Someone asked me one time what my opinion was on buying knives.
Now, I don’t have any official culinary training, but I do know what I like.
Here’s my advice:
(Feel free to share your opinions/advice in the comment section, as well.)
You should spend the money and buy the best quality knives you can afford.
You don’t need to buy big expensive sets either. (Unless you have the cash or get a very generous gift from someone.) I have listed below the knives I use the most. If I owned a full set, I doubt I would ever use them all.
I happen to have a preference for Henckels because I started my knife collection with that brand and have been very pleased. There are a lot of great brands out there, and the prices are more economical than they used to be.
These are my list of essential knives you should own:
(I bought the Professional S series pictured below.)
The two knives I still want:
6″ Cleaver–for cutting up chunks of meat, whole chickens, or anything with bones. Yeah…it’s pretty much awesome. My husband’s aunt has one and I love to use it when I’m at her house.
Tomato/Utility Knife–I know I don’t really need this, but…..I just want it.
I bought one of these because I was in love with the one my grandma has. I couldn’t be without it. I don’t have counter space for knife storage, so I wanted an option that could work in a drawer. I love it so much.
Of course, you can always go for the traditional knife block–
Or even one of these super cool stainless steel magnetic strips—
Buy a good knife. You won’t ever be sorry.
(all knife and knife block images via zwilling.com)