Cutting, slicing, dicing and carving – all these functions of cooking are made easier when you have the right knife. After all, we’ve gotten used to eating good-looking food, and the wrong knife just might make that dish you slaved over look unappetising.
Here’s a list of knifes you need to equip your kitchen with, whether you’re a masterchef or not.
Used for: Meat, vegetables
A staple in any serious cook’s knife stand, the chef’s knife is anywhere between six inches to 14 inches long and curves at the tip. Perfect for everyday cooking, it’s versatile enough to slice through meat, but will also help you neatly slice and dice vegetables.
Serrated Utility Knife
Used for: Fruits, vegetables, some breads
It looks like bread knife because of its wavy edge but this one’s much sharper. Great when used on ingredients that are soft, but with a tough outer skin, like bagels or even tomatoes, the knife also comes in handy to cut through delicate fruits and vegetables. When chopping, the teeth create a pressure on the object to be cut, making it that much easier to slice through.
Used for: Fruits, vegetables
If you’re looking for precision while trimming or peeling any ingredient, this should be your go-to knife. It’s small and sharp and dead easy to use.
Used for: Meats
It looks just like a chef’s knife, except it’s thinner and longer. This makes it perfect for creating neat and clean cuts, especially when slicing meats.
Used for: Herbs
If you’ve watched Nigella Lawson or Jamie Oliver’s cooking shows, you will have seen them use a crescent moon-shaped knife to finely chop herbs. This is the mincing knife that will help you quickly and finely chop everything from coriander and methi to fancier herbs like basil and rosemary. It can also be used to chop some vegetables in an emergency.
Used for: Breads
A cousin of the serrated knife, this one is used specially for breads. Its separated grooves create a specific kind of pressure that makes it easy to slice though both hard and soft breads without causing major damage to it.
Used for: Creating patterns on vegetables
If you want to add a flair to the carrots or cucumbers you plan to add to your salad or fruits you plan to use as garnish, invest in a decorating knife. This knife comes with a simple pattern in the blade that allows you to make zigzags and scallops on fruits and vegetables.
Used for: Cheeses
If you’re the wine-and-cheese type, this knife is a good investment. Again, it comes in two styles, one with holes running down the length of the blade and the other without them. The former can be used to slice into softer cheeses like Brie and Camembert while the latter can be used on harder cheeses like Cheddar and Gouda. The knife is also designed with a forked tip to make it easy to pick up the pieces.
Used for: Tomatoes
Like the cheese knife, this one has a super special function – to slice those tomatoes. The knife comes with a serrated edge that makes it easy to slice through the fruit (yes, the tomato is a fruit). It can also be used to cut other citrus fruits. Again, like the cheese knife, this too has a forked tip, to help pick up the slices.
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