Back to School!

It’s January 10th and school is finally getting back into the swing of things.  The early morning alarms, late night studying and even a few tears during exams, but school is finally back!  This blog will be dedicated for all those aspiring chef’s beginning or continuing their education in 2017.  Below The Discriminating Chef will…

THE EFFECTIVE CHEF’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Originally posted on Harvest America Ventures:
Why do we bother to create a list of year to come resolutions when more often than not we disregard the list soon after it is written? Is it because of a tradition that lacks commitment, or because we know that we could and should do some things differently?…

The Bend Test Part 2: What Makes CCI Steel So Tough.

It took decades of expensive research by large cutlery manufacturers to develop the right combination of alloys to produce the best grade of professional cutlery stainless steel that is used today. X50CrMoV15 is the ideal combination of high carbon stainless steel, containing the alloys, Chromium, Molybdenum and Vanadium.  It is crucial to use this very…

The Bend Test

Originally posted on Tools for The Discriminating Chef:
Have you ever wondered how two knives can look so similar but be so different in quality? The Bend Test video was made to clearly show you the different steel qualities knives can have. The two knives used for The Bend Test: Steel formula X30 Cr13 Steel…

#NationalLemonMeringuePieDay

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day is almost upon us!  The thought of this pie is enough to make anybody feel hungry and starved for the tart and rich lemon filling, the flaky crust and the soft and sweet meringue topping.  This pie will have your mouth watering in no time!  To celebrate, let’s take a…

How Thermometers work: Temperature Scales

Thermometers are instrumental in the cooking process. A thermometer is a great way to know if your food is fully cooked, safe and ready to eat! Thermometers contain one very important aspect – a temperature scale. This is the fourth part of the “How Thermometers Work” series. We will breakdown the different temperature scales! Researchers…

How Thermometers Work: Digital Thermometers

  Thermometers are instrumental to the cooking process.  A thermometer is a great tool to use to determine if your food is fully cooked, safe and ready to eat!  This is part 3 of the “How Thermometers Work” series and we will explain how to use a digital thermometer! A digital thermometer has one big…

Proofing Baskets

Do you ever wonder how a baker gets the perfect loaf of bread every time? It is highly likely that they are using a proofing basket to keep the shape and structure of the loaf when it’s rising. Proofing baskets are not only used in the professional kitchen but they are also popular items for…

The Science of Sushi Knives

Sushi is one of the most famous Japanese dishes outside of Japan and there is a lot of attention to detail required when preparing it. There are many steps to making a correct sushi roll, from cutting vegetables, filleting fish, and then finally cutting the sushi roll. A Sushi knife is designed to be versatile…

Understanding Wine Aromas

The ability to smell and untangle the complex aromas of wine can be extremely difficult. Understanding and recognizing various aromas take time and practice to acquire, even for a self acclaimed foodie or culinary professional. However, once you are able to understand a wine’s profile the description of a wine becomes a reality! Getting Started…

PART TWO: Using a Whetstone

Last week, we discussed how to choose a Whetstone and the differences in Part One: Choosing a Whetstone. We can’t stress enough that the best thing you can do to maintain peak performance of your knives is to keep them constantly sharp. An alternative sharpening method to the sharpening steel is a whetstone (sometimes referred…

PART ONE: Choosing a Whetstone

Whetstones are often considered to be one of the best ways to sharpen a knife because the user has the most control over the angle and grit used. Once this method of sharpening is mastered, it can be both very effective and gentle. A whetstone is a sharpening method that uses natural stone or synthetic…