Starter Pack: Kitchen Knives

October 24, 2018

Starter Pack: Kitchen Knives

With these seven essential prep tools, you’ll be all set for any dish!

If you’re a beginner home cook (or even if you’re a seasoned enthusiast looking for a refresher), it’s daunting to know which knives to buy for your starter kitchen. Should you spring for that expensive set? Not necessarily! All you really need are a few classic styles. We asked one of our cookware buyers, Casey, to give us the rundown on what every kitchen needs.

Paring Knife

This all-purpose tool has a straight-edge blade, and it’s smaller than a chef’s knife—perfect for any nitty-gritty intricate work (and it really gets in there)! Ideal for peeling, too.

Serrated Utility Knife

This one takes care of your slicing and dicing needs. Use it to cut bagels and delicate fruits and veggies (without tearing them), and for prepping your fave sandwich fixings (pickles, anyone?).

Chef’s Knife

This all-star dynamo can do it all—mince, slice, and chop. This should be the very first thing you buy! Pretty soon, you and your chef’s knife will be BFFs.

Bread Knife

With its long serrated blade, this can easily penetrate a flaky crust and then cut evenly through a soft interior. Try it on other foods that are tough on the outside and soft in the inside, like tomatoes and melons.

Kitchen Shears

Never underestimate the power of shears. They can cut through cardboard, twine, meat, and vegetables. Use them to chop a pinch of herbs as a finishing touch to your culinary masterpieces.

Steak Knife Set

This versatile set boasts a lightweight, balanced design with spear point blades for easy slicing.

Electric Knife Sharpener

What’s a knife without a sharpener? Take care of your investments and create a razor-sharp, triple-bevel edge anytime. Compatible with all quality straight and serrated knives.

–Samantha Carrera

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