Hot Kitchen Utensils & Equipment Posts

How To: Stove top grill

So you love to grill food but it's the middle of winter and too cold to grill outside, what are you going to do? The answer lies in this video series on stove top grilling. Let our expert show you how you can grill all your favorite food on a stove top grill pan without any of the hassle of outdoor grills.

How To: Bias-cut a carrot

This video is a tutorial on how to do a bias-cut on a carrot. It is called the bias-cut because the cut keeps the same size on each piece of the carrot. A carrot is one of the most difficult foods to cut because it's shape is not uniform. You need to slice down at an angle for this reason. Your knife motion should not be choppy, but more wave-like. The bias-cut is important because it guarantees that the carrot slices will cook evenly.

How To: Choose the right pair of kitchen shears

In this clip, Chef Jason Hill talks all about kitchen shears (or kitchen scissors). In order to be the best cook you can be, you will want to make sure you have the right shears. Shears are designed for cooking and work a million times better than a knife or normal pair of scissors for things like cutting through bone. Check out this chef's tip and make sure you choose the right pair for you.

How To: Set a beautiful dinner table properly

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to set a beautiful dinner table. The utensils, flatware and glassware is paramount is correct setting. The utensils are arranged in the order that a person uses them. The butter knife, forks, napkin and bread plate are placed on the left of the dinner plate. The knives, spoons and drink-ware are placed on the right of the dinner plate. Utensils and flatware are lined up about 1" from the table. There should never be more than 3 utensils on the side of...

How To: Set a basic table properly

This video describes how to set a basic table. First we have to set the placement on a table with a napkin. Next keep a dinner fork, salad fork, and sea food fork on the right side of the placement. Next keep a dinner knife, tea spoon, and soup spoon on the left side of the placement. Next keep desert spoon, desert fork, and bread plate on the other side of the placement. Next keep the dinner plate on the middle of the placement. Next place the soup bowl on that dinner plate. Next put the wat...

How To: Build a BBQ food smoker using parts from Ikea

The idea is to buy a few items from IKEA and use them to make a back garden BBQ smoker. The concept is also know as IKEA hacking and the principles are simple, re-engineer IKEA products to make a entirely different item. This video will take you step by step through the buying, preparing and constructing of your very own BBQ smoker. All plans for construction can be found on their Website and a big thanks to ford for lending garden fork a car for the summer.

How To: Sharpen a knife with a knife steel

Knives gone dull? This chef's guide offers instructions on how to sharpen your kitchen utensils using a knife steel. It's easy! So easy, in fact, that this free video tutorial can present a comprehensive overview of the process in just under three minutes' time. For detailed instructions, as well as to get started sharpening your own knives, watch this helpful how-to.

How To: Use a French press coffee maker

This video shows how to use a French press coffee maker. We need 8 0'clock coffee regular or course grind, teaspoon measure long handled spoon, Pyrex measuring cup, the French press coffee maker and a cup to drink from. Heat to boiling just enough filtered water to fill the French Press beaker. Measure out one level teaspoon of coffee for each 6 ounce cup of coffee you are preparing. When the water has ceased bubbling add it to the French press beaker and stir with the long handled spoon. Wai...

How To: Season and protect a cast iron skillet with oil

Cast iron skillets are the original non-stick "Teflon" coating. An iron skillet seasoned properly will keep food from sticking, and its is great for browning and easy to care for. And good cast iron cookware will last a life time. Cast iron skillets have been handed down from generation to generation. Rita's favorite cast iron skillet was handed down from her mother and is at least 100 years old.

How To: Test for proper pan heat

A simple water test can be used to check for a properly heated pan. Check out this short video tutorial from Rouxbe on how to test for proper pan heat. This video will support your cooking experience and will provide you with additional relevant information during your culinary time pan frying.

How To: Sharpen a kitchen knife with a sharpening steel

This video goes through the steps needed to sharpen a kitchen knife using a sharpening steel. The presenter goes through sharpening various knives, using two different sharpening steels. He shows the proper technique of how to use the steel, how to hold it and how to move the knife across the steel. He also shows how to check how sharp the knife is, by carefully moving your thumb down the blade, rather than across the knife, and also how to use a tomato to check for sharpness.

How To: Julienne a pepper

In this quick and easy how to video, chefs Anne and Beau from the Food Network's show, Worst Cooks, teach their recruits some new knife skills. In this lesson, they demonstrate how to properly "julienne" a bell pepper. Julienne is a French term used to describe a type of cut for vegetables that cuts them into long, thin strips. The chefs demonstrate this technique, and offer some tips to get you in the groove. You can learn to chop your veggies like a pro in just over a minute.

How To: Clean and replace the burrs in a coffee grinder

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean and replace the burrs in a coffee grinder. Start out by taking the bean hopper out, you will have to use a screw driver to remove this completely. Then, mark the top burr so you ,know where it was lined up, then spin the top until it comes off. Then, remove the parts off of this and clean them off. Make sure to put these all back together the way you took them off. Now, clean the bottom burr by prying it up with a tool and using an old toothbrush to scr...

How To: Sharpen a knife

One of the best parts about cooking is feeling the cold, hard steel of your cooking knife in your hand. The sleek skillful edge doesn't stand a change against any delicacy, unless it's dull. A dull knife takes the fun out of cooking and is actually more dangerous than a sharp knife, so take a moment to sharpen and care for your tools.

How To: Maintain a knife by sharpening it monthly

This video demonstrates how to sharpen a carbon steel knife using a whet stone. Depending on how much you use the knife and how you use it, the knife might need to be sharpened once a month or every other week. First the whet stone should be lubricated using water. Then place the knife on the whet stone at an angle as shown in the video and drag it up and down while applying ample pressure to sharpen it. Do not twist the knife. Depending on the hardness of the knife and the roughness of the w...

How To: Sharpen knives with serrated edges

Having trouble with sharpening your serrated knives? Wayne Dolik, an expert sharpener from www.sandiegocutlery.com tells you how. In this video tutorial, Wayne explains the essential tools of serrated knife sharpening and where to get them. Wayne also offers great tips and advice on sharpening safety, how to minimize the chances of damaging your expensive knives, how to make the job as easy on yourself as possible, and how to get the best overall results. You don't have to struggle in the kit...

How To: Use a Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie

The best way to roast and barbecue meat and poultry is with a rotisserie. A vertical rotisserie is the best way to save space and stay clean. Know how to get the most out of your new Cuisinart rotisserie. Get all of the information on the Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie. This detailed video tutorial will show you everything you need to know on how to use a Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie (CVR-1000).

How To: Build a barrel rocket stove

A rocket stove is a "rocket" combustion approach to preparing meals, which provides high combustion efficiency and efficient heat transfer to the cooking pot. Research suggests (through practical experience) that by using a rocket stove, you could save at least 50% of fuelwood, which is a significant savings for anyone's financial situation.

How To: Open a can using a knife instead of a can opener

This video is how to open a metal can with the corner of a knife. First, you must find a knife that has a ninety-degree angle where the corner is a sharp point. A cleaver, like the one shown in the video, type of knife would be best. You use the corner to puncture the can and continue puncturing it as you rotate the can. Make sure to tilt the knife outwards after you puncture. Puncture successively and simultaneously rotate the can so that each puncture mark starts where the last one left off...

How To: Make a miniature electric stove

Learn To Hack a Glue Gun and turn it into a Small Electric Stove to heat up your food. Its cheap to make and very helpful for when you don't have anything to cook you food with. Find out how by watching this video. All you need is a hot glue gun and some paper clips. Watch this video cooking tutorial and learn how to build a mini electric stove.