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Steel honing rod vs ceramic honing rod

I got a fairly expensive Kramer/Zwilling knife as a present and so now I am forced to learn how to at least hone a knife (or keep it on a shelf and never use it). I think for now I'll let a pro ...
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How do I avoid carrot slices rolling away?

When you slice carrots, the slices tend to roll away. This previous question did mention this as part of a broader issue, but didn't focus on it enough to get answers that specifically address ...
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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

Whenever I chop veggies like onions or carrots they sometimes just fly off the chopping board into the open space of the kitchen. Carrots do that especially often – I cannot chop them ...
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How do you finely dice an onion without crying? [duplicate]

This question addresses onion crying But no one seems to say what should you do when you finely chop an onion. See, not cutting the onion core, using the Gordon Ramsay technique and generally ...
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Honing Steel Forward or Backward

I'm really confused before I thought when you hone a knife you bring the edge towards you however the other day I was watching gordon ramsay bringing the edge away when honing. I tried searching on ...
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Can bad honing technique spoil a knife?

I was really happy bringing home my first quality Zwiling Chefs knife. Before cooking I ran the knife through some paper - sliced like butter! After I was done and washed dried the knife, I decided to ...
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How well do counter top knife sharpeners sharpen knives?

Are counter top knife sharpeners like the IQ knife sharpener good for sharpening knives (or cheap knives)? I have used the IQ sharpener and it is still hard to cut through big onions. I would like to ...
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How to cleanly slice hard-boiled eggs?

After some furious brainstorming in The Frying Pan, I recently prepared some hors d'oeuvres for a group of friends. These snacks were meant to include a thinly sliced boiled egg element. Unfortunately ...
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How do I trim fat down to an even layer?

Say I have something like a pork shoulder that I want to serve whole, with the layer of fat nicely browned under the broiler, but the fat is much thicker than I'd actually like to serve. How can I ...
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How can I chop onions without crying?

Onions are an excellent addition to many dishes, but cutting them can be frustrating when they make you "cry" all the time. Does anyone know any tips or tricks to help minimise the tears when ...
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What is the most effective method to mince candied ginger?

I like to use candied ginger in place of fresh ginger in some dishes that will be sweet, but I want to use it in much smaller chunks than what it comes in. My problem is that even using a ...
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How do you clear food that sticks to the cutting knife?

I am now typing this with 1.5 hands because like a moron I cleared parsley that stuck to the knife with the edge towards my hand. After a quarter cup of blood it is a powerful lesson to never clear ...
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How do you develop the knife skills to properly use a Chinese cleaver?

So I have recently been moving into the world of Asian cuisine, and I recently learned that the Chinese use a cleaver as though it is a chef's knife. Apparently, it is a great multitasker but ...
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How should I improve my chopping flow?

I already know basic cutting skills. But I am confused about the order of things and thus while I have an OK technique, my board and the surroundings are in anarchy. Do you chop from left to right or ...
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Will chopping hard destroy my new knives?

I bought a new set of knives and my dad used the chopping knives to cut onions. Instead of chopping by slicing the onions with the usual technique, he was using his two hands to hold the knife by ...
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How can I take apart almonds?

I buy and freeze whole almonds when they go on sale. I use them whole, chop them coarsely for things like bread and chop fine or food process them for things like pastries. When I chop them by hand ...
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Knife for cutting steak slices from whole ribeye?

What type of knife is good for slicing a whole ribeye into individual steak slices? I've looked at some instructional videos on youtube and a butcher used a curved blade, someone else used a long ...
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How to peel peaches?

What is the best/easiest method to peel peaches?
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Is it generally better to cut chicken breast with or against the grain?

I realize it may depend on what you're doing, but as a general rule, which is preferred and why?
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Is there an easy way to trim the ends off green beans quickly?

A staple in our house is green beans. It's not uncommon that I'll buy 5-10 lbs and blanch or cook them all in one session, to reheat or eat cold in lunches all week. I also buy fresh beans in bulk ...
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What is the advantage to using a knife beveled on one side only?

In European tradition, knives are beveled on both sides of the blade; coming to a point in the middle. In Japanese tradition, however, the bevel is only formed on one side (usually the right-hand ...
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What's the term for cutting part way through a vegetable or fruit to increase surface area?

The other day I braised beef asian style (a bit of weak beef stock, sweet soy syrup, and dark soy sauce if you're wondering), and I put in some ginger. I wanted to keep the ginger together but give ...
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What knife and cutting technique should I use for cubing bacon?

I like to fry and cook cubed bacon for various dishes, but I sometimes have a hard time cutting through bacon, especially where the fat meets the meat. The bacon just tends to move around too much, ...
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The mark of a true chef [closed]

We all know the mark of a true chef is how much you enjoy your own cooking, so how do you detect the true master chefs you come across in everyday life? I myself weight 143 kilos, and i'm a very good ...
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How can I avoid my knife from “dragging” across my unbaked bread when making slashes to let steam escape while baking?

