Wusthof Classic BBQ Set for Father’s Day

Wusthof Classic BBQ Knife
This exclusive set at MetroKitchen is the perfect gift for dad!

The Wusthof Classic BBQ Knife is the ideal grilling knife. It’s a 6 in. blade with a razor-sharp edge and a classic clip-point design. The clip-point gives you great control when removing silver skin or gristle from a beef roast or raw chicken breast. The unique shape is also great for removing rotisserie chicken from the bone, allowing for a clean efficient cut with no wasted meat left on the bone. The thin mid-sized blade is fantastic for slicing grilled pork loin or roasted vegetables. The Wusthof Classic BBQ Knife is easy to handle with great weight and the perfect balance Wusthof is known for and it’s Made in Solingen, Germany. It’s a slicing knife and a utility knife in one piece! Truly the perfect companion for dad’s beloved grill.

The MetroKitchen Exclusive BBQ Set also contains a 11.5” x 17.5” poly cutting board. The material is designed to be dishwasher safe and easy on the edge of your knives. It also has a perimeter well to catch the juices of your foods. A durable Wusthof apron completes the set.

What more could dad ask for?!

MetroKitchen Glossary: Cooking Terms Part 1

MetroKitchen experts often get questions about the definition of a variety of words or descriptions related to cooking. We thought you might find a glossary of cooking terms to be helpful. Since there are soooo many terms, we’ll do a few blogs to make it easy. ​If we’ve missed a cooking-related word that you’ve always wondered about, please let us know and we’ll add that to our glossary!

Our first in our cooking term series covers A to B. Next week, check out C thru F.

Au gratin – foods with a browned or crusted top: often made by browning a food with a bread crumb, cheese, and/or sauce topping under a broiler or salamander.

Bain MarieBain marie – a hot water bath used to gently cook food or keep cooked food hot; a container for holding food in a hot water bath.

Barding – tying thin slices of fat, such as bacon or pork fatback, over meats or poultry that have little to no natural fat covering in order to protect and moisten them during roasting.

Béarnaise – a sauce made of butter and egg yolks and flavored with a reduction of vinegar, shallots, tarragon and peppercorns.

Béchamel – a leading or mother sauce made by thickening milk with a white roux and adding seasonings.

Blanching – very briefly6 and partially cooking a food in a boiling water or hot fat; usually used to assist preparation (for example, to loosen peels from vegetables), as part of a combination cooking method, to remove undesirable flavors or to prepare a food for freezing.

Bordelaise – a brown sauce flavored with a reduction of red wine, shallots, pepper, and herbs and garnished with marrow.

Braising – a combination cooking method in which foods are first browned in hot fat, then covered and slowly cooked in a small amount of liquid over low heat; braising uses a combination of simmering and steaming to transfer heat from the liquid (conduction) and the air (convection) to the foods

Broiling – a dry-heat cooking method in which foods are cooked by heat radiating from an overhead source

Butter Flying – slicing boneless meat, fish or shrimp nearly in half so that they spread open like a book; used to increase surface area and speed cooking.

Please tell us if you’d like us to add other cooking terms to the MetroKitchen cooking glossary.

Staub Cast Iron Skillets and George’s Perfectly Easy Pancake Recipe

Here at MetroKitchen we started carrying a bunch of Staub enameled cast iron skillets and frying pans recently.  Made in France, these high-quality Staub frying pans are made from enameled cast iron and have a lifetime warranty. Since I’ve been using one at home on the weekends with great success, I decided to share my recipe for making pancakes from scratch. Read on below for the recipe and more info about these great fry pans from Staub!

Staub Enameled Cast Iron Frying Pan
Staub Cast Iron Skillet

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Kitchen Knife Guide

Wusthof Knife Block SetWhen it comes to kitchen knives, a few are absolutely essential for meal preparation.  This guide will  help you find the right knives and cutlery for your kitchen.

What are the essential knives for your kitchen?

While there are plenty of different types of kitchen knives for different uses, the most important ones are a chef’s or cook’s knife, a paring knife, a carving or slicing knife, and a bread knife. Also, these aren’t technically knives, but a pair of quality kitchen shears and a sharpening steel are both equally important kitchen tools that are worth considering.

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Nifty Appliance Gifts for the Thrifty

Capresso Coffee Maker

As the holidays approach if you are like me, you begin to rack your brains on creative gifts for loved ones. Metrokitchen offers some excellent gifts that will put a smile on your loved ones face without putting a dent in your bank account. The following items are only a few of the goodies found at Metrokitchen that are both great to have and inexpensive.

For the coffee drinker in your life you might think about the Capresso CM200 10 cup programmable coffee maker. This is made by the same company that makes espresso makers that run over $2000.00 yet this coffee maker is nicely priced and very reliable!

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Preparing for the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!As the holidays draw near all the cooking that’s about to happen in your kitchen is top of mind. Lots of loved ones will be gathered to feast upon the tasty delights you  prepare for them. While it may be a labor of love for you, it never hurts to double check to be sure you have everything you need to insure all goes as planned.

For me, a list is essential.  Let’s see:

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Save up to $82 on Wusthof Gourmet Carving Set & up to $55 on Wusthof Serrated Utility Knives this December!

Wusthof Gourmet 2 Piece Slicing Knife Fork Set
Wusthof Gourmet 2 Piece Carving Knife Set

Each month here at MetroKitchen.com, we feature a few Wusthof knives from their Grand Prix II, Classic, and Ikon series at special low prices. We call these our “Sharp Picks.” This month, since we’re now in the holiday season, we’ve got the Wusthof Classic and Ikon serrated utility knives on sale as well as a special Gourmet series carving knife set for only $49.95! The Wusthof Classic serrated utility knife is $49.95 and the Ikon serrated utility knife is only $69.95. Read on for more information about these knives and the carving set! [Read more…]

What foods are on your plate this Thanksgiving?

Here in the office at MetroKitchen there are a handful of people from different cultural backgrounds and we all have different ideas about what’s on the ideal Thanksgiving menu. From the ingredients in Turkey stuffing to a preference of canned or home-made cranberry sauce, we have covered nearly all of the Thanksgiving topics among one another. What do you think, though? Let us know in the comments section below and read on to see some of the topics we have discussed! [Read more…]