KITCHEN KNIVES FOR BEGINNERS

Guide to Kitchen Knives

Whether it’s slicing, dicing or mincing, kitchen knives play a vital role in our everyday cooking innuendos. As I’ve learnt from learning many kitchen knife review sites like http://www.pcnchef.com. As a matter of precaution and to also ensure smooth sailing during the cooking process, a standard knife if of great importance. In an effort to shun the possibility of kitchen accidents resulting from faulty knives and at the same time maintain the standard requirements that meet a quality kitchen knife, Victorinox has come up with just the right tool for any Chef’s needs.

An All In One Kitchen Knife?

To begin with, the diversity with which they create their products ensures there’s a tool for every job. So whether its a huge chunk of meat that needs chopping or a smaller piece of meat that needs to be cut into thin slices a Swissclassic Santoku knife and a Swissclassic carving knife are there for the job. Considering the physical harm that one wielding a razor-edged tool can cause his/herself with no prior experience of the tool in question, an ergonomic handle might save you the trouble of having to go through an uncomfortable and risky cooking experience. With this in mind, all the blades feature an ergonomic handle. As a result, every cut is a piece of cake if you know what i mean.

Extremely Sharp Japanese Kitchen Knives

Other than the fact that sharp objects pose a threat to me(and in my personal opinion to every other newbee to the kitchen environment), I love cooking. However my recent bump into Victorinox has helped me overlook the simple fact that i dread each encounter with a blade. Bearing in mind that most cutlery this including knives form part of everyday dining etiquette which encompasses not only the western cultures, but also many other cultures across the globe, cutlery availed in different shapes and styles would make for a great dining experience. The blades are thicker than their Japanese counterparts but in my opinion make the cooking experience a lot more fun.

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British Foods to Try in London

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Fish & Chips

There’s nothing that says ‘British Food’ like Fish & Chips. Known the world over, this traditional British dish is on the top of any foodie list for visitors to London and the U.K. Although fish & chips is best eaten on the seaside (think Brighton, Blackpool or Whitby) it is possible to get great fish & chips in London. Fish & chips is traditionally eaten with mushy peas and garnished with salt and vinegar!

Our Recommendation: Poppy’s, Shoreditch or Camden [www.poppiesfishandchips].  Read our full post on the top fish and chip shops in London.  On a Budget?: Poppy’s is happily affordable with a massive portion of fish & chips (easily split by 2) for under £7.00 each!

Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding

Sunday roast is a true British classic. Traditionally this meal is eaten any time from 12noon to 5pm on Sundays. Although you can get Sunday roast with turkey, beef, pork, chicken, lamb and veggie options – it’s important to always make sure you get your Yorkshire pudding! Traditionally served with beef, Yorkshire puddings a true British classic and can often be added to any Sunday roast order. A traditional roast comes with meat, potatoes, gravy and vegetables and should be so large you find it difficult to walk afterwards!
Our Recommendation: We think the best traditional Sunday roasts are found in local pubs and our favourites are: The Three Stags, Kennington [www.threestags.london] The Windsor Castle, Notting Hill [www.thewindsorcastlekensington.co.uk] Anchor & Hope, Waterloo [www.anchorandhopepub.co.uk]

Pie and Mash

Pie and Mash has come a long way from simple steak and kidney or pork pies. Today there are a whole plethora of pie types to try! A classic comfort food, pie served with a pile of creamy mashed potatoes and lashings of gravy is a real British treat!
Our Recommendation: Pieminister, various locations [www.pieminister.co.uk]

On a Budget?: Pies and mash at Pieminister absolutely don’t break the bank, with a portion of each setting you back just £6.50, making it one of the most affordable meals in town.

During our All in One Tour, we have a lunch break where The Princess of Wales pub is located and they do some of the best pies in the city!

 

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Which Cooking Oil is The Healthiest

You have many options when it comes to selecting fats and oils for cooking.

But it’s not just a matter of choosing oils that are healthy, but also whether they stay healthy after having been cooked with.

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The Stability of Cooking Oils

When you’re cooking at a high heat, you want to use oils that are stable and don’t oxidize or go rancid easily.

When oils undergo oxidation, they react with oxygen to form free radicals and harmful compounds that you definitely don’t want to be consuming.

The most important factor in determining an oil’s resistance to oxidation and rancidification, both at high and low heat, is the relative degree of saturation of the fatty acids in it.

Saturated fats have only single bonds in the fatty acid molecules, monounsaturated fats have one double bond and polyunsaturated fats have two or more.

It is these double bonds that are chemically reactive and sensitive to heat.

Saturated fats and monounsaturated fats are pretty resistant to heating, but oils that are high in polyunsaturated fats should be avoided for cooking .

Alright, now let’s discuss each type of cooking fat specifically.

The Winner: Coconut Oil

When it comes to high heat cooking, coconut oil is your best choice.

Over 90% of the fatty acids in it are saturated, which makes it very resistant to heat.

This oil is semi-solid at room temperature and it can last for months and years without going rancid.

Coconut oil also has powerful health benefits. It is particularly rich in a fatty acid called Lauric Acid, which can improve cholesterol and help kill bacteria and other pathogens .

The fats in coconut oil can also boost metabolism slightly and increase feelings of fullness compared to other fats. It is the only cooking oil that made it to my list of superfoods.

Fatty Acid Breakdown:

  • Saturated: 92%.
  • Monounsaturated: 6%.
  • Polyunsaturated: 1.6%.

Make sure to choose virgin coconut oil. It’s organic, it tastes good and it has powerful health benefits.

The saturated fats used to be considered unhealthy, but new studies prove that they are totally harmless. Saturated fats are a safe source of energy for humans.

Butter

Butter was also demonized in the past due to its saturated fat content.

But there really is no reason to fear real butter. It’s the processed margarine that is the truly awful stuff.

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Real butter is good for you and actually fairly nutritious.

It contains Vitamins A, E and K2. It is also rich in the fatty acids Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and Butyrate, both of which have powerful health benefits.

CLA may lower body fat percentage in humans and butyrate can fight inflammation, improve gut health and has been shown to make rats completely resistant to becoming obese.

Fatty Acid Breakdown:

  • Saturated: 68%.
  • Monounsaturated: 28%.
  • Polyunsaturated: 4%.

There is one caveat for cooking with butter. Regular butter does contain tiny amounts of sugars and proteins and for this reason it tends to get burned during high heat cooking like frying.

If you want to avoid that, you can make clarified butter, or ghee. That way, you remove the lactose and proteins, leaving you with pure butterfat.

Here’s a great tutorial on how to clarify your own butter.

Make sure to choose butter from grass-fed cows. This butter contains more Vitamin K2, CLA and other nutrients, compared to butter from grain-fed cows.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is well known for its heart healthy effects and is believed to be a key reason for the health benefits of the mediterranean diet.

Some studies show that olive oil can improve biomarkers of health.

It can raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and lower the amount of oxidized LDL cholesterol circulating in your bloodstream .

Source: Authority Nutrition