Buying a Set of Quality Kitchen Knives
A set of kitchen knives is probably one of the most important tools for a home chef, not only that personally I find using a razor-sharp, well-balanced kitchen knife really therapeutic, and after a hard days work I actually love unwinding in my kitchen preparing an evening meal and drinking a couple of glasses of a nice red wine, make sure you watch what you’re doing with that knife though, we don’t want any missing fingers!
There are two ways of buying kitchen knives, you can either get yourself a complete set usually stored in their own knife block or you can buy each knife separately, either way is good.
If you buy a knife block set you get pretty much every knife you are going to need for preparing food and a few more that won’t see the light of day, the pros to buying a set are that you are good to go with all your required tools, the downside as mentioned is that you could have a set with a lot of knives that aren’t used. Another problem in buying a big set of knives is that unless you are paying hundreds of dollars your knife set is likely to be poor to middling in quality. My advice on this is to check out consumer reviews on various knife sets, look for the ones that are maybe the end of line or discounted so that you get a good price. And remember that quite often you get what you pay for so you might have to pay out a large chunk of cash now but in the long run a good set of kitchen knives should last a very long time, so we’re talking an investment here.
So the other way is to buy one or two knives at a time, a really good chef knife will handle many jobs and combined with a paring knife you should be able to prepare most ingredients.
This is the method I chose but the only problem was I threw out all my old cheap knives and just had the two quality knives, now I had to use my chef knife to cut a loaf of bread and carve a turkey and really I should have hung on to my old knives to do these sort of jobs. So my suggestion is to make sure you keep your old knives or if you are starting afresh, get one or two high-quality knives and then a few cheap ones like a bread knife until you can replace them with something superior.
So to conclude always check out the reviews from consumers first before buying. Look out for deep discounts especially on some of the online stores, also look out for ‘ends of line’ sales usually the new line is just a change in aesthetic design and nothing to do with the function of the knives.
You’re looking for quality brands such as Wusthof, Henckels and Calphalon, the sharpness of the knives and how long they retain their cutting edge are two of the most important factors to consider. Last up, once you have a set of good quality tools make sure that you find the time to learn how to use them correctly, not only will this make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable it will protect your knives from misuse.
Use your kitchen scissors. Right now you probably only use your kitchen scissors for opening packaging and bags of milk. But next time you’re trimming fat from a roast, opening pitas or cutting chicken into strips, consider using your scissors! Chefs use them all the time for cutting meats and other food items. It’s probably best to have a pair that are designated as food scissors only. And be sure you clean them very well after each use because they do have crevices where bacteria can hide.
Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set with Block and In-Block Sharpener Review
The Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set with Block and In-Block Sharpener provides a complete cutlery solution for your kitchen, especially with its wide variety of blades in different shapes and sizes. The block product included in the cutlery package can help keep your knives away from children and protect these utensils from the usual wear and tear.
Each knife in the Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set is composed of high-carbon stainless steel material that is both stain and rust-resistant. Given a proper maintenance, you can actually enjoy these kitchen tools for a long time.
The in-block sharpener featured in this product allows you to conveniently maintain your cutlery set in their mint condition, so they don’t cause any accidents in the kitchen. Well maintained cutlery blades are also essential for quickly and easily completing your kitchen work, which helps you save time and make you more productive.
The Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set is made of full metal tang, from the tip of the blade down to the tip of the handle. This is an essential feature for a balanced and durable cutlery set.
- The in-block sharpener is embedded with Taper Grind technology, which gives users an excellent blade sharpener that can be used for precise cutting
- Enhanced bolster that can keep your fingers from sliding up to the blade
- High carbon stainless steel blades and stainless steel handles that are both rustproof and stain-resistant.
- Full metal materials, from the end of the blade to the end of the knives handle, which makes it durable and easier to control.
Materials: The high carbon stainless steel material that is used to create this cutlery set features essential protective functions for the entire set. It is rust-resistant and stain-resistant, which are essential features of kitchen tools that are made of steel. Kitchen tools that are not resistant to rust can wear out easily, and may even contaminate food during preparation. With the Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife set, you don’t have to worry about these problems.
Maintenance: Added features like its block and in-block sharpener makes it easy to store and maintain the sharpness of the knives. Everything you need to keep a functional cutlery set is packaged in this single product, so you don’t have to buy them separately. The block and in block sharpener is easy to maintain and use.
Variety: The Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set includes 18 different knives, which are just about everything you need for numerous cooking styles at home. This means you don’t need to buy a different piece of cutlery for various purposes.
Price: The Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set is a bit more expensive than other cutlery packages. The materials used to produce the Chicago Cutlery set are made to last for a long time. These are highly durable and rustproof materials, and it includes added features like its blade sharpener and knife-block that you can’t get with cheaper cutlery sets.
The Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set is definitely worth your money. Although this product is quite expensive when compared against average cutlery sets, this product is built to last for a long time, and this makes the Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set a good investment.