Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Five Popular Kitchen Knives and Their Uses

Having the proper variety of knives at your disposal will make cooking at home both efficient and enjoyable. The big issue for most amateur cooking enthusiasts is figuring out which knives should be included in their cutlery collection. Below are five popular kitchen knives you should have in your kitchen drawer.
  1. Chef’s Knife – Sometimes referred to as a cook’s knife, this is the most popular blade in any restaurant’s kitchen. A chef’s knife tends to size in between 8-12”, and features a wide blade with a fine point. It can be used for any number of tasks, but is most likely the tool of choice for chopping, fine mincing, or slicing. Similar to a chef’s knife are the Santoku and Sashimi knives. You’ll see these more regularly used in Japanese cuisine, but they can function just like a chef’s knife should you choose to use one.
  2. Paring Knife – Offered up in two styles of blade – spear or bird’s beak – a paring knife has a wide range of applications just like the chef’s knife. Use it to peel fruits or vegetables, cut small, delicate foods like grapes or beans, or remove meat from bones. The bird’s beak variety has fewer applications, however, so a spear tip blade is recommended for versatility. 
  3. Cleaver – A cleaver is the ideal tool for cutting through heavy, thick meat and bone. It’s the perfect choice if you plan on cooking a lot of red meats, ribs, or even lobsters that need opening. Keep in mind that they don’t offer the control needed to make finer cuts like chops or slices. Try turning the blade on its side to crush garlic or seeds.
  4. Carving/Slicing Knife – Long and narrow, the blade of a carving or slicing knife is perfect for making uniform cuts across pieces of meat with a gentle sawing motion. When designed with a serrated edge and raised handle, this knife can pull double duty cutting delicate breads.  
  5. Utility Knife – A utility knife represents the middle ground between a paring knife and a chef’s knife. It’s a great tool for softer fruits and vegetables like persimmons, tomatoes, or squash, and is a regular part of a delicatessen’s arsenal due to its usefulness when cutting sandwich meats.
No single knife will do every job in the kitchen, but there are several that are commonly used in a variety of cooking styles. Consider some of the options above and be sure to visit J.L. Hufford for our fine selection of luxury, quality-made cutlery.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jura Impressa Z9 Super Automatic Coffee Center Feature Review

The Jura Impressa Z9 One-Touch is the latest offering in the Jura Impressa line of espresso machines. Raising the bar to new heights for super automatic espresso, the Z9 showcases a litany of features that demonstrate Jura’s commitment to only the highest quality coffee.

                Jura has designed the Z9 with a focus on three areas:  user friendly operation, superb coffee quality and captivating design. By setting their focus on three specific objectives Jura has truly hit a home run with the Impressa Z9, instantly turning any specialty coffee into a one-of-a-kind treat. 

User Friendly Operation

Jura Impressa Z9 Espresso Machine Frontal View of Full-Color TFT Display

The Impressa Z9 comes equipped with some of the most advanced features available on the market today in order to bring you a more user-friendly experience and to truly capture the essence of super automatic espresso. Perfect for those who demand the finest quality coffee and simple user operation, the Z9 delivers the ultimate espresso experience in the comfort of your own home. 

Full-Color TFT Display

In order to facilitate the ultimate espresso experience, Jura has included their wildly popular full-color TFT display with the Impressa Z9. By utilizing high quality graphics, simplified menu options and large easy to read text Jura has delivered on their goal to make the most user-friendly espresso machine available today.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Five Gifts to Get Your Coffee Lover for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so your neighborhood florist and chocolatier are sure to have their plates full for the next several days as customers flock to their shops for fragrant flowers and decadent sweets. Why not let your loved one know how much you care in a different way and save the hassle of dealing with crowded flower and candy shops? J.L. Hufford has a great selection of Valentine’s Day gifts for coffee lovers that you can enjoy together.
  1. The old saying is that your sweetheart holds the key to your heart. Show your love and appreciation explicitly with one of our artisan cafĂ© “Key to My Heart” coffee mugs from Lang. This mug is dishwasher and microwave safe and comes gift wrapped in a decorative box so it’s ready to go for Valentine’s Day.
    valentine's gifts for coffee lovers
  2. Consider some sweet, flavored coffee beans this Valentine’s Day. J.L. Hufford carries a delicious selection of flavored coffees like raspberry cream, caramel, dark chocolate, Irish cream, butter pecan, and many more. They even go great with a bar of chocolate! Take a look at our offerings here and find a style of bean that is sure to satisfy their sweet tooth. 
  3. The French press has long been considered an elegant yet simple way to enjoy coffee in its most natural form. Try one of our French presses and share a cup of our sweetly flavored coffees with your loved one on Valentine’s Day morning.
  4. If your sweetheart is always on the go, you might not have time to share that morning cup of coffee. Nespresso makes a great selection of compact and affordably priced espresso machines to give them that morning perk before they’re out the door.
  5. A set of custom art espresso cups would go great with that Nespresso machine. Glazed to make them dishwasher safe, these espresso cups will last for years and are a beautiful and artsy way to show your love.
Break away from the norm this Valentine’s Day and get your husband, wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend something that will satiate their love of coffee and show your love for them!