The chef’s knife is the workhorse of your kitchen. Knowing how to properly use a chef’s knife will make your experience in the kitchen easier, faster, and dare we say, enjoyable.
Watch How to Cut With a Chef’s Knife to learn the proper grip forms for your knife hand and the hand you’ll use to hold the food. Then practice your knife skills by watching How to Cut Onions Without Crying or How to Properly Dice Fruits and Vegetables. The more you practice good knife skills the better you will become, but the first knife skill you need to master is safety.
- Never catch a falling knife. Step back and put your hands up.
- Use a sturdy, non-slip cutting board.
- Set the knife down on the cutting board with the sharp edge facing away from the hand you will pick it up with.
Essential Knife Set
You don’t need the latest kitchen gadgets to be able to cook great meals, but the quality and type of tools that are used in the kitchen can make all the difference in terms of your cooking experience. This basic set will provide you with everything you need to improve your cooking skills.
- Chef’s knife – as mentioned previously, this is the workhorse of your kitchen and one of the most important knives you should have in your kitchen. The blade length should be around 8 inches long.
- Serrated knife – perfect for cutting bread, soft-skinned vegetables or fruit.
- Paring knife – the smallest of the set, it allows for more precision and dexterity when cutting.
- Kitchen shears – the culinary, sharper relative of the scissors will come in handy in more ways than you can imagine. From cutting chicken to opening packages, this is a must-have tool in your set.
- Speed peeler – although fruits and vegetables can be peeled with a paring knife, this tool will make the job ten times easier and safer.