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SmokedEggs
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2017/09/28 18:41:00 (permalink)

Kitchen equipment

No this isn't about that Vance bellend...

Plenty of keen cooks on here so thought I'd ask if anyone has any recommendations for:

1) Knife sharpeners

I've just got a traditional stick one but it's not very good. Had a ceramic one from ikea previously which shattered in half mid use (nearly slipped with a big knife as a result). Ive seen different types that have some sort of grinding wheel - any suggestions?

2) air fryers

Have never owned a deep fat fryer. Can't stand the smell. But ive heard good things from some people about air fryers, even making southern fried chicken in them. Are they actually decent?

Ta!
post edited by SmokedEggs - 2017/09/28 18:42:23
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gutlessrhyme
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 18:57:19 (permalink)
Get yourself a whetstone for your knives. I use that occasionally then just use the stick one briefly before each use.
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 19:26:13 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby sectionate 2017/10/03 15:22:14
Whetstones are a massive faff.
 
I banished them to the shed and got one of these instead... they have stones inside but you fill it up with water and just run your knives in and out each wheel about 10 times. Has the correct angles for the knives and takes minutes...
 



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gutlessrhyme
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 19:35:00 (permalink)
How much Bri?
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Bruce Bogtrotter
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 19:36:31 (permalink)
Think it was only £50... wheels are replaceable for about £25 a pair


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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 19:37:03 (permalink)
Also, nice knife collection there
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 19:43:17 (permalink)
Cheers guysh
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 19:53:25 (permalink)
Bri is right, whetstones are a faff. They do the job though
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 19:55:54 (permalink)
I just use a whetstone and a honing guide. I had one of those wheel things and didn't get on with it. Was a lot less than 50 quid.
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 22:50:47 (permalink)
SmokedEggs
air fryers


My Bruv has one, he's actually gone on about how good it is to me


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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/28 23:41:58 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby RAYZA 2017/09/29 04:22:22
My wife cried when she saw the quality of this thread 
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 06:59:39 (permalink)
I have one of those knife sharpeners, didn't realise I was supposed to put water in it.
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 07:09:22 (permalink)
Pressure cookers guysh. Talk to me
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 11:13:47 (permalink)
Le Creuset set when I'm ere. If you drop one there's a much greater chance of your floor being damaged than one of them.


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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 11:15:34 (permalink)
I've got judge pans. Do the job and have measuring guides on the inside of 'em and strainers in the lids.
 
I also got fed up of unresponsive electric hobs in rentals so bought an induction hotplate. It's much better than ceramic, very nearly as responsive as gas.
post edited by dotarr - 2017/09/29 11:16:46
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 11:24:59 (permalink)
Like everything, if you get a decent one, electric aren't all that bad tbh. It's because there are so many awful ones out there, they get a bad rep.


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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 11:31:03 (permalink)
I bought one of these, but my knives are of average quality:
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/AnySharp-Knife-Sharpener-PowerGrip-Blue/dp/B001DXVL6K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1506684526&sr=8-3&keywords=knife+sharpener
 
Anyone got a decent wok recommendation? Fed up of buying shitty Tefal ones and them only lasting a few years.
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 11:40:46 (permalink)
I've always struggled cooking with Woks as the cookers I've had have never been able to get a big wok hot enough.
I've had many a sloppy stir-fry because of this and it has now completely put me off stir frys.
post edited by gutlessrhyme - 2017/09/29 15:05:09
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 11:41:52 (permalink)
Bought a Ken Hom non stick about 7-8 years ago iirc. Still prefect.


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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 14:13:07 (permalink)
I never liked non stick woks. Woks are supposed to be fucking hot. 


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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 15:54:12 (permalink)
Yup, should never go with a non-stick wok.
 
A proper wok costs about £10-15 from the chinese supermarket, and needs to be very heavily seasoned (black inside) before use.  Hotter the better for cooking as well, I've gone on about it before but I've bought a special burner for proper wok hei... 

The longer you have it and use it the thicker that seasoning layer builds up.  Never stick it in the dishwasher or use washing up liquid or you'll lose your seasoning, just swill it out with a bamboo brush and water whilst still hot.
 
 
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 16:04:04 (permalink)
I did have one like that but I couldn't look after it. Pretty annoying and ended up binning it.

The Ken Hom is not like that shitty non stick that peels off. It's hard coated and you can get some proper heat in to it.


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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 19:20:50 (permalink)
I have a gas hob and leave the sesame oil to start smoking before I fry anything. Are the ones at the Chinese market cast iron then? Only other time I've seen seasoning a pan mentioned. Similar care routine?
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 20:35:38 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Whagwan 2017/09/30 11:02:17
You shouldn't burn sesame oil, you're meant to add it at the last minute


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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 20:52:21 (permalink)
Whagwan
Yup, should never go with a non-stick wok.
 
A proper wok costs about £10-15 from the chinese supermarket, and needs to be very heavily seasoned (black inside) before use.  Hotter the better for cooking as well, I've gone on about it before but I've bought a special burner for proper wok hei... 

The longer you have it and use it the thicker that seasoning layer builds up.  Never stick it in the dishwasher or use washing up liquid or you'll lose your seasoning, just swill it out with a bamboo brush and water whilst still hot.
 
 


Might be traditional but it smokes more that way plus the seasoning you talk of is just burnt to fuck oldness no?
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 20:53:02 (permalink)
Philipps XL airfryer and a whetstone on order!
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 20:53:28 (permalink)
TbfI don't use one much for hot stuff as I use the skillet for that
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/29 22:01:51 (permalink)
Learn to sharpen knives on a proper stone you bummers.

It takes a bit of time and practice, but it's.so satisfying to get a knife super sharp with just a stone and some persistence.

There's a good YouTube video of a sushi chef sharpening his knives that taught me enough to get going...
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/30 05:55:55 (permalink)
dubplatederek
Learn to sharpen knives on a proper stone you bummers.

It takes a bit of time and practice, but it's.so satisfying to get a knife super sharp with just a stone and some persistence.

There's a good YouTube video of a sushi chef sharpening his knives that taught me enough to get going...


This. Sharpen with a stone. Then hone on a steel before use.

http://www.wuesthof.com/i...ening-stones/index.jsp
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Re: Kitchen equipment 2017/09/30 11:05:34 (permalink)
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