Safety Tips for Japanese Kitchen Knives

Japanese knives

Whenever I bought myself new stuff for my kitchen, euphoria will be in the air! Yes, excited and all. I can’t wait to unwrap my Global’s knives as if Santa had just dropped them through the chimney. I know, its KNIVES that I’m dealing with not some Lego toys.

The kitchen can be a minefield if you’re not careful enough with how you store and handle your kitchen items, what more with Japanese Kitchen Knives. There are things that you should bear in mind to avoid having those dreaded cuts on your fingers or worse. The following are some of them:

Get them really sharp

The wise man advises us to keep our sexy steels sharp, he means really sharp. You might wonder, wouldn’t it be more dangerous if it’s sharper? On the contrary. It’s logic-defying for this one. Apparently, you need less effort to slide through the meat or the raw material you’re working on if your knife is really sharp. Otherwise, you need to exert more force hence exposes you to the real danger of getting yourself cut.

Here’s how to sharpen them using a wet stone

 

Point the Steely Steve away

Whenever you’re handling any sharp gadgets or materials, always bear in mind to angle the sharp part away from your fingers and your body. The same goes with your knives, always remember to angle the blades away from you when you do your cutting.

Never do your cutting on surfaces other than a board

I’m sure you had those times when your cutting boards just don’t want to stay put. They just seem to move all over the place and more so if your countertop is wet. To avoid this, all you got to do is place a damp towel or a paper towel under your cutting board. This would prevent it from moving.

Wash and Store

For protection, make sure to store them away in a knife block. Not only do you save your fingers from unnecessary cuts, you also prevent damages to the blades of the knives.

When’s Your Fruit Ripe?

ripe fruits

Find out these tricks for knowing which fruit is ripe now and which will get mature once you take it home from the market.

When the fruit becomes ripe, they change in size, color,  taste, scent, weight, and texture. With these things, you can determine the ripeness.

By looking at the color we can find out whether the fruit is ripe, but not with all fruits. Some fruits like bananas and apples have bright colors underneath the green chlorophyll layer; the colors underneath will come up as the chlorophyll vanishes. Others, like tomatoes, make their red substance at the same time that the chlorophyll breaks down. Bluish-red berries become a deeper, more lively red as they ripen.

The scent will tell you the taste. Smelling a fruit is especially crucial when color is not a sign of ripeness. For instance, with a lot of melons. Inside the melon, there are some chemical changes that cause them to produce sensuous, luscious-smelling scents. Sniff the blossom end of the fruit and only select fruit that has a complete, fruity scent.

smell fruit

As fruits ripen, the substances that hold the cells together (hemicelluloses and company pectic substances) break down and change to water-soluble pectins, which makes the fruit become softer and softer, so a gentle squeeze is a good test for ripeness. The squeeze test is specifically good with fruit that doesn’t have a hard or thick rind, so squeeze stone fruit, pears, kiwis, and avocados.

Mostly weight can be a good sign of ripe fruit. It normally indicates that the fruit is at least completely mature, by being heavy, and this is so easy to test.

Get Your Kids to Love these Smoothies!

 

With a blender, there are healthy smoothies you can make in the kitchen that don’t have to taste like veggies. Ingredients like fruits and yogurt make the healthy smoothies sweet and mask the taste that children dislike.

All you need is the blender and organic ingredients. Smoothies are perfect for a healthy snack or breakfast and also good for you! Try to get as many of the products organic, for better tasting smoothies and healthier ones.

1 cup of apple juice
2 cups of spinach leaves
1 medium sized banana
1 cup of carrot

1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of spinach leaves
1 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup of milk
1 tbsp of honey

1 cherry tomato
1 celery stalk
1/2 cucumber
3 cups of spinach leaves
1 cup of plain yogurt
3 ice dices
1/2 avocado

3/4 cup of carrot juice
3/4 cup of orange juice
3/4 cup of vanilla yogurt
6 ice cubes

15 ounces of pumpkin
12 ounces of milk
1 cup of vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp of honey
2 tbsps of cinnamon

4 florets of broccoli
1/2 cucumber
1/2 cup of tomato juice
1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
6 ice dices
2 drops of Tabasco sauce

2 cups of pineapple
1 cup of watermelon
1 celery stalk
1 cup of spinach leaves
1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of ice

1 large tomato
1 cup of mango
1/2 cup of plain yogurt
1/2 cup of milk
1 tbsp of honey

Getting your children to eat their vegetables should not be hard. With these delicious and healthy smoothie recipes, you’d be surprised how easy it might become.

Here are few other recipes you’d thank us for

 

Start Eating Organic Eggs

organic eggs

Why should we consume organic eggs over supermarket eggs? Ask anybody who has ever attempted an organic egg and they will tell you they taste great specifically in the spring time.

The chickens which lay organic eggs are generally healthier due to the fact that they live and breed in wider and cleaner environments. Industrial eggs are normally produced by hens which have actually been caged their whole lives and are usually fed with pre-mix feed that is typically grown with chemicals such as pesticides. And since the chickens eat these pre-mix feeds, the eggs might wind up with chemical or pesticide content, hence, creating feasible wellness risks to the customer.

Numerous people think that organic eggs are much healthier since the hens that laid them are in excellent shape due to better living environments. Also, organic eggs don’t smell.

If you are turning from a diet plan that includes eggs, then you need to think again because eggs consist of a lot of nutritious aspects that can be good for the heart and body. Of all, organic eggs consist of more of the healthy fat and protein. They also have vitamins essential to the body and to its functions. Such vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, folic acid, and niacin.

organic eggs vs industrial eggs

Organic eggs also have orange and yellow carotenoids, particularly the lutein and the zeaxanthin, which can assist reducing the threats of establishing macular weakening due to aging and decreases the advancement of cataracts. Organic eggs are abundant in choline, a nutrient that assists encourage regular cell structure and feature, as well as assists proper, indicating of nerve cells and routine cells.

The above being stated, adding eggs in your routine diet is smart. And rather of simply choosing the usual industrial eggs, why not give your health more by consuming just natural eggs?