As everyone knows, knives are integral to any kitchen. Having the right knife set will make a big difference in your culinary adventure. Different types of knives are designed for different functions. By using the right one, you will find cooking easier and more enjoyable!
These are four commonly used knives found in the kitchen:
Arguably the most important piece in the set as it acts as a ‘food processor’- slicing, dicing, and mincing practically everything you need. Most chef knives range from 12 – 25 cm on the blade. The ideal chef knife should be as big as you are comfortable with, keeping in mind that a longer knife provides more cutting space. Try out the knife by making a few cutting motions to check that it feels balanced in your hand and the handle is comfortable to hold.
A knife that is typically bigger than a paring knife but smaller than a chef’s knife. It measures at approximately 12 – 15 cm on the blade and can be used for carving, slicing, de-boning and filleting. As suggested by its name, it is considered by most to be the all-purpose knife.
The distinct jagged edge of this knife is meant for cutting food with hard exteriors and soft interiors, which include bread, roast meat and soft fruits like tomatoes. We typically apply the slicing motion when using the serrated knife as it tends to grab and cut the surface easily.