Cook's Knives People Who Love The Kitchen

by Giuseppe Fujita

Of all the tools and utensils used in the kitchen today, it is probably the knife that rewards the most careful selection. When you consider it, a knife is an extension of your hand. To fillet, slice and chop requires manual dexterity. If a knife allows you to move and handle your ingredients in a natural and easy way, this will add to your cooking enjoyment and mastery.

There are some tasks in the kitchen which, if performed regularly, warrant having a special knife for the job. However, there are three knives that will probably see the most wear and tear: a chef's knife, a paring knife and a serrated knife. If chosen wisely, a quality set of cooks knives will increase your cooking enjoyment and be a valuable investment for a long time to come.

An excellent chef's knife will normally have a 6 to 12-inch long blade. It's going to be used for slicing, dicing, chopping and mincing. The knife can even be helpful for boning large cuts of meat if you don't have a cleaver. One side of the blade is ideal for crushing garlic, etc.

A paring knife usually has three to four inch long blade and is intended for peeling and paring vegetables and fruits and for trimming, wherein a larger blade would be troublesome. A serrated knife is needed for cutting through bread, bagels, baguettes, etc. and must have a blade long enough to cut through a large loaf or a sandwich cake. These three kitchen workhorses will serve you well and if you have limited funds, will serve most applications.

Concerning the kind of material, high carbon steel is usually regarded as the best performer, but tend to tarnish with use, although this is purely aesthetic. High carbon stainless steel is a favorite option, looks great and will carry and sustain a sharp edge. Stainless steel is commonly more affordable, will keep its appearance but isn't hard enough to preserve the best possible edge. Ceramic blades are extremely hard that they'll maintain a sharp edge the entire time with little upkeep. Nevertheless, they are more costly and may involve diamond-sharpening.

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