It’s that time of the year when I call friends and family for Thanksgiving. Having roasted my turkey, I would not want to end up with a botched bird just because am using the wrong kitchen knife. Over the years, I have learnt that a great kitchen knife makes all the difference when slicing a turkey. What’s more, when it comes to dicing, chopping or mincing, a great kitchen knife makes the job effortless. The art of cooking naturally becomes more of a hobby than a chore. Reading a lot of best kitchen knives set reviews could sharpen one’s knowledge about kitchen knives. However, acquainting yourself with some kitchen basics will not hurt.
A well-resourced kitchen ought to have four types of kitchen knives. I have stocked my kitchen with a chef knife (8 inches long), a utility knife, a paring knife and a slicer. Generally, a chef’s knife is the workhorse of the kitchen as it is used to slice, chop, and dice various kinds of foods. I use this one when slicing my turkey. A utility knife, on the other hand, may be used in place of a chef knife. Though slightly smaller, you will be surprised that a utility knife will work just as well as the workhorse of the kitchen (a chef knife).
A paring knife is ideal for peeling fruits. It’s about 4 inches long and pretty lightweight. A slicer is moderately longer and thinner. This one is perfect for cutting cooked meat. As such, I sometimes use it when slicing my turkey. Note that when buying a kitchen knife, you should not look at the price but how it feels in your hand. A while ago I used to compare prices and pick then cheapest knife. Only with time I have realized the best way to pick a great knife is by first getting a feel of the knife rather than worrying about the price. This way, I get to narrow down to what I really, need and want.