What Kind of Kitchen Knife Block Set Should I Buy?

Henckels Four Star 11 pc Knife Block Set
Henckels Four Star 11 pc Knife Block Set

Picking a knife set isn’t complicated. The smaller sets mostly include knives that are essential for every kitchen. As the sets get bigger, they begin to include more and more knifes that are designed for very specific purposes.

Which foods do you eat most often? To pick the block set that will perfectly fit your needs, just look to your food. Every food that you prepare regularly should affect your decision. In this blog I’ll give some examples of types of knives that you should look for in a set based on the particular foods for which they are designed. [Read more…]

Chef’s Knives vs. Santoku Knives!

Wusthof Classic 8 inch Chef's Knife
Wusthof Classic 8 inch Chef’s Knife

I hear this question all the time from our customers – what is the difference between a chef’s knife and a santoku knife? Why would someone want one vs. the other? In this blog, I’ll lay out the basic functional differences between the shape of the chef’s knife and the shape of the santoku knife and try to help you decide which one is right for you. [Read more…]

How Do I Keep My Kitchen Knives Sharp for Longer?

When you invest in a high-quality kitchen knife, you want it to last for a long time. Most of the brands we carry at MetroKitchen.com come with lifetime warranties, but every kitchen knife still requires a little regular maintenance to keep its blade sharp and useful. After all, you can’t slice vegetables with a butter knife. In this blog I’ll lay out a few of the easy and simple ways that you can ensure that your cutlery stays sharp for longer.

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Only 12 Thursdays Left until Christmas!

As the temperatures drop a bit and leaves begin to fall, attention turns to…OMG…Christmas!

Can you believe it?  Today is only 12 more ThursDAYS ‘til Christmas??  Yep, Thursday, December 25.    I was at dinner last night with a friend who told me that she has most of her holiday shopping done….already!!!  I certainly felt behind.

So, to help all of you early shoppers out there, here are just a few ideas for the chefs on your 2014 list, based on budgets: [Read more…]

MetroKitchen Cooking Terms Glossary #6 – Tempering to White Stock

Finally, here is our final installment of the MetroKitchen Cooking Terms Glossary series!

Tempering – 1) heating gently and gradually  2) Refers to the process of slowly adding a hot liquid to eggs or other foods to raise their temperature without causing them to curdle 3) Refers to a process for melting chocolate

Thickening Agent – ingredients used to thicken sauces, includes starches (flour, cornstarch, and arrowroot), gelatin and liaison.

Tomato Sauce – a leading sauce, mother sauce, made from tomatoes, vegetables, seasonings, and white stock; it may or may not be thickened with roux.

Velouté  – a leading sauce, mother sauce, made by thickening a white stock (either fish, veal or chicken) with roux.

Wash – a glaze applied to dough before baking; a commonly used wash is made with whole eggs and water.

Whipping – a mixing method in which foods are vigorously beaten in order to incorporate air; a whisk or an electric mixer with its whip attachment is used.

White Stock – a light colored stock made from chicken, veal, beef, or fish bones simmered in water with vegetables and seasonings.

Emile Henry Flame Top Dutch Oven Review

Emile Henry Flame Top 5 1/2 qt. Ceramic Dutch Oven - RougeOne of the best all-in-one pots is the Emile Henry Flame Top 5 1/2 qt. Ceramic Dutch Oven. This dutch oven from Emile Henry is perfect for cooking soups and stews because it’s designed to absorb and hold heat, spreading it to your food slowly and evenly. You can also use it on almost any cooking surface including electric and gas stoves!  We made a delicious potato soup and this Emile dutch oven was essential.  [Read more…]