Do Plastic Cutting Boards Dull Knives?

No, plastic cutting boards do not dull knives faster than other cutting boards. In fact, the type of plastic used, high-density polypropylene, has similar properties to soft wood, and it is gentle on your knives. Be sure to check the feel of the plastic, though. Very hard plastic can dull your knives. Sometimes plastic cutting … Read more

5 Best Substitutes For Calabrian Chili

Calabrian chili is a staple of Italian cooking and a truly unique spicy pepper. It comes from the Calabria region of southern Italy, and can often be found jarred in oil, pickled or dried. It has a wonderfully unique spicy, fruity and taste that doesn’t overpower dishes. The Calabrian chili pepper is a rusty red … Read more

Is Vintage Corelle Lead-Free?

The short answer: no, you cannot be certain that vintage corelle is lead-free. It’s a little more complicated, though. Corelle is known to produce Vitrelle multilayer glass tableware that is currently lead-free. However, it was not certified lead free until 2005, and dishware produced before then may have very small amounts of lead present, particularly … Read more

Are Ceramic Knives Dishwasher Safe?

No, you should not put ceramic knives in the dishwasher. While technically they are dishwasher safe, it’s very likely that your ceramic knives will get damaged in the dishwasher. Ceramic blades are much more fragile than stainless steel, and will break in the jostling dishwasher. Honestly, no chef knives should be going in the dishwasher, … Read more

5 Best Oxtail Substitutes

In a pinch and need an oxtail substitute? These cuts listed below will be great replacements for recipes that call for gelatinous, melt-in-your-mouth, slow cooked oxtail. All of these choices are typically low-and-slow stew cuts that have bones and connective tissue filled with fat and collagen that will add a similar richness to your recipe … Read more

Smooth vs Rough Cast Iron: Does It Matter?

When looking into buying a cast iron pan, you might notice that some cast iron pans have a very smooth and polished surface, while others are rough. Manufacturers usually don’t really mention this difference as a significant feature. Read below to learn the lowdown on smooth vs rough cast iron. Why are some smooth and … Read more

Are Santoku Knives Good for Cutting Meat?

What are Santoku Knives? Santoku knives are known as the multi-purpose knife in Japan. They can cut most things, except for very hard bones and shells. They are more brittle than the European counterparts, and require a little extra care. The carbon steel should be handwashed immediately after use, espeically with contact with acidic foods, … Read more