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My Love For Cooking

Kitchens are hard environments and they form incredibly strong characters – Gordon Ramsay

I’m an average cook at most… I love cooking but it’s probably more of a self indulging, self fulfilling journey to me. I cook because it makes me happy. The relationship I share with my knives, cookware and kitchen is far too unique for anyone to truly understand. Simply put, it is my slice of heaven ; my happy place.

Never in a million years would I have thought that I’d want to make a living out of cooking. There I was after University thinking to myself :

“What am I going to do with life ?”

It was an endless cycle for me. I didn’t have a purpose or passion in life and being in the kitchen was the only thing that brought a smile on my face and a skip in my step. I started considering enrolling in a culinary school.

Fast-Forward 5 years into the future and here I am. A certified Chef and an all around cooking superstar.

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Getting New Kitchen Knives

Kitchen Knives

Although knives are the most important of everyone’s cutlery, many of us don’t take time to choose the best knife for our kitchens. Many people think of a kitchen knife as a very simple object. In fact, sometimes it seems like there can be no real difference between two knives as long as both of them can cut something. This might be true if you want your kitchen to be a “simple” one. But when you want to add some class and style to your cutlery, then you can start with the most basic object: the knife. Base on the reading about PCN Chef’s 2017 Chef knife post and here’s what I found out about kitchen knives.

Kitchen Knife Shopping

I went shopping for a knife online and discovered a lot of interesting things. For example, it had never occurred to me that the weight of a kitchen knife actually matters a lot. I found this lightweight Global Knife 8″ Chef’s Knife weighing about 7.8 ounces and, trust me, using it was so much easier than the knives I have been used to. I had also read some favorable write-ups about the Chef knife from Wusthof but I decided against getting it. Eventually, I ended up getting the Shun Classic knife and decided to buy that too. The Shun Classic is even lighter, at 7.41 ounces, measuring the same 8 inches, but it feels much easier on the hands and much more fun to use.

Wood Kitchen Knife Handles

I have always wooden knife handles, although I actually didn’t know why. The thing is, with a wooden handle you have good grip on the knife. The Shun Classic’s handle is coated with wood and resin, which is good for aesthetics too.

But perhaps one perception we have about wooden handles is that they are a little heavy. The Global Knives 8″ Chef’s Knife is handle is made of stainless steel. Shinny stainless steel not only looks great, but it is also resistant to corrosion.

Tiresome Kitchen Knife Sharpening

Another thing that annoys me in the kitchen is sharpening my knife every day. I like a knife that can maintain its sharpness at least for a few weeks. Global Knives 8″ Chef’s Knife is that kind of knife. The razor blade seems to remain sharp for ages, and does not rust. The Shun Classic is almost just as good too.

The Best Kitchen Knives I Picked

These two kitchen knives are both smooth and effective, although I will give it up to the Global Knives 8″ Chef’s Knife for aesthetics, cause it really looks great among my cutlery.

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Famous Quotes

by the way, I love cooking and collecting knife too.

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Getting the best knives for chefs

The tool makes the man and likewise for a chef. Knives are very important for chefs and could make or break the quality of a dish even if the ingredients are all perfect. Chefs are also often seen having their own personal set of knives, treating it almost like a prized possession. The best knives for chefs despite their high quality and grade, are easily available and you can buy them online too.

Make of Knives. The best knives for chefs are often a push and pull decision, where some are inclined towards Japanese blade knives while others lean towards those originating from Germany. Both countries are world renowned for their knife making skills and have an ardent following of chefs from all over the world mainly for the reliable quality and finish that they offer.

Rivets. To be considered as a good or excellent knife, it is never just all about the blade and how sharp it is. The grip that the tool provides is a key element as well. A sturdy rivet not only is able to handle pressure, it also offers durability and precision in the way the knife can be handled, giving the right and adequate kind of feel to chefs where they will not require much effort to wield it.

Culinary style. What kind of knife works best for you as a chef also boils down to what culinary style you fall under. The kind of knife and the best knife for a pastry chef is clearly very much different from a chef who is dealing with tough meats all day. Each culinary style requires a varying level of style and precision which makes it hard to classify the best kind of knives for chefs in general.

Henckels Knife

Henckels is a world famous knife maker since the 1700s, based in Germany. They have an average of 11 styles of knives under their range, each with a different purpose. Nonetheless, this brand offers the traditional outlook and feel of a classic knife, with an excellent quality of stainless steel with a firm rivet handle. Henckels knives don’t just look good, they serve their purpose with much pride in quality.

