Category: Kitchen Tools

14 Dec

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Wake up! New Cooking Courses Available for Pre-Sale

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Wake up your cooking brain!

Get ready to explore a new level of cooking creativity: Rouxbe’s new cooking courses arrive January 14th, 2013! But starting today, you can guarantee your seat in any of our new available courses that you choose by purchasing in advance.

Existing Rouxbe Lifetime students have a guaranteed seat, at no additional cost, in any of the courses of their choosing.

Don’t sift through endless online and offline content trying to teach yourself to cook. Let Rouxbe’s guided instruction open your eyes to understanding the map of the “world of cooking”–a set of puzzle pieces that can be rearranged to unlock the code to tastier, healthier food.

Each new course offers a path of professional-grade culinary content in an intuitive learning system, guided by the support of real-life instructors. Made for cooks of every skill level, you can progress through the course at your own pace, on your own schedule.

Head to http://rouxbe.com/cooking-courses to learn more about our courses and the technology underlying our new standard in online culinary education.

Choose the path to better cooking!
The Rouxbe Online Cooking School Team

23 Jan

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What is Your Favorite Kitchen Gadget?

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Okay, let me start off by saying, I think that most kitchen “gadgets” are useless! I have seen some doozies in my days – has anyone ever heard of the “butter cutter”?  I also think it is interesting that often the people with the most gadgets are the ones that usually do the least amount of cooking!

So, why would I ask what your favorite gadget is then…is it some kind of set up? No, it’s not. I just know that everyone has their secret gadget…but maybe you don’t like to talk about it. So what is it? Is it a garlic press? Maybe it’s pizza scissors. WHAT!!! YOU SAY…PIZZA SCISSORS? That’s right folks, pizza scissors. I can just imagine where I would store these. And what about getting them sharpened…”ah ya, I’d like to get these sharpened please…”

pizza-cutter-scissors-kitchen-gadgets

Okay, maybe I am getting carried away with that one, but I do have a secret gadget that I use. I only just bought it last month. Years ago my friend Leah (from culinary school) had a garlic peeler tube (similar to the one in the image below). It seemed to work really well and I knew it didn’t take up much space, but I never wanted to buy one as I thought, “Oh come on, like I need that silly little gadget”. Yet, every time I would peel garlic, I would say, “Crap, peeling garlic sort of drives me crazy.” Also, the fresher it is, the harder it is to peel.

Garlic Peeler Tube | Cool Gadget

So, last month I took the dive and I bought one of these little garlic peeler tube thingys and you know what – I use it and I like it! Just gently roll the garlic in the tube and the skin just pops right off.

Garlic peelers like these can be found in most kitchen stores. The one featured above is from Williams-Sonoma.

So tell me, “what’s your secret gadget”?

Ciao for now

dawn

25 Aug

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New Favorite Thing in the Kitchen

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You may be thinking, why is Dawn blogging about a dishcloth? Well, I am always on the hunt for things that make my life a bit better, easier and/or cleaner in the kitchen and recently I found something that does just that. Dishcloths here at Rouxbe are one of the most used things in the kitchen. They are being washed and/or bleached on a daily basis and we go through tons of them.

Dish-Cloth

This new dishcloth that I just discovered is super strong and durable, yet surprisingly soft. It is also much more absorbent than regular cotton dishcloths. It is made from 8 layers of 100% natural rayon viscose, which apparently is some sort of wood pulp fiber (a renewable resource). Oh ya…I also wanted to mention that the big selling feature of this dishcloth is the fact that it is not supposed to SMELL – you know how dishcloths can get  that sort of “eew-gross-smell” to them even only after a day or so (I will let you know if this is not the case, but so far so good).

I have no reason to promote this dishcloth, it wasn’t a gift from the company or anything (I paid $2.99 CDN, at The Gourmet Warehouse and I don’t even get a professional discount).  I just wanted to share my find with anyone else who wishes there were better dishcloths out there.

Happy Cleaning!

dawn

17 Mar

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Top Kitchen Tools Every Home Cook Should Have

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Learning how to cook in the Rouxbe Cooking School is one thing – enjoying the task of cooking is another. Having the right tools is a big part of this. There are many gadgets on the market all designed to make you a “better cook”; yet, what you really need in the kitchen is the technique behind cooking and just a few basic tools.

For quite some time, people have been asking us what essential tools are required in the kitchen. So, for this technique Tuesday, we thought we’d cover some of the important kitchen tools that you need to perform the techniques taught in the school.

Here is a list of Video Drill-downs for some of our most used tools here at Rouxbe Central. Click on any photo to view each video.

Accurate measuring is key to success in the kitchen, especially when baking. Having a few sets of measuring cups and spoons allows you to execute the recipe that much quicker.

Tongs are like having an extra pair of hands in the kitchen. Scissors are indispensable for us here at Rouxbe. We use them for everything – from opening packages to cutting up poultry.

Spatulas will make sure you get every drop of that delicious cake batter and they also make for easier clean up. Even though there are heat-resistant spatulas on the market, there’s something nostalgic about having wooden spoons in the kitchen.

A good, sturdy cutting board is a MUST. Bench scrapers scoop, shovel, level, clean and cut.

Peelers make life easy and create less waste. Our favorite is the T-shaped peeler. Zesters are good for removing the zest from citrus fruit. They also come in hand when grating ginger, garlic or spices.

Thermometers take away the guesswork, so all of your hard labor doesn’t go to waste. Someone once said, “If you smell something burning, don’t bother running. It’s already too late”. Timers help you multi-task with success.

Strainers, spiders and ladles all help to strain, sift, lift and scoop.

Quality whisks are essential in order to whip anything from mayonnaise to meringue. Mashers and ricers help to make the fluffiest mashed potatoes and the most delicate gnocchi ever.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on these tools. Just make sure they are of good quality; otherwise, they can break when you need them most.

Happy Cooking!

The Rouxbe Cooking School Team.

p.s. More tools and equipment that we use and believe in can be found in our Rouxbe Store.

10 Mar

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Knives: Sharpening a Chef’s Knife – Technique Tuesday

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March 10, 2009: New Lesson on Knives: Sharpening a Chef’s Knife

A sharp chef?s knife is a must in the kitchen. Not only is a sharp knife much safer, it makes cooking much more enjoyable and more efficient. By learning how to sharpen your own knife, with your own hands, you will develop a more trusted relationship with your knife and begin to feel even more comfortable with it.

In this lesson, we are going to focus on sharpening the most commonly-used knife ? the chef?s knife. However, the techniques you learn here can be applied to most other knives in your collection.

Happy Cooking!

The Rouxbe Cooking School Team.

P. S. This timely cartoon was sent in by one of our users, Sean D. He used to be a professional cartoonist in his past life and now he has a site called www.psychotactics.com. Thanks Sean.

“With a sharp knife, you will go far in the kitchen…WHAAA-KA!”, said the Breakfast Warrior.

And if you need a whetstone, check out the Rouxbe Store.