I don’t know if you will encounter this kind of situation. I am tired of eating takeaway, and want to cook a dish by myself on a whim, but find that there is only one kitchen knife in the kitchen, which is not suitable for handling ingredients. The enthusiasm seems to be extinguished immediately. When deciding to buy a set of knives, facing a dazzling array of products, but not knowing what to choose, I feel extremely melancholy.
So here comes the question, for people who don’t cook often and don’t understand the classification of knives, how should they choose when buying knives?
What qualities should a good knife have?
The most important attributes of knives are undoubtedly their use and sharpness, ranging from large boning knives to small boning knives, with different uses and different design ideas.
As for the material of knives, stainless steel is still the main one at present, but ceramic knives have sprung up in recent years, occupying a lot of market share. The advantage of ceramic knives is that they are sharper, corrosion-resistant and oxidation-resistant, not easy to wear and rust, and will not affect the original taste of food. These advantages seem good, but we also have to consider the fatal disadvantages of ceramic knives. It is too brittle to cut hard objects, it may be damaged if it is dropped, and it is impossible for individuals to polish ceramic knives.
Ceramic Knife; Source: pixabay The wrong way to use ceramic knives is likely to cause ceramic knives to become blunt quickly. If the sharpness of ceramic knives decreases, it means that you need to replace the knives. Unlike stainless steel knives, put them on a whetstone and sharpen them immediately. new. A set of high-quality stainless steel knives will not be a problem for years or even decades. All things considered, stainless steel knives are still the first choice today.
In addition to attributes such as sharpness, usage, and material, some people also have some special needs. For example, people with insufficient wrist strength or people who cook a lot have higher requirements for the weight of knives. People who often handle vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers, Will wish that the knives don't retain juice and don't stick to the knife. So the question is, is there really a knife that can meet all needs? There are specializations in the art industry, one knife can't beat a set of knives It is unrealistic for a knife to solve all the problems in the kitchen, especially for novices, at least one set of knives is needed to meet the needs of daily cooking. According to the type of use, under normal circumstances, the kitchen needs about five knives, namely, a large kitchen knife, a medium-sized chef's knife, a small fruit knife, kitchen scissors, and a melon and fruit planer.
Large kitchen knives are mainly used for chopping bones and cutting meat, and handling large pieces of meat. It should be noted that some knives are not sharp enough, so they will be relatively heavy, and it is usually "miraculous" when chopping bones. Nowadays, the technology is continuously upgraded, and high-quality kitchen knives can make up for their weight with sharpness, and try to balance durability, sharpness, weight and other attributes.
Don’t underestimate this small change. For those who cook more frequently, reducing the weight by 10g will reduce the pressure on the wrist and prevent the user’s wrist from being sprained or overworked. The medium-sized chef’s knife is used for cutting small slices of meat or vegetables. The chef’s knife is relatively light and compact, and the pressure on the wrist will not be too great when processing ingredients for a long time. This kind of knife is similar to a ceramic knife, which is characterized by being light and sharp enough.
The small fruit knife is not only used for peeling fruit, but also for shredded meat, carving fruits and vegetables, etc. However, it is indeed a bit difficult for people who are new to the kitchen to cut shredded meat and carve fruits and vegetables. You can use potatoes and other vegetables to practice cooking skills, cut a potato shred, carve a potato statue, and enjoy the fun of life. Kitchen scissors are used to handle some tough or hard ingredients. Kitchen knives and chef’s knives are not convenient to handle. We often see chefs handling ingredients with scissors in spicy hot restaurants and barbecue stalls.
Kitchen scissors are also constantly being upgraded to add new functions. Some brands of kitchen scissors can also open cans and walnuts. As for the function of melon and fruit planer, needless to say, everyone knows it. These five kinds of knives are always stocked in the kitchen, which is enough to handle most ingredients and improve the efficiency of cooking and the quality of life.
