For anyone wanting a quick key for which essential kitchen knives you need and what they are used for, take a look at our Kitchen Knives infographic. Having a go-to set of tools is important for any home chef, and can take much of the work out of cooking, making meal preparation easier and more efficient.
As the economy continues to struggle its way back to the days of its former glory, we believe that this investment is more important than ever. Believe it or not, we have found that anyone who has invested in a quality set of knives (or even just one great chef’s knife) has never regretted spending the cash. On the contrary, testimony after testimony has confirmed that (drumroll, please…) Proper Kitchen Knives Make for Quick and Easy Cooking!
As you peruse through the graphic, here are a few highlights of what you might learn and pull out of your back pocket at just the right time:
- We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: A chef’s knife is one of the most useful and accessible tools that if used properly will yield professional results with minimal effort. Also known as a cook’s knife, they generally range from $20 to $350.
- Serrated Utility or bread knives are handy for crusty breads, soft fruits and cooked roasts. Our head merchant claims that this is actually his go-to knife in the kitchen. They range from $15 to $250.
- Hollow Edge knives create air pockets when cutting to prevent sticking and they create finer slices. Often, Santoku knives have hollow edge blades, which make them great for slicing up sushi.
- If you regularly use a honing steel on your knives before use, you will both reduce the amount of work and pressure required to use the knife and prolong the blade’s sharpness. Sharpen with a sharpening steel or knife sharpener only as needed.
- Only use your knives on flat wood or plastic surfaces (usually cutting boards) to prevent blade damage. Never chop on glass, marble or porcelain, which will damage the surface and/or knife edge due to lack of elasticity.
- Hand wash your knives, don’t throw them in the dishwasher.
We hope that at least one of these points provides an “a-ha!” moment you. If you’ve been reading through our articles, you’ll see some recurring themes. But as the self-proclaimed kitchen knife gurus, we feel there are some things that can’t be stressed enough.
So go ahead – get that new forged, stainless steel beauty. You deserve it.
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