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 to the most essential knives in every kitchen:
Tiny taskmaster: The paring knife
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 essential: The bread knife
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
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
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.
When shopping for knives 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:
- ZWILLING J.A. Henckels 5-Star 7 Piece Knife Block Set – A stunning combination of the world’s most famous blade and best molded handle
- ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Now 6 Piece Wood Knife Block Set – High quality and the best performances in a new generation of knives with strong personality and a fresh touch, celebrating the colours of food and nature for smart gourmet and cooking lovers. Available in Blueberry, Lime, and Grenada
- Henckels International Forged Contour 9 Piece Knife Block Set – This comes with a paring knife, a bread knife, and a chef knife, and is on sale right now for $129.99