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You have a few options when it comes to how to begin expanding your kitchen knife collection. You might begin assembling it piece by piece, buying each knife separately. This has the advantage of letting you gradually determine your tastes and the precise kinds of knives you require.
However, this can be time- and money-consuming, in addition to being rather expensive. The ideal option to buy multiple kitchen knives at once is to buy a set of kitchen knives, which is what some home cooks prefer to do.
To meet any need that might occur in the kitchen, kitchen knife sets often include a variety of various knife styles. The kitchen knife set you choose might include some incredibly particular specialty knives, or it might only include the fundamentals, depending on its size. Of course, there is debate on what the basics are. We'll discuss that in more detail later.
There are a few benefits to buying a kitchen knife set as opposed to adding knives to your collection one at a time. The cost is the biggest benefit. Knives are typically more expensive when purchased separately, but sets of knives are typically less expensive.
Another benefit worth mentioning is the ease with which a variety of various knife types may be swiftly assembled. You don't realize how much you need a paring knife until you are faced with a task that calls specifically for one. If you choose the one-by-one approach, you would then need to halt your plans and buy a paring knife or just use a different, less-ideal knife for the situation. Both possibilities are flawed.
Another benefit of buying a kitchen knife set is that the knives are typically all from the same series, which means they have a distinct aesthetic identity that may seem a little goofy. This ensures that your knives complement one another rather than simply seeming like they were thrown together at random.
Last but not least, some kitchen knife sets have ornate storage blocks, turning them into stunning display pieces for your kitchen counter.
It's important to note that there are kitchen knife sets designed specifically for a particular kind of knife. For example, you may get a 5-knife steak knife set, which will delight every dinner guest at your house. Or you can purchase a kitchen knife set that only includes paring knives.
The chef's knife, the paring knife, the serrated bread knife, the utility knife, and occasionally the santoku knife are the most frequent types of knives included in kitchen knife sets that claim to have a selection of different sorts of blades.
However, if you ask around, you'll find those who believe that a set of kitchen knives should include kitchen shears. There are numerous viewpoints on this specific topic.
When choosing your kitchen knife set, there are several things to consider. Let's look at some of the essential requirements.
This relates to what we just talked about. For the upcoming time you invite guests over for a great steak, are you purchasing a set of steak knives? Or do you want a well-rounded collection of kitchen knives that will enable you to handle any cooking chore that arises in your kitchen? Do you require a set with kitchen shears included? Do you require BBQ utensils? Etc.
Naturally, there is no right or wrong response in this case. You must determine these things for yourself because it all depends on your needs and wants as a chef.
Do you desire a set of knives that you can display in a classy knife block? Or is that actually not that big of a deal? Because they transform your kitchen blades into a decorative item, knife blocks are fantastic. Additionally, they make it incredibly simple to rapidly reach your blades; rather than fumbling through drawers, just slip them out of the knife block.
When it comes to knife blocks, counter space is frequently an issue, which makes sense. You must make the most of every square inch of counter space if you live in an apartment with a small kitchen. Fortunately, there are several knife blocks that are simple to fold up and store away.
Since I've started to consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of kitchen knives, I've come to realize that nothing contributes more to the overall quality of a kitchen knife than the material from which it is built. I switched from believing that all knives were made of "pretty much the same thing" to searching the internet for details on how various kinds of steel interact with one another.
The best knives are those made of stainless steel, which are frequently seen in kitchen knife sets. They are simple to maintain and sharpen with ease. Stainless steel, however, tends to lose its edge a little more quickly than other materials, which is why it's critical to learn how to sharpen your knives. However, every material has its limitations.
Every type of kitchen knife has a preferred height. For example, paring knives range in length from 3 to 4 inches because they are designed to be used for making precise, little cuts. It all depends on the jobs they are supposed to do.
Chef's knives, which are multifunctional kitchen workhorses, typically measure between 8" and 10" and are designed to work on almost anything. Then there are blades like a breaking knife, which may be up to 14" long, that are made to cut through thick chunks of meat. The knife's purpose and other factors all come into play.
The lesson here is that if you want variety, your kitchen knife set should have a range of sizes to match that.
The quality of kitchen knives that feel like flimsy little nothings is definitely at the lower end. A high-quality kitchen knife has a robust feel without being heavy, cumbersome, or uncomfortable. Some of the more affordable knives are simply too light, and you just know you'll end up throwing them away in a matter of days.
The weight distribution of the knife is what we mean when we talk about balance. Equal weight distribution between the handle and the blade is essential. If the grip is the heaviest component and the blade is too light, you won't be able to use it to its fullest extent and will find it difficult and uncomfortable to operate.
One of those situations where "you'll know it when you feel it," but you'll get the hang of that pretty soon once you start using kitchen knives.