Ah potatoes! What a great ingredient to work with in the kitchen. You can make a lot of things with a decent spud, from mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, boiled potatoes, roasted potatoes, fried spuds, fries, and my personal favorite, baked potatoes.
Just writing this article about potatoes is literally making my mouth water. Can you just imagine snacking on a perfectly cooked potato as you sit at home and be a couch potato yourself?
There’s really nothing quite like this comfort food ingredient if you ask me, that’s why I decided to create this simple guide on bake potato toaster oven.
This quick and easy guide will take you through all you need to know to make a fine piece or batch of baked potatoes using only a couple of ingredients and a toaster oven. Read on to find out how!
Don’t you just love looking for new additions to the kitchen? I remember the first time I bought my first microwave. Even though it’s just a simple kitchen appliance, there’s just something about getting new stuff for your kitchen that makes you want to cook more and stay longer in the kitchen.
Ever since I bought my first microwave, I have found the need to add more appliances to my kitchen so that I would have more options to cook with. The time came when I wanted something that can do more than what your average microwave can. Because of so, I opted to look for a new appliance that I can actually cook food with.
In my attempt to look for another useful appliance for my kitchen, I have found that the two of the best options to go with is either a convection oven or a toaster. I didn’t really know the difference between the two back then, but after a little bit of research, I figured out what both are for.
If you too would like to get a new appliance for your kitchen, but can’t decide whether you should get a convection oven or a toaster oven, I encourage you to read on. This short article will contain all the things you need to know about convection oven vs. toaster oven.
Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have gained enough information to make a sound decision on which type of kitchen appliance you should get.
Garlic and butter are two of the most used ingredients around the world. Both of these ingredients possess great flavors that lots of dishes cannot do without. But have you ever wondered what would happen if you mix these two together?
The people at Benihana, a well-known Japanese restaurant has done a remarkable job at infusing these ingredients. One can’t simply deny the tasteful flavors of Benihana Garlic Butter dishes. Their garlic butter can help turn any dish into a savory meal that anyone can certainly enjoy.
If you’d like to learn how to make Benihana garlic butter, I encourage you to read on because this article contains a simple how to guide that will take you through the step by step process of how to make it at home.
One of my favorite ways to cook salmon is New Orleans style. What I like about salmon New Orleans is how it packs a lot of flavors that feels like an explosion of flavors in the mouth, and healthy vitamins and minerals.
If you want to know how to cook salmon New Orleans style, I urge you to go through this short and simple cooking guide that I have prepared. By the end of this article, you will have enough knowledge to whip up a batch or two of the famous salmon New Orleans.
Chicken flavored soups and sauces can be made by using various ingredients. One ingredient I like to use when making gravy, stock, and soups is a nice thick chicken base.
If you haven’t heard of chicken base yet, then I urge you to read on because this is simply one of the most effective ingredients you can use to bring a rich chicken flavor to your dishes.
Don’t know what is chicken base? No problem! In this article I’ll tell you all about chicken base, chicken stock, and chicken broth as well as the differences between these ingredients. I’ll even share with you a simple way to make your own chicken base at home.
Some of us may be into cooking and might even be pursuing a career in the chef’s world. It might be interesting to know, what kind of pots and pans do chefs use?
Based on some online research, most chefs have their own personal favorite kitchen equipment, even pots, and pans. Some stick to the traditional tools for cooking, while some are more adventurous when it comes to trying new innovations.
Inside a simple and average home, people, including myself can be contented with the basic pots and pans and cook everything in the same pot or pan, and choose what to use by size, depending on the quantity of food we’re preparing.
Sometimes just a simple frying pan, a small pot and a big pot do the job for all our cooking needs. Well, prepare to be amazed and discover more kinds of pots and pans.
Having said that, let me cite what pans do chefs use and maybe include some modern ones too, also what we use them for.
Sharpening a knife is no simple culinary feat. To effectively sharpen a knife, you must be well-aware of the appropriate sharpening technique to avoid damaging your knife. Moreover, the technique is one thing and the type of knife you are sharpening is another.
When it comes to sharpening serrated knives, I guess you’d have to put a little more effort since it would require you to carefully apply the proper sharpening technique to get each tooth sharpened.
One type of serrated knife that should be kept sharp at all times is the bread knife. If you’d like to learn how to sharpen a bread knife, you have come to the right place. Read on and figure out in our simple guide below, and by the end of this article, you will have what it takes always to keep your serrated knives sharp.
Before we get into the how-tos of sharpening a bread knife, let us first discuss what can actually make any knife go dull.
To understand how a knife can get dull, you must first know what knives are made of. The most common material used for making knives is steel. You can consider the steel that comes with knives as a form of metal that has layers.
When subjected to contact with certain types of materials such as wood and plastic, the edge of the steel blade connected to the knife gets dull. Once the knife has undergone sharpening, its inner layers will be brought to the surface and the whole knife will be ready again for cutting.
Another thing that can make your knife unreliable when it comes to cutting and slicing is the misalignment. When the blade of your knife is misaligned, having a sharp edge is irrelevant since you won’t be able to cut through food properly.
When a knife’s blade I misaligned, that’s where honing comes in. Honing is a completely different method with a significantly different effect on the knife as opposed to sharpening.
If you have any clue about the maintenance tools for knives, you must have noticed the whetstone and the honing rod.
A whetstone is what chefs often used to sharpen a knife. Constantly grinding the knife’s edge on the whetstone peels back the dulled layers and brings out a new and sharpened layer. The whetstone is an effective knife sharpening tool. I recommend using it on your knives for sharpening at least twice a year.
