Cooking, Knives

best kitchen knives

Have you ever wondered which knives will suit your culinary needs? I bet you also wonder why are there so many knives being sold in the market? Is there a knife set for my budget? I have asked all of those questions to every sales person I met whenever I went out to go shopping. Which one among these best kitchen knives is durable?

The Regular Knife Shopper

Basically a shopper will instantly see those big blocks with knives inserted on. Looking at their price a the market they range from 250 dollars up to 350 dollars, including 8 to 12 knives with kitchen shears and peelers, for someone who is just starting a family this knives cost a hell lot. Is it really necessary to buy these many knives? Have you ever seen someone from your household use all those knives all at once? Lastly do they have different purposes? Yes they do, but the common purpose of a knife is to cut and slice our food items for cooking.

What Real Chef’s Need In The Kitchen

There are only 6 pieces of knives you’ll need to have as your basic knife set, basic in a sense that they are commonly used on our day to day life. you have invest on one good chef’s knife, 8 to 10 inches in blade length for optimal performance, Paring knife, 3 to 4 inches, Serrated knife, I prefer the one who has smaller and finer teeth on its blade, Santoku knife, I personally prefer this knife for its ease of use when cutting fruits and vegetables, Cleaver, for cutting bones and hard items to smaller pieces. The addition of kitchen shears is optional because you can use regular pair of scissors as well as a peeler which paring knife could do the job just as well.

Where Do You Get Your Kitchen Knives ?

You can always check your local stores for knife sets that only contain these knives; it will be much cheaper and much more practical and will only cost you below 100 dollars. I recommend brands such as Victorinox, Cuisinart, Ginsu, Chicago cutlery and Kitchen Aid but if you wanted to be fancy you can customize your own knife set on your personal liking, different brands for each of those knives mentioned above, anything that suits you and your need. It will be you who’ll be using these knives anyway.

Knives, Things We Use

Today I’m going to begin a Tips and Techniques series here on my blog, starting with some comments on some basic equipment everybody who wants to cook will need.

Good Knives

Stocking a kitchen for the first time can be a very daunting – and expensive – experience. But let’s face it; you can’t cook with out pots pans and utensils!

I strongly recommend that you ask family and friends to help you get started stocking up on the basics. Let them know you are interested in learning to cook. Every experienced cook has too much equipment in their kitchen, and you’d be surprised what people will be willing to pass on to you. And there is no shame in getting started with recycled equipment.

The most important place to start is to be sure that, as an absolute minimum, you obtain three good knives. Just three! Don’t be fooled by those huge sets of knives that come with a “free” butcher block holders. You do not need all those knives! On the other hand, I would be lost if it wasn’t for my three good knives!

You will need one all-purpose chef’s knife with a 7-to-9 inch blade. (The blade is measured from the tip of the blade to the beginning of the handle.) You need to actually hold this knife in your hand in order to pick one that feels comfortable, and well balanced in your hand. A good chef’s knife can get very expensive, but worthwhile. Starting prices for good ones are usually about $50.

You will also need a serrated edge knife. That’s the kind with the saw tooth edge. It’s perfect for bread, cakes, and cutting tomatoes. It is not essential that this knife be top of the line, as you won’t use it as much. There is no reason that all of the knives have to be of the same brand.

One small “paring” knife with a 2-to-4 inch blade is essential for all small tasks in the kitchen. Victorinox makes a perfect one that sell for less than $5. It is incredibly sharp and for that price you can’t go wrong. Most knife shops or small kitchen shops sell these knives.

Many small knife shops sell “reconditioned” knives. These 2nd hand knives are usually available at a real bargain. This is a good way to get a knife you might otherwise not be able to afford.

Buy the best knife you can afford. It will last forever and you won’t be sorry!

Do any of the more experienced cooks out there disagree with this? Are there other kinds of knives a beginner would find useful?

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