Posts Tagged ‘Knife Skills’

How To Sharpen A Kitchen Knife

Heather says: Without any more procrastination or delay here is the Home-Ec101.com Knife Sharpening Tutorial. I talk about knife skills and the importance and safety of having sharp knives, but how do you get and keep your knives sharp? First, let’s start off with a little anatomy of a knife. This is my favorite knife,…

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Knife Skills Refresher

Heather says: This post could alternately be called, Saved By a Fingernail, Because I Wasn’t Paying Attention. (only need a bit of super glue until the nail grows out a bit, no actual blood was shed). I’ve been back in the kitchen over the last month or so. I take this as a good sign,…

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Knife Skills: The Batonnet, a Visual Tutorial

Heather says: Learning knife skills is a great way to increase your speed in meal preparation, the faster you can complete a meal’s prep-work the sooner you can get to the fun part. Don’t get upset if the first few (or twenty) times you attempt to follow these tutorials if you take a long time…

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Honing v. Sharpening

Brian says: Honing your blade is one of the main aspects of good knife care. But it often gets confused with sharpening, even though they’re not the same thing. To break it down to first principles, sharpening is taking away material, and honing isn’t. Instead, honing is straightening out the edge of an already-sharp blade.…

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How to Peel and Dice Butternut Squash

Heather says: We’re well into autumn which means the availability of produce is changing. (Those of you in South Florida, Southern California and similar areas can hush, the rest of us have these magical things known as seasons that can affect our shopping habits). Butternut squash is one of my favorites fall vegetables, but preparing…

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How to Butterfly or Spatchcock a Chicken

Heather says: Did you know there’s a way to increase the amount of crisp skin on your chicken while decreasing the cook time? I tell the truth, you just use a five minute technique called Spatchcocking -that sounds dirty, doesn’t it?- or butterflying and you’ll greatly increase the surface area of your roast chicken. Not…

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How to Dice a Tomato

Heather says: Today we’re continuing with our knife skills series with how to dice a tomato. Since I don’t have a photographer or an extra set of hands at my disposal -the latter would totally ruin my frequent “I only have two hands, wait a minute” excuse- the reader should know that during the actual…

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How to Dice an Onion, a Step-by-step Photo Tutorial

Heather says: As we continue with knife skills, here is a photo tutorial on how to dice an onion. I did swipe some of the pics from the how to slice an onion tutorial, because why reinvent the wheel? It will take practice to pick up speed and unless you’re making an exceedingly fancy dish,…

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How to Slice an Onion, a Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial

Heather says: Knife skills are important for every cook and this step-by-step photo tutorial illustrates how to slice an onion. With a little practice slicing onions becomes a quick chore and eliminates the temptation of the expensive pre-sliced onions in the produce department. Yay for self-sufficiency. The right tools help. For this chore I prefer a…

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