Global Knife

As much as western knives are full of gust, body, and strength, Japanese knife brand, Global is a revolutionary one that introduced lightweight but sturdy and highly fashionable knives in the 1980s and has very well continued this as part of their main approach. The precision that is provided by the steel blades of Global knives are unbeatable and a must-have in every chef’s personal collection.

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Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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“Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get.” – Unknown

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

“I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.” – Unknown

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

“Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want.” – Unknown

“One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you dont feel like doing it.” – Unknown

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” – Unknown

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” – Unknown

Dont be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.. – Andy Biersack

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

“Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.” – Unknown

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.” – Unknown

“When you say “It’s hard”, it actually means “I’m not strong enough to fight for it”. Stop saying its hard. Think positive!” – Unknown

“Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.” – Unknown

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Jack Canfield

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown

“Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

We hope you enjoyed these inspirational life quotes today. Please don’t forget to share these with your friends, family and followers to brighten their day and inspire them to live a better life.

Source: Addicted2Success

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Why Do You Need Good Knives ?

dull knife

It may be a little dumb to be blogging about ” why you need good kitchen knives ” but many of my friends are still suffering from D.K.S (dull knife syndrome) so I decided to try and send them a subtle notice.

” A dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one ! “

Haven’t any of you heard the saying, ” A dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one ! “. If you feel I’m pulling your leg, just bear with me for a moment. Imagine you’re using a dull knife that you’ve not honed or sharpened for months or even years, You may or may not realize that these knives start to get harder and harder to use.

With a dull knife, you’ll need to use much more force to get anything cut. This extra force may even cause you to accidentally hurt yourself. AND, your hands and forearms will also have to endure much more unnecessary strain due to the added force you’d have to use.

“A sharp knife is a safe knife ” – Anonymous

Just hitch a ride on the sharp knife bandwagon. Cooking is meant to be relaxing and full of fun. Why put yourself through all the strain of a dull knife when you can just grab a sharp one. A sharp knife is agile, a joy to use and it saves you time.

It doesn’t really matter if you use a stamped knife or a forged kitchen knife. All that is important is that the knife you use is razor sharp. Many of the people I know think that you need a Wushtof, Shun or even a MAC knife to be a superstar in your kitchen.

“You will never get out of pot or pan anything fundamentally better than what went into it. Cooking is not alchemy; there is no magic in the pot.” – Martha McCulloch-Williams

Sharpen your old knife or get a new one. Then and only then, will you realize your true potential! Keep the magic of cooking ALIVE!

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Comparing Two German Kitchen Knife Brands

I don’t look at a knife the way I used to. I’m more aware of what it is. I think twice. This is a key finger. It’s in every chord. Neil Young

 

best german knifeThe best German knife is a thing of beauty. It is skillfully crafted and manufactured to perfection, Since I was such a huge fan, I thought it would fun to compare two block sets of well-known German knives and find which has the. I chose to use both of the knife sets for a duration of three months. The knife sets were the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II 7-Piece Knife Set and the Black Wusthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Knife Set which comes with an Acacia Block. If you don’t like the Acacia wooden block, you can purchase a set that comes with the Blackwood or Walnut block.

The Knives You Get

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The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II 7-Piece Knife Set came with a 3-inch paring knife, a 5-inch serrated utility knife, a 5-inch hollow-edge Santoku knife, an 8-inch chef’s knife, a pair of kitchen shears and a 9-inch sharpening steel.

The Wusthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Knife Set came with a 3.5-inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife, an 8-inch bread knife, 8-Inch chef’s knife, a honing steel and a pair of kitchen shears.

The Legendary German Knives Appearance

There were many similarities between both of the knife sets. Both knife brands made their forged knives full tang with an extra mass of stainless-steel end caps. The handles were also made from high-impact polypropylene user-friendly handles. However, the Wusthof knives were secured to the blade by three rivets.

I preferred the Wusthof handles because no matter how hard or soft I gripped the handles, it  stayed in my hands as if they were glued to them. Even though the Henckels was nice to hold on, I didn’t feel confident in slicing ingredients as it was also slightly lighter than the Wusthof.

The Blade and Balance

Both, the Wusthof and Henckels, knives were very well-balanced. I think this is because they have full bolsters. Both knives edge were also very sharp and I had accidentally cut myself with both knives. However, the weight of the Wusthof knives especially the chef knife made it sliced through vegetables and big chunks of meat effortlessly. The Henckels was also easy to slice ingredients but I always find myself searching for the Wusthof to get the job done.

Verdict

Both of this knife sets are almost the similar price. I recommend you getting the Wusthof because not only do I love it, it comes with a lifetime warranty which I think is very beneficial. To maintain the condition of these knives, do dry them after washing even though they’re stain and rust resistant. If you’re intimidated by the Wusthof, you can give the Henckels a try since there’s not much difference.