To quickly and safely prepare your family’s meals, equip your kitchen with the best cutlery you can afford. Choosing the right kitchen knife set can make all the difference when it comes to food prep.
Types of Cutlery
Kitchen knives come in various sizes, and each has its own job:
• Chef’s Knife. The workhorse of the kitchen, a chef’s knife sports a wide 8- to 10-inch-long blade with a pointed tip. It’s the perfect tool for chopping and slicing everything from meats to vegetables.
• Santoku Knife. Another all-purpose knife, the Japanese-style Santoku has a blade that’s more rounded on top. It cuts with less of a rocking motion than a chef’s knife.
• Paring Knife. Short and sharp, a paring knife is ideal for peeling, coring and dicing produce.
• Slicing Knife. Slicers are meat-cutting knives that are long and thin.
• Boning Knife/Fillet Knife. Reach for a long boning or fillet knife to slice meat into faster-to-cook pieces or to remove bones and skin from fish.
• Bread Knife. The serrated blade of a bread knife cuts through bread, tomatoes and other soft foods without crushing them.
Thin, double-edged stainless or carbon-forged steel blades are optimal for precision cutting. A ceramic kitchen knife features a razor-sharp blade that won’t stain or corrode, but knives made of this material may chip and break more easily than steel knives.
Get Organized With a Cutlery Holder
Keeping loose knives in a drawer is unsafe and will shorten the life of the blades. A culinary knife set in a wooden or stainless steel block looks great on your counter while it safely stores your knives. Many also come with a set of steak knives for everyday use. A chef cutlery set is less expensive than buying the same knives individually. They come in several different sizes so it’s easy to find the right size for your needs.
Self-sharpening kitchen knives are new to the market. The sharpening feature is built right into the knife sheath or block. They can replace the need for a manual or electric knife sharpener. Keep in mind that a sharp knife is a safer knife.