Knives Knives Knives. This is such an important subject and it is absolutely critical that you select the right ones for your kitchen with all the chopping, slicing and dicing that takes place during your culinary adventures. Without the right knives in your kitchen, you will be as humbled as a carpenter without tools. This section is less about the exact knife to buy, although the two choices I have given you are top notch and very reasonably priced, and more about the type of knives you will need to get the job done.
Two knives are all you really need.
The first is the Victorinox 8 inch Chef’s Knife for hard and large vegetables and fruit…think carrots, sweet potatoes, pineapples and the like. The 8 inch Chef’s knife can be used for fine chopping herbs and onions like the chefs do. Check out this video for a quick lesson. : ) .
The other is the Victorinox 5 inch Mini Chef’s Knife for small jobs and fine tuning…think peeling apples, cutting cucumbers , lemons, and celery.
With just these 2 knives you can successfully accomplish any job in the kitchen.
Your knives will stay in good shape when you use a high quality cutting board like the Oxo Good Grip Cutting Boards.
The Victorinox knives are rated as the most popular by users at Amazon. The knives are well balanced, they handle beautifully for cutting through produce & the handle feels great in your hand.
The craftsmanship of the Victorinox can hold up against the more expensive brands like Wusthofs and Heckels and Cutco. While those three are beautiful products their price is sometimes twice that of the Victorinox; that is the value of these wonderful knives…high end quality knives for a super duper great price! I have chosen the Victorinox knives for their high value and they match performance cut for cut in the departments of cutting, chopping, peeling, paring and dicing. You can’t find a better knife at a more affordable pice than these awesome Victorinox knives.
If you have never had quality knives before, you are going to be delighted at the ease with which you can create quality food now. Having great knives is like extending your hands to be creative sculptors of design. And if you are familiar with quality knives you are going to love the value that these knives will offer you. Yayayay! Get these, they are going to make you sooooo happy!
Although the Victorinox knives hold their sharp edges for a long time, you may want to purchase a sharpening steel. This sharpening steel I use all the time. It is affordable and it creates a beautifully sharp edge on both your 8” chef’s knife and your 5” mini chef knife.
See below for a quick explanation and video on how to sharpen your quality knives!
How do I keep my knives sharp?
All quality knives require proper maintenance to keep them in perfect cutting shape. The best of edges will quickly dull if it strikes metal, glass, or Formica. A wooden cutting board makes the best cutting surface. And, if a slip occurs, a proper cutting board is safer for the user. Frequent use of a Victorinox sharpening steel will keep blades in tip top working condition. All straight-edge knives need steeling to keep their edges.
How to “Steel” a Knife
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Steeling a Knife
1. Hold the steel firmly in your left hand with the guard positioned to stop the blade should it slip.
2. Hold the knife in your right hand and place on top part of steel as shown.
3. Raise back of blade one-eighth inch.
4. Now, moving the blade only, draw it across the steel in an arching curve, pivoted at your wrist. The blade tip should leave the steel about two-thirds of the way down.
5. Repeat the same action with the Blade on the bottom side of the steel. Always maintain the same pressure and angle on both sides of the steel.
6. Repeat five or six times.
How should I store my knives?
Safety is the biggest concern of storage, both to the user and to protect the knife’s edge. Choices include a knife magnet, knife block, drawer insets, and also individual knife protectors.
Norpro Magnetic Knife Bar
A great way to keep your knives in order. I like this one because it give you the choice of 12” 18” or 25”. If you are new to food prep and the only quality knives you have are you 5” and 8” knives then the 12 will be plenty big for you. Organization leading to Juicing Longevity.
It all counts, my lovely Health Lovers.
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