How to Choose a Knife

How To : Choose knives for your kitchen

It is important to have the proper tools and knives in any kitchen. In this how to video Chef Paul explains how to keep your knives in great working condition. Learn about the various steels and characteristics of a great knife.

How To : Use a pocket knife

Scott Cook gives you some very easy tips to use your pocket knife carefully. Some of the tips to use your pocket knife carefully are: Always choose a knife with a lock so that it does fold accidentally and a firm handle comfortable to use. Always use your knife away from you w ...more

How To : Choose the right pair of kitchen shears

In this clip, Chef Jason Hill talks all about kitchen shears (or kitchen scissors). In order to be the best cook you can be, you will want to make sure you have the right shears. Shears are designed for cooking and work a million times better than a knife or normal pair of sci ...more

How To : Assemble a Survival Kit

I am writing this quick post in response to the recent earthquakes and tsunamis that are affecting Japan. As soon as the news broke, and we began to hear of tsunami warning for our area, I immediately realized how under prepared I was for a natural disaster. The thing that dro ...more

How To : Shell, devein and butterfly shrimp easily

This video demonstrates how to shell, devein, and butterfly shrimp. For this, you will need a paring knife or a pair of kitchen shears and large shrimp. Cut the shrimp along the back of the shrimp. Remove the shell. If you want to leave the tails on, then don’t cut through the ...more

How To : Choose a leaf proof gutter with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to choose a leaf proof gutter. Steps: 1 Slide putty knife under roof shingles that are stuck down. 2 Insert gutter protector underneath the shingles, making sure it covers the front edge of gutter. 3 Fasten gutter protector to ...more

How To : Tape a hockey stick like the pros

Before beginning to tape your hockey stick, take your desired cloth grip tape and score it in half with a knife making sure to not cut through the cardboard core. The purpose of this is to make thinner strips of tape. To begin the taping process, start at the top of the stick ...more

How To : Cook a ribeye steak in 1 minute with Gordon Ramsay

According to Gordon Ramsey there are only a few but very important steps to take when cooking a rib eye steak.The first thing to remember is that the tools and seasonings are almost as important as the main dish.You should pick out ingredients that are as fresh as possible suc ...more

How To : Prepare oven roasted chicken

In order to make Oven Roasted Chicken, you will need the following ingredients: a whole chicken, butter or oil, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and garlic. First, remove the wishbone. Cut it away with a knife and pull it away with your fingers. Cut away the wing tips. Season i ...more

How To : Build a fire in the snow

What to do if you're lost & freezing in Antarctica? Build a fire to keep warm! Yes, fires can be built successfully in cold and wet conditions with the right tools & preparation. In this eight-part series of short videos, Fitclimb survival instructor Ali teaches how to build a ...more

How To : Make a Cheap iPod Projector and Screen

This article will teach you how to make an iPod video projector for about $6 (depending on what materials you have) that works pretty well. First off, you need to gather your materials. I had everything except the magnifying glass, which I bought for $3. Materials Cardboard ...more

How To : Play Better in Counter Strike Source

So You're New to Counter Strike Source? So you're new to Counter Strike Source and you want to improve your gameplay? Great. You've come to the right place. The first step to improving your game is to admit that you are a NEWB or NEWBIE. Do not confuse this with NOOB. A "new ...more

How To : Play Zynga Lotto

Zynga games has released their ZLotto feature that you can use to get exclusive prizes for FarmVille, Mafia Wars, YoVille, PetVille, and FrontierVille! In this guide I will discuss all the aspects of this feature, how to use it, and some tips for success. Game Prizes FarmVi ...more

How To : Play Your Kit in Battlefield Bad Company 2

Are you having problems because the game was released a long time ago and the more experienced players are better than you? Then you should be very excited to find out that I will be giving you some general tips & tricks about the different classes that I have learned the hard ...more

How To : Install No-Frills Drip Irrigation

Solving a Dilemma This is a simple how-to for a cost effective drip irrigation system for your garden. My motivation to set up my garden for drip irrigation was pretty simple. In the summer, it gets to 90+ degrees outside, and my 50’ garden hose didn’t reach the far extents w ...more

How To : Make the Medicinal Aphrodisiac Snake Wine

Herbalists have been prescribing snake wine to patients for centuries. It is said to cure everything from a low libido to back pain. Don't bother flying to Vietnam to buy a bottle in Ho Chi Minh City for $25. Make your own. Snake wine is made by trapping a small cobra in a bo ...more

