How Many Knives in the Kitchen Do I Need?
How many knives you buy for your kitchen depends entirely on what kind of cook you are. Just how far are you prepared to go in the kitchen? Are you a cook happy preparing basic meals, or would you attempt deboning a fish? If you are an adventurous cook then you may need a few extra specialty knives.
It is so easy to get star struck by all those sharp, shiny knives that seem to be everywhere you look. You have seen how your favorite celeb chef chops, slices and dices with lethal looking weapons. He or she wields those kitchen tools like a Samurai and you can’t wait to follow suit. Before you leap in and equip your kitchen with every knife known to cooks, it is best to arm yourself with some sensible information.
It is believed the average cook needs what is known as the ‘core ‘trio or threesome’.
- A serrated bread knife
- A paring knife
- A chef’s knife (many purposes)
If you wanted to expand on your ‘core threesome’ then consider the following knives:
- A smaller chef’s knife
- A second paring knife (share with your partner)
- A boning or fillet knife (choose the one you would use most)
- A thin carving knife (slicing up roast joints)
If you are a dedicated cook who is intent on improving then you would benefit from a basic set of knives:
- All purpose utility knife used for a variety of purposes (5 inches)
- Chef’s knife for cutting, chopping, mincing and dicing (7.8 to 9 inches)
- Paring knife for trimming, peeling and cutting (3 inches)
- Serrated bread knife for tomatoes, cake, bread and fruit
- Cleaver for meat
- Small cleaver for herbs
- Filleting knife for fish (if you don’t buy deboned fish)
Before you go ahead and buy a set of knives be sure you need each knife.
It must be pointed out the market is flooded with kitchen equipment and in particular knives. Of course, knives are essential tools and a cook must have them. Using the correct knife for a specific task makes the cook more efficient and able to produce attractive looking dishes. It seems that because every person who cooks needs knives they are being manufactured at a huge variety of qualities.
It is possible to find knives that are very cheap all the way up to extremely costly kitchen knives. If you are unsure and have a budget then try buying knives that are at least middle-of-the- road regarding cost. However, it is necessary to make sure you are paying for knives that have a quality level equivalent to the cost.