So, I’ve put together a little post on a few tips that will help keep you sharp on your knife skills.
I don’t think it’s necessary for any of us to have a ton of knives in our kitchens. You can do so much with 3 knives.
A chef’s knife.
A paring Knife.
A Serrated bread knife (if you eat bread) OR a fillet knife (if you eat lots of fish) OR a steak knife (if you eat poultry and meats).
A knife is made up of 4 parts: The tang, the bolster, the handle and the blade. Most blades are made from stainless steel, high-carbon steel, carbon steel or ceramic. Metal blades can be either forged or stamped. Forged means it’s molded from high heat and are used for heftier jobs and tend to last a bit longer. Stamped means it’s pressed out of metal and is better used for lighter work such as filleting a fish.
Tang: This is the area that extends into the handle and is the ‘curve’ at the end of the handle.
Bolster: This is the thick ridge between the handle and the blade; it’s rare on stamped knives and standard on forged knives.
Handle: This can be made from rubber, metal, wood or plastic. I prefer non-wood handles because they are more durable. The handle can be molded around the blade or riveted to the blade. I always tell my clients to ‘feel’ and ‘hold’ the handle of knives before they purchase them to make sure they are comfortable to use. Ordering online can be tough because you can’t get a ‘feel’ for the grip.
Blade: This is the sharp area used for cutting, chopping, slicing, etc.
4 Types of Knives: Stainless Steel, High-Carbon Steel, Carbon Steel and Ceramic Knifes.
Stainless Steel: Inexpensive and can’t be sharpened when they loose their ‘sharpness’
High-Carbon Steel: Most professional knives are High-Carbon Steel, which allows you to sharpen the blade without discoloration.
Carbon Steel: These knives hold their sharp edges well but need to be cleaned and dried often. They will eventually turn black over time and discolor.
Ceramic: These knives stay quite sharp but they may be broken if not handled with care. These are my favorite type of knives!
Caring For Knives: Never put your knives in the dishwasher. I learned this living with my cousins in LA years ago. Dishwashers dull the edges of knives and make them wear much faster than if you hand wash them.
Sharpening Knives: A professional sharpener can be purchased at most stores or online for less than $10 and can be used twice a year to sharpen your knives- which will make cutting, chopping and dicing much MUCH easier.
See, what wasn’t so bad.
Easier than you thought, right?