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A Knife Is the Only Cutting Tool You Ever Need

When it comes to cooking, most of us like to buy plenty of different things to help us with preparing meals. We use spiralizers, we use shaving tools and we’ll even use a peeler. These are generally accepted as common kitchen tools, but we often forget about the most important and versatile in the kitchen: the knife.

There are many types of knives and it’s important to know what they are, what they’re used for and where to get them. A knife is really the only cutting tool you’ll ever need, be it to carve a roast dinner, spread butter on your toast or even peel a potato. Assuming you have great knife skills, you’ll be able to dice, slice and chop pretty much anything. However, it is important to understand that knife skills don’t come easy, and it’ll take a lot of cuts and injuries before you realise how to use a knife properly.

Practising basic knife skills

If you’re afraid of being cut, then it’s because you don’t have much knowledge on how to use a knife. Focus on your basic knife skills first by using a knife whenever you get an opportunity. Need to dice up some herbs? Then don’t use a food processor, use a knife instead. Need to mince some garlic? Squash it with the flat side of your knife then chop it and remove the skin. It’s important to get used to using your knife, and the only way to do so is to get out of your comfort zone and practice it in the kitchen. Your slices might not come out evenly, your dicing might look strange, and you may even get tired from using your arm. However, it’s important to stick with it and continue practising.

Safety first

When practising with a knife, always think about your personal safety and the safety of those around you. If you’re swinging your knife around then make sure there are no children around, though you should be making small precise movements instead of powerful ones. If you’re dicing up apple chunks for the kids, make sure their fingers are away from the blade and tell them to wait patiently instead of stealing them as you cut the apple. Take it nice and slowly when you chop anything and ensure you’re keeping your fingers tucked away.

Sharpening skills

In addition to using your knife skills, you’ll also have to practice sharpening your knife too. There are many different utensils to do this, such as a whetstone or a honing rod. What you use is typically up to preference, but there are actually different uses for each of them. A whetstone is generally used to sharpen a knife. It can restore dull blades and even make cheap knives extremely sharp and usable with some work. Honing rods are usually used to keep a knife sharp in between uses, so it’s more commonly used than a whetstone and it relies on the blade being relatively sharp already. Keeping your knife sharp is important not only to make cutting quick but also makes cutting more consistent and reduces the risk of injury.

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