How to Buy Knives for Your Kitchen – 3 Handy Tips

tips for buying knives

Buying knives that are good for your kitchen might be hard. Because there are a lot of different brands and products on the market right now. And you might be overwhelmed with all the choices available. So what might be the solution here? Luckily, if you know the tricks, you will be in good shape. And today, I will share with you some useful tips that I know you will need.

The first tip is all about buying knives that are appropriate for your daily kitchen tasks. When cooking, you will have to chop bones and large chunks of meat, carving out thinner pieces of meat, mincing vegetables and spice, etc. And all of those tasks do have their own specialized knives. And if you really want to speed up your cooking time, you need the right tools for the right tasks. You can check out these useful resources for more info.

Another tip that I want to share is all about spending the right amount of money for the best knives possible. Why? Because a good knife might be costly at first, but after a long time of use, you will notice that they tend to last much longer compared to cheaper knives. Cheap knives tend to have lower quality. And lower quality means you will have to spend lots of money on knife sharpening service down the road. Not good.

And the last tip I want to share is that you should always buy from reputable brands. They often have high-quality products. And the warranty policy will often outshine others as well. But the most important thing here is, you will have peace of mind knowing that your hard earned money will help you bring home great cutleries that can level up your kitchen skills!

This is How You Should Cook Steak!

Cooking the perfect steak on the grill is part science, part art form. To put everything together to create the perfect steak takes time and practice. But once you’ve mastered steaks on the grill, you’ll never eat another steak again. The following tips for cooking steak will give you the guidance you need to develop your skills for grilling the perfect steak.

Before you grill your steak, you want to leave it at room temperature for about 20 minutes. This allows you to cook faster and more evenly. Drizzle or lightly brush olive oil on your steak. Some people will tell you to oil your grill, but it is not necessary if your steaks have oil on them. If you put oil on your grill, it may cause a flare-up.

Salt your meat about 20 minutes before cooking. The salt brings out the juices, so the fantastic caramelization between sugar and protein forms the perfect crust when the steak comes on the grill. Sear your steak with direct heat. Searing creates the caramelization and combines these great flavors on the crust of the meat. Sear it until the color is a dark brown. If the steak is very thick, you may need to put it on indirect heat to stop cooking so it does not overcook.

To create the grill marks, let your grill get to a high temperature before you put your steaks on the grill. Place the steak on the grid at 10 o’clock. Halfway through cooking on this side, turn it to 2 o’clock. Repeat on the other side. Try not to touch your steak too often. Ideally, you only want to turn your steak once. Constantly watching your steak and turning it around is something we want to stay away from.

After grilling your steak, let it stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. This allows the juices to be redistributed back into the steak. As you cook the steak, the juices move from the center to the outside. Because of this, a steak will dry out too long or dry a piece of meat.

How to be a Better Cook With These Great Tips

Do you joke around that you’re a “terrible cook” while chowing down on yet another carton of Chinese food? Do you always say you should learn how to cook but just don’t have the time?

If you’ve never been taught, building a cooking habit can seem pretty daunting. I know this because I used to struggle in the kitchen too. I spent most of my life surviving on turkey and mayo sandwiches, frozen pizza, and restaurant meals. When I could build up enough motivation to cook something, I’d just boil pasta.

In hindsight, the excuses I employed seem ridiculous, but I remember how difficult (and frustrating) it was to want to make a lifestyle change, but lack the know-how to do so. Eventually, through years of trial and error, I figured out how to change my habits. Now with a program called the Feast Bootcamp, my cofounder Nadia and I help people develop their own habit of cooking at home. And after a year and a half in business, we’ve heard every excuse in the book when it comes to why cooking is too hard. Don’t worry, though—we’ve also witnessed people overcome their fears to become confident, capable home cooks.

How to Ditch the Excuses and Learn to Cook

The first step in building a sustainable cooking habit is to address your challenges head on and come up with rational solutions. Here are some of the most common reasons people say they can’t cook, and tips to overcome each one.

The Excuse: I Don’t Have Time

This popular excuse is pretty powerful, and we use this rationale to avoid much more than cooking. To overcome this block, the most important thing that’s needed is a shift in mindset.

“Not having time” is just a matter of priorities. If learning how to cook isn’t a priority for you, then you’re doomed, regardless of effort. If cooking isimportant to you, you can make time by shifting around other activities. For example, before I learned how to cook, I’d get home from work each night and watch TV. When I said I didn’t have time to make dinner, I really meant that I’d rather watch another episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia than cook. Tackle this block with the following steps:

1. Write it down. Start by recording what you do every day when you get home, along with a rough estimate of how much time you spend doing each activity. Don’t leave anything out. Do you go out for drinks with friends? Watch TV? Play games on your phone? Write everything down.

2. Prioritize. Next, look at each item on the list and think about whether or not it’s more important to you than cooking yourself a healthy meal. Maybe you can cut 30 minutes out of watching TV or cut out Angry Bird completely. Find the time.

3. Try it out. Commit to a one-week trial in which you swap in cooking activities for the time you would have spent doing a task of lesser importance. Once that week is over, commit to another week—and so on.

The Excuse:: I Don’t Like to Wash Dishes

This is entirely reasonable, since a lot of people don’t like cleaning in general. But you do shower, right? As human beings, we clean ourselves so we can live and feel better. You can apply the same thinking to cleaning dishes!

Here are three very simple approaches to overcome this stumbling block:

Incorporate cleaning into your cooking process. There’s almost always some downtime when prepping a meal, like when food is roasting in the oven or simmering away on the stovetop. Use those spare minutes to get dishes out of the way.

Shift your mindset. Think about how cleaning dishes can be an opportunity rather than a chore. I decided to turn cleaning dishes into a moment to unwind after a busy day. Washing plates and pots can be tedious, but it also provides a brief time to clear your mind while your hands do the work. Play some music, dance while you clean, and turn it into a fun, relaxing experience.

Enlist help. If all else fails, people who live with others (roommates, family members, or partners) can trade off cooking and cleaning duties to make the workload lighter for everyone.

Once you incorporate washing dishes into your cooking routine, these tasks will become a natural part of the process and you won’t think twice about the hassle.

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