Last Updated Feb 2020 – You don’t have to dive very far into the world of Japanese knives before exotic terminology gets thrown around. Even if you’re a knife expert, familiar with all the different types of steel and different edge grinds, you might not know about the unique names that the Japanese use for their knives.
These days, any serious sushi chef will have a dedicated knife for sushi. These special blades are sharper and thinner than a normal knife, making it easier to slice through a sushi roll without it collapsing and losing its distinctive round shape. Sushi knives are expensive, however, so it can be a daunting task to select the appropriate tool for your budget, kitchen, and skill level. Here’s a handy guide that outlines everything I’ve learned about the best knives for cutting sushi.
Last Updated Feb 2020 – In the culinary world, we love sharp knives. The sharper your knife is, the more control you have while you slice, dice, and chop. Having a finely honed blade can make a world of difference in terms of prep speed and can let you prepare some incredibly beautiful feats of knife work.
The difference between a cheap, mass-produced knife that you can buy at a department store and a high-end chef’s knife is astounding. You’ll find that your expensive knife is sharper, easier to maintain, and more fun to use. It will open up a whole world of cutting techniques that make previously painful prep much more bearable.
If