A sharp knife makes a safe kitchen, but there are so many conflicting schools of thought out there that learning how to sharpen your own knives can be overwhelming. My philosophy is this: I'm a cook, not a bladesmith. I need a fast, reliable sharpening method because I don't have backup knives to use while mine are at the hardware store getting sharpened and I don't care to spend a couple decades mastering the art of honing a blade.
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In general, I don't use nonstick cookware, but there are some instances -- such as cooking the perfect over-easy egg, omelettes and thin pancakes -- where nothing else will do. I do not, however, recommend spending a ton of money on one.
iOS: Whether you're a professional or just a novice with new equipment, photography gear is expensive and it accumulates quickly. MyGearVault helps you keep tabs on all of your equipment in one place.
In gym circles, debates over gear like weightlifting belts, gloves or shoes can get ugly. Either they're a crutch or you're a fool for not wearing them. But like belts, weightlifting shoes can help in some cases, but in others they're just for show. The key is figuring out your needs, and your goals.
Shaking a cocktail with ice serves two functions: you're chilling the beverage, but you're also melting a little ice into it, diluting the alcohol and rounding out the flavours. It's an important job, and a good shaker should be easy to fill, open, and strain, and it should do it all without leaking.
Altitude training masks are popular training items, mostly because you can look badass like Bane. They purportedly improve your cardiovascular fitness by emulating training at higher altitudes, like Michael Phelps who is known to have training stints at high altitudes. Well, don't hold your breath; save your money for a real Bane mask instead.