Kitchen Knife Tips @ Reward Me

Helpful Kitchen Tips: It’s knife or never

Of all the implements used every day in the kitchen, knives are the most basic yet essential items. There are many brands in the market and investing in a set of quality knives is important to the quality of your chopping.

You don’t have to be a professional chef to appreciate having a good knife to work with.  But a great knife saves time by cutting better and faster and also slices the fruits and veggies well.  A few things to consider when choosing your knife are the weight and quality of the blade.  Don’t buy a set unless you know what function each one would serve.  Use your money wisely and buy a few, good quality ones instead.

Choosing the right knives:

Of all the knives available, these 3 will serve you well.  These workhorses can tackle 90% of all the work in a well-used kitchen.  A general rule of thumb is to keep all knives well sharpened to speed up work and extend their life.  Be cautious so as to avoid injuries.

Paring Knife:

A small utility knife useful for peeling and vegetables and fruits.  These are versatile and can be used to cut through sweet potatoes and even slice them.  It works well in removing skins from thin skinned fruits like apples and vegetables like potatoes and tomatoes.  It is handy for deveining shrimp and even chillies.  Keep the blade well sharpened as it will help to make clean cuts.  This is a must-have item in every kitchen.

The Chef’s knife – 9-1/4” Blade:

This knife is absolutely handy for chopping, slicing and dicing vegetables.  It can be used for mincing, slicing through large cuts of meat, fish and even poultry.  Perfect for julienned vegetables and smashing garlic.


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Serrated/Bread Knife:

This knife might look wicked with all the teeth, but is one of the most useful tools to have.  Of course, its main job is to slice bread evenly without too many crumbs and the bread losing shape.  Serrated knives are great for cutting through juicy vegetables like tomatoes.  Use this knife to cut through fruits like peaches and nectarines.  How about cutting through chocolate without making a mess? Serrated knives come in handy when one has to cut watermelons, honeydew melons or canteloupes. 

Other Knives to collect:

Other knives to add to your collection will depend on your cooking needs and lifestyle.  It would be good to invest in the following ones too.

  • All purpose knife (5 inches) – can be used for all kinds of chopping.  It is a good first choice.
  • Meat cleaver: This is used mostly to cut meats and deal with bones like lamb chops or whole chicken. 
  • Filleting knife: This is mainly used to fillet fish and occasionally poultry. Not a necessity but worth having.
  • Carving knife:  Good tool for slicing thin cuts of meat and of course, carving turkey and chicken.
  • Knife sharpener:  An essential item for every kitchen.  Invest in a good sharpening tool and knife set.  This will prolong the life of your knives too.

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