Author Archives: Kevin Richard
Author Archives: Kevin Richard
First and forward, I want to tell you guys a story. It’s nothing special, just as ordinary as the life of an office worker. If you are a member of the white collar force like me, you will know the importance of a decent coffee maker, both at home and at work.
I live in the countryside, so driving is an indispensable part of my life. It can be dangerous if I’m not perky enough, so I say hello to each morning with a cup of espresso or cappuccino. The divine taste and aroma always bless my day and give me strength and motivation for the next challenge.
It has become a routine in my family. My mom wakes up early to grind the coffee beans with a manual grinder, and I make the delicious beverage with our coffee maker. My mom often jokes that I should marry “her,” because hey, “she” gives me happiness and care. Where can you find a better companion? And you know what? I got “her” with only about $70, and the device has lasted more than four years without any troubles.
The price isn’t always compatible with the quality of products. A machine that costs you hundreds maybe not as helpful and durable than a frugal one. Below is the list of 5 Best Coffee Makers under 100$ for you to consider.Continue Reading
Since tea has become a popular drink, not only owing to its obvious benefits for our health, but also the divine taste, pleasant aroma, and convenience, teapots, and tea kettles are an indispensable part of the kitchenware. Most families have a teapot, or a tea kettle, or both, for daily use.
Although tea pots and tea kettles look somehow similar, they have different functions and specific designs. Usually, the kettles are used on the stovetop, allowing users to boil water with tea leaves inside or for other purposes. On the other hand, a teapot is thinner, cannot be used on a stove. People often put dried tea leaves or tea bags in the vessel, pour hot water into to make an aromatic pot of beautiful drink.Continue Reading
Everyone loves Taro bubble tea, right? It’s one of the craziest drink trends nowadays favored by most of the Asian young people. And instead of visiting Taiwan or some other Southeast Asian countries to enjoy it, why don’t you try to learn how to make Taro milk tea on your own at home?
Luckily, this tea is easy to make, and you can choose any of several variations on the Internet to get started. Before that, let’s find out more about Taro!Continue Reading
The era of self-baked bread is long gone, owing to the development of industrial manufacturing. Nowadays, instead of processing from scratch, people prefer buying bread from bakeries, which not only saves them from hardship and toils but also costs reasonable.
However, bread is borne to stale and dryness, and the better the bread is, the shorter it lasts. Therefore, learning how to keep store-bought bread fresh is a critical task for all of us.Continue Reading
“OMG, my beloved knife was covered by rust.” “Don’t worry babe, let’s me show you how to polish a knife right away,” I told my wife for a couple weeks ago when she decided to try making salmon porridge in our newest Japanese rice cooker. But, why did she need a polished knife for this dish?
Truly, she wanted to take the skin off the salmon before cooking, but she couldn’t because the knife was not ready. Of course, I helped her and then we had a great dinner with her delicious porridge.
Later, I thought that I should share these simple yet effective ways right here for those who might be in my case. Try reading this article below to get more kitchen tricks for yourself now.
For polishing the knife, you need to perform two main steps including cleaning and removing the rust. Make sure not to miss any step or you won’t get the best result as you wish.
Cleaning the blade helps to remove unnecessary dirt that might interfere with removing the rust. Avoid using water for cleaning the blade since this might make it rust. The best way is to avail the mild cleaning solution and then clean it with a cloth.
Prepare/Buy the rust remover for knives.
Apply a layer on its blades.
Immerse a clean rag/cloth in oil and cover the knife for a couple of hours. Relying on that, the solution will penetrate into the rust.
Note: You are able to use any kind of oil such as Vaseline, Autosol, kerosene, WD-40 or even white vinegar.
Take the rag from the blade.
Prepare another abrasive cloth or steel wool in order to scrub off any rust.
Use a clean cloth to discharge any excess of oil and dirt.
If the rust-removing products are expensive, you can try this home-made solution.
Mix a moderate amount of baking soda and a bit of water to get a thick but fluid paste.
Apply this solution until it covers all the rusted areas.
Take an old toothbrush and start scrubbing the blade.Note: Perform gentle yet stable circular strokes.
Note: Perform gentle yet stable circular strokes.
After wiping out the rust, you should clean the knife with soapy water.
Rinse it with the clean water again and dry instantly.4
To prevent your knife from rusting again, try applying a mineral oil that is made for knives.
Do you have any idea of some certain foods that can act as a great source for removing the rust? If you find some potatoes by chance, use them now because the potato is known as an effective food for rust removal thanks to its oxalic acid. Just stick the knife into the potato for a couple hours. Then remove it and clean the blade with oil.
In addition, you can use onions. Saw the blade back and forth into it and the rust will be naturally removed. It’s because the sulfonic acids in this fruit are extremely efficient to get rid of the rust.
Of course, yes. Though I don’t need another way since what I’ve just mentioned above truly helps a lot. But, since you’re here, I will show you some.
The first video belongs to a cute Japanese guy, named Jun. He got a rusty knife from a man with a cheap price. Then he started to polish it in a few ways. And the final result is stunning. The knife was so sharp to cut through leaves, paper, and all kinds of vegetables with the ease of use.
Try watching now!
Another video is about polishing a pocket survival knife. But, I think that this way can be used for the kitchen knives or even a good cleaver.
And don’t forget to add some drops of the household lubricant to the blades after drying them off. Relying on that, these knives are always clean and shiny in appearance.
When rust happens on your knife, it’s certain that you did something wrong with your washing and storing technique. So, why don’t we learn how to care for the knife so that we don’t spend too much time on polishing?
The most important thing is that you need to keep your knife clean before, during and after using it. What does it mean?
According to famous chefs, cleanliness is a big factor in guaranteeing the knives’ longevity. If there are too much gunk and grime on the blades, they are likely to lose their edges as well as carrying health issues. And one certain thing is that a dull knife is riskier than the sharp one.
Try imaging that you have to apply more force to cut something with a blunt edge, what will happen? You might raise the chances of the knife sliding through your hand and cause injuries.
In addition, you should pay attention to the cross contamination as it’s considered as a high-risk activity. It relates to cutting a raw item such as fish or chicken and continue cutting a ready-to-eat item without cleaning the knife. This permits the bacteria on the blade to jump into the ready-to-eat food, making us sick or even worse.
If you used to watch some cooking shows, you can see how the well-known chefs do with their knives. They clean before cutting the item, clean again and again while cooking, and then rinse and dry out after completing.
First of all, you need to sanitize the knife by washing it with the mixture of mild soap and water. Or you can replace with bleach. Later, rinse and dry off with a clean cloth immediately. Keep in mind to clean and disinfect not only the blade but also the base and handle because these areas are full of unnoticed dirt and gunk.
How to polish a knife? Do you think that it’s a hard job? Of course, no, right?
As long as you read this article and follow my methods carefully, I’m sure all the knives in your kitchen will be ready to use. And always take care of them before, during and after cooking, remember?
For further information, try leaving your questions in the box below so that we can discuss together. And don’t forget to share it if you like. Anyway, thanks for reading.