With the populations lives getting more and more hectic it seems that we are starting to neglect what used to be a part of our everyday routine, like cooking. Some kitchens are barely touched with takeaway delivery sites like Just Eat and Hungry House gaining more and more ground everyday. But it is in fact time to rediscover our culinary skills and dust off our unloved ovens. Time to get back in the kitchen.
One of the most used kitchen utensils is the knife. Now to someone who barely steps foot in a kitchen knives are all the same. These people could be considered as cooking novices. In fact there are knives for almost every purpose in the kitchen and once you know the difference it certainly makes the whole ordeal a lot simpler. If you are under the clueless category when it comes to the different styles of knives then take a look through this guide and once you’re done you’ll be chopping your vegetables as quick as a fully trained chef.
The Chefs Knife
This is perhaps the most common knife found in everyone’s kitchen. Though it is particularly large it is actually used for most common kitchen dinner preparation, whether it is from chopping fruits to dicing meat. The blade is often thick and heavy in order to provide you with enough power to slice effortlessly and can be found in a range of different sizes. Though it is advisable to be cautious when it comes to picking the larger blades as they are often more difficult to control.
The bread knife does exactly what the name states. It is used for slicing or cutting loaves of bread. The serrated edge allows you to cut into the loaf without causing any squashing leaving you with a quick and even slice. Commonly the deeper the serrations the easier it is to cut the loaf.
The cleaver is a butcher’s go to knife. It is used for cutting through meat and bone. Though most of our foods that we find in supermarkets are already packaged you may take a more orthodox approach to cooking and start from scratch. If so then you should definitely have a cleaver in you collection of knives. Alternatively if butchering isn’t exactly your style the thick heavy blade of a cleaver is great for crushing cloves of garlic or seeds.
Though not everyone’s go to food is fish it still remains an important part of our diets. Much like the cleaver however it is not widely used by most kitchen owners due to fish being already packaged in most supermarkets (thanks Birdseye!) however if you wish to prepare your dishes fully then you are going to need a fillet knife, though make sure you know how to fillet a fish in the first place otherwise you could injure yourself.
The machete though still classed, as a knife is uncommon in a kitchen and often found instead as a weapon in an action movie. Never the less it still serves a purpose. In the Caribbean machetes are frequently used as an unorthodox kitchen utensil. They are great for breaking the shells of tropical fruits such as coconuts or pineapples. A highly skilled machete user can even take the top off of a coconut in one go! Though this may be a bit dangerous in your average kitchen so kids don’t try this at home.
Utility knives like the Chef’s knife are found in everyone’s kitchen. This knife is great for beginners because it’s uses are endless. Miscellaneous cutting is what it is known for due to it being available in a range of sizes. Though as a novice you may just find yourself using it to cut large vegetables or even the odd sandwich.
Who said fine cuisine was dead? After reading this you have no excuse other than to be the next best culinary king or queen, at least when it comes to chopping anyway.
Thanks for the post Jacob Carlson from Carlson Knives.