The Only Type of Knife You Should Have in Your Kitchen

There are many types of knives on the market right now. And to be honest, most of them are very useful in their own ways. However, if you’re a minimalist, and you don’t want a lot of stuff lying around your kitchen, then you should only have a few knives that can really help.

In fact, I highly recommend you stick to just one type of knife. And it’s the chef knife. Why? Because that single blade can do almost all the tasks you will ever need when preparing your meals. You can slice meat with it. You can dice vegetables, mince herbs, seed picking fruits, etc.

And in many ways, your chef knife will do even a better job comparing to other specialized types of knives. But there is one instance that you might need help. It’s when you want to chop down bones or big chunks of frozen meat. For that to work, you will need a big meat cleaver.

But that might be the only extra help you need. All other tasks, I can assure you that a good chef knife can help you do in no time. And by sticking to just one or two knives, you will save a lot of money down the road on knife sharpening services.

For more information about the best knives you can choose from, take a look at these ones:

3 Reasons Why You Should Buy a New Set of Knives This Year

Buying a new set of knives is necessary. And here are 3 reasons why you should do it today.

The first reason is that your old knife set might be too old already for your daily kitchen tasks. You can’t chop, slice, dice, or mince with your blades anymore.

Your chef knife is dull. Your cleaver is dull. And your paring or carving knife is so out of shape they can’t do anything with the meat and vegetables you just bought anymore.

So, when the time comes, I highly recommend you spend some money to buy a new knife set. It’s a money worthy investment.

Another solid reason why you should spend money on a new knife set is that many manufacturers have released new knife sets with tons of greatly designed models for you to choose from.

They’re not only very well functional but are also stunning in design.

If you want to impress your friends, colleagues, or neighbors this New Year, then I highly recommend you buy a new knife set. It will help you do that in record time!

And finally, the most important reason of all is about your health.

Because cutting and slicing with dull cutleries are very dangerous. You can cut yourself open just because the knife goes off track when you’re trying to slice a big chunk of meat, for example.

And trust me, you won’t want to bleed because of a dull knife.

That sucks. So, I highly recommend you invest some money in a new set of knife this year.

If you want some suggestions, here are a few knives that I love:

How to Cook Rice the Right Way – 3 Tips You Can Use

Rice is one of the most consumed foods in the world. It tastes amazing when cooked well. The aroma of well-cooked rice will get your bowels moving right away.

Rice can be cooked in a couple of ways. Some people like their rice sticky, while others like it grainy but soft. Either way, it needs to be well-cooked for you to enjoy it. Below are three tips for cooking rice that will ensure your rice is perfect, regardless of how you like it.

Tip 1- The volume of water used should be twice that of the rice

Whether you are boiling or frying the rice, you will need to use enough water for the rice to cook well. Too much water will give you over-cooked gloopy rice. If the water is too little, the rice will stick to the pan and possibly get burned. You do not want to keep adding water to the pan too. The rice will not cook evenly. You should be able to put in just the right amount.

Tip 2- Add the spices when the rice is coming to a simmer

You should not wait until the rice is cooked and dry to add salt and spices. They will not be evenly distributed. Add your cardamom, cinnamon, and salt while the rice is coming to a simmer. This will ensure the rice catches a strong flavor, and its evenly distributed.

Tip 3- Allow the rice to rest for 10 minutes

Hoping that you are not starving, you should let the rice rest for 10 minutes once it’s done. Even peeking should not be allowed. This will ensure the moisture is evenly distributed across the pot, to give the rice and even soft texture. You do not want the rice at the bottom to be dry and crunchy. Do not flip the rice. Let it sit and cool down.

Different people have different ways of cooking rice. Whichever way prefer, these three tips will ensure you rice has no blemish. Happy cooking.

How to be a Fast Cook With These Secret Tips

There are times when you can leisurely cook a meal, sipping a glass of wine while music or a podcast plays softly in the background. But at least for me, cooking a meal is usually a race against the clock to get dinner on the table.

