4 Knife Essentials Every Home Cook Needs In Their Kitchen

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Whether you’re an aspiring Master Chef or a parenting blogger, it’s important to know your way around a kitchen. The first step to being able to prepare an amazing meal is to master your knife skills. A big part of that is having the right knife for the right task in your kitchen. To help you choose between all the great options out there, here’s my guide your kitchen knife essentials.

Tiny taskmaster: The paring knife

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Henckels Classic 4″ Paring Knife, $38.49

As the smallest knife in the kitchen, the compact blade of a paring knife is perfect for tasks that require precision such as trimming, pitting and peeling. These knives are also amazing for creating food masterpieces such as turned mushrooms or avocado roses.

Everyday knife essentials: The bread knife

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ZWILLING® Pro 9″ Bread Knife with ZWILLING 15 Edge, $169.99

Serrated to cut through the crunchy crust and soft interior of a freshly baked loaf of bread, the scalloped bread knife is a kitchen essential. This knife will become your best friend for sandwiches. The serrated bread knife is surprisingly good for soft vegetables like tomatoes as well because you use less force and thus will not crush the vegetable while slicing.

Go-to: The Chef’s knife

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ZWILLING® Pro 9″ Chef Knife, $174.99

Typically used for kitchen prep but also designed to be used for tasks that require more control such as de-boning chicken and mincing onions, the Chef’s knife will become the most versatile knife in your kitchen.

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A personal fave: The utility knife

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Henckels Classic 6″ Utility Knife, $29.99

Used for everyday tasks, the utility knife is a kitchen staple. From prep work to slicing into dessert, you can count on your utility knife to get the job done. Its long thin blade ensures the perfect cut on your meats like brisket, while also working well with poultry and fish.

Rookie tip

When shopping for knife essentials for the first time, try going for a knife set that includes all four type of knives and you will be on the right track to Master Chef status! Here are a few of our favourite knife sets:


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Grayce Yuen

Hailing from Alberta, Grayce is an avid home cook and one busy young professional pursuing her dream in Toronto. She loves toy poodles, succulents and dessert. Follow her on Instagram @MousseTaco to see what she's eating.