A lot of times I would just grab any knife to dice the meat or veggies. Over time, I’ve learned just how wrong I was in my knife selection and wondered if other people think they are using the right knife too. First, a knife is a sharp kitchen tool that can help you chop, dice, and slice your meat, vegetables and herbs. Without it, food prep would take a lot longer and no one wants that. Being such an important tool in our homes, we should respect it and appreciate what it does for us.
Types of Knives
The two knives I like to use in my kitchen are usually the bread knife and chef’s knife. I do love my carbs but I must admit that I’ve used the bread knife for cutting and slicing chicken breast as well. If it’s at close range, the bread knife will be used for almost anything. This is, of course, wrong and will eventually dull out my knife. The reason there are so many different knives and block knife sets is in order to make our lives easier. If we use the right knife we get the job done faster without any missing or bloody fingers.
Different Types of Knives
Chef’s Knife– One of the most versatile knives in your kitchen is a Chef’s knife. This knife has a rounded bottom and allows you to dice and chop your veggies with ease.
Utility Knife– Some might confuse a utility knife with a chef’s knife but they are different. This knife has a less curvy bottom and is smaller in size. A utility knife is great for chopping veggies and herbs and smaller items that you want to be cut precisely.
Paring Knife– I love to use a paring knife to peel potatoes and apples. Paring knives are made for peeling, cutting, and slicing. Your paring knife will usually be one of the smaller knives in your knife block set.
Bread Knife– Another one of my favorite knives is the bread knife. It is long and has teeth or jagged edges. This makes it ideal for cutting soft and hard bread such as baguettes and dinner rolls.
Butcher Knife– Just like its name states, this knife is used for butchering meat. It can be used for other things but its main purpose is to chop at meat and cut through bone.
Carving Knife– Carving knives are also used for meat but mainly for slicing it into even, thin layers. You can easily slice chicken breast, pork, or beef and lamp with a good, sharp carving knife.
These are some of the basic knives you need to familiarize yourself with and have in your kitchen. By doing that, you’ll never have to wonder if you’re using the right knife or making a job harder than it needs to be.
In order to keep anything in your home pristine and working properly, you need to take care of it. Knives are an investment that should last you for years, some even a lifetime. Whether you want a forged knife set or a stamped knife set, you’ll easily find something that’s beautiful, sharp and will aid you in meal prep at a bargain!
When it comes to knife care, you need to make sure that you clean and dry your knives after each use and sharpen them regularly. Don’t sharpen your knife after three years of neglecting it and think it will be brand new again. It would take a lot longer to sharpen a knife like this instead of doing it more often, every two or three months, depending on how often you utilize the knives. Most butcher block sets come with a knife sharpening tool but you can also get an electric sharpener as well. These electric knife sharpeners are great for those that don’t want to utilize steel rods and want more precision.
Storing your knives properly is very important for their longevity. Use a block, drawer knife storage, or a stainless steel knife bar to store your knives. Never toss your knife in with your utensils as you can easily cut yourself going through the drawer looking for the right knife. If you have small kids or curious pets, make sure they can’t come near the knives.
Hopefully you learned more about using the right knife and caring for them.