Rough Guide to Kitchen Knives

Knives are the most basic of essentials and a must have in every kitchen. No matter how many wonderful gadgets you have in there, without a set of good knives you will still struggle. Cutting, chopping or slicing, every job belongs to a different knife and it’s good to know why.

Rough Guide to Kitchen Knives - Edge of BelgraviaYears ago, when I was a child, I remember my grandparents having just one big sharp knife for all the jobs in the kitchen. My gran always said that this was all she needed. Well, I am not sure I would be able to function in the kitchen with just one knife. Yes, I am sure things would still get done but at what cost? As humans we like to make our lives easier so why not start with such basics as the right kitchen knives?

Rough Guide to Kitchen Knives - Edge of Belgravia precision knives - Chef’s knifeChef’s knife

Size: 6-14 inches

Blade: straight

Main task: All round knife, which will be able to handle most jobs around the kitchen. Its large size allows for cutting of large ingredients or large quantities with ease.

Rough Guide to Kitchen Knives - Edge of Belgravia precision knives - Paring knifeParing knife

Size: 3-5 inches

Blade: straight

Main task: paring fruit and vegetables. The knife has a short and sharp blade therefore it is very easy to handle while peeling or coring. Perfect tool when dealing with small ingredients such as shallots, garlic or ginger.

Rough Guide to Kitchen Knives - Edge of Belgravia precision knives - Bread knifeBread knife

Size: 6-10 inches

Blade: serrated

Main task: as per its name it is a bread knife. This type of blade allows you to cut through any hard crust of the bread without crushing any of the inner softer parts. The bread remains light and airy during cutting process resolving in a perfect slice.

Rough Guide to Kitchen Knives - Edge of Belgravia precision knives - Slicing knifeSlicing knife

Size: 6-12 inches

Blade: straight with scallops on both sides

Main task: well… slicing! The scallops on each side of the blade serve two purposes, firstly it helps eliminate food sticking to the side of the blade through suction and secondly it reduces the drag on the knife while slicing and this all allows easier separation, which results in paper-thin slices.

Rough Guide to Kitchen Knives - Edge of Belgravia precision knives - Filleting knifeFilleting knife

Size:  6-11 inches

Blade: thin and straight

Main task: filleting and boning. The knife has a long and flexible blade which allows you to make cuts in meat that are in difficult areas such as the backbone or for gaining under skin access which isn’t achievable with other types of knife (or at least not with ease). The shape of the blade provides supreme control and resolves in tight clean cuts.

Getting the right type of knife is one thing, but getting a “good” knife is something totally different. Good knives will last a lifetime, they will be well made with a no stick blade which will stay sharp for longer and once dull will be easy to sharpen. I have had the pleasure to work with some Edge of Belgravia precision knives for a while now, and I am not able to fault them in any way. To see the full range please visit Edge of Belgravia or you can purchase them from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

#EverydayWins with Bosch – My Month with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimal

For the last month I have been sharing with you my journey with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimal vacuum. Any pet owner knows that pet hairs are a nightmare but as it ended up there is a way to make life easier.

#EverydayWins with Bosch – My Month with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimalAthlet ProAnimal was designed especially with pet owners in mind. This light and powerful vacuum can really make a huge difference in everyday life. It’s perfect for anyone who isn’t crazy about household chores yet still wants to keep their house in picture perfect order; anyone who doesn’t have hours to spare for every day cleaning; anyone who simply needs just one tool to do it all!

So what were my highlights during this month with the Athlet?

Well, let’s see….

Performance must be on the top of my list. The Athlet works perfectly on any surface and it is extremely easy to interchange between upright and handheld machine.

#EverydayWins with Bosch – My Month with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimalWeight is also right up there at the top. I still can’t get over the fact that it is only 3kg. Have you ever attempted to vacuum stairs with an upright machine? If you did, you know that it is almost impossible and definitely super uncomfortable… well doing stairs with the Athlet in an upright position is not only possible but it is easy. The vacuum is so light that you have totally no problems to vacuum stairs with it… yet the job might be even easier if you swap it into a handheld mode, but you don’t have to, the choice is yours.

Storage also ended up being quite important. The Athlet is small and narrow, yet it has no problem with supporting its own weight and it will stand upright in any place you chose. The fact that it doesn’t require any specialist charging station makes life even easier, you can simply plug it to any electrical socket of your choosing.

The accessory kit that is provided with the animal version of the vacuum also proved to be a very valuable addition too. The choice of different brushes which came with the ProAnimal is spot on and they really allow you to clean even in the trickiest places. The pet hair brush works perfectly picking both pets and human hairs from all over the place.

SensorBagless technology proved to be a great feature too. There is no longer any need for remembering when your filter was last cleaned, the vacuum will remind you when it is time to take care of it.

