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How to Choose the Proper Knife for Every Type of Food [INFOGRAPHIC]

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When I’m preparing a meal in the kitchen, I grab the nearest utensil in my proximity. Now, whether I’m attempting to slice a slab of brisket with a bread knife when I should really be using a chef’s blade, is another issue.

For those of us who momentarily consider the difference between a steak knife and a smaller pairing knife, then recklessly reach over for the vegetable knife to cut our steak — this insightful infographic was made for us. Although, there’s no guarantee it’ll convert us to proper kitchen chefs overnight.

Anything can happen when all the appropriate knives are dirty in the dishwasher and all we have to filet our salmon is a petite decorating knife. Just clean the salmon knife, you say? Psh, you’re not our mama.

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Here’s a Cookbook You Literally Have to Slice Open to Read

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Because knife skills are the first thing you learn in culinary school, Escuela de Cocina Carulla cooking school in Bogota, Columbia created this unique introductory cookbook to test their students’ knowledge, cut by cut.

Designed by Ogilvy & Mather Bogota, the cookbook makes students work for their recipes by requiring them to literally slice through their workbook pages. By following precise lines, the perforated guides help to ensure the students learn to make clean cuts.

Sounds easy enough right?

When successful, the student is rewarded with a recipe, ensuring they keep up with the rest of the class. If they somehow manage to completely avoid the knife guidelines,  a Rachel Green unintentional recipe mash-up might ensue.

English Trifles and Shepard’s Pies don’t mix kids.

Keep your knives handy, because of the immense popularity of this hands-on cookbook a second edition is on the way. Allez cuisine!

Learn more about the Slice a Recipe cookbook in the video below.

H/T Eater + PicThx Behance

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Forking with Your Mouth: How Cutlery Gave Us Overbites

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While we were busy turning forks into weight loss tools, deadly weapons, and works of art, forks were busy changing us — by giving us overbites. Historian Bee Wilson’s new book Consider the Fork lays out archaeological evidence that human beings in the West didn’t develop an overbite (where the top layer of teeth fits over the bottom layer like a lid on a box) until approximately two hundred and fifty years ago, around the same time they began using cutlery. Prior to the introduction of the knife and fork, Western human teeth were arranged in an edge-to-edge bite (basically like apes) in which the top and bottom layers clash together.

Wilson is quick to note that we can’t be totally sure that utensils were responsible for the change, but it does look like Western eaters may have been getting forked over by a slow learning curve — the same shift can be seen nine hundred years earlier in China after the invention of chopsticks.

H/T The Atlantic

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Who Says You Can’t Find a Good Man at a Bar These Days?

Don’t you love going to your favorite watering hole where you know there will be great music, cheap but strong drinks, and a bartender who will take a knife to the lung for you? Wait…what?

Well, that’s what happened to one very lucky D.C. woman who was the victim of a purse-snatching incident a few weeks ago. Luckily for her, she happened to be accompanied by a very heroic local bar-tender (and unarmed I might add), Mike Boone, of Trusty’s Bar.  While it seems that the unidentified woman was spared any injuries, Mike was not so fortunate. He suffered 8 stab wounds, at least one of which punctured his lung, and narrowly missed all of those other important organs we need to live.

After spending 4 days recovering in the hospital, Boone was able to identify the perpetrator in a line-up and police officers quickly made an arrest. Unfortunately, his bad luck doesn’t end there. Facing a plight many of us do these days, Mike has no health insurance to cover the cost of his medical bills — and that doesn’t include the $8,000 helicopter ride he took to receive medical attention.

Even though Trusty’s Bar held a fundraiser to help cover some of his medical costs, it seems as though you can still make donations to help Mike out. Listen ladies, it’s unknown if the woman Mike rescued is involved with him in any type of romantical way- so you could still slip him your number on a napkin… but maybe with an $8,000 check.

After all, he did provide exceptional customer service.

[Via WTOP]

 

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Knife and Fork Chopsticks for Beginners

Can eating utensils have an identity crises? Maybe not. But people torn between two cultural identities certainly can. Those of you struggling between eastern and western ideologies can finally compromise between the two in the area that matters most: food.

Stab and slice away at a nice thick steak in between bites of some steamy hot rice, expertly handled between two chopsticks with the help of one convenient pair of these little wonders. The ends of the knife and fork hook together, creating a pair of beginner chopsticks that make grabbing food simple for those unfamiliar with the famous eastern eating utensil. ($10 @ UncommonGoods)

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Sharp Act Knife Sharpener

Can I please get a volunteer from the audience? The Sharp Act Knife Sharpener is the perfect magic trick. Not only does your volunteer remain unharmed, but your knife comes out sharper and polished. Although a magician never reveals their trick, this knife sharper is made of a ceramic stone and is 8 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall. Enjoy your moment in the limelight, Foodbeasts. ($15 @ Mortimer Snodgrass)

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The Knork – Knife and Fork Combined

Just when you thought the world couldn’t amalgamate another two diametrically opposed eating utensils, the Knork shows up on scene. It’s exactly what it sounds like–a cross between a knife and a fork. No longer will hungry people have to leave the duties of cutting and stabbing to two separate tools.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re worried about cutting open the side of your mouth when using this little miracle. Rest assured, the Knork doesn’t really slice your food, so it won’t be slicing your lips either. The Knork uses selectively distributed force on its rounded edge to separate food when a bit of pressure is applied. Think of it as a miniaturized pizza rocker on the edge of your fork.

Another great thing about these little guys is that they’re reasonably priced. You can purchase a plastic 4-pack for $2 or you can buy in bulk with a 24-pack for $4.

 

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Hand Saw Cake Cutter

Day in and day out we cover some of the craziest cakes the world has to offer…but rarely do we talk about proper ways to cut into them. Well, if you have a crazy cake, why not break into it in dramatic fashion with this Hand Saw Cake Cutter? It’s made for cutting cakes, or anything else soft, like lettuce for example. Made from plastic and measures 11″. ($11 @ FredFlare)