The honing steel, on the other hand is the tool of choice when is comes to aligning the blade of the knife. Honing steel are often mistaken for being a knife sharpener because it is frequently used by chefs before using a knife.
What the honing steel does is that it gently corrects the edge without shaving off plenty of the metal’s layer. Once properly done, the knife’s blade will be in its proper placement and will be very capable of easily cutting through food.
To avoid over sharpening your knife, you must know how to find out if your knife is still sharp.
One technique I have always found reliable when determining the sharpness of my knife is the tomato test.If your knife can easily cut through a tomato’s tough skin, it’s probably sharp enough to use on other foods as well.
Another test you can try is the paper test. Try holding up a sheet of paper with one hand and cutting it with a knife using your other hand. If the knife effortlessly cuts through the paper, chances are it’s sharp enough to seamless cut through all sorts of food.
Unfortunately, there is no way to keep your knife completely sharp at all times. Maybe the only thing that can keep it’s edge sharp is not using it at all.
But in a practical sense, you can always keep your knife’s sharp edge for a longer time if you refrain from using it on certain materials, especially wood and plastic.
Another thing that can dull your knives is the storage space. If your knives are always banging with other types of steel, there’s a large chance of your knives getting dulled. To avoid this, you may have to get an appropriate means of storage such as a knife block.
The last thing you can do to keep your knife sharp at all times is constant honing. You may think that you should keep on sharpening your knives before you use them, but that’s actually wrong.
Sharpening should be kept to a minimum. Twice every year should be enough. As for honing, it’s best to keep honing your knife before using them to keep their blades aligned. Completely aligned blades can also help prolong the sharpness of a knife’s edge.
To achieve the best results when it comes to sharpening a bread knife, you only need to prepare one thing:
To effectively sharpen a bread knife, or any kind of serrated knife for that matter, you will only need a ceramic sharpening rod.
If you don’t have a ceramic sharpening rod, I suggest picking up one from your local supermarket.
When choosing a ceramic sharpening rod, you would have to consider the size of the serration in your knife’s blade. The ideal ceramic sharpening rod should have a diameter that matches your knife’s serration.
An 8-millimeter rod is often the best choice for most bread knives. But if that size isn’t available, you can also look for ceramic sharpening rods with diameters up to 13 millimeters.
Once you have prepared the materials you need for sharpening your bread knife, the next thing you should do is carefully follow these simple steps.
The first thing you need to do when sharpening your bread knife is to make sure that your knife is completely clean. Having bread crumbs or other things stuck to your knife will only lead to ineffective sharpening.
Try to clean your knife by washing it with a scrub pad and running it under water. Also, pat or wipe your knife dry with a clean cloth before you proceed to sharpen.
Before you proceed to sharpen your bread knife, you should also clean your ceramic sharpening rod before hand.
When being used for sharpening, the ceramic sharpening rod can accumulate small steel particles and can become all clogged up. When this happens, it wouldn’t be a hundred percent effective when sharpening a knife.
Simply clean your ceramic sharpening rod by wiping it with a dish sponge and some soap and rinsing it with water.
Also, remember to keep your ceramic sharpening rod dry before you use it on your knife for the best result.
The next thing you should do is determine which side of your knife’s blade should be put against the honing steel.
The side you should sharpen is commonly found on the knife’s right side when you are holding the handle of the knife. Simply look for the side where the serration have been set and use that side to grind against the honing steel.
Once you know which side of your knife should be sharpened, the next step you should take is sharpening with the ceramic rod.
The best way to sharpen a bread knife is by laying it on a flat surface with the side you should sharpen facing up. After doing so, simply run your ceramic rod through each serration while you're holding it at a slanted angle.
Continue to run the ceramic sharpening rod through each serration in its full length for best results.
After sharpening your knife, the last step you should take is getting rid of the shredded layers of steel. You can easily do this by rinsing your knife and wiping it clean with a dry piece of cloth. You can also try cleaning it with some dish soap if you like.
Sharpening a bread knife can end up completely wrong when the wrong tool is used. Remember that the ideal tool for sharpening serrated knives is a nice ceramic sharpening rod. Also take note that you don’t need to sharpen your knives often, a good sharpening session or two each year will do you just fine.
If you have any questions about this article, please do not hesitate to ask me and leave your feedback in the comment box below. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can, thank you!
Mushrooms are healthy and great ingredients that you can use on a variety of dishes. It goes well with many kinds of meat, vegetables, sauces, and even soups. However, just like any perishable good, mushrooms have a definite shelf-life that you need to keep in mind to avoid getting food poisoned or a sick stomach.
Don’t have any clue about how long mushrooms last? It’s alright, because for this article, I will be sharing with you all the basic information you need to know about keeping your mushrooms safe for long periods of time. Read on and find out more!
Halibut is a large saltwater fish has become a favorite of restaurant chefs for its thick fillets that cook likesteak. However, just like steaks, Halibut fillets are very easy to overcook since its meat is very fragile. If you have tried cooking halibut using conventional methods yourself, I am sure you must have struggled with reaching a medium rare center.
Fortunately, there is a simple method you can try to get perfectly cooked Halibut every time, and that isby cooking with sous vide. Read on to find out all you need to know about cooking Sous Vide Halibut.
Most of the time, chicken is present in every cuisine and recipe. It is a versatile meat which you can’t afford to miss in the culinary world. Though there are various ways to cook it, trying out new recipes could outstandingly bring out the real flavor and taste of the chicken. Now, have you heard of the words “spatchcock chicken”? That’s just one thing I’m referring to.