Hot Kitchen Utensils & Equipment How-Tos

How To: Remove odor from plastic storage containers

This video describes how to remove unwanted odor from plastic storage containers. The video shows three easy steps to remove odor. Firstly, thoroughly wash the plastic container as you usually would. After it dries, place a few pieces of crumpled up newsprint inside of the container and close the lid. Leave the newsprint in the container for a couple of days before removing the paper. After you remove the paper, simply wash the container again and the odor should be gone. A viewer would benef...

How To: Sharpen your knife with a cup

Have you ever had a knife that was just too dull to cut anything? Well, you don't need a sharpener; simply grab a common household coffee mug to do the trick. Slide the blade along the bottom of the mug at a thirty degree angle to sharpen your blade. Not too roughly, just scraping it. This should sharpen that once dull blade, and you will be able to cut your food much easier in the kitchen. Don't have a sharpener? Then the coffee mug is your answer!

How To: Determine which grater is best for the job

Gourmet editor, Ruth, tells us all about the different graters and why choosing the best grater for each job is very important. The classical grater is called a knuckle bleeder. This is because when you're at the end of the item you're grating, you have to get your hand really close to it and you might scrape your knuckles. The hand grater is easier to use and provides smaller pieces which makes it ideal for most grating jobs. A zester grater is also easy to use and provides more volume than ...

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: Clean your grill

Keep your grill clean for both health and taste reasons. When it builds up old crust it will give off a burned flavor and the blackened bits create carbon, a carcinogen. With a clean grate, you'll get those gorgeous charred cross marks -- the sign of a healthy grill.

How To: Sharpen your knife

In this video, we learn three different ways to sharpen a knife. The first way is to grab a traditional stone and place either some water or oil on it and sharpen it my scratching it against the stone. Another way to sharpen your knife is to scratch it on a diamond tip, which does the same thing as a stone, takes some of the metal off of the knife. The last way to sharpen a knife is to buy a product called an AccuSharp. It has a sharpener that is built into the side of it. All you have to do ...

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: 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 a gas smoker with tips from Lowe's

In this video from Lowe's we learn how to use a gas smoker. This tip comes from Lowe's. You can cook with a smoker anytime of year. He is using a gas smoker. Keep this away from siding. The fire source heats the moist wood chips, which release the smoke that flavors the food. You need tongs and a meat thermometer for sure. Before you cook for the first time, season the smoker by smoking some wood chips without food in it. He is cooking a pork shoulder which he uses a dry rub, wraps in plastic...

How To: Sharpen knives with a steel

This video demonstrates the proper way to sharpen knives with a steel. First, the blade of the knife should be held at about at 22 degree angle to the steel, Second, the knife should be slid along the steel in a sharpening motion. The steel should run along the blade of the knife from one edge to the other. Both sides of the blade should be sharpened in this manner. The steel has a guard to prevent the knife from accidentally cutting your hand, but if you are afraid of being cut, the steel ca...

How To: Know the basic rules of knife sharpening

Corey Millligan takes you through the instruction needed for knife sharpening. He explains that all knives, regardless of cost, needs to be sharpened. He shows you the diamond steel sharpener. He explains the positions you can hold the sharpener and which one is best for beginners. You learn how to get and control the angel needed and how paying attention to pressure is important. Corey also teaches you how to sharpen serrated knives and different techniques for advanced sharpeners. Watching ...

How To: Sharpen a knife like Gordon Ramsay

Chef Gordon Ramsay teaches a customer how to sharpen a kitchen knife. The lesson he gives here is little more than giving the knife an edge with a filing tool which is a short metallic rod the size of a knife. We frequently see chefs using sharpening knives this way although the motions are so fast that we don't know what they are actually doing. Ramsey, through teaching the customer slows the process down so that we can see what is going on and hence, how to do it.

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: 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.