How to Get Better at Halo : Reach

Introduction Halo: Reach is Bungie's latest and final addition to the franchise. Microsoft has claimed the title and from now on 343 Industries will be working on the Halo franchise. In my opinion, Bungie's last game is the best out of all of them. These are some tactics and ...more

How To : Paint with acrylics

Aspiring artists? Try your hand at painting with acrylic paints with this instructional video. Follow these tips & be on your way to creating a personal masterpiece. You Will Need: • A painting surface • Acrylic paint • Brushes • Gesso • Fine sandpaper • A medium • A p ...more

How To : Sharpen a knife with a fine & coarse stone

This video by Slokkro shows how to sharpen a knife using multiple wet sharpening stones. The video has no spoken words, choosing instead to have English subtitles, pointing out the various items and techniques for sharpening a blade. Following the directions should enable the ...more

How To : Make the Platonic Solids Out of Playing Cards

Computer Science Professor Francesco De Comité has a fantastic gallery of mathematical images on Flickr. As part of this collection, he has a few hundred images of real or rendered polyhedra made out of paper or playing cards which he calls "slide togethers." These are constru ...more

How To : Assemble a scrapbook

You've organized your materials and chosen your book. Now it's time to get down to brass tacks. . . and tapes, stamps, stickers, cardstocks, markers... Watch this how to video to learn how to make your own scrapbook. You Will Need * Your materials, organized into layouts * Y ...more

How To : Choose cheeses

Master cheesemonger Steven Jenkins gives a quick primer on putting together a selection of cheeses. Stop at four cheeses: "To serve more than three or four cheeses at a time is an insult to all the other ones that you've chosen." Offer variety: "Make sure that all three or fou ...more

How To : Carve Fractals and Stars on Pumpkins

Fractals and stars are two of the most beautiful and complicated-looking classes of geometric objects out there. We're going to explore these objects and how to carve them on a pumpkin. Unlike the last one on carving polyhedral pumpkins, where we used the entire pumpkin to car ...more

How To : Make a custom faceplate for your Xbox 360

Looking to make your Xbox your own? Check out this tutorial for details on how to create your own custom designed faceplate and make a statement. You Will Need • The original faceplate • A drop cloth • Two colors of spray paint • A printout of an image • A sheet of acetat ...more

How To : Craft a duct tape tote bag

Anyone can go to the store and buy a bag, but how many people are going to have a handmade duct tape bag? Show your creativity and style by choosing a wacky color and show up with this whimsical tote bag. You’ll have plenty of room to carry all your essentials in this stylish ...more

How To : Work with Polymer Clay for Beginners

Polymer clay is an exciting arts & crafts medium. Actually, "clay" is a misnomer; it contains no true clay, but rather consists of tiny particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) combined with plasticizer, which is what makes it malleable like clay. What makes it so "exciting? Wel ...more

How To : Detect the freshness of a mango

The ‘Mango’ is a favorite fruit for most of us, undoubtedly. However, choosing the right mango is of utmost importance, if one wants to savor its taste to the best! This video shows how to check for the freshness and choose the right mango. Always pick up a mango which is redd ...more

How To : Open a variety of coconuts

In this tutorial, we learn how to open a variety of coconuts. These fruits can be extremely difficult to open up, but it can be done. First, you will need to have a very large and sharp knife and all of your types of coconuts. To open them up, you will need to first crack the ...more

How To : Open an Oyster Properly

Following are the steps to describe how-to open and shuck the oyster properly: All you need is a good sharp knife to open the oyster. Choose the best oysters from the market. The shell of the oyster will be closed in one of the end. Using the sharp knife, slowly insert the kn ...more

How To : Make your own homemade lip balm

In this video, we learn how to make homemade lip balm. You will need a spoon, Vaseline, a butter knife and lipstick. First, scoop out a small amount of Vaseline into a container and mix it in with a small piece of your favorite lipstick. Mix this until the color is fully blend ...more

How To : Make beef jerky at home

In this video tutorial, viewers will learn how to make homemade beef jerky. Users will need meat in freezer for 20 minutes and a knife. It’s important to cut off the fat. Cut the meat into thin strips (like beef jerky). Users can press down on meat to make it thinner. Users ma ...more

How To : Set a table properly

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to set a table. Begin by putting the plate in the middle. Put a smaller plate for the bread to the upper left side of the plate. Then you can choose to put the napkin beside the forks or on the plate. Forks will be set on the left side ...more

