When you set up your kitchen, you go through the list of things you need to have to make it functional—dishes, pots and pans, and cutlery top the list, but what about knives? Kitchen knives are an important tool in your kitchen, and there are many different types of kitchen knives you can choose to help you slice, dice, and serve.
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Kitchen Knife Sets
Kitchen Blocks and Storage
In a kitchen, cooking begins with knives and there is a knife for every task. When you use a knife designed for whatever you’re cutting, food prep becomes quick and easy.
Kitchen knife sets
You don’t need to choose individual knives when you have a kitchen knife set on your counter. You can find kitchen knife sets from brands like Cuisinart and Zwilling, and they are available in varying sizes including 2-4 knives, 5-7 knives, up to 21 knives.
You can choose a kitchen knifeset with every type of knife you’ll need including chef’s knives, utility knives, and bread knives. The knives are stored in a butcher block that keeps them ready to pick up when you need to slice or chop.
Here are just a few kitchen knives you can choose.
Chef’s knife for chopping, slicing, and dicing
If you’re chopping celery, carrots, or dicing onions up into tiny pieces, you may like a one-size-fits-all chef’s knife. Known as the workhorse of the kitchen, a chef’s knife will be one of the most versatile knives you own. It typically has an 8” long blade that’s 1.5” wide.
A chef’s knife is available with French or German blades. You can tell the difference between the two types of blades just by looking at them. With a French blade, you’ll get a continuous curve all along the entire edge of the knife. With a German blade, you get a straighter cutting edge that curves at the tip. The type of chef’s knife you choose depends on how you prefer to cut your food. Chef’s knives are available from brands like JA Henckels, Wustof, and more.
When you want to slice meat, fruit, or vegetables, a utility knife will be your best friend. It comes with a straight-edged or serrated blade that usually measures between 4” and 7” long. You’ll get the most use out of this knife when you’re performing tasks like slicing up stew meat or cutting fruit.
There’s nothing as amazing as the smell of fresh bread. You’re going to want to slice it up and eat it right away, but if you tried to do so with a knife other than a bread knife you would end up with a crumbly mess. A bread knife has either a straight or curved blade, and it has ridges designed specifically to slice straight through the crusty edge and melt right through the interior so you get the perfect slice of bread every time.
When you put effort into cooking a big family meal like turkey, roast beef, or ham, you’re going to want to make sure you cut the meat up into thin, even strips. That type of thin-slicing calls for a carving knife. It has a distinctive style with a long, thin blade, and it lets you carve up meat like a pro.
Paring knife for peeling vegetables
When it comes to peeling potatoes or taking the skin off an apple, nothing is faster than a paring knife. Paring knives are small, with blades that are typically 3” to 5” long, and have an arch so they are great for peeling round fruits and vegetables. You can also use the sharp tip to core apples, green peppers, or tomatoes.
Steak knives to put on the table with your meal
Most knives are for preparing your food, but steak knives are handy to put beside your place settings when you serve a meal like steak, chicken, or pork. Steak knives usually come in packs so you can pick up a set and serve more than one person at a time, and the blade is generally 4” to 6” long.
Kitchen shears are a versatile food prep tool. They cut quickly through different types of meats, vegetables, or herbs. Some types of kitchen shears have a notched blade that makes cutting through poultry bones easy. When choosing kitchen shears look for a non-slip handle so you don’t struggle if your hands are wet. Some types of kitchen shears are dishwasher safe or have blades you can separate for easy clean-up.
When you want to keep your knives and kitchen shears sharp, a kitchen sharpener is a must. You can choose from a few different types of kitchen sharpeners.
Sharpening steel, also known as a honing tool, sharpens your knives when you drag the blade over the steel. If you sharpen your knives regularly with your steel they’ll always be sharp and ready to cut.
A sharpening stone is a stone made from materials like aluminum oxide. It has a fine grit surface, and as you drag your blade back and forth across the stone it will eliminate burrs on your knife’s edges.
When you want to sharpen your kitchen scissors or another type of scissors, a scissor sharpener is a great tool to have. You can drag the blade of your kitchen scissors across the sharpener and it will revive a dull blade and remove any edges that dull your shears.
Electric knife sharpener
An electric knife sharpener is a sharpener powered by electricity. You can plug it in and pull your knife through the gap of the sharpener. Without any effort on your part, the knife sharpener will revive a dull blade and ensure your knife is sharp and ready to slice.
Kitchen blocks and storage
There are quite a few different types of storage options you can choose for your knives. Kitchen blocks are generally made from wood or plastic and have slots for your kitchen knives. There are also magnetic strip knife holders you can mount on your wall or in-drawer knife holders that you can stash away in your kitchen drawers.
Take the next step
When you break down knives into their specific tasks, it becomes simple to pick and choose which knives will work for you and for your kitchen. You can find a wide selection of kitchen knives at Best Buy.