In today’s world there are so many choices when deciding how to outfit your kitchen with the ideal hardware to get your cooking done. Walk in to any home care centre and you will be faced with hundreds of choices – blenders, chopping machines, grinders – the list goes on and on. Knives are the easiest way to prepare your food and there are three essentials one must have in their kitchen: a chef’s knife, a paring knife and a serrated edge knife.
The chef’s knife is your go-to knife. Some even call it the knives of all knives. This knife can do everything – from finely dicing onion, to carving a chicken, and quickly chopping everything else in between – the chef’s knife is top notch.
Chef’s knives come in all sizes, but the ideal and most sought after size is eight inches in length. This is a good size to do everything mentioned above, while not worrying that the blade is too big. If you are anything like me, you will just chop/cut/slice your food using one way. The correct way to actually use a chef’s knife is by rocking it back and forth, or by holding the blade and chopping your vegetables.
The paring knife is ideal for fruits and vegetables that are otherwise too small to cut with a chef’s knife. Some common uses for a paring knife are coring an apple, peeling fruit, or chopping small amounts of vegetables.
Similar to the versatility of the chef’s knife except smaller, the paring knife is better at cutting or coring smaller food items. Paring knives work to slice, peel thin and thick skins, and intricately work with smaller foods. The average size of a pairing knife is two to four inches long.
Serrated Edge Knife
Have you ever tried cutting bread using a regular knife? If you have then you know that you have most likely mangled the bread beyond the point of recognition. Serrated edge knifes have a jagged edge, used to cut food such as bread or other food items that have a harder shell and softer middle.
With the serrated edge knife you will notice that you won’t receive as clean of a cut as you would a chef’s knife or paring knife, however it will cut through a loaf of bread or cake much quicker than either of the previously mentioned knifes.
Despite the abundance of choices of knives, the three essentials you need in your kitchen are the chef’s knife, the paring knife and the serrated edge knife. These three knives will power through all kitchen prep and cooking needs you may have. You may often favour one over the other, however all three will come in use.