MetroKitchen Mailbag

Is the Calphalon Unison Nonstick 12 inch Round Grill Pan as heavy as cast iron?
It’s not as heavy as cast iron but it has some weight to it.  It’s a little over 4 lbs.

Is All-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless oven safe?
It is oven safe up to 500 degrees.  Nonstick items are oven safe up to 400 degrees.

Which All-Clad products are induction compatible?
The following lines are induction compatible: Tri-Ply Stainless, Copper-Core, and d5 Brushed Stainless.  These lines are not induction compatible: MC2 and C2 Copper Clad.

Will the Breville Boss Superblender grind flours from whole grains?
Yes, you can grind whole grains into flower with this blender.

Scanpan Square Saute Pan: A Kitchen Lifesaver

square sauteI’m a busy working mother of two very energetic little boys. 5 out of 7 nights I cook a healthy & hearty meal for all 3 boys in my life….my oldest child being my husband, of course! This used to be fairly easy, but now they all have very distinctive tastes. So, I’m always trying to come up with something that will please them all. While constantly searching for fun & new recipes, I’m also always looking for the easiest ways to cook in my kitchen. Well, I think I’ve found my answer…it’s the Scanpan Classic 4 1/4 qt. Nonstick Square Saute Pan. This pan is amazing! Not only is it the perfect size for cooking for a family of 4, but clean-up is the easiest thing ever! I cook everything using minimal fat or oils and nothing sticks to the surface. The sides are high enough to control any splatters that may occur from stirring or sautéing your food. It also has a very nice & flat bottom so that food lays flat & cooks evenly. The glass lid is a plus too…it keeps the food nice & hot while allowing you to peek at the dish to ensure that it’s cooking properly. Last night I cooked 6 pieces of fish…after sautéing the fish in some coconut oil, I then removed it to make a little wine & lemon sauce to pour over the fish. I cooked down wine, chicken broth, lemon & capers until they reduced slightly. Then I poured the sauce over the fish. Simple, yet delicious! All 3 boys devoured every bite! Then I washed it out in less than a minute…nothing to scrape or soak. You can put these pans in the dishwasher, they are that tough…I just choose not to wash any of my cookware or knives in the dishwasher…I save all that room for my kids many cups & plates. Tonight we may just have turkey tacos, but this pan will ensure that the meal is wonderful & that I won’t be spending lots of time cleaning up after dinner when it’s time to end the day & get the crazy boys to bed. Now, if I could only find something this reliable to clean the bathrooms…hum…

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 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…]