Kyocera Ceramic KnivesPosted: September 21, 2012
If you’ve never handled a Kyocera Ceramic Knife, you don’t know what you’re missing. When it comes to effortlessly slicing fruits, vegetables, and boneless meats, ceramic knives are in a class of their own. Of course, for most home cooks, a ceramic knife will not replace your tried and true steel chef’s knife and paring knife for some tasks, but they sure do make an excellent addition to your collection.
Kyocera‘s ceramic knives are made from a high-tech ceramic recipe called zirconium oxide. What makes Kyocera stand out from other ceramic knives is the super-fineness of the processed raw materials and the amount of compression and heat that sinters them into an extremely dense final product. So you get knives take a finer edge and are much more chip resistant than the competition.
Kyocera also produces mandolin slicers and vegetable peelers with the same high quality ceramic blade. We recommend these products time and time again to our customers who desire great quality tools that are both functional and easy to use.
The knives are lightweight and well-balanced. Both the Pakka wood and resin handles are very comfortable.
Though quite versatile, their extremely hard edge does not provide any flexibility or give while cutting, unlike a metal knife. So for tasks like boning, hard chopping, slicing frozen foods, and anything that requires heft or flexibility, go for the metal. Use your ceramics for the rest!
Last week, we discussed how to keep your steel knives sharp. Ceramic knives cannot be sharpened in the conventional way; they require a diamond wheel, and we are pretty sure most folks don’t have one sitting around the house. Kyocera offers a complimentary resharpening service, along with their Lifetime Warranty. You can mail your ceramic knives (as many as you own) to Kyocera along with a nominal shipping & handling fee, and they will return them with a fresh new edge.
For quick edge refreshing, the Kyocera Electric Diamond Ceramic Knife Sharpener will do the trick nicely.
Kyocera Advanced Ceramics is only one facet of the Kyocera brand. This versatile company based in Japan also produces cell phones, electronic components, cameras, and more. They were established in 1959, originally under the name Kyoto Ceramic Co. If you guessed fine ceramics as their specialty, you’re correct.
And from our Bakeware Dept’s talented baker and decorator Vanessa…
It’s time again for
Fante’s Featured Flavor
This month we’re enjoying, the deliciously dark flavor of Mocha
Soft Batch Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 24- 26 cookies
5 oz Unsalted Butter, Softened
2 oz Granulated Sugar
6 oz Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Large Eggs
1 tsp Fante’s Mocha Natural Flavor Blend
.75 oz Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
¾ tsp Baking Soda
5 oz All Purpose Flour
5 oz Pastry Flour
6 oz Mini Chocolate Chips
· Preheat oven to 375°F.
· In a medium bowl, sift or whisk together the flours, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder. Set aside.
· In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a hand mixer) cream butter and sugars together until light & fluffy.
· Add eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.
· Scrap down the sides & bottom of the bowl and add Mocha extract.
· Reduce speed to lowest setting on mixer & slowly add the flour mixture in three parts.
· Turn off mixer & fold mini chocolate chips to dough using a spatula.
· Once chocolate chips are fully incorporated use scoop #40 to portion dough onto cookie sheets.
· Bake cookies for 8 min.
· Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool on pan for 5 min.
· Transfer cookies to a cooling rack until cookies are cooled completely.