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ahh...my old friends (preparing for my summer cooking job)

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31st May 2006, 20:39  

Geodyne says:

*drool*

*Very* nice.

31st May 2006, 20:49

bobisdead says:

They are in need of a good cleaning and a few rides down the steel, but other than that they wintered pretty well. A couple of them were in our home kitchen, so I might need to fix a few dings...
I don't know how many times I found my knives just hanging out in the metal kitchen sink...that's such a pet peeve of mine...
I was like..."oh, Andrea, dearest love of my life...is this a $200 razor-sharp knife I see in the sink?"...."no it couldn't be!"
Anyway...It will be fun to get my callouses back. Hopefully I won't cut myself too much.
It's been a while since I've julliened a case of anything...

31st May 2006, 21:02

GregErin says:

I have a set like that from culinary school. I never use them anymore. I don't even know where they are. They aren't all that practical for everyday use, anyway. I felt too guilty to use them at home. My two sets (mine & his) of henkel 4stars are good enough. I don't know how I can use every knife on the rack just to make dinner.

Have fun julienning. I'd say I was jealous, but I'd be lying.

31st May 2006, 21:14

bobisdead says:

ha...yeah, it gets sort of repetitive.
But compared to the only job I've been able to find in our new town. Going back to my old one for the summer is going to be just wonderful. I've been looking forward to it for months.
Working in a hospital has really humbled me, and also informed me as to how horrifying most institutional cooking has become.
This place I'm going to is sort of a summer camp for languages. It's total immersion, which includes culturally authentic food. They teach 14 different languages, I'll be working at the Finnish camp. Which not being particularly famous for their cuisine, is actually my favorite place to work.
Lots of fish, and root vegetables...
Also, as with most of Europe I suppose, their cuisine has grown to include a lot of Asian, and Middle-eastern influences...
Anyway...
Many food-prep pictures to come..

31st May 2006, 21:25

bobisdead says:

Also, I love Henckels...and considered getting some for our house...
Though I'd really like the 'Culinar' line from Wusthof...but they cost WAAYY too much...

31st May 2006, 21:27

Geodyne says:

Bob: Ouch, knives just sitting in the sink? That's unforgiveable. I'm very fussy about who gets to even touch my babies.

I find that using my old professional knives makes cooking at home much more pleasurable.

31st May 2006, 21:28

bobisdead says:

Well, there is only the two of us here...
We've discussed proper knife usage and storage...
But how can I stop her from using them?
Do I ground her? Send her to her room?...ha!

I think she's just thinking about other things, and it doesn't seem like a big deal to her...and in the grand scheme of things maybe it's not.

I'm taking them all with me for the summer anyway, so she'll have to use her old knives for a while..
Maybe she'll appreciate them after she crushes tomatoes instead of cutting them...rolls a carrot over on her fingernail instead of gliding through it..those things are impossible to sharpen...

31st May 2006, 21:35

GregErin says:

My dad is a retired butcher. His knives are so sharp that you don't even notice that you've cut yourself until a week later. He comes to visit and brings his 3 different sharpeners and his homemade steel. He works on all my knives until they are all as sharp as his. I usually wash all my knives by hand, but when I've been cutting up meat, I always run it through my dishwasher on the sanitizing 4 minute steam cycle after washing them, just to be sure that they are clean.
I like the wustof culinar line. Henckls just feel better in my hands, though.
Greg got me one of the henckls 4star vegetable knives with the grooves on the sides so that sliced veggies won't stick for my birthday. I so love that knife. It is so intuitive in how it moves. I have a good husband. He said that I can't ever cut myself with that knife, though. He said it would make him feel very guilty.

31st May 2006, 22:11

bobisdead says:

I had a wusthof santoku with the 'scallops' in the side....it was wonderful, especially for potatoes etc..
my brother had his eye on it for the longest time..and when his birthday came around i gave it to him..
i wouldn't say i regret it, but i would like to get another one.
you're lucky to have someone to sharpen your knives like that...and to have that influence growing up.
my parents had (and continue to have as much as I try) the dullest knives I've ever seen...

31st May 2006, 22:17

GregErin says:

My stepmom had some crap bendy serrated kitchen knives when she met my dad. He about had a fit the first time he tried to cook at her house. The next time he came over, he brought her a good set of knives and threw her old ones away.

I would sooner get rid of a boob than my santoku (thanks for reminding me of the name. I can never remember it) knife.

1st Jun 2006, 01:33