A knife is an essential tool in any kitchen. It helps with chopping, dicing, slicing, and curving food. However, the wrong choice of a knife can cause injuries. Kitchen knives cause an estimated 36% of knife-related injuries in the United States. And that’s not all; having the right blade makes cooking more enjoyable. Most home kitchens get by just a few essential knives. However, for an improved kitchen experience, you need to have the essentials. Here are five must-have knives in your home kitchen.
A chef’s knife is a multi-purpose tool, making it a staple in any kitchen. According to a recent survey, 45% of U.S consumers are more likely to buy a chef’s knife in their next cutlery shopping. This knife can do just about anything, from chopping vegetables to slicing meat. Whether you are handling fish or nuts, the chef’s knife is up to the task. A typical chef’s knife should be about 8-10 inches long and has a broad blade that tapers to a point. The knife can be forged or stamped. Forged knives are made from a single piece of steel.
On the other hand, stamped knives are cut from a sheet of metal. Forging makes more durable knives, but stamping produces lighter ones. The other decision you will have to make is whether you prefer full tang or half tang. Full tang is studier and more balanced.
Cutting small vegetables and fruits can be quite tricky with a bigger knife. This is where a paring knife shines. It’s probably the smallest knife in the kitchen resembling a pocket knife. A typical paring knife is only three to four inches long. Its small size makes it perfect for cutting even while you are holding the food. However, you should avoid using a paring knife to cut harder vegetables such as carrots. Due to their lightweight, it forces you to increase the cutting pressure when dealing with harder food. Doing so can be dangerous. Since they are smaller, paring knives are less expensive. You can invest in more than one paring knife.
Serrated knives are useful in jobs that a straight blade can’t handle. The most common use is in cutting bread. This is why this knife is sometimes called a bread knife. In addition to slicing bread, serrated knives are great at cutting fruits with waxy surfaces. It is because the jagged cutting edge can grip the slippery surfaces. Common examples include tomatoes, pineapples, peppers, and citrus fruits. Serrated knives are also great at cutting layered food, such as cakes. For best results, cut foods using a sawing motion. Pay attention to the size of the teeth when selecting a serrated knife. They should neither be too big or too small.
A carving knife is nice to have around, especially when barbecuing. They are perfect for slicing massive cuts of meat, such a ham or brisket. Carving knives are typically larger, heavier, and longer. These features make it ideal for slicing very thin pieces of food. The blade of a carving knife is usually about eight to 15 inches long. It makes it possible to cut through meat or other foods in one decisive sweep. When shopping for a carving knife, you either go for a flexible or rigid blade. An elastic blade is better suited for pork, fish, and poultry, while a stiff blade is for roasted meat. Most carving knives are sold with a carving fork for holding the meat.
As the name suggests, a boning knife is the best tool for cutting meat, poultry, or boning fish. Its flexible, narrow blade makes it ideal for separating meat from the bones. However, a boning should never be used to cut through bones. A typical boning knife has a blade of about five inches long. The small sizes make it possible to reach through crevices in the ribcage and meat. It can be useful when you are preparing a roast.
A boning knife is almost similar to a fillet knife. The two can be used interchangeably. Most manufacturers combine the two in what is known as a boning fillet knife. You will get a lot of use of your boning knife. For that reason, invest in quality rather than quantity.
These five knives should form the foundation of your collection. Auxiliary knives are nice to have, but you will rarely use them. You can acquire these five must-have knives as a set or purchase them separately. Buying them as a set will cost more, but your collection will look more uniform. You can add honing steel to ensure your knives stay sharp.
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