As a novice cooker, you may have no idea on how to cut the food into the way you want and don't know which knife to use to handle the corresponding ingredients. You may not be able to choose from a variety of kitchen knives. If you're equipping your kitchen and wondering "what kitchen knives do I need?" You’ve come to the right place. Most people don’t even realize that using the proper knife can actually improve your meal preparation and cooking.
Four Essential Knives for a Basic Kitchen
If you are not professionals in kitchen knives, you don’t need to have a complete knife sets which will make you difficult to choose the right one. Having a complete kitchen knife set can make cooking easier and more enjoyable, but are unnecessary. There are only 4 knives that are crucial in a kitchen: a chef's knife, a serrated knife, a boning knife, and a paring knife.
Then, I’ll tell you why it’s enough for have these 4 knives.
The best kitchenware will not constrain your inspiration and ideas for cooking. if you are a cooking beginner, we thought, minimalism is a better choice.
#1 The first must-have knife in your kitchen is chef’s knife
When you come back home after work, like to try a new recipe for a dinner by yourself.
When it’s on weekends, like to hold a party to entertainment your friends and family.
When you face piles of ingredients (vegetables, meat etc.), at this time, you definitely need to have a chef’s knife.
A quality chef's knife is the most essential knife in your collection which can handle 90% of daily kitchen tasks, including most chopping, slicing, mincing, cutting, and dicing of fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish. You see, it’s enough for entertainment, you can use chef’s knife to make colorful and various dishes as a main course.
As an all-purpose utility knife, chef’s knife is often a choice for the first knife as it can do many tasks.
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Of course, chef’s knife can’t do everything, we can’t butcher or carve poultry, and remove the skin of large vegetables such as butternut squash with chef’s knife. its wide size and length make it unwieldy for tasks better suited to a smaller knife. Small tasks can be done with a knife more suited for smaller tasks which is paring knife. that’s the second must-have knife in your kitchen.
#2 The second must-have knife in your kitchen is paring knife
As you can see, the paring knife is just to deal with tasks that the chef knife leave off. when you hold a party, except for main course, you also need to prepare snacks like juice, fruits, vegetables salad and so on.at this time, a paring knife is the best choice. Paring knife 's a great tool for any ingredients that require an attention to detail, it can be used for peeling, cutting, and trimming small items of food that you hold in the hand (such as trimming small potatoes).
The Paring Knives are great for precision and accurate tasks, at the same time, you should avoid cut through hard and tough vegetables like carrots with this knife.
If one of your friends or families is bread lovers ，you have to prepare some loaves of bread to amuse them ,at this time ,you need this third must-have knife -bread knife.
#3 The third must-have knife in your kitchen is bread knives
Bread knives are also called serrated knives which featured with serrated blade to ensure no tearing or squishing when cutting through soft, fresh loaves of bread.
It’s usually used for bread, cake, fruit, and tomatoes. it’s especially good for ingredients with waxy or slippery surfaces , such as pineapples and watermelons.
notice: bread knife can only be used for slicing, can’t be used for chopping instead.
It’s wide blade make it cutting smaller fruits and vegetables less effectively, so save that for your Paring Knife.
If you are going to make fish/chicken/ poultry, we may recommend you to have one boning knife.
#4 The fourth must-have knife in your kitchen is boning knife
As we can see from the name,a boning knife is the best blade for boning fish, meat, or poultry . the boning knife can take on almost any job not suited to the straight blade of a chef's knife.it doesn’t mean it can cut though bones directly, but it can cut around bones to separate the meat from the bones.in a other word , the boning knife can move more flexible around the food with bones.
After reading this article, I believe you have some idea about what knives set to buy. Here are some advices on how to buy kitchen knives:
- Notice the material of blade, there are many types of steel, such as stainless steel, carbon steel, high carbon stainless steel, Damascus steel.
- Now, Damascus knife is the most popular knives in the kitchen with it’s nice-looking surface and affordable price and quality.
- Pay attention to the balance of the knife. Quality knives featured good balance with not too much weight either in the blade or the handle, balanced knife makes any cutting action easier and requires less effort.
- Note the handle. good handle should be ergonomically and non-slippery to make you feel comfortable and save when you hold it.
- Focus more on quality, rather than brand. Not all kitchen knives are equal – often a fashionable brand can be found selling poor quality knives at a high price, while it is possible to find better quality set with affordable price with a lesser known brand.