How To : Wash, cut, open, and eat a pomegranate

Eating a pomegranate for the first time can be a daunting task. This great tutorial by RawKristen demonstrates, step by step, how to wash the fruit, cut it open and which parts to eat. Both nutritious and delicious, the pomegranate is an excellent addition to your diet that yo ...more

How To : Customize your skateboard

Make your board your own by tailoring it to your skating style. You Will Need * A skateboard deck * 2 skateboard trucks * 4 skateboard wheels * Utility knife * Socket wrench * 1 roll grip tape * 1 plastic noseguard and tailguard * A drill * Deck stickers and logos Step 1 Add ...more

How To : Build a lamp

Why buy a boring old lamp when you can make a unique one yourself? Learn how to build a lamp yourself, at home with this how to video. You Will Need * A lamp-making kit * A lamp base * A hammer and chisel, or a sharp knife * Wire strippers * A lampshade * A drill * Safety go ...more

How To : Build a bivouac shelter

Bushcraft and Survival Skills Magazine and video jug team up to demonstrate how to build a bivouac shelter. Materials you will need are: a bivouac, a ground sheet and a knife. Choose right spot for camp. Is there a fuel source or water nearby? Is there a water source? These an ...more

How To : Cut kiwi

Kiwi is quite the ironic fruit. It's to-die-for exotic sweetness is countered by it's very difficult exterior, which is rough and soemtimes hard to scrape off. Luckily, this food tutorial will run you through several ways to choose, peel, and slice kiwis. All you will need is ...more

How To : Make a Glowing Orb with a Tennis Ball & LEDs

In this article, I'll show you how to make a glowing orb. The orb is a fun, round flashlight useful for lighting your path in a magical way. Consisting simply of LEDs, a tennis ball, a battery and a switch, it's a great simple project for beginners with electronics. Here's a v ...more

News : 5 Useful Apps & Charts for Choosing Seasonal Produce

Finally, summer is just around the corner! And while there are delicious fruits and vegetables available nearly every season, summer yields some of the very best picks. Equip yourself with one or more of the tools below before your next trip to the farmers market. 1. Seasons ...more

How To : Light a cigar

If you're going to spend money on a hand-crafted cigar, you should know how to properly light it up. Watch this video to learn how to light a cigar. You Will Need * A cigar cutter * A cigar * A butane torch lighter or wooden matches * Piece of cedar wood Step 1. Cut the cig ...more

How To : Make a gumpaste pair of baby shoes

In order to make a pair of baby shoes from gum paste, you will need the following: a pattern/template from Cake Central, gum paste, a paint brush, a knife, foam, mini flower cutter, rolling tool, a cutting tool, a quilting tool, dust brushes, snowflake luster dust, and edible ...more

How To : Make a birthday card with a pop-out cover cake

In order to make a birthday card with a pop-out cover cake, you will need the following: card stock, a craft knife, ribbon, double sided tape, decorative sheet, a ruler, stickers, and a pen or a pencil. Cut the card stock into strips: 3 cm and 2 cm 1.5 cm. Repeat with the oth ...more

How To : Stock a small kitchen with everything you need

Feel you have too small of a kitchen to keep everything you need inside it? Not true. Even if you have a small kitchen and a small budget, you can still save money by stocking it efficiently. You Will Need: • Basic pantry staples • Multi-purpose cookware Step 1: Start with ...more

How To : Make model railroad tunnels

Tunnels can help make your model railroad set-up come alive. But professionally made tunnels can be expensive, and they lack character. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make your own, customized tunnels. Materials needed: Styrofoam, either in two-inch thick sheets or larg ...more

How To : Boil potatoes

Preparing a potato is very simple: just add water! (and boil...) This video shows you how to boil a potato so you can munch away on all your favorite potato-related treats. Potatoes are packed full of fiber and nutrients, so follow these simple steps to cook them up easily an ...more

How To : Roast garlic

Transform a piquant herb into a creamy, sweet paste by oven-roasting garlic with the help of these tips. You Will Need * Whole bulbs of garlic * A sharp knife * Olive oil * Salt and pepper * Aluminum foil * A small knife * French bread or pasta * Clay garlic roaster (optional) ...more

How To : Carve a pumpkin freehand or with a stencil

Carving pumpkins is a seasonal tradition in many families. Learn how to carve shapes into a pumpkin freehand or using a stencil. f you can, it's fun to pick your own pumpkin at a pumpkin patch. You can also get a fresh pumpkin at a market or farm stand. Choose a pumpkin with a ...more

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