Knives for Your Kitchen
Have you ever given much thought to what knives would make your job in the kitchen more enjoyable each day? Whether you are slicing through a beef tenderloin on your favorite holiday, dicing pineapple, or preparing packed lunches for your kids, owning and knowing how to work with essential kitchen knives is critical to your success in the kitchen.
4 Essential Knives as a Home Chef
Regardless of the size of your kitchen or your personal experience as a home chef, there are four essential knives every home chef should be equipped with.
The Chef’s Knife:
The chef's knife is the go-to tool for more than 90 percent of daily kitchen tasks. This standard knife has a broad blade that spans about 6-10 inches long. It is designed for faster and easier slicing, dicing, chopping, and Julianne. If you can only have one in your collection we recommend the 8’’ Chef’s knife as it’s the perfect size for all cooks. The shorter blades will give you more control for dainty jobs and are sometimes more comfortable for chefs with petite hands, while the longer blades are designed for chopping or slicing larger food products.
The paring knife is short, typically a 3 ½ - 4 inch blade, and gives the cook the control they need to make precise cuts quickly and efficiently. A paring knife is best for slicing and mincing items that are too small for an 8-10 inch blade, such as mincing garlic, hulling strawberries, or peeling fruits and vegetables. A paring knife can also serve as your best friend when preparing citrus garnishes for cocktails.
Serrated knives are most often thought to be used for slicing bread, therefore they are often referred to as bread knives. While a good bread knife is a very useful tool to have in your kitchen arsenal, a smaller serrated knife has multiple uses in the home chef's kitchen. A serrated knife, with an average blade length of 5-6 inches, is especially useful for foods with waxy surfaces, such as tomatoes, pineapples, watermelons, citrus, and peppers. They're also great for cutting cake layers. The jagged edge can grip and penetrate those slippery exteriors, while the flat blade of a chef's knife would slip and slide across the surface. Keep in mind a serrated knife is used for cleanly slicing through items, not for chopping or dicing.
A boning knife is mainly used to trim fat and silver skin off red meat. It is also used to separate the bone from the meat when cutting fish, red meat, and poultry. The pointed tip can assist in peeling and plucking foods while the thin blade can trim and slice with precision. A boning knife should not be used to cut through bones, but rather to cut around bones. A good boning knife will have the flexibility to deftly separate meat from bone as well as slice through joints and cartilage.
Finding the Right Knives for Your Home Kitchen:
At Zelite Infinity, we believe that the right knives can ignite your passion for cooking at home. We’ve focused on design attributes that will make preparing food faster and easier while using less energy in order to make you safe, comfortable and confident in the kitchen. To ensure you are equipping your kitchen with the best chef knives, start shopping here. If you have questions throughout the process, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team and we will happily walk you through the different types of knives, their uses, and whether or not they would make for a great addition to your kitchen.