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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Bakers on your list will enjoy some sweet baking tools …10 ThursDAYS ’til Christmas.

With colder weather and shorter days, seems like it’s the right time to fill the house with delicious baking aroma. And, give the bakers on your holiday gift lists some sweet tools!  That’s right, only 10 more ThursDAYS ’til Christmas. [Read the full article →]

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As we count the Thursday left until Christmas, we’re also counting what we can spend on gifts this year. Here are some ideas based on a few popular items that are less than $100. [Read the full article →]

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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 the full article →]

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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.

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What Makes All-Clad d5 Brushed Cookware Special?

by george July 16, 2014

Why is All-Clad d5 brushed cookware so special? If you’re not familiar with it, d5 brushed stainless steel cookware is one of the newest cookware lines from All-Clad. It’s designed to have incredibly fast and even heating along with an attractive brushed stainless steel exterior.

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Emile Henry Flame Top Dutch Oven Review

by rross June 24, 2014

One 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 [...]

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Why does everyone want a Vitamix?

by george June 6, 2014

A Vitamix blender is more than just an average blender. Vitamix machines are renowned as the world’s most versatile and durable blenders. What sets them apart from the competition?

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John Boos Cutting Boards Guide

by george April 18, 2014

John Boos cutting boards and butcher blocks come in a variety of shapes and styles. Between all of their styles and series of cutting boards, there are some differences that make certain ones better for your particular needs. In this blog I’ll review each series of cutting boards and explain their general characteristics and which type [...]

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All-Clad Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

by Romane April 15, 2014

Mixing bowls are items that are probably in every person’s cabinet, but the average person doesn’t generally think of them as an essential kitchen item unless they’re an avid baker. However, the All-Clad stainless steel mixing bowl set is useful for much more than simply prepping dough for baking cookies.

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