What You Should Absolutely Know About Kitchen Knives

Properly slicing vegetables depends on a good knife Ask any chef or decent cook and they’ll tell you how much their kitchen knives mean to them. Their culinary accomplishments hang on their set of knives. Cleverly selected kitchen knives...

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Properly slicing vegetables depends on a good knife

Ask any chef or decent cook and they’ll tell you how much their kitchen knives mean to them. Their culinary accomplishments hang on their set of knives. Cleverly selected kitchen knives can make the cooking process easier and faster. Slicing, dicing, chopping, peeling, mincing—just wield the right knife and the job can be done with ease and comfort. If you’re looking to purchase kitchen knives, here are some facts about kitchen knives you should know:

Not All Knives are Created Equal

Just as you wouldn’t use a fork to drink a bowl of miso soup, you wouldn’t think of using a butter knife to peel a potato. There are many different types of knives and they serve different purposes. Big, small, serrated, smooth, curved, pointed, broad blade, narrow blade—the choices can get complicated. If you’re a beginner, look for these four basic knives:

  • French (Chef’s) Knife:  An all purpose, workhorse knife that will cover most jobs such as chopping, slicing and mincing. Good alternatives include Santoku (Japanese cook’s knife) or Chinese cook’s knife.
  • Utility Knife: Another all purpose knife, slightly smaller than Chef’s knife, but bigger than a paring knife. Useful for slicing, peeling, carving and cutting.
  • Paring Knife: A small knife between 2 to 4 inches, ideal for more delicate work like peeling, trimming and paring. Related knives include the Tourne knife, the Clip Point and The Sheep’s Foot.
  • Bread Knife (Serrated Slicer): Used primarily for slicing through delicate items like bread or cakes.

The Right Knife is Friendly to Your Hands

Using the right knife for the job is not just helpful in your food preparation process, using the right knife may also reduce strain on your hands and prevent long-term injury to your tendons.

Don’t Be Afraid of Sharp Knife

Afraid of sharp knives? The truth is blunt knives take more energy to use and don’t cut through as well. A sharp knife cuts like a song and you can the job done in less time. Don’t forget to sharpen it from time to time—a knife is judged by its ability to cut well.

Cutting Board and Knife Connection

Knives and cutting boards go hand in hand like yin and yang. Invest in a good chopping board, preferably made of wood, bamboo or plastic as harder boards such as those made of glass, metal, stone and ceramic may destroy the sharp edges of knives.

A good set of kitchen knives is invaluable to your culinary adventures. We carry a wide variety of knives from basic knives to specialty knives. Contact us today for all your kitchen needs or visit our online shop.