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What couldn't you do without
Fri 29-Jan-10
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Danny
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At this time of year (end of Jan), there is not an awful lot that one can add to the general self-sufficiency theme.

I guess most of us have learned that good quality kitchen knives are a must-have, We have built up our collection over ten years and we have got nothing that is extraordinary. But what we do have is a simple but wonderful modern sharpener that cost less than £5 (probably in TkMaxx). When I first moved in (rescued!) Fiona, she used to use an old sharpening steel that she inherited from an aunt. It works fine but is so laborious and takes maybe 3 minutes to sharpen a knife.

The modern day fixed wheel sharpener achieves excellent sharpness in ten seconds. A good knife and our cheap sharpener are the two things that I could not do without. All the rest of our usual cooking equipment can be improvised.

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Sat 30-Jan-10
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Quite agree with you there Danny. As for pans we used to manage okay with one lidded pan and one frying pan, we could cook most things in those two.Ok

Sat 30-Jan-10
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I'm looking for a really good chef's or cook's knife that will do most kitchen jobs.  I have had a look, but cannot decide what to buy.  I know they are not cheap, but hope I will only ever have to buy once.  Any ideas?

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Sat 30-Jan-10
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No, but I shall be awaiting results with the same anticipation level as you!  My best knife has suddenly decided that it will no longer take an edge. Steam

I'll try that again!

Sun 31-Jan-10
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Danuta, my advice would be to locate the nearest TK Maxx store and pop along if it is not too far. They usually have a stock of brand name knives, like Sabatier, for between £3 to £10 depending on the size/style of knife. I will take a look the next time we are in town and report back. Ours is only 3.5 miles away (bliss). If one of their offerings takes your fancy, then happy to buy it for you and post it to Argyll.

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Sun 31-Jan-10
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"What couldn't you do without?"

My friends on the Cottage Smallholder site .......... Whistle

Women are like tea bags. . .
you never know how strong they are
until they're in hot water.
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Sun 31-Jan-10
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Knives:

A month ago, I bought one of these 'Contoura' (paring knife) - it is just great - cutting through my onions like butter, but there must be a whole lot of choices out there! Smile

http://www.viners.co.uk/scp/Professional_knives/Co.....nives.html

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Sun 31-Jan-10
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Danny said:Danuta, my advice would be to locate the nearest TK Maxx store and pop along if it is not too far. They usually have a stock of brand name knives, like Sabatier, for between £3 to £10 depending on the size/style of knife. I will take a look the next time we are in town and report back. Ours is only 3.5 miles away (bliss). If one of their offerings takes your fancy, then happy to buy it for you and post it to Argyll.


Oh Danny that is so kind of you.  Thanks for the advice.  I had looked at Sabatier on Amazon, but wasn't sure.  There is a TK Maxx store in Glasgow, so I shall have a visit there soon - not quite 3.5 miles but worth a trip to there and Ikea for a day out. Plus the bonus is a different supermarket to try other than Morrisons or the Co-op.

 Please could you still report back as it may be a week or two or even three before I can get to Glasgow.

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Sun 31-Jan-10
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Really - TK Maxx?  Our local Woolworth's has just been converted to one of those, I didn't know they sold household goods too!  I have to go there tomorrow anyway, so I'll report back. Danuta, you could be closer than you thought to a new knife!

I'll try that again!

Sun 31-Jan-10
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Our Woolworth's was taken over by some outfit with a two letter brand, Like QD or sumfink. Looks to have a very similar line of stock to the old Woolies.

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Mon 1-Feb-10
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"What couldn't you do without?"

Tea. Plain, ordinary breakfast tea. Something else which I stockpile, just in case.

Tea

Mon 1-Feb-10
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I'd never buy a knife I hadn't held!  I was just wondering if I should amend that to exclude small paring knives, but no, they have to be comfortable to hold too. Mine work for me, Partner's work for him. His are in his kitchen, just up the road, and are mostly the wrong size or shape for me. I did buy him some for a present a year or two ago--and he did give me 1p for them--but we went to a kitchen shop that opened up its locked cabinet so he could hold them and see what worked. Offspring tolerate my knives, having used them for years, and are relieved to get back to their own after visits here.

I am looking for a good sharpener, as mine seems to be getting old and not doing as good a job as it once did. (Like me, I suspect.) I will look at TK Maxx or TJ Hughes next time I am near one, thanks for the tip. That won't be for a while, as a trip to the Big City is fairly rare. A car is one of the things I can do without, so trips to the city need planning. Transport is not the problem (the bus is convenient), it is planning which shops I have to go to and not letting the shopping list get so long I can't carry it all.

I can't do without some new jeans. I can't remember when I last bought some. Does anyone know where to buy some that are meant to be worn for more than about 3 days without wearing out? They all seem to be made of such thin material these days that I give up and do without again.

Tue 2-Feb-10
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levi's are my fav.  I think mine are 808, bootcut to even out leg and hip.  the best cut for me.  they are on the pricey side.  I have 3 pairs, 2 blue and 1 black,

Wed 3-Feb-10
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Shereen said:

"What couldn't you do without?"

Tea. Plain, ordinary breakfast tea. Something else which I stockpile, just in case.

Tea


Arrrhh! I know exactly what you mean. My son bought a mug for me "Make tea not war" on it. Ok

Wed 3-Feb-10
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Danuta, I had a look at Cook's Knives in TK Maxx but there wasn't much of a selection and those that I saw were very long in the blade.  If I go next week I'll have another look for you.

I'll try that again!

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