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Kitchen Knife Sets - Why Most Of Them Are Useless
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Kitchen Knife Sets  -  Why Most Of Them Are Useless

There are a lot of kitchen knife sets out there on the market and so many people fall for the idea that they need a set of about 30 different knives if they want to be able to produce good food in their kitchen. This is completely the wrong idea to have. Many chefs will tell you that you really only need about 3 - 5 knives maximum. People often spend a few hundred dollars or more on kitchen knife sets that have a whole set of steak knives, cheese knives, knives specifically for cutting apples etc.

Anyone who has worked in a real kitchen thinks that this is hilarious. Any chef will tell you that you are better off spending some good money on one or two quality knives that actual work as opposed to 30 different knives that have ridiculous blades and handles that fall off after a moth.

If you don't want to spend too much, start with one really good quality knife - this should cost you about $100. You can spend more if you wish and of course the quality goes up with the price.

You are looking for a good solid chefs knife- something about 8-10 inches. Something solid.

A good quality knife needs to have a full tang - this is the bit of steel that runs right through to the end of the handle. It should be well balanced which means you should be able to balance the knife in the middle of the handle on your finger easily.

The next thing you need to buy is a good quality steel - for sharpening. It is no good having a great knife and a crappy steel. Spend money on a good quality steel. A bad steel can damage your knife, as the knife will grind the steel down and blunten the blade.

This is all you really need to start out.

If you want to get a bit more adventurous you can broaden out a bit and get a pairing knife, a bread knife and a utility knife. This is where you would start looking at kitchen knife sets. But make sure you look for quality - not quantity. A pairing knife is usually a much smaller knife with smaller curved blade. It is usually about 3.5 inches long and used for smaller more delicate work in the kitchen. A bread knife is kind of essential if you are slicing bread and it also may be used for tomatoes or citrus fruit if you don't have another knife that has a serrated blade. You may also find that a set of kitchen shears and a filleting or boning knife are also beneficial. A good quality set like this, with about 5 knives, is worth the investment as it will last you a very long time.

Kitchen knife sets do not need to have 18 different knives. In fact sets like these are often a waste of money as you are better of investing in a few good quality knives.


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