The Four Knives Every Kitchen Needs

With the many varieties of knives on the market, it may seem like you need to spend a fortune on a large collection of cutlery for your kitchen.

However, starting out with just four knives will provide you with everything you need to do a lot of cooking.

Chef’s Knife

A chef’s knife is wonderfully versatile, and you can use it for a lot of different jobs like chopping, mincing and butchering. A chef’s knife has a broad, slightly curved blade with a pointed tip and you can use it for 90 percent of your kitchen cutting tasks.

Paring Knife

Paring knives are great for coring apples, deveining shrimp, slicing fruits, peeling garlic and even testing foods for tenderness. Paring knives are usually reasonably priced when compared to other, larger knives, and if maintained properly, they can last just as long.

Serrated Knife

Also known to many as a bread knife, a serrated knife is long and has a row of pointed serrations along its sharp edge. It’s handy for cutting through crusty breads, English muffins, bagels and some tough fruit and vegetable skins.

Slicing Knife

Also known as a carving knife, this knife features a long, straight blade designed to cut through cooked meat in a single stroke. Slicing knives are perfect for cutting through roasts and other large cuts of cooked meat.

What brand of knife is your favorite and why?

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