Battery life is pretty impressive as well. When used on setting one, which one would normally use for daily vacuuming, there is no other cordless vacuum on the market which can beat 75 minutes of running time. That’s five 15 minutes sessions from one charge, handy isn’t it?

#EverydayWins with Bosch - My Month with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimalI really like my new vacuum. If I had to pick just one reason for someone to buy it, it would be portability. The Athlet can be used everywhere; any place you can think of you will be able to take it there. For me the moment of truth was cleaning the loft. We just had our house insulated and the loft was left in a mess. Can you imagine cleaning it with a standard upright? It wouldn’t be a lot of fun, would it? Well, the Athlet totally aced that challenge – swapped to handheld with no cord to suck up all the dust and so I was able to clean all the corners with ease. Bosch can really make your life easier, it is that simple!

#EverydayWins with Bosch – It’s all about convenience

Till date I have had quite a bit of time to fully test my Bosch Athlet ProAnimal and if I had to describe it in just one word it would be convenience. My Athlet has it all and it allows me to clean without any difficulties even in the most hidden and small spaces.

#EverydayWins with Bosch – It’s all about convenienceBosch Athlet ProAnimal in Tornado Red comes with an entire accessory pack, which contains all you need to be able to perform your vacuuming task with ease. It comes with all of the following:

  • Long handle#EverydayWins with Bosch It’s all about convenience
  • Short handle
  • Main floor brush
  • Carry Strap
  • Brush roll
  • Spare pet brush roll
  • Flexible long hose
  • Upholstery nozzle
  • Crevice nozzle
  • Upholstery crevice nozzle

So depending on what task you need to perform you can use it either as an upright vacuum or a handheld one… with one huge bonus, the shoulder strap, which means that you don’t have to actually keep it in your hand. At first I wasn’t sure about wearing the vacuum on my back but it actually works very well. It is leaving me with two hands to operate, one to vacuum and the other to move any obstructions I might meet on my vacuuming journey.  It does makes things super easy. One thing to remember Athlet is super light, at only 3kg it will not put any strain on your back or shoulders. Once you get used to it you will be reluctant to go back to the more traditional way of vacuuming.

#EverydayWins with Bosch - It’s all about convenience#EverydayWins with Bosch -- It’s all about convenienceBoth handles, a long one for upright operation and a short one for the handheld version, have 3 levels of cleaning power. I’ve noticed that I hardly ever use level three when the vacuum is in the upright mode as it is simply too powerful (it can lift up small carpets or even lino flooring, so yes, that powerful in case you were wondering) but I do use level 3 when in handheld mode.

#EverydayWins with Bosch - It’s all about convenienceI would like to focus for a moment on the main floor tool as it is quite an interesting one. The main tool has a space for a brush roll. The brush roll includes a lot of coarse fibres whose job is to capture all the hairs belonging to both pets and humans. So far so good but it doesn’t sound any different really to any other floor tool out there, does it? But there is a twist! The roll is removable! Simply unclip the lock button and it will slide out from the main tool ready to be cleaned. The roll has a small groove in the middle helping to you guide your scissors for ease of cleaning. It might not sound like much but trust me, it makes the world of difference when you try to clean it.

With all those accessories at your fingertips you are ready for any vacuuming job around the house, pet hairs, spider webs lurking in the far up corners of the room or small grains of sand stuck by the skirting boards… Athlet will take care of it all. There are no more safe places for the dirt to hide.

Which places cause you the most trouble whilst cleaning your house?

#EverydayWins with Bosch – Pet Hairs? What Hairs?

Shedding pets means hairs everywhere; those hairs are one of the biggest nightmares of any pet owner… but what if you could make your life easier? What about a vacuum cleaner which is always ready, small, light and super portable but at the same time offers great performance and actually “sucks” all those undesired hairs up? Would that make a difference?

Shedding pets means hairs everywhere; those hairs are one of the biggest nightmares of any pet owner… but what if you could make your life easier? What about a vacuum cleaner which is always ready, small, light and super portable but at the same time offers great performance and actually “sucks” all those undesired hairs up? Would that make a difference?Well, it can really make the difference, trust me.

Until my experience with the Bosch ProAnimal Athlet vacuuming was a big chore, one which required preparation, time and a lot of effort. Retrieve the vacuum (neatly hidden away), find the empty plug (this always is a problem in our house as it seems that we are using most of the plugs at all times), vacuum, change the plug, vacuum, change the plug, carry the monster upstairs and repeat the process. So many times I had the need for a vacuum but I simply couldn’t be bothered to get it out so instead I would resort to a pan and brush… silly I know, as it really doesn’t work very well with hairs.

Bosch Athlet is different.

