Consider investing in a high-quality knife or two, and then take good care of them. According to Jeffrey Elliot and James P. DeWan, authors of Zwilling J.A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills, a good knife should be cleaned and dried by hand directly after use and kept in a sheath, knife tray, knife block, or on a magnetic wall mount.
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Learn how to make the most of vegetarian ingredients, plus check out our helpful cooking tips and suggestions for kitchen tool essentials.
Derived from the French “vinaigre” (meaning aged wine), vinegar is a staple in most pantries worldwide. With dozens of varieties readily available, you can use your favorite type to elevate nearly any meal - by creating marinades, emulsifying vinaigrettes, seasoning dishes to brighten flavors, or even making reductions.
You can make waffles right on your stove top with the Nordic Ware Belgian Waffler, an old-school method that gives you more control over crispness. $40.99; target.comSplurge
Pasta is a staple of many households all over the world and has been for decades. It is loved for its versatility, ease of cooking, and long shelf life. But, the days of one-size-fits-all pasta are long gone. As anyone who has walked through the supermarket pasta aisle in the recent years knows, there are many brands, styles and shapes now available, and they all have slightly differing flavors and textures.
Skip the juice bar! You can whip up your own cool, refreshing drinks at home with these easy-to-use juicers.
Serious about juicing? The Kuvings B6000 Whole Slow Juicer gets more of the good stuff from whole fruits and veggies by crushing and pressing them. $429.95; kuvingsusa.com