How to choose a knife? A set of five knives can basically meet the needs of users, but facing thousands of Chinese knives brands and countless overseas knives brands, how to choose is the difficulty. In fact, it is not much different from choosing other products. When buying knives, we are nothing more than considering factors such as quality, demand, and price. Let’s talk about the quality first. When observing stainless steel knives, the most important thing is to look at the material.
There are many types of stainless steel, but when it comes to good steel, many people may immediately think of the famous "Damascus steel". This kind of material is not in vain. The ancients used it to make weapons, and today people use it to make kitchen knives, which has a sense of casting swords into plows. Modern Damascus steel is generally forged from multiple layers of steel, which can ensure both toughness and strength, and the blade density is higher than that of ordinary steel, and its durability and corrosion resistance are also relatively strong.
If you ask what is the disadvantage of this material, it is estimated that the cost is too high, and the price of kitchen knives using this steel is usually not cheap. For medium-sized chef's knives and small fruit knives, ceramic materials can also be selected, but it is best to have a larger kitchen with enough space for ceramic knives. Ceramic knives are too brittle and may be scrapped if accidentally dropped.
For families with crowded kitchens, stainless steel knives with high sharpness are more suitable. You don’t have to worry about breaking them and can handle hard objects. In terms of demand, sharpness and weight need not be said. What we need to consider are some special needs, such as non-stick knives. The reason why people who often go to the kitchen have high requirements for kitchen knives is that some inferior kitchen knives are easy to stick to the surface of the knife when cutting vegetables, especially when dealing with highly viscous or juicy ingredients such as sausages and tomatoes.
Some knives now use special textures and craftsmanship to ensure that the ingredients will slide off after cutting and will not stick to the knife surface. This little upgrade can greatly improve the user's efficiency. During the Spring Festival this year, so many relatives visited, and many people in the hall and kitchen were busy in the kitchen. If the quality of kitchen knives is not good, it will affect not only the efficiency, but also the mood of the chef.
There are a lot of knives that can meet all our needs, but generally you need to pay more. The price of quality-guaranteed knife sets is generally more than 500 yuan, and the price of imported brand knives is more than 1,000 yuan, but this does not mean that there are no high-quality and cheap knives of knives. The blade of the knife is made of Damascus steel with a hardness of 50-HRC and a sharpness of up to grade 9. The blade has been treated with hammer grain non-stick and black oxidation, so it does not stick to the knife and does not rust. It has all the advantages mentioned above. It can be as big as cutting bones and meat, as small as opening walnuts and cans, and the five-piece kitchen knife set can handle it calmly.
Whether you are a chef in a restaurant or a culinary enthusiast who doesn't often enter the kitchen, the five-piece kitchen knife set can meet your needs. What's more, the price of the five-piece knife set is only 79 yuan, which can be called high quality and low price. Good knives are by no means consumables Cheap knives are usually no different from consumables, and they will be damaged after a short period of time, but high-quality knives are by no means consumables, and it is not a problem to use them for decades.
The five-piece kitchen knife set is produced in Yangjiang, which is known as the "Knife Capital of China". Yangjiang is the second largest production base of knives in the world. In addition to the production of Chinese brand knives, German and American brands such as Bock, Kaxiu, and SOG are all produced in Yangjiang and sold to more than 100 countries and regions around the world. China exports 80% of knives Originated from Yangjiang. Although it is an American brand, it is also produced in Yangjiang. The craftsmanship has not been cut off for more than 100 years, and it is constantly improving.
In addition, for those who are new to the kitchen, there is no need to buy too expensive knives. If the too expensive knives are damaged, the user may feel pain for a while. It is obviously more appropriate to choose some cost-effective entry-level knives to practice your cooking skills. Although the 5-piece kitchen knife set uses expensive Damascus steel, the price is still affordable and can basically meet the needs of users. The durability is also good, and there is no problem in using it for several years.
You might as well wait until your culinary skills improve before considering high-end knives.
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