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dmersky64

I suggest reading a recipe through, making sure you have everything you need before starting a project. Also, try to improvise or substitute when you don't. You just may "invent " something new and wonderful!

As to knives: keep them sharp and remember to clean the handles as well as the blades. Dry them before storing. Have fun in the kitchen!


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Daniel J

Big fan of colorful plastic cutting boards, they are cheaper to replace than the wooden ones, they can go in the dishwasher or soak in a in hot soapy water with bleach in it if you are really paranoid about contamination. I use white for poultry, blue for stinky stuff or fish since it is rare that I cook fish, red for red meat, green for veggies and fruits and yellow for nuts. You can find them pretty cheap I think at Ikea my last batch were like 3 bucks for a good size. You can spend a little more on the ones with the rubber grip on the bottom, but I just stick them on a silicon trivet or wet the back of them which works for wooden cutting boards to keep them from sliding around also.

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Daniel J

Also my grandparents always pointed out the things you never skimp on, cookware, knives, laundry detergent towels and sheets, I add to that paper towels and appliances both small and large, but the best quality you can afford, there are reasons why that cuisinart food processor costs double compared to the cheaper brands for same size and power, they are made to last and if a blade goes dull, it is easy to get a new one, Kitchen Aid mixers are almost bullet proof, the only thing that killed my last one was a roommate, took all the packing material out of the box to pack dishes in, and put the mixer in a weaker box, unfortunately it cracked the sidewalk not his foot.

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