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My search for the best kitchen knife

I have recently taken up a part time catering course at my local adult college. I love cooking and preparing meals for my kids. I even encourage them to help me in preparing the vegetables and making the family stews. Now that they are that little bit older, I have a little extra time to myself and so therefore I thought that enrolling in a cookery course would be a fabulous idea to learn more recipes and how to prepare food correctly.

Within the first week, we were all told to purchase a good kitchen knife, so that we could practice what we learn in class at home. I do have kitchen knives but they are getting on a bit now. So I looked on the Internet and began to read up on what the culinary professionals and kitchen websites recommended as the best kitchen knives to buy. This was my starting point as it gave me the brands to look for. They included, Victorinox, Global and Wusthof. My aim was to buy one of the best kitchen knives available, but at a reasonable price.

I then looked on Amazon to compare prices and customer reviews. The Victorinox kitchen knife I found was an 8 inch chef’s knife that was priced just under $40, this had fantastic customer reviews and was rated as a best seller. The Global knife that I found was also 8 inches but this was priced much higher at $100, but again had wonderful customer feedback. The final knife I found was the 6 inch Gourmet Chef’s knife priced at just under $70. This also came highly recommended.

To be honest after having read all of the top 10 knives reviews and recommendations I felt that any of these kitchen knives could perform the job that I needed them to do. Therefore I decided to choose the cheapest and bought the Victorinox chef’s knife.

I’ve been using this knife for several weeks now and it does the job perfectly. It’s incredibly versatile when in the kitchen. My advice to you is to find out what kitchen knives are available, choose those knives that are recommended by professionals and then shop around for the best price. I’m glad I did.

Smart Electric Rice Cookers

No matter if you eat white or brown rice, long or short grain, it is not easy to get it right when cooked traditionally in a pot. Thanks to the electric rice cooker, cooking rice is a piece of cake – set it at the right settings and leave it to cook. Not only can it cook rice, you can easily cook porridge, stew and oatmeal in a pot.

Electric rice cookers these days are smart that it can determine and adjust the cooking time and temperature for cooking the fluffiest rice. They are able to do so with sensors that have the ability to detect the amount of rice and water in the pot.

There are many best rated rice cooker reviews but here are some tips to make your decision easier:

  1. Budget

The first thing you should do is figure out how much you’re willing to spend on your rice cooker. Regardless of its price, the best rice cooker should be able to cook your rice to perfection. Just remember that the more expensive the appliance is, the more extensive the extra super powers it has. Personally, I think you should not buy an electric rice cooker just because of its extra functions but not ever use them to your advantage.

  1. Capacity/Size

Rice will taste better when you cook in a cooker at its intended capacity. If you are only cooking for yourself and maybe your partner, a 3-cup electric rice cooker will be more than enough to cook for a meal. A 10-cup cooker will only be ideal only if you frequently cook for your extended family or you’re in the catering business.

Also, look for an electric rice cooker that has a steaming tray to cook your vegetable. As the water boils off to cook the rice, the released steam will cook the vegetables. Not only is this a healthy way to cook your rice but it also saves energy and time.

  1. Material

Do consider the material of the cooking pot when choosing your cooker. A non-stick aluminum or stainless steel is preferred by most people since it’s easy to clean. Some people prefer pots that are made from charcoal or clay which are natural materials that have non-stick properties. However, some of these pans do produce rice with a slight burnt taste thanks to these natural materials – some people do enjoy this difference in taste.

  1. Bells & Whistles

As I mentioned earlier, pricier models have features that would elevate the user’s experience when using the electric rice cooker. Things like measuring lines inside the cooking pot and see-through lid will allow you to easily measure the water used and monitor the cooking process. If your cooker has a warming function, it would be great to keep your rice warm until you’re ready to eat your meal.

  1. Multi-tasking Abilities

I believe that if you’re already paying so much for an appliance, it should work more than its main intended use. Other than rice, your electric rice cooker should be able to cook congee, oatmeal and crock pot style meals.

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Good Cookware Set Make All the Difference

Are you tired of using an old set of cookware that even don’t heat evenly? Are you thinking of buying a new set of cookware? If yes, then you must think about Calphalon cookware set. But before purchasing one, you should read the best cookware set reviews. They will help you to make a better choice.

Though Calphalon Cookware were initially designed for use at home, the technology behind it is simply innovative. Cooking with this set is simply an unforgettable experience and you will be able to maintain the high quality and durability that most of the chefs demand in a professional cookware. (Go to the official website)

The company has equipped all their latest cookwares with two new shining surfaces which help you to bring out the expert chef. Its completely new and revolutionary non sticky surface will not allow the food items to stick on it and releases the meal without any trouble. These cookwares are the best for cooking delicious omelette and sauces.

Have you ever tried to cook salmon or even tuna on a traditional cookware? Simply impossible, you see. However, this specific set of cookware offer unique and additionally textured Sear non sticky area which does not allow the fish to stick to pan while at the same time keep the taste of the fillet intact.

Each of its surface is particularly meant for different cooking purposes. Now it is very easy to cook multi flavored moist braised meat, mouth watering salmon dishes along with delicious veggies. Another benefit of Calphalon cookware is that it takes very little or simply no oil, fat or butter to cook food. It comes with life time warranty and is absolutely dishwasher safe. Its grip remains surprisingly cool even on the hot stove and will give you the feeling of a professional chef. It is the right time to upgrade your conventional pots and pans to the best quality and cook delicious food for your family.