Japanese Knives vs. German Knives: Who Has the Edge?

Shun Classic 10 inch Cook's Knife
Shun Classic 10 inch Chef’s Knife

The Japanese have a long history of making blades and an honorable track record for their samurai sword making methods.  Today they are also known for their kitchen knives. In my opinion, their kitchen knives are like mini samurai swords. They are sharp.

The Germans are no slouches either when it comes to making knives.  Solingen, Germany is a German knife mecca and that is where you will find the history of the major and more popular German knives.
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Free Shipping on the BEST Deals as Low as $14.95 are Available Now!

Have you seen this week’s sale with free shipping on every item and top brands as low as $14.95 at MetroKitchen.com? If you haven’t, be sure to take a look! We collected the best new deals at up to 75% off your favorite brands such as All-Clad, Henckels, Wusthof, Swiss Diamond, Calphalon, CIA, and more. Not only that, but we’re also offering FREE SHIPPING on EVERY ITEM* only until midnight on Thursday, January 23! Read on to see some of the best deals available right now! [Read more…]

Made in America: USA Bakeware

USA Bakeware Cookie SheetI love this USA Pan bakeware.  Food just slides right off making cleanup very easy instead of a chore!  We’ve been involved in the food business for eons.  We’ve tried lots of different types of bakeware from many different companies.  USA Pan tops them all!  You can feel the strength of the pan as soon as you hold it.  We love the fact that you never hear it “ping” in the oven as you do with bakeware that is too thin.   The color of this bakeware is also light enough that your baking treats don’t over brown or bake too quickly, as can be the case with “dark” bakeware.

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Victorinox Cutlery Review & Guide

I am an avid reader of cooking magazines.  I love the photos, enjoy reading the recipes (even if I’ll never make them) and of course, really appreciate the product reviews.  My fav is Cooks Illustrated because of their  somewhat “scientific” and logical approach to making the best possible recipe as well as thoroughly testing products.   But, I can be skeptical, especially when it comes to knives.   We all have our favorites, so trying a new knife isn’t at the top of my list.  However, I keep reading about Victorinox Forschner or Victorinox Fibrox knives, so I decided it was time to try one.

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Fresh summer vegetables = good eating!

zucchini boysMy favorite part of long summer days & fun times spent with family and friends is feeding them all delicious summer vegetables that I’ve grown in my own garden. Every year we grow tomatoes (mostly heirloom, beefsteak & plum), peppers (from jalapenos to bell peppers), cucumbers for salads & smaller cucumbers for pickling, blueberries, zucchini (some of the fastest growing & largest I’ve ever seen this year) and other random veggies that we want to “try out”…this year we “tried” to grow carrots…not so successful!

After being at the beach for a week, we arrived home to an almost overgrown garden thanks to the pretty much daily rain we’ve been receiving in Georgia this summer. After seeing our crop, I immediately starting perusing the internet to find something yummy & delicious I could do with my wonderful veggies.

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Introducing Amoretti Brothers Copper Cookware

Amoretti Brothers CookwareMetroKitchen is thrilled to be the first company partnering with the Amoretti Brothers to bring you beautiful and extremely functional copper cookware. Here’s a little history on how Amoretti Brothers cookware developed.

When the Amoretti family launched their first collection of vases and chargers in 2006, they had been living in Mexico for only four years. A year later, the four brothers and their mom, Anna, introduced a hand-painted ceramic collection in New York at the Gift Show. Copper cookware and glassware collections followed. The pieces blend Italian tradition with the best Mexican craftsmanship. “They’re elegant and with personality but, at the same time, very natural,” says Andrea Amoretti, the eldest brother.

The hammered copper cookware has family connections too. “My mom is from Southern Italy, and copper cookware is very common there,” he says. “I love the idea that you can cook a meal in our copper pots and then place that same beautiful pot on the table for everyone to share.”

The cookware is hammered by copper masters to reach the desired shape; handcrafted bronze handles and an inside tin layer makes each piece feel like a work of art.

Hammered copper cookware is the best of the best for cooking: ever since it first appeared in sumptuous Renaissance courts, it has always been the ‘queen of pans’, perceived in the collective imagination of western civilization as an exclusive object, an instrument packed with historical significance.

MetroKitchen is proud to be the exclusive online retailer for Amoretti Brothers cookware.

MetroKitchen Cooking Terms Glossary #5 – S for Sizzle!

MetroKitchen Cooking Terms Glossary #5 – S for sizzle!

Sauce – generally, a thickened liquid used to add flavor to other foods.

Sautéing – a dry heat cooking method that uses conduction to transfer heat from a hot pan to food with the aid of a small amount of hot fat. Cooking is usually done quickly over high temperatures.

Scald – to heat a liquid, usually milk, to just below the boiling point.

Sear – to brown food quickly over high heat; usually done as a preparatory step for combination cooking methods.

Shallow Poaching – a moist heat cooking method that combines poaching and steaming; the food (usually fish) is placed on a vegetable bed and partially covered with a liquid (caisson) and simmered.

Simmering – 1) a moist heat cooking method that uses convection to transfer heat from a hot (approximately 185° to 205° F) liquid to food submerged in it. 2) Maintaining the temperature of a liquid just below the boiling point.

Slurry – a mixture of raw starch and cold liquid used for thickening.

Small Sauces – also known as compound sauces, made by adding one or more ingredients to a leading, or mother, sauce. They are grouped together into families based on their leading sauce. Some small sauces have a variety of uses; others are traditional accompaniments for specific foods.

Standard Breading Process – the procedure for coating foods with crumbs or meal by passing the food through flour, then an egg wash and then the crumbs. It gives food a relatively thick, crisp coating when deep fried or pan fried.

Steaming – a moist heat cooking method in which heat is transferred from steam to the food being cooked by direct contact. The food to be steamed is placed in a basket or rack above a boiling liquid in a covered pan.

Stewing – a combination cooking method similar to braising but generally involving smaller pieces of meat that are first blanched or browned, then cooked in a small amount of liquid which is then used as a sauce.

Stir-Frying – a dry heat cooking method similar to sautéing in which foods are cooked over very high heat using little fat while stirring constantly and briskly. Often done in a wok or open stir fry pan.

Stock – a clear, un-thickened liquid flavored by soluble substances extracted from meat, poultry or fish and their bones as well as from mirepoix, other vegetables and seasonings.

Submersion Poaching – a poaching method in which the food is completely covered with the poaching liquid.

Suprême – 1) a sauce made by adding cream to a velouté made from chicken stock. It is used to make several compound sauces of the velouté family (see next week’s Cooking Glossary) 2) a boneless, skinless chicken breast with the first wing segment attached

Sweating – cooking a food (typically vegetables) in a small amount of fat, usually covered, over low heat without browning until the food softens and releases moisture. Sweating allows the food to release its flavor more quickly when cooked with other foods.

Be sure to check out next week’s Cooking Terms Glossary. We’ll go from T to Z and then add many of your suggestions. Thanks for your help.