Here is a list of the most common types of kitchen knives and a description of their uses.
Every home has a kitchen and every kitchen should have a good set of knives. So, we are going to discuss about kitchen knives, the different types available and what makes them special. Knives are usually made of carbon steel which is iron and carbon. Carbon steel knives are inexpensive and very sharp as well. There are knives that are also made of plain stainless steel. Stainless steel knives have lower and higher grade and this affects the set prices.
On the other hand, titanium knives are among the high quality knives available today. They are resistant to wear and more bendable than steel knives. There also the ceramic knife, which is very hard and durable. This is just a summary of the types of knives with regards to the material they are made of. Therefore, if you want to buy a set of knives, you should consider the material it is made of.
Types of Kitchen Knives:
There are many types of kitchen knives available in the market. Each one has a unique characteristic. They are; chef’s knife, paring knife, bread knife, carving knife, slicing knife, steak knife and santoku knife.
Paring Knife: A paring knife is a multi-purpose knife. It is usually 2 to 4 inches long with a sharp and plain edge. It is suited for cutting fruits and vegetables. You can also use it for cutting garnishes, coring apples or removing seeds from hot peppers.
Chef’s Knife: The chef’s knife is large and can cut anything from tomatoes to anions with ease. This is probably one of the most important knives in your kitchen. It can be used to cut almost everything in the kitchen. If you buy a quality chef’s knife, you will use it for a decade or more. The knife is usually 6 – 10 inches long with a plane blade. The blade of the knife is gently curved and wide, which allows you to use it with style. Chef’s knives are best suited for cutting chicken, breaking chicken or turkey bones, and smashing pepper corns.
Steak Knife Set: There are two types of steak knife; plain edge steak knife and serrated steak knife. The serrated steak knives are best suited for tough tasks, while the plain edge steak knife can be used for simple tasks. You can get a set of both types of steak knives because they are very useful in the kitchen. A set of steak knife contains four to nine knives or more. Make sure you look inside to see how many knives are in the pack.
Santoku Knives: They are 5 to 8 inches long with a cleaver-like blade shape. It is used alongside other knives for releasing food after slicing. You can use it for dicing, chopping or mincing meats and vegetables. The blade of a Santoku knife is thinner than that of a chef’s knife.
Slicing knives: As the name implies, slicing knives are suited for slicing. You can use a slicing knife for slicing cuts of meat, hams, fish, pork or barbecued beef. The knife is usually 12 – 15 inches long.
Bread Knife: A bread knife is usually around 8 inches long and comes with both a straight edge and a serrated edge with a triangular tip for cutting through tough bread crust without crushing. A serrated edged knife usually works better than a straight edged knife,
These are some of the most important knives you need to have in your cutlery set in your kitchen.