7 knives every home cook needs in their kitchen
One of the greatest joys seasoned (and aspiring) home chefs can experience is unwrapping a whole new knife and immediately slicing up a slice of meat or slicing vegetables razor-style. The ease of plowing through prep work with a sharp knife tailored for certain tasks is akin to achieving culinary nirvana. You see that there is not a single knife that does it all. There are a number of knives that every home cook needs in their kitchen.
So if you’ve been planning on making a resolution this New Year to cook more or just make healthier meals, then there’s no better motivation than spending some cash on one of these knives. high quality cuisine. We have selected a range, from santokus to slicers, which will make your time in the kitchen more efficient and enjoyable. Here are the knives every home cook needs.
7 knives every home cook needs in their kitchen
1. Chef’s knife Kilne
Well known and respected in Canada for providing consumers with high quality blades at affordable prices, Kilne just hit the US market this fall, which is probably why you’ve never heard of it. Add this classic French inspired chef’s knife to your list. Made from German chrome-molybdenum-vanadium steel with a full tang – solid steel from tip to tail – makes this all-rounder strong and balanced. This knife does everything in the kitchen, from delicate cuts to heavy chopping or slicing.
2. Made in Nakiri knife
The Nakiri is a wonderful blend of chef’s knife and cleaver. Extremely useful in the kitchen, its square shape and straight blade (no rocker) make it ideal for chopping and slicing vegetables. Made in France by fifth generation blacksmiths, it has an overall length of 11.5 inches and weighs just 7 ounces for impressive agility around your cutting board.
3. New West KnifeWorks 7 ″ Teton Edge Santoku
The design of the Japanese santoku kitchen knife has been popular in the West for decades now and it’s clear to see why: the versatile blade configuration combines the best of traditional chef’s knives and a small cleaver to make it worthy of its name, which means “three virtues” of slicing, dicing and chopping. This magnificent interpretation, made in Idaho, has a high performance S35VN steel blade that uses an etched interpretation of the Teton mountain range in Wyoming. in place of traditional dimples, which help prevent food from sticking to the blade during preparation.The heavy-duty handle is made from G10, a fiberglass epoxy composite that comes in several color combinations .
4. Cutluxe Shinobi 12 “Slicing Knife
This massive knife might not be the one you use every day (unless you’re running a barbecue restaurant), but when you need it, it’ll turn all the big slicing jobs into easy tasks. The intricate 66-layer Japanese damask blade is forged from AUS-10 high carbon steel which is sharpened to a terrifically sharp edge using the traditional Honbazuke method, which is a three-step process that ends with a fine polishing. The G10 handle provides a comfortable, ergonomic grip that will confidently guide you through any tough kitchen task.
5. Case 6 ″ Boning knife
Not all of the knives in your block have to be super fancy, expensive purchases. You can still get great quality knives at rock bottom prices, like this boning knife from the legendary Cutler Case. A staple for thousands of butcher shops across the country, this classic blade is crafted from durable and long-lasting stainless steel paired with a solid walnut handle. This simple yet effective cutter will quickly debon everything from ham to game and can even step in for some slicing jobs.
6. Middleton 4 ″ Echo Paring Knife
Created by blacksmith Quintin Middleton, who makes bespoke blades for culinary luminaries like Emeril Lagasse and Michael Antony, this light and agile paring knife is a marvel to handle. It has a featherweight feel and an incredibly sharp blade made from a stainless steel called AEB-L, which is known for its toughness and corrosion resistance. The special steel also allows the blade to be forged to an extremely fine degree, giving it a delicate and skillful feel when taking on a multitude of small kitchen jobs.
7. Set of custom table knives
Throw away your old steak knives which are now drab and uninspiring. Because when you slap a perfectly cooked sirloin that is lightly charred on the outside and reddish-pink on the inside, you owe it to the cow to cut that meat with a decent knife. This four-piece set – which is customizable – is made from Benchmade’s special SelectEdge stainless steel and comes with a small jagged edge near the tip to separate harder cuts of meat like game. This versatile blade is also at home to help with prep as it sits on the table next to your sizzling steak. Intrigued but you don’t need the whole thing? You can also buy a single knife for $ 160.
[From $600; benchmade.com]
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