It quietly stands in the corner of my pantry waiting to be summoned. The vacuum is fairly small and very light but despite this its freestanding performance is top notch. It doesn’t require leaning against anything and it can be stored almost everywhere. It’s light, at just 3kg it really isn’t a big deal to get it out, lift or carry around. There is no need to hunt for a free plug. Changing it over from floor standing to a handheld machine takes only a few seconds (once you get used to it, that is). I can be vacuuming what needs cleaning within seconds, no matter what or where I vacuum as the suction stays the same no matter the type of surface… no fuss, no hassle.

SensorBagless technology will notify me when there is something impacting the performance of the airflow of the vacuum cleaner or when the filter needs changing. Don’t worry there is no need to buy any spare filters as they are simply washable and when one is being washed you can still use the vacuum cleaner with the alternative filter provided. Easy!

Shedding pets means hairs everywhere; those hairs are one of the biggest nightmares of any pet owner… but what if you could make your life easier? What about a vacuum cleaner which is always ready, small, light and super portable but at the same time offers great performance and actually “sucks” all those undesired hairs up? Would that make a difference?Charge light will let me know when it is time to recharge the battery (which isn’t happening so often as the vacuum can run for up to 75min without recharge)… see… just like I said… no fuss whatsoever.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

And now for something special.

I am in the possession of one Bosch ProAnimal Athlet vacuum which is looking for a new owner. In a few weeks’ time one of you, my lovely readers, will be a proud owner of this outstanding vacuum. To be in with a chance of winning a Bosch ProAnimal Athlet please tell me:

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to vacuuming?

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3. There will be 1 winner chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner will be chosen by Gleam.
4. The winner will receive one Bosch 75min Athlet ProAnimal 25.2V vacuum in Tornado Red RRP £299.99. The prize will only be fulfilled by Bark Time.
5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
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#EverydayWins with Bosch: Bosch Athlet Range

Dust, fluff, crumbs… we all know about the problem. Everyday our home gets dirty despite our best efforts to keep it all clean and sparkly. And now add pet hairs into the mix… and it becomes a nightmare, I tell you this as a fact. Being a pet owner is wonderful and I wouldn’t have it any other way but battling pet hairs is most likely one of the biggest drawbacks to pet ownership and it is no fun at all.

Dust, fluff, crumbs… we all know about the problem. Everyday our home gets dirty despite our best efforts to keep it all clean and sparkly. And now add pet hairs into the mix… and it becomes a nightmare, I tell you this as a fact. Being a pet owner is wonderful and I wouldn’t have it any other way but battling pet hairs is most likely one of the biggest drawbacks to pet ownership and it is no fun at all. And here comes Bosch to the rescue with its new Athlet range. Cordless, powerful, lightweight and agile, the Bosch Athlet combines maximum performance and convenience on carpet, wood, laminate or any floor type. This slim, lightweight appliance is flexible and adaptable, and with a market-leading runtime of 75 minutes**, there’s nothing to stop you cleaning the whole house in a single charge. The Athlet cordless vacuum cleaner from Bosch is designed to be extremely manoeuvrable. It has superb power, combined with the innovative and highly efficient SensorBagless Technology to achieve the same cleaning result as a 2400-watt corded vacuum cleaner.*

We were given the opportunity to try Bosch Athlet ProAnimal vacuum.

The vacuum is just as stated above. Every statement Bosch made is true.

The biggest plus for me is its weight – 3kg, that’s all. A vacuum with a featherweight like this is really effortless to move around, and if you don’t want to push it you can simply pop the shoulder strap on and carry it with the strap across your body it is giving you two free hands to clean with.

Oh, and the fact that there is no cord is pretty sweet too, no more snagged cords on furniture and no more constantly moving it out of the way so you can carry on. To add to it you only need 4 hours to fully charge the battery and to make things even easier there is no need to wait until battery it totally flat to recharge… you can just “top up” as needed. Bosch Athlet is charging with a standard wall charger, which means that you don’t need a charging station fixed on the wall… just plug it in, charge, then hide it wherever your vacuum lives. Though as it is so pretty and futuristic in its design I tend to leave it out for everyone to see and just hide the accessories.

When it comes to performance, it can handle all your mess on any type of flooring, dogs and cats hairs on the woollen carpet included 🙂 No wonder it was awarded a Which? Best Buy Cordless Vacuum Cleaner of 2016.

I haven’t had it for very long so I am still familiarising myself with its true power and possibilities. I will update you on my new discoveries shortly.

Are you intrigued by this new beast on the block?

If so, watch this space as there is a giveaway brewing in the pipeline and one of you, my lovely readers, will soon be the proud owner of a Bosch Athlet ProAnimal.

* Dust pick-up in comparison to a 2400W vacuum cleaner from Bosch (BGL32400GB) on carpet and hard floor with crevice. Tested according to EN 60312/2008 [with partly filled receptacle].
**Based on our tested runtime [of 75 minutes] when compared to the advertised runtime of all competing cordless handstick vacuum cleaners.