The Hardest Chef Knife Decision

Since I have been searching for a new chef knife, where better to find it then the internet. Especially when there are many knife review blogs these days. Due to the amazing chef knives reviews online, I have narrowed down my options to two great knives. They are the Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Chef Knife and the Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef Knife. A German and a Japanese brand.

The Wusthof Chef’s Knife

Wusthof chef knife

This chef knife looks very classy and traditional through the photos. It has a full tang blade that the handle is secured to it with three rivets. This will give a more secure feeling to the user. It also has a full bolster in the middle. The addition of the bolster is what I think gives this chef’s knife the perfect balance.

Since this knife is a made out of a one-piece stainless steel that has been forged, pieces of food will not get stuck to it as it is easy to clean. The edge of the knife has been said to be extremely sharp and with the weight, it has been known to slices through vegetables or poultry by just gliding it across.

The Shun Chef’s Knife

The Japanese made this chef knife very easy on the eyes. It has a Damascus Steel look to the blade which is created when the stainless steel blade is cladded with 32 layers of stainless alloy. This makes the blade much more durable but the blade has been said to be thinner than normal western knives. However, the edge has been sharpened up to 16 degrees on each side which is much sharper than normal western knives.

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Moreover, the handle of the knife is also unique. The glossy finish on the PakkaWood handle made me doubt to comfort of it but many did not complain about it. In fact they seem to like the shape of the handle. Similar to the Wusthof, the blade is connected to the handle which is also easy to clean and maintain.

The Decision

I have made my decision to purchase the Shun Classic Chef Knife. Since I’ve been using German Knives my entire life, I chose to buy something different and experiment with when it arrives. Through the raving reviews, I hope I made the right decision.

Shopping for a new cookware set

I am the last born in my family and for as long as I can remember, I have had most things done for me. For instance, when I was moving out, my mother insisted on helping me pack everything I needed. She stayed up for hours helping me pack all my things away and labeled all the boxes so that it would be easy for me to find everything when unpacking.

A few days after I was done unpacking everything, my mother dropped by to take me shopping for a new cookware set. It was the only thing I was missing in my new home. Since she arrived earlier than expected, we decided to check on the top 5 best cookware sets in order to have a rough idea of how much we would have to spend. We checked different online stores and we were amazed at all the available options. How on earth would we choose one out of so many options? My mother suggested reading the cookware set reviews to find out what different users thought about the different sets.

We choose the highest rated cookware sets within our budget and started reading one review after another. By the time we were done, there are three cookware sets that stood out the most for us. These include; Vremi 15- Piece Non-stick cookware set, Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set and Farberware High-Performance 17-Piece non-stick set. These cookware sets had amazing reviews and the great thing about them was the fact that they were really affordable. We ended up purchasing the Farberware High-performance 17-piece non-stick set because it had more pieces and many users liked the fact that it was easy to clean. I am not a big fan of washing dishes so I knew this was the right set for me. I got the best cookware and I didn’t even have to leave my house.

Thursday Tips: My Spring Cleaning

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As promised, this week is ALL about Spring cleaning. For those of you who don’t get to experience spring in April, hang in there! I’m sure warmer days are just around the corner for you. For everyone else, can we all breathe a collective sigh of relief that the sunshine has returned? I just love being able to work with the windows open!

Alright, enough day dreaming, let’s get to it!

Spring seems to light a little fire in all of us that it’s time not only to dust the cobwebs off of our beach gear but it’s also time to get our house feeling fresh, clean and ready for the warmer days! I’ve got some simple tips to help you get going this Spring.

{one} Lemons. I could end the post after this one tip because lemons are just that good. I use them EVERYWHERE when I clean. For instance :: If my dishes need a little sprucing up and the normal scrubby isn’t doing it, I half a lemon, sprinkle a little baking soda on the fruit and use it to scrub the dishes followed by the countertops. AND don’t you dare throw lemon peelings away! Put them in your disposal and run it with a little hot water for an instant kitchen refresh! So handy!

{two} Shark it! My house is 90% tile flooring so mopping is a beast. My life was forever changed the day we got a Shark pocket steamer. If you have any type of hard surface flooring, I highly recommend this product. No sticky residue, no strong smells, just straight up clean. I do dab a bit of lemon essential oil on the cleaning pad when I use it to fill my home with a fresh scent to go with the fresh feel since there are no cleaning solutions used with the Shark. It truly is a lifesaver.

{three} FlyLady. Overwhelmed? I know the feeling. The best thing to remember about cleaning is that the house didn’t get dirty all in one day so it doesn’t make sense to clean it all in one day. Enter Fly Lady. No nonsense advice that gets you to a clean house and keeps you there. I don’t follow Fly Lady daily but any time I find myself overwhelmed with where my house is, I plug into the site, follow the steps, and get back on top of things. I know multiple people that follow the Fly Lady program religiously and, let me just tell you, I love going to their houses. Not just because they are always clean, but because they are comfortably clean… you following me? There was no rushing around, stuffing things in drawers, and lighting a million candles in hopes that no one notices the protruding clothes hamper. It’s balanced and managed.

Alright friends, I hope these tips get you off to a great spring cleaning start! I’d love to hear you chime in with cleaning tips of your own so leave them in the comments!