Back to Basics: Knowing your Kitchen Knives

As an amateur home cook, splashing out on a range of professional kitchen knives can seem like a rather extravagant and unnecessary expense, so instead we often spend our time in the kitchen making do with cheaper, lower quality...

As an amateur home cook, splashing out on a range of professional kitchen knives can seem like a rather extravagant and unnecessary expense, so instead we often spend our time in the kitchen making do with cheaper, lower quality knives. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the importance of kitchen knives with regards to cooking, and how a few additions to your ‘tool kit’ can help you to achieve your best results in the kitchen, all without blowing your budget.

As you’ll see from our infographic there are a vast number of different knives available, which might seem overwhelming, but really, once you look closely you’ll see that each serves its own unique purpose. Most are even considerately named in relation to the task they perform, which certainly makes life easier! Your job, as the chef, is to pick the one that’s right for you, and for the task you’re performing. For example, a heavy cleaver wouldn’t be the right choice for filleting a delicate fish. And a filleting knife isn’t going to cut you the perfect slice of bread. It’s all about being clever and selecting the right knife for the right job, which will in turn increase your efficiency and skill.

Whether you’re just starting your kitchen knife collection or looking to build on your existing set, it’s important to do your research to make sure you get the best quality product in your price range. A good place to start is with a resource like this Complete Guide to Kitchen Knives, which steps you through the purchase process, as well as how to care for your knife once you get it home. Once you start shopping around, you’ll note that professional brands come in all shapes, sizes and prices, so there really is something out there for everyone.

Having an understanding of the purpose of each knife is the first step towards building your confidence as well as your knife collection, and once you’ve felt the weight and balance of a professional knife in your hand, we promise you’ll never want to turn back!

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