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The Nakiri: The Perfect Knife for Chopping Vegetables

by Chef Maryam Ghargharechi March 28, 2018 2 min read

When it comes to chopping vegetables and cutting like a pro, not many knives do it with as much finesse as the Nakiri does. No matter how you slice with it, whether you are looking for thin, extended, or uniform strips, the Nakiri always delivers. The Nakiri knife is a Japanese-style cutting tool that is designed specifically to cut vegetables.
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Introducing You to Vie Belles’ Reserve Kitchen Knife Series

by Chef Maryam Ghargharechi March 17, 2018 10 min read

Vie Belles’s Reserve knife series will help you cut with precision. They are so efficient and reliable that they may end up being the only knives you will ever need. They have all been tried, tested, and found capable of giving you the best cuts for years to come. In addition, they are made with beautiful details and offer workhorse-like capabilities that will make you fall in love.

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Santoku Knives: Everything You Need to Know

by Chef Maryam Ghargharechi March 12, 2018 2 min read

Chances are that you have come across an all-purpose kitchen knife that features hollowed-out indentations on the edge of its blade. Most people often mistake this knife for the Western chef knife due to the numerous similarities that exist between them. However, a Santoku knife is not the same as a chef knife.

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Utility Knives: The Blades Every Kitchen Needs

by Chef Maryam Ghargharechi March 03, 2018 2 min read

A utility knife is an invaluable asset for any kitchen. Sometimes, an all-purpose tool that is versatile enough to be put to any use is just what you need to get your cooking going. Like any handy tool you will find anywhere, a utility knife is designed for a variety of tasks. Its usefulness goes far beyond just cutting and opening packages. You can utilize it for any food-related chore; think of it as a jack of all kitchen activities. 
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Benefits of a Good Chef Knife

by Chef Maryam Ghargharechi February 24, 2018 2 min read

A chef knife is one of the most important tools you can have in your kitchen. It is widely known that knives are defined mainly by their hand-feel. However, a good knife should be about much more than just a comfortable handle.

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What is the Best Way to Clean and Care for Wood Cutting Boards?

by Chef Maryam Ghargharechi February 10, 2018 4 min read 1 Comment

How to Clean and Care Of Wood Cutting Boards

Wash wooden boards with a bit of soap, rinse in hot water, wipe clean, and allow to dry upright. For board maintenance: every few weeks generously sprinkle coarse salt over the surface of the board, rub it with a sliced lemon, then rinse well with hot water. If your cutting boards are made from butcher block, once a month apply a small amount of mineral oil or beeswax, rubbing with a lint-free cloth in the direction of the wood grain. (Walnut oil, almond oil, and pure tung oil are good alternatives, but stay away from olive or vegetable oils, as they turn rancid quickly.) Reapply until the wood stops absorbing the oil. Wipe off excess and dry board overnight. 

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Care And Storage Of Your Knife

by Chef Maryam Ghargharechi February 05, 2018 5 min read

Care and Storage

If you love your knives, you probably already know the basics: Have them sharpened regularly. Keep them out of the dishwasher. Don't leave them in the sink. Dry them before storing them. But hold on a sec—just where are you storing those essential kitchen tools? Finding the right home for your knives is more than just a question of kitchen organization. The right knife storage can help your knives stay sharper longer—and help your kitchen look sharper, too. 

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Knife Skills - How to use your kitchen knife!

by Chef Maryam Ghargharechi January 29, 2018 8 min read

Knife Skills

How to hold a knife

The cutting hand, which grips the knife, has the star turn, but the other hand is an important supporting player. That helping hand holds, nudges and stabilizes the ingredient being cut, to maximize safety and efficiency. 

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