Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Learning the Basics of Meal Preparation

Welcome to KitchenHaven's Blog.  For those of you that are not familiar with us, let me tell you a little bit about us.  We were originally a brick and mortar hardware store and then exclusively a retail seller of kitchen gadgets.

After all those years and  the experience of seeing new gadgets and old gadgets being designed and re-designed, we realized that maybe the answer to creating those memorable meals is not a result of the re-designed of old gadgets  but  more the result of the forgotten kitchen skills.  This is probably the result of the availability of convenience foods (i.e; take out) and short cut cooking methods (i.e; frozen foods).  I have to admit, I have turned to the convenience of stopping to pick something up rather than creating my own meal.  After a few times of actually preparing my own dinner from scratch, I realized how really simply and rewarding it was to make it myself.

What we are going to do is talk about some of the lost or forgotten basic skills and to help you get in touch with these skills.

Let's start with the following:

KNIVES - Believe it or not there are only three knives needed in your kitchen.

1.  8" Chef Knife - you will use this knife for chopping vegetables, herbs, slicing steak and
     carving chicken.

2.  Paring Knife - smaller then the chef knife but you will use this for peeling fruit, etc.

3.  Bread Knife - this is a long thin serrated knife used for (of course) slicing soft or crunchy
     loaves of bread.  It can also be used to slice tomatoes, leveling a cake and can be used for
     shaving chocolate.

Well that's it for today and hope you enjoy this info.