EURO Culinary™ Series

Color coded knives are designed to help you implement food safety practices in the kitchen! With different color handles for different types of food, this system helps teach employees to engage in safe food handling practices to prevent cross-contamination in the professional kitchen. Allergies have become such a norm in society today, which makes paying…

Canada Cutlery Inc. Knife Series Part 1: Butcher Knives & Tools

Once a month for the next 6 months, I will be previewing the 6 key knife series that Canada Cutlery Inc. (CCI) offers to the consumer.  From Butcher Knives and tools to CCI’s Masterpiece Europe Series™, we will be focusing on the key elements of each series to help you make an informed purchase! Now…

What to look for when purchasing knives Part 1: Knowledge

If the carving job on your last Thanksgiving turkey was similar to a carving job done with plastic safety scissors; you may need to invest in higher quality knives. Some of my readers may be asking some questions like this: How can you tell whether a knife is high or low quality? High quality knives…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Understanding the Rockwell Hardness Scale

There are many ways that we can measure the quality of a knife. Some of the more popular and obvious ways to determine the quality of a knife are feeling the weight and balance of the knife and knowing what material the blade is made from. A less known method of determining the quality of…

The Bend Test

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 formula X50CrMoV15 All video clips are property of…