cup of fresh coffee for immediate consumption. .. And how can we disagree? Most everything (especially coffee) tastes much better fresh. This compared to my parents “coffee” that sits on the coffee maker hotplate burning and turning bitter. Although this is an improvement over the days when they had a percolator which would actually boil the coffee. .. Actually, this is one of my “back in the day how tough [...click to contimue reading...]
The other day I witnessed someone removing a heavy casserole dish from the oven using a kitchen towel..What the.? This daring individual made sure he had several layers of towel to play it safe..Of course, these layers could have slipped..burning, dish on floor and meal ruined. Hey, get some protection…The next best are the pot holders but these to are lame in my opinion since the back side of your hands are still totally unprotected. Come’on go industrial and get some good quality oven mitts. Yes, they look not-good. Yes, they’ll eventually get splattered and look even worse. [...click to contimue reading...]
A good quality and sharp paring knife is a must have for every kitchen. This is typically the workhorse for those jobs that demand a smaller knife…Chores such as peeling, deveining shrimp, coring, cutting mushrooms in special ways (we’ll put this up on video feed when available)..anyway those sorts of things.
Many people are leery of Teflon Non-Stick Cookware. Now it’s not absolutely certain that it has negative effects but why mess with it at all when there’s Cast Iron…An all natural non-stick cookware. And not only is it non-stick but unlike Teflon cookware it can last a lifetime. It even adds iron to your foods….But first you must make the cast iron cookware you purchase non-stick. This process is known as “seasoning”.
Went to shopping today during lunch and saw a lot of great kitchen deals…today at Macy’s in New Hampshire I bought a 16 Quart Enamel Stock Pot for $19 (Regular Price is $60) and a Cast Iron Casserole Dutch Oven for $7 (Regular Price is $20)…. Also in tonight’s paper.. Kohl’s is selling a KitchenAid Heavy Duty Stand Mixer for $229.99 (Regular Price $369.99). This is just to give the OTK Readers a heads up. We’re not in any way affiliated, paid off or wined & dined (..uhh.. I wish) by Macy’s, Kohl’s or KitchenAid. Related Links: [...click to contimue reading...]
It seems that there’s a lot of conflicting information and beliefs out there regarding knife sharpening….What’s recommended and what makes sense for the home chef? Well first the critical distinction is home chef…If you’re a professional knocking out hundreds of meals you’re at an entirely different level than the home chef. One is about production, getting food plated and to the diners with maximum speed and quality..as for the home chef..well, we don’t dawdle but also don’t mind keeping things at a pace where cooking is an enjoyable thing.