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What Is the Best Way To Store Knives?

I know how I like to store my knives. However, when evaluating your options for storing knives, your priorities and considerations may not be the same as mine. What are the criteria that we may consider? The first and foremost criteria for most of us is probably available space. But, depending on whether or not we have children or how clumsy we are, safety may be a concern. Even so, any good storage option must not damage the knives.

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What are the Parts of a Kitchen Knife?

Those who are learning to handle a knife in the kitchen, especially culinary students, will come across several common terms related to the different parts of a knife. Although you do not need to know every single part of a knife in order to use one, being familiar with the parts can help you decipher various instructions (and opinions) on knife use. Here are described all the parts of a knife, together with a labeled illustration of a chef's knife.

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What Is a Santoku Knife Used For?

Given its exotic-sounding Japanese name, the Santoku (sahn-toh-koo) knife could be taken for an ultra-specific utility knife made for some delicate task — the province of a professional chef. In fact, the Santoku is simply a slicing and chopping knife that can be used much like a traditional European (Western) chef's knife.

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What is a French Door Refrigerator?

At first glance, a French Door refrigerator looks like a type of refrigerator that has been around since the 1980's, a side-by-side. However, a side-by-side has the refrigerator on one side and the freezer on the other. A French Door refrigerator, instead, combines the side-by-side with a bottom-mount freezer. To understand, let's recap a bit of refrigerator history.

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What is a Chitarra Pasta Cutter?

The Italian word chitarra means guitar. So, what is it doing here on Culinary Lore? You certainly cannot cut pasta with a guitar.

Well, when you see a chitarra pasta cutter], you'll get the idea. It is a wooden frame (sometimes metal) with wires stretched across it. The wires are used to cut pasta dough into thin square strips called maccheroni alla chitarra, spaghetti alla chitarra or pasta alla chitarra abruzzese. These cutters are especially used in the region of Abruzzo, in central Italy. They originated in the early 1800's in the province of Chieti.

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Do You Really Need A Garlic Press?

So many cooking blogs recommend a garlic press. I have a hard time understanding it. Why would you want a clunky pair of pliers to pulverize garlic? It hardly has any other use. Yet, it is one of the most popular kitchen gadgets in existence. In my opinion, it is a silly product.

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No Ice Maker in Your Freezer? Try a Countertop Ice Maker

We've come a long way. From ice chopped out of frozen lakes and stored placed in ice-boxes, to refrigerators, to refrigerators with tiny freezers, to stand-alone freezers, to larger refrigerators with bigger freezers, to automatic ice makers in our freezers. Gone are the days of cumbersome ice trays cluttering up our precious freezer space. Then again, those automatic ice makers take up space of their own inside freezers, and some folks don't have an ice maker at all. What if you want to make ice automatically without a freezer mounted ice maker? Enter the stand-alone countertop ice maker.

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What Is A Carving Knife?

The term carving knife in cooking can be confusing because there seem to be other knifes that can do the same job. However, another name for a carving knife, or carver, is slicing knife (or slicer).

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What Is a Larding Needle?

You may have heard of wrapping meats in bacon to add fat and flavor to the meat. This is called barding. But, there is an even older technique for getting fat marbling into meat, which works great for very lean cuts of meat without a lot of natural marbling. This is called larding. A larding needle or "larder" is the instrument traditionally used for larding.

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Great Pizza Making Products to Buy

These products are for the homemade pizza enthusiast. There is nothing like a pizza that you take the time to make yourself, with good cheese and all your favorite toppings. But pizza can be a daunting task. Just the difficulty many home cooks have with working with the dough is enough to dissuade them from tackling a pizza at home.

However, instead of picking up the phone or ordering a pizza online, or even popping in a frozen pizza, consider that part of the problem may be in your equipment! Here are some great pizza making products that can make your pizza crafting experience a lot less difficult.

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What Is A Paring Knife?

A paring knife is a very small knife, but one of the few that a home cook will probably need. This knife is a specialty knife, meaning it is meant for very specific tasks. Many chefs consider it the second most important knife to own beside the chef's knife, although not everyone agrees.

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What Is A Bench Scraper?

Sometimes called the baker's knife or pastry scraper, a bench scraper is a flat rectangle of metal with a rounded handle on one side.

Pastry chefs use bench scrapers to cut dough into pieces, to scrape sticky dough remains off work surfaces, to fold together soft dough prior to kneading, or to lift a rolled dough without stretching or tearing it.

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What Are The Different Types Of Whisks?

Also called a whip, a whisk is standard kitchen equipment in most cook's kitchens. Despite how common and familiar the wire whisk is, most cooks do not realize that there are several different types of whisk. You've probably seen whisks in slightly different shapes and simply thought that these were manufacturing varieties. In reality, however, the shapes do make a bit of a difference in the suitability of the different types of whisks for different stirring or whipping tasks.

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Best Vacuum Food Sealers for a Good Price

Vacuum sealers are a very popular and effective way to keep foods fresher for longer. They work by pulling the surrounding air out of plastic bags and then creating a tight seal. With little to no air surrounding the food, and an air-tight seal, food stays fresh much longer than when stored by conventional means.

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