Do you have a dull knife?
Kitchen cutlery truly starts with a sharp set of kitchen knives. When was the last time you took out the old sharpening stone and sharpened your cutlery set? If you're like most people, the answer is never. Surprising today many cooks do not have a true appreciation for a sharp knife. Besides easing your cutting chores, you never know when you'll need a sharp knife.
All good cooks should have a variety of sharp knives available that will handle any task. If you've every tried to cut steak with a butter knife you know what I mean.
Did you know there are knives designed specificially for certain cutting functions? There are meat knives, cheese knives and bread knives. Some of the most common knives are listed below:
The above list contains the most common kitchen knives. But depending on your need there are plently of knives that can be used in and around your kitchen.
Chef's Knife - Also called a cook's knife is the all purpose kife whick can be used for multiple task, including chopping, dicing, mincing and slicing. Available in a variety of sizes, the chef's knife comes in standar lengths ranging 6 to 12 inches. With this knife length matters. Small hand cooks will have more control over shorter blades (6 to 8 inches) while large hand cooks will feel more comfortable using a longer blade knife.
Carving Knife - A knife ideal for carving large roasts and poultry. Standard carving knives range from 8 to 12 inches in length with either a flexible or rigid blade depending on your carving task. Carving knifes are most often sold in sets containing a fork used to hold the meat steady while you carve.
Steak Knife - This knife works a whole lot better than a butter knife when cutting steak. More than just a steak knife, this knife works well at the dinner table helping you cut chicken, pork and fish as well. Standard sizes are 4 to 6 inches.
Paring Knife - A small knife ideal for peeling and coring foods like fruit and vegetables. Standard blades range from 3 to 4 inches.