Hot Kitchen Utensils & Equipment How-Tos

How To: Make a soup bowl out of a coconut

In this video, we learn how to make a soup bowl out of a coconut. This will add a ton of flavor to soups or drinks! To do this, you will need to make a wide opening to the top of the coconut. Take a cleaver with a strong, thick, and heavy heel. Then, score through the husk with the cleaver, looking for any weak spots. After you have scored the wide opening, go back around until you break through the shell. Once you break through, use the back corner of the knife to pry back the top. Pull it b...

How To: Grind your own spices

In this tutorial, we learn how to grind your own spices. Spices grow all over the world, which can give them all unique tastes. Start off by grabbing the spices that you want to mix together. Use your favorite spices to make your own unique tastes. If you are roasting, you should not roast or toast the spices all together at once, so they don't incorporate smells. After you do this, you will use a mortar and a pestle to crush down the spices. Start pounding on the spices to release the oils a...

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: 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...

How To: Clean a coffee maker

This video tutorial is in the food category which will show you how to clean a coffee maker with vinegar. First you got to remove the used coffee powder from the coffee pot and put it in a compost maker or in the garbage bin. Then add one part vinegar and two parts water in the jug and pour it in to the coffee maker. Turn it on and after the cycle is completed, drain out the mixture of vinegar and water. If the coffee maker is still dirty, repeat the process. Once the pot is clean, flush it w...

How To: Clean a coffee machine

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean a coffee machine. First, get the filter out of the machine. After this, run hot water through the coffee machine and let it drain out. Clean off all the instruments that are on the machine to get it completely clean. Then, you will want to run the steamer through to rinse out any impurities as well. After you have ran water out, run it through a couple more times. When finished, you can start to brew coffee and enjoy a more delicious and fresh cup than ...

How To: Grill with basic tips from Lowe's

In this tutorial, we learn the basics of grilling with Lowe's. All foods can be cooked to perfection on the grill, but you will need to have the right tools. Meat thermometer, skewers, basting brush, grill cleaner, and a spatula are all tools that are key to grilling perfectly. Grill your own special way, but make sure you clean the grill after you are finished. You can do this by closing the lid and putting the grill on for a couple of minutes. Then, clean the grill with a clean cloth and ge...

How To: Sharpen your kitchen knives using a whetstone

In the kitchen, as important as it is to have great, fresh food and a hygienic cooking area, if your knives are dull, you won't be getting much done (unless you're cave-manning it, then good luck to you!). But if you are wondering how to get your blade back into the shape it was in when you first got it then check out this great video! Chef Jason Hill shows you how to maintain your kitchen knives with a whetstone.

How to Act Like a Food Snob: Molecular Gastronomy Edition

I first heard the term molecular gastronomy while watching an episode of Bravo's Top Chef a few seasons back. Intrigued by the concept, I sought to find out more about this modern, deconstructed type of cookery. If you happen to be around foodies and the topic of molecular gastronomy comes up (which very likely will at some point) you'll want to have a few points to contribute and maybe even give them a run for their money.

How To: Clean your coffee maker

Maria Cleaveland shows us how to clean a coffee maker in this tutorial. It's important to clean out your coffee maker because calcium and lime can build up throughout regular use. One option is to use a cleaner liquid that you brew just like coffee, but is cleaning solution. You will then run two water coffees after this to make sure all the solution is out. Vinegar and water also work to clean out the coffee maker in case you don't have the cleaning solution. If you do this regularly, your c...

How To: Clean your coffee grinder

In this video, we learn how to clean a coffee grinder with Chef Bikram. To start off, grab a little bit of rice and pour it into the grinder. Then, put the lid on and pulse it. When finished, pour out the mixture and your grinder will be clean and have no aroma left in it. You can also rinse it out with water after you do this, so there are no crumbs leftover. This is a great way to clean your grinder in just a few short seconds, instead of having to thoroughly wash it each and every time you...

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: 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: Reuse glass jars

You don't have to throw out those glass jars! Every little bit counts, so you can feel good about making a small different if you start reusing your glass jars. Show Me The Curry has all the guidance you need to ensure that you get the most out of your glass jars and do your part to protect the planet. This video will show you how to resue glass jars.

How To: Flip food properly

There's nothing like flipping food. Not only is it beneficial when making things such as stir fry or omelettes, but it also pretty cool to do as well. In this video tutorial, you will discover just what it takes to flip food properly. Warning! When you first try this, a mess might ensue. So be careful and have fun!

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: Use the Cool Noodle Tool to make noodles at home

In this video, we learn how to use the Cool Noodle Tool to make noodles make from thai coconut, auzzhini, jicama, daikon radish and yellow squash. First, grab a half of a coconut and your noodle tool. Take your tool and scrape the inside of the coconut and you will have coconut noodles in no time! Do this for all of your different vegetables, whichever you prefer. Place all of your vegetable noodles into a large bowl and you can now prepare these with any sauces that you prefer. This tool mak...

How To: Set a table easily

To set the table for a formal dinner, place a plate a little bit to the left of the center of the meal sheet. Place two forks to the left of the plate, The smaller fork is for the salad, and should be placed on the outer side. The inner fork is for the dinner. Place two knives to the immediate right side of the plate. The outer knife is for the salad, and the inner knife is for the dinner. Place two forks to the right side of the knives, the outermost spoon is for the soup, and the inner spoo...

How To: Use a corn zipper

This how-to video shows you how to use a corn zipper. This is a fun and useful gadget for the kitchen. The corn zipper takes corn off the cob, quickly and efficiently. Just put it on the corn and pull. This will take it off easily. Not everyone can eat corn on the cob. It will also make eating corn easier for kids. It is much safer than knives as well. You can also turn the zipper on the side to milk the corn for creamed corn. This video shows you how useful a corn zipper is for your kitchen.

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: Properly set a table

To properly set a table for an informal four course dinner, keep in mind that a soup course, a salad course, an entree and a desert will be served. First, add the service plate or charger to the table. Place it directly in front of the guest two inches from the table. It will serve as the under plate before the entree arrives. Use exactly the amount of silverware needed to accommodate the meal. For this meal, you will need a soup spoon, a salad fork, a salad knife, a dinner fork, a dinner kni...

How To: Set a table the proper way

This video teaches us the way to properly set a table. You will require a couple of things for this purpose. These things include a table with a table cloth and napkins. These should be kept at one side of the table. Then take salad forks and dinner forks. Arrange these in the center. Take knives and spoons. Arrange these besides the forks on both the sides. Take bread and butter plates and arrange them above the salad and dinner forks. Put glasses above the spoons. Put bread and butter knive...

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.