From a lavish holiday dinner to a festive holiday party, one item can make all the preparation easier, knives. A good knife can slice, dice, chop and carve any of the food that will be served. While everyone can debate which type, material or other style of knife is best, one fact can be agreed to – a knife needs to be sharp.
With the holiday party season here, there are a few things to consider if your knives aren’t cutting it. If you want to keep the knives that you currently own, sharpening those knives may be a good solution. If you prefer to purchase a new knife, consider what the knife will be used for. Before purchasing, test the knife in your hand to make sure you like the weight and distribution in your hand. Lastly, think beyond the price tag. A good knife should last many years, if properly taken care of.
Here are a few items that could make your knife situation a little sharper for the holiday entertaining season.
While the professional chef places his value on his knives, the home cook may be just learning the importance of the blade. Finding a knife that feels firm in your hand and cuts precisely can make a huge difference in your cooking. Wustoff has a variety of knives and knife sets that can be valuable in the kitchen.
For the budding foodie, the Wustoff Three Piece Starter Set is a good choice. The set includes 4 1/2″ Utility Knife, 8″ Bread Knife, and 8″ Cook’s Knife. Each German gourmet knife is made from high-carbon stain-free steel.
The start to good knife set is the Cook’s knife. The key is good weight and balance in your hand so that each cut feels secure. Known as the workhouse of the kitchen, this essential knife can be used for chopping, dicing and slicing.
The other two knives, the 4 ½” utility knife and the 8” bread knife, round out the collection. The utility knife offers great versatility. From small meats to mincing vegetables, this knife can handle a multitude of tasks. The 8” bread knife beautifully slices rustic rolls or crispy baguettes without breaking the soft inside of the bread.
The Wustoff Three Piece Starter Set retails for approximately $120 at various retailers.
For the occasional meat carver, an electric knife can be a useful kitchen tool. The Waring Cordless Lithium Electric Knife is a great option for the home chef. With no cord to accidently cut, this cordless, battery power electric knife can make quick work of a prime rib, port roast or 25 pound turkey. The Lithium Electric Knife features two powerful blades and an ergonomic handle design. With a power switch safety lock, blade guard and integrated LED light, this knife ensure that you will be carving up the meat for every holiday meal. With the adjustable slicing guide, each protein will be cut with precision and care. The Waring Cordless Lithium Electric Knife retails for $169 at various retailers.
Anyone who cooks understands that a sharp knife is essential. A dull knife won’t cut efficiently, which leads to longer kitchen prep time. The KitchenIQ Angle Adjust Adjustable Manual Knife Sharpener is an efficient way to keep your knives sharpened at home. The first of its kind Angle AdjustTM knob that allows the user to adjust the angle of both the coarse and fine sharpening slots at the same time. Also, the two adjustable manual sharpening slots two types of sharping. One slot focuses on coarse, which feature diamond stones to sharpen dull and damaged knives. The second slot is fine, which offers ceramic stones for finishing the edge and light touch ups. Lastly, the sharpener offers a serrated fixed angle slot with crossed ceramic stones which is designed to sharpen into the serrations of the knife The KitchenIQ Angle Adjust Adjustable Manual Knife Sharpener retails for approximately $39.99 at various retailers.