When it comes to cooking up magic in the kitchen, there’s inevitably one tool (or set of) which every foodie needs; a fantastic set of kitchen knives.
There’s often a lot of confusion surrounding knives, however. To many, you can simply head to the supermarket and pick up a knife set for £30 or so. To others, this is like committing a crime.
With that in mind, we thought we’d put the debate to bed once and for all and outline just why you need to be investing in high quality kitchen knives.
Quality Knives Last A Lifetime
First things first, it’s important to understand that you really do get what you pay for when it comes to knives. We caught up with Kitchen Knives who told us, “A high quality kitchen knife set really should last a lifetime. So long as the knives are looked after, sharpened regularly and kept in good condition, you won’t need to replace for many years to come.”
There you have it. Quality knives really are better!
It comes down to more than just that, though. When you invest in a quality knife set, you’re paying for better materials. Typically, stronger metals which will last longer and won’t go blunt as quick. Paired with a sharpener and you’re onto a winner.
This, however, leads us really nicely onto the next point…
Quality Knives Stay Sharper For Longer
Have you ever tried cutting with a blunt knife blade? Difficult, isn’t it!
Believe it or not, it’s actually safer to cook with a sharper blade as it’ll cut through foods easier and one thing for sure is that quality knives will stay sharper for longer as well as being easier to sharpen. Again, ensure you’ve got a quality sharpener, however so long as you regularly keep them in top condition, never again will you need to struggle to cut through meats or veg.
Of course, there really isn’t just one knife for everything, despite what many think.
The Right Tools For The Job
You need to ensure you’ve got the right tools for the job and when it comes to knives that typically means a set which includes a paring knife, bread knife, carving knife, cleaver, boning knife filleting knife and a general utility knife.
Sounds a lot, doesn’t it?
Cheaper knife sets typically don’t include everything you need and whilst you certainly can go for smaller knife block sets, you need to consider carefully which knives you’re going to need.
This article from Good Housekeeping does a great job of outline which knives you’ll need!
At the end of the day, don’t be tempted to go for a cheaper knife set. In the long run, you’ll regret it. You’ll end up struggling to cut in the kitchen, which in itself can be a safety risk, and find you don’t have the right tools for the job.
Yes, it may cost more to invest in a quality set of knives, but ultimately you’re making a long-term investment. Knives should last a lifetime and if you buy the right set early on, you’ll get years of use out of them.
Just be sure to look after them and you’ll be onto a winner; we guarantee that!