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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: Season a cast iron pan

A Food Network chef gives the low down on seasoning a cast iron pan. Cast iron pans need to be seasoned before use because it will make your pan stick resistant and last a lifetime. Another plus of seasoning your cast iron pan is that you will not have to use any additional oil when you are cooking. The cast iron is a great heat conductor and the whole pan heats evenly instead of just in spots. To season a cast iron pan you will need to take a neutral oil, vegetable oil works fine, and rub it...

How To: Hone a knife from a pro

Taylor Erkkinen, co-owner of the Brooklyn Kitchen, shows how to properly hone a knife Hold a butcher steel vertically. Place it on a towel on a flat surface in order to anchor and hold it in place. Most knifes are sharpened to 20 degrees. To find this angle, hold the knife perpendicularly to the butcher steel--this is 90 degrees. Reducing to half that angle is 45 degrees, and half of that angle is 22 degrees. Pass the knife equally on each side of the butcher steel, making sure you run all th...

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: 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: 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: Use a hammer and nail to open a soup can

Have you ever been caught with nothing to eat but canned soup or tuna fish and no can opener in sight? In this video, AJ Conover demonstrates how to open a can with a hammer and nail. First make sure the hammer and nail are very clean. Use the hammer to lightly pound the nail into the can's lid creating holes. Be careful not to pound too hard and drop the nail into the food inside the can. Hammer enough holes to make an opening around the edge of the can's lid and then pry the lid up and open...

How To: Use and care for a pressure cooker

This video describes the different parts of a pressure cooker, and how to use it. The pressure cooker consists of a heavy gauge pot and a tight fitting locking lid with a pressure release and a button that pops up when the right pressure is reached. There is also a quick release valve that you can turn manually. There is also a gasket that fits inside the lid to keep the pressure in the pot. To assemble the pressure cooker, insert the gasket under the flanges in the lid, line the lid up on th...

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: Use a popcorn machine

Check out this how-to video to learn the correct way to operate a popcorn machine. Make sure you always unplug your popcorn machine before you do any kind of cleaning. It will take about three or four minutes before your pop corn is finished popping. When the corn is almost done popping, grab the handle and dump the kettle. You will want to dump in twice to make sure all the popcorn has fallen out of the kettle.

How To: Use a pizza peel

If you want to make an authentic New York-style pizza pie, you'll require the proper tools. Among those tools is the pizza peel. World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani shows how to properly use a pizza peel, the wide, flat shovel that transports the pizza from countertop to oven. For complete instructions on how to use a pizza peel (also sometimes referred to as a pizza shovel), watch this free video tutorial.

How To: Set a table properly

In order to set a table properly, you need to begin with the candles. Try using beeswax in your candleholder to hold your candle upright. Place the salad plate inside your serving plate. Every course should have its’ own silverware. Place the napkin on the left side. The fold of the napkin should be away from the plate.

How To: Sharpen a knife with a handheld sharpener

Dull knives in the kitchen are not only slow, but possibly the most dangerous threat in your home. In this entertaining and informative video, Bruce Trettor teaches how to properly sharpen your own knives with a hand-held sharpener. He explains how to test the sharpness of your knives, the common indicators of improperly sharpened knives, and some great tips on chopping and slicing that will drastically improve your cooking skills. He also covers the different techniques necessary to hone you...

How To: Clean your espresso machine with citric acid

In this video, we learn how to clean your espresso machine with citric acid. First, mix the acid up with some water in a pouring cup. Then, pour this into the machine and run water through the machine to get the boiler filled up with the acid solution. Run it out the steam wand as well so it has a chance to get into all the pipes and valves. After you have done all the steps, run it out once more with just plain water to clean it out of the citric acid taste. Then, you will be able to run the...