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  • 3 Great Reasons To Invest In High Quality Kitchen Knives

    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!

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  • A Quick Guide to Choosing Kitchen Knives

    Knives are probably the most important kitchen utensil, and as such, you’ll usually wind up spending quite a bit of money on them.

    For this reason, it’s crucially important that you make sure that you buy knives that are of a good quality, but that are also going to do what you need them to.

    With that in mind, we’re going to run through some of the most popular types of kitchen knives, some of which are essentials, and others which are more specialist luxuries.

    The Essentials

    Chef’s Knife

    The chef’s knife is the cornerstone of any knife collection and will handle the majority of general preparation tasks, from chopping vegetables and herbs to larger jobs such as cuts of meat or even hard veg like butternut squash.

    They’re a great multi-purpose knife and are usually available in a wide range of sizes so that you can find one which really suits your hand.

    The advice from KitchenKnives.co.uk is that: “Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, and you’ll ultimately want one which has a bit of weight about it, but that still sits nicely in your hand, and has a nice balance to it.”

    If there’s one knife we recommend spending that little bit extra on, it’s this one, because it’s definitely the one which you’ll be using the most.

     

    Vegetable Knife

    Also known as a paring knife, these knives are much smaller than a chef’s knife, and are usually used for the small, tricky tasks which are done in your hand, rather than on a board.

    These include deveining prawns, seeding chillies, coring fruit, and many other fruit and veg tasks which can get a little bit fiddly.

     

    Bread Knife

    As the name suggests, these knives are used for slicing bread, and also for cakes too. They have a serrated edge and a long blade which allows them to easily slice through bread without squashing the crumb. You can also use this as an alternative to a carving knife if you’d rather not own both.

     

    Tomato Knife

    These small, serrated knives, are mainly used for peeling citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons, although as their name suggests, they’re also capable of general vegetable prep, such as thinly slicing tomatoes.

     

    Specialist Knives

    Filleting Knife

    If you want to fillet your own fish, we recommend buying a specialist filleting knife. These knives have a flexible blade, which helps with the delicate motions needed to successful fillet a fish and remove its skin.

    Filleting can be tricky, so if you need a bit of a hand, check out this article from wikiHow for some tips.

     

    Boning Knife

    If you want to take things a little bit further, and do some DIY butchery, you’ll want a boning knife at home.

    These narrow knives are shaped a bit like a dagger, and are designed for cutting through ligaments, and removing bones without damaging the meat.

     

    Carving Knife

    Carving knives and forks aren’t used anywhere near as much as they used to be, but they can still serve a purpose, especially if you still enjoy a good old traditional roast on a Sunday.

    The knife blade is designed to be very fine and sharp to ensure that you get nice even slices of meat when carving.

     

    Santoku Knife

    Japanese knives are becoming more popular in Western kitchens, and you don’t need to eat lots of Asian food for one to be useful.

    They have a blunt end, and are designed to be used for slicing, dicing and chopping, with small holes or dimples on the blade to help release food once it’s been cut.

    For a more detailed run on the Santoku knife and its purpose, check out this post from The Spruce.

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