All About Kitchen Knives

How to choose and use the right kitchen knife for the job.

| September 17, 2012

  • Kitchen Knives
    This guide will help you choose and use the right knife for each kitchen task.
    Courtesy Chicago Cutlery

  • Kitchen Knives

Good knives are an essential part of any cook’s kitchen. But having a nice set of kitchen knives isn’t enough, you need to know how to use them properly.

Using the right knife for each task helps you prepare ingredients more efficiently, gives your food the appropriate texture, and lets you work more safely. The wrong knife can not only make food prep slower, but messier.

Choosing the right knife, using it safely, and holding it correctly will give you superior control when cutting your ingredients, which will give you more confidence in the kitchen.

Types of Knives 

These are the basic types of kitchen knives home cooks should have on hand:

  • Chef – An essential knife for every kitchen. Chop, slice and dice all fruits, vegetables and meat.
  • Utility – An all-purpose, mid-sized knife for chopping and cutting larger fruits and vegetables. A serrated edge is ideal for tomatoes.
  • Slicer – Cut clean, even slices of meat with the long blade and pointed tip.
  • Bread – The serrated, scalloped edge is perfect for cutting loaves of bread with hard crusts.
  • Boning/Filet – Used to trim and carve meats.
  • Parer – A small knife that gives you control to trim and slice small fruits and vegetables.

Knife Basics 

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