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…]

A “key” that will age your wine, great hostess gift!

All of our friends love the Peugeot clef du vin wine key!   After an initial bit of skepticism, a quick taste test convinced everyone.   The wine key  “ages” a glass of wine by one year for every second you leave the key in the wine.   For $79.95, that’s a great deal.

We tried the Clef du Vin was with a mid-priced, two year-old Italian red that we should have waited another three to five years to drink.  Amazing.   In 5 seconds the wine was great.  No need to use it in cooking.

We even used it on cheap wines, including a box wine.  The box wine tasted a bit better, but the Clef du Vin could not improve it by much.  Alas, it’s not a magic wand!    We even bring the Clef du Vin to restaurants, so we can buy a slightly younger wine (at a better price) and age it over dinner!  As it’s the size of a keychain, carrying it is never an issue.

This wonderful wine key is great for a hostess gift for New Years parties!  Only $79.95.

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.