Did you know kitchen knives are not restricted to just 2 or 3 types?
In fact, there’s a wide variety of kitchen knives each designed for specific purposes. And today, here I’m to brief you about the same. Trust me, using specific knives for specific tasks would make cooking a lot more convenient and fun experience. Let’s get started with-
Chef Knife: https://amzn.to/3hZxAGd
If you were to choose one knife from this entire list then it has to be the chef’s knife. Being one of the most common knives found in every kitchen, you can refer to this knife as a multi-purpose one because it can do a variety of activities including slicing, dicing, chopping, deboning, and filleting.
Utility Knife: https://amzn.to/3oQ1Xjy
Similar to a chef knife, utility knife is used for chopping food like fruits and vegetables that is too small for a chef’s knife. It’s a perfect choice for thinner slicing, trimming, and filleting. Precise chopping makes this knife different from all the other knives.
Peeling Knife: https://amzn.to/2QTaN3F
Peeling off fruits and vegetables is one of the most annoying tasks but with a peeling knife, it would no longer be that annoying. A peeling knife has a short, rigid, and slightly curved blade used to peel thick-skinned vegetables and fruits. The rigid blade and sturdy, ergonomic handles, helps prevent the knife from slipping during peeling work, making the process much safer.
Santoku Knife: https://amzn.to/3flJPea
The word Santoku means “3 Uses” in Japanese, this knife is used for mincing, dicing and slicing. With more of a straight blade, it has small indentations that make it easier for food to slide off. Highly versatile, you can use it for just about anything you’d use a chef’s knife for; both are great all-purpose knives.
Paring Knife: https://amzn.to/3fjaXL1
Paring knife is small in size, but this tiny looking knife can do wonders. If you love making garnishes for your food and drinks, the paring knife is a must-have. It is great for peeling, mincing and detailed cutting of soft-skinned fruits and vegetables.
Nakiri Knife: https://amzn.to/3fRgyHE
Nakiri means vegetable chopper in Japanese. As the name suggests this knife is used to chop vegetables. Its thin, long straight blade with squared tips allows you to cut long vegetables like eggplants and carrots with ease. Perfect choice for slices out of cucumber, bitter gourd, or tomatoes. Also, it can be used to cut fish and meat into thin slices.
Filleting Knife: https://amzn.to/3fM0eaX
If you are a diehard fish eater, then having a filleting knife in your kitchen is a must. This knife has a slim, flexible blade perfect for removing bones without damaging the delicate flesh of the fish. It has a very sharp edge and a finely pointed tip great for all kinds of work involving fish.
Cleaver Knife: https://amzn.to/3vnEQ2p
Slicing of meat and ribs gets a whole lot easier with cleaver knife at home. A cleaver has a rectangular shape and a wide, long blade. It is used for splitting or cleaving meat and bone. Despite its size, it can be used for a number of tasks, such as crushing garlic, chopping vegetables, and slicing meat.
Bread Knife: https://amzn.to/3viQSKi
Designed to cut large chunks of food, bread knives are used for cutting bread, cakes, meat, poultry, and seafood. They are designed in a way that allows you to saw through the bread without pushing down or squishing it. Other than bread, you can use them to cut large melons where straight blades often get stuck, slicing tomatoes, and breaking bars of chocolate into smaller bits.
Boning Knife: https://amzn.to/2SxgyEI
Perfectly cut meat bones and trim cartilage with the boning knife. The pointed tip and slim blade of boning knife make it a great choice for cutting around the bone without ruining the surrounding flesh. It is used for separating meat from the bone, filleting fish, and cutting up meat. Designed to be light, you can count on them to be comfortable and easy to use.
Tomato Knife: https://amzn.to/34i5Ap5
Chopping vegetables with delicate skin is indeed challenging. A tomato knife is specially built for slicing tomatoes without crushing all the juice out of them and it's a long-pointed tip that can be used to transfer fresh slices from the cutting board to your plate. It can also be used for citrus fruits.
Steak Knife: https://amzn.to/3vzPZNP
Steak knives are less for cooking and more for eating. They should be set at the table with any good steak dinner. They are sturdy and sharp so that you can enjoy those expensive steaks, chicken, and fish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the best kitchen knife set in India?
AGARO Stainless Steel Kitchen Knife set is highly recommended.
How often should you replace knives?
A good knife will last for years if managed and maintained well. Blade sharpness and the edge is the most important thing in a knife if sharpening does not help it is the time to replace your knife.
Do knife sharpeners ruin knives?
It is impossible to ruin the knife with knife sharpeners as knives are made of so much metal. If you do the sharpening carefully and occasionally, your knife will just live the same life as it would without a knife sharpener.