My slashes seem to be OK (not great) before I put the bread in the oven but never really open up during baking. I'm thinking the slashes aren't deep enough but since I use a no knead method, I'm ...
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How to Debone Oxtail?

I was reading this burger recipe from Serious Eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/10/the-blue-label-burger-blend-recipe.html It sounds great, but it calls for ground oxtail, which does not ...
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Reasons for Discarding the Core of the Onion When Chopping?

A cook I know always discards the core of the onion when chopping it. Is there any reason for this? In professional demonstrations and cooking classes, I've never seen it done. From observation, it ...
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How heavy should a Chinese chef's knife be?

What weight should a Chinese chef's knife be and for what purpose? All around, i.e. one knife for most cooking Slicing Chopping vegetables Meat without bones Chicken or fish with bones Chinese ...
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how to peel a pomegranate efficiently?

Two well known facts about pomegranates: they are yummy they are a pain to peel by hand do you know of any efficient ways to peel pomegranates? by efficient i mean two things: quick minimum ...
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How do I properly use a ceramic honing steel?

I have a set of Global knives and I went ahead and ordered their G-45 ceramic honing steel as well. I cannot find a good picture of it, but the rubber piece on this steel has a flat edge. I want to ...
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How can I remove the peel and pit of an avocado without the whole thing turning into mush?

Making solid pieces out of a ripe avocado is a difficult business (for me, anyway). What is the best way to remove the peel and pit without ending up with a pile of green mush? I can sometimes remove ...
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Horizontal cuts when dicing an onion

Should you make horizontal cuts (parallel to the board) through the halves of an onion before dicing?
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Is there a way to keep chilled cookie dough from flattening while cutting it?

Whether using a serrated or straight knife, this seems to be a problem. I end up reshaping them by hand on the cookie sheet so they are round instead of oval. Is there a way to slice the dough to ...
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What are the official names for slicing an onion from pole-to-pole or cross-pole?

There must exist some french term for the various ways to describe how to slice an onion. I'm looking for two terms, when you wish to have the onion sliced: with the grain, in the direction of ...
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Without knife skills, how can I quickly and accurately dice vegetables?

As an occasional cook, I know the value of correctly diced vegetables when the recipe calls for it. But I don't have the knife skills to work through a soup's worth of vegetables in under an hour. In ...
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What are some good resources for learning Knife Skills?

What are some good resources for learning knife skills? Specifically, is there anywhere that I can see video demonstration of different slicing techniques and when those techniques are appropriate?
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Correct knife to use for portioning raw salmon?

I recently bought a relatively large (~2lbs) filet of salmon. In order to portion it out I placed it skin side up on a cutting board and used a bread knife to essentially saw through the skin as it ...
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Help with thinly slicing garlic

I buy bulk peeled garlic. When I bring it home I always throw some in the food processor and freeze it in single use aliquots. That's fine for daily kind of use, but for fancier stuff I really like ...
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How do you prepare fresh fennel for cooking?

How do you prepare fresh fennel for cooking? My isntructions just say to "roughly chop", but don't say what parts of the plant to use.
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How do you open a coconut?

Without killing yourself or others?
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How to dice tomatoes?

I like to make pico de gallo which calls for a lot of diced tomato. This is always the most time-consuming part of this recipe. What are some tips to make dicing a tomato a little easier? I finally ...
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When to carve a goose - hot or cold

I have roasted a goose ready for tomorrow. Would the flavour and/or texture be better if I carved it tonight when it is warm, or wait until tomorrow when it is cold from the fridge.
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Easy way to trim raw chicken thighs

Since I love so much chicken bone broth, I avoid buying always plain chicken breast. Instead I buy the whole thigh because I want to collect the bones. My only problem is finding a good way to ...
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How to decide between a French or a German pattern chef's knife?

I'm getting ready to buy (or commission) a nice 10" chef's knife. I need to decide between a French or a German pattern. What are the pros and cons of each?
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What is a tourne knife used for?

For my birthday, I was given a collection of more or less esoteric knives, such as two mezzalunas (one with one handle, and one with two), a sicle knife and a tourne knife. My question is this; what ...
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What are the advantages of a long knife?

A while back, I had a conversation with a purveyor of knives. I asked her to recommend two knives; a general purpose knife and something to use to carve a turkey, steak etc. Both her recommendations ...
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What is the best approach to cut carrot into thin strips?

So I went to Subway™ and saw that their carrots are cut into thin strips. I can never do this with any knives. So what is the best way to cut carrots into thin strips (like french fries)?
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Best way to chop an onion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A definitive method of dicing an onion Do I first cut it in half or do I make crosswise incisions before chopping it? And what is the best knife to use?
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How to cut a crumbly baked item (e.g. cereal bar) without it disintegrating?

When baking something which needs to bind - like a (British) flapjack / cereal bar - I have mixed results when it comes to cutting it, even if I repeat the same recipe. Sometimes it binds really well, ...
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What is a good way to cut potatoes into wedges?

I have tried making potato wedges before but can't seem to find a good way of cutting them up. My pieces always seem to be of assorted sizes - so when they cook, the thinner ones burn and the thicker ...