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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

American made kitchen knives from New West Knifeworks

New West Knifeworks


This is an 8-inch chef's knife designed for handling all your most frequent kitchen tasks: chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing.

New West Knifeworks


The Petty is the ultimate kitchen knife. In fact, I use it as my everyday knife!

It has been said that in order to survive in the kitchen you really only need two kitchen knives - a paring knife and a chef knife. The Petty utility knife challenges that notion. This classic Japanese blade shape works great as a peeling, paring, boning and carving knife for vegetables, fruits, herbs and other delicate work. However, it will also take on some of the slicing and dicing jobs of a large chef knife.

Both are made with a US High-carbon,stainless tool-steel blade, for sharpness and edge retention. If you're starting out with a knife like this, you can be sure that you'll keep a sharp edge without using a steel every time you pick it up. (We'll get to the steels later!)

The handle is just gorgeous, and ergonomically designed for balance and comfort

Always wash your knives by hand and dry immediately. Store them in a way that protects the blade.

8" Chefs Knife

5 3/4" Petty

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Microplanes are AWESOME!

This is one of those tools that, once you've used it for a while, you'll wonder how you lived without it. These are a few of the different kinds of microplanes I use; each is best for different applications.

Microplane

This is the basic, the standard, and the most versatile of the microplanes. A long, narrow blade, a molded plastic handle, and hundreds of razor-sharp teeth for grating. This style is best for citrus, as it takes off only the zest - the colored part of citrus rind that is loaded with essential oils - and leaves the bitter pith behind. This superfine device is also excellent for grating garlic and ginger.

Although these are dishwasher-safe, you can use a sponge if you wipe in the non-grating direction. You can also use a sponge or a brush on the inside, in both directions. A good shot of hot water and even ginger will come out of them.

Microplane

I'd turn to this size for grating chocolate for garnishes, and for parmesan as a general pasta topping or ingredient. (the wide blade, below, makes for more dramatic garnishing curls of parmesan-type cheeses)

Microplane

This is the papa-bear of this trio. this makes much thinner ribbons of shreds than that standard box-grater that we all chewed up our knuckles on before Microplanes came around. Thinner shreds mean faster melting of cheeses and

I say papa-bear, because there are still grand-daddies! they make ones with even larger openings, but I've never found a use for them, really. Much bigger than this, you might as well pull out your vegetable peeler or a knife!

The generous 2-1/2-by-5-inch cutting surface of Microplane’s durable extra course grater provides ample room for rapidly grating foods. Appropriate for soft or hard cheeses, create Mozzarella-covered pizza or Parmesan garnish from a single tool. Keeping fingers at a safe distance, hold shaver at an angle and run food in a downward motion over the grating plane. 35 razor-sharp blades, staggered on the arched cutting surface, cut effortlessly and resist clogging for continuous grating. A band of rubber encircling the bottom edge prevents slipping and provides stability. The stainless-steel handle features rounded edges for a comfortable hold, and finishes with a small metal loop to simplify storage. Measuring 13-1/2 by 3 by 1 inches. To protect against dulling, cover cutting surface with accompanying plastic blade guard when not in use.

Here's direct links for these products: microplane standard:      medium wide      
extra coarse

Keywords:Microplane, Grater, Essential Utensil!