The Kitchen Knives to consider
The Knife is the valuable part of a Chef’s armory, having a good set of knives to accomplish various cutting tasks is always important. The various types of knives are, “Chef’s knife”; “Utility knife”; “Bread knife”; “Heavy duty Chopper”. In most cases, finding the right knife for slicing and dicing, chopping and mincing is time-consuming, there is no one knife to suit all your needs, but finding the right one will worth it.
“I feel like a princess with a knife. I’ve wanted to be an Iron Chef forever. – Alex Guarnaschelli”
How to find the Right one?
Test the knives by putting them to a practical test, most of the times the seller will have a test kitchen to test your choice of knife, by chopping an onion, dicing the potatoes, slicing the tomatoes etc. The three things to look for in every knife is, “the WEIGHT’; “the BALANCE”; and “the SIZE”. Always suggested ones are the branded ones made by either Japanese or German brands.
The most common metals and materials,
- Carbon Steel Knives are known for their strength, but the cons of this metal are it gets rusty easily and will react with acidic foods, results in discoloration of food. Needs a lot of maintenance.
- Stainless Steel knives are the best choice for every kitchen and every one, it lasts for a long time with less maintenance. The durability, easy to maintain, and resistant to stains are the advantages.
- The carbon steel blades have a superior edge in sharpness, luckily the newer hybrid carbon blades clad in stainless steel were available for the Pro’s and Enthusiasts, yet the blade maintenance is still needed.
The 3 things to consider before buying
The budget: Try to Spend on a good quality knife, which worth every effort and time that’s going to enhance the productivity of your cooking.
Preferred style of cooking: Keep your cooking style in mind and select them accordingly, as every knife is not made for every task, it is vital to make your selection according to the style of cuisine you prepare.
Should feel comfortable: Buying a knife without testing is the worst of all mistake anyone can make, it is recommended that you have the knife in your hands and do test them with chopping and mincing to feel the grip of the handle.
Tips to care for your knife
- Keep Your Blade honed and sharpened
- Store them properly
- Wash them and maintain them
- Use Knife-friendly cutting boards