Many kitchens are full of items that require minor maintenance and repair. Take our quiz to see whether you know how to keep your kitchen equipment in tiptop shape.
Whetstones are used to sharpen knives; they typically have a coarse side to sharpen a dull blade and a fine side to hone the blade.
A whetstone must be coated in a soft lubricant such as linseed or mineral oil or your knives might get damaged.
Most kitchen knives are beveled. This incline from the edge to the main body of a blade allows a strong, thick knife to have a sharp, thin blade. The recommended angle is 30 degrees.
Using a back and forth motion with a whetstone will damage the blade of your knife. Always push a knife diagonally along the stone and away from yourself.
By alternating sides as you sharpen a knife, the burrs that result from one stroke will be removed by the next stroke.
As you sharpen your knife, debris will develop from the metal being scraped off the blade and mixing with the oil. Use a soft cloth to clean the knife because the whetstone is the only coarse thing that should come it contact with the blade.
Unless the blade is very dull, you only need to use the fine side of a whetstone to sharpen scissors.
Sharpening the jagged edges of pinking shears requires special training. You're better off letting a professional handle this task.
The blades of scissors should touch slightly when they are opened and closed. If they do not, you should adjust the pivot screw.
Sometimes scissors are held together by a rivet rather than a screw. You can tap lightly on the rivet with a hammer to tighten them.
To make epoxy glue you have to combine two things: a resin and a catalyst (or hardener).
By using epoxy glue, which dries into a waterproof solid, you can not only repair the appearance of your china, you can continue to use it!
When using epoxy glue, you need only apply a thin coat over one of the pieces you're binding together. Toothpicks work very well.
Curing is not the same as drying. Curing is a slow chemical reaction that eventually turns liquid epoxy into a solid. For an epoxy bond to cure, it needs a week or so.
Before attempting to bind a broken piece onto the main part of a mug, you should make sure the mug is well supported. A piece of molding clay works well.
One method of repairing a badly shattered plate is to make a paraffin mold from an identical plate.
Hardware stores are often licensed to store and sell hazardous materials not found in other stores. Oxalic acid is one such material.
Old towels make great pot holders. A few layers and some sewing save yourself a bit of money!
Pot holders need to be large enough to protect your hands but not so large that they are unwieldy. Eight inches (20.3 centimeters) is the recommended size.
Rather than attempting to cut a perfect circle without guidance, try drawing the border around a dinner plate.