The Importance of the Chef Knife

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Why is a Chef Knife the Most Important Knife?

The chef knife is where everything starts in the kitchen. You’ve recently got hooked on cooking and have started researching where to start and what the most important tool in the kitchen is.

The answer is a great chef knife, sometimes referred to as the French knife. Consider it like purchasing a blue chip stock. You’ll own it forever and the dividends it pays are endless.

When you look at the example of the knife on the right you will notice the tapered triangle edge which tapers to the center tip. The center tip means the back of the knife and the blade are gently sloped until they meet at a point.

The blades shape is perfect for allowing the blade to rock back and forth to the tip when you are chopping, mincing, and dicing. While at the same time the knife can be used to cut things like meats, vegetables, poultry or fish. It is a great all around knife, an all purpose knife in the kitchen.

What can you do with a Chef Knife?

A chef’s knife can be used for most cutting chores. It can be used for everything from slicing, dicing, chopping, mincing, julienne cuts, disjointing large meats and even smashing garlic. This is the most essential tool in the kitchen.