I love being efficient and always welcome shortcuts that help me prep, cook, and clean just a little bit faster. Here are some time-saving practices I’ve learned over the years!

1. Take one minute to mentally walk through what you’re cooking.

Before you start cooking, taking just one minute to think through what you’re about to do makes all the difference in the world. If you’re making multiple dishes, you can pick out what takes the longest to cook and the exact order to prep and cook things, seeing where there are opportunities to prep things while something else is cooking. It’s a lot more efficient to have a mental game plan so you don’t hit any bumps, like forgetting to get water boiling.

2. Set up appliances and heat the oven.

There’s a reason why oven recipes always start with having you heat the oven! Get the oven on before you even pull food out or use your oven’s delay start setting so it’s already turned on when you walk in the kitchen. Using convection to heat the oven will also speed things up, and you can always switch it back to regular bake once it’s heated.

Also pull out any cookware or appliances you’ll need so you’re not scrambling in the middle of the recipe. You can also throw ingredients right into, say, the stand mixer or food processor as you measure and prep if it’s already out.

3. Get the water boiling immediately.

Get that pot of water for boiling or steaming onto the stove ASAP so you can prep while it’s heating up. Heck, don’t even take your coat off or open the mail before getting that pot going. Don’t forget to put a lid on it; lids are your friends! Water will boil faster and covered food cooks faster, too. If you have an electric kettle, those can also be handy for getting water heated up fast.

4. Load a pan with ingredients from the pantry or fridge!

This tip comes from watching television cooking competitions like Iron Chef or Top Chef. Contestants grab big, shallow pans, run to the pantry or refrigerator, and load up with as much as they can at one time so they’re not constantly going back and forth.

While a home kitchen is not a big TV kitchen studio, you can definitely make this concept work for you. Take a rimmed baking sheet or big bowl to the refrigerator and load it up so you only make one trip. You’ll also know if you’re missing or don’t have enough of an ingredient right off the bat instead of halfway through cooking.

5. Clean your produce efficiently.

Trim your produce first if you can, like taking tops off root vegetables or cutting up the lettuce, then wash it after. This means there’s less to wash, and you can then wash what you need in one go. Combining things in a colander for rinsing can also reduce water usage.

6. Figure out your prepping order and multitask.

Well-written recipes list ingredients in the order they’re used and are usually a great guide for the order your should prep things. While those just learning to cook should prep everything beforehand so they can fully focus on cooking, more experienced cooks can multitask. For example, onions take time to caramelize or brown, so chop your onions and get those cooking first before you measure and chop the other ingredients.

7. Grate your butter so you don’t have to wait for it to soften.

Baking recipes often call for softened butter, but sometimes you don’t have the time to wait for it to come to room temperature. A quick trick is to grate cold or preferably frozen butter on a box grater into nice flaky shreds; grated butter will soften in the same amount of time it takes to heat the oven!

8. Cut food into smaller pieces.

Stir-frying is one of the best quick-cooking techniques because the proteins and vegetables are cut down into small pieces, so remember that the smaller the pieces, the quicker the cooking. Thinly sliced chicken breast will cook in minutes flat, whereas a thick, uncut chicken breast will take more time to cook.

9. Use a garbage bowl.

If your trash can or compost bin isn’t located directly next to your prep area, try using a garbage bowl instead. A garbage bowl is a large bowl or container that you put right on your prep area to toss unwanted things into as you prep. This means you don’t have to make multiple trips to the trash can or compost bin, and it also minimizes the chance of food scraps ending up on the kitchen floor since you’re not walking around constantly.

10. Use wide, shallow pans.

Instead of saucepans, try using wide, shallow pans for cooking instead. The wider surface area means there’s more of the pan directly touching the heating element. More surface area also means that liquids reduce faster and you can brown more food at once in a single layer.

What tips can you share that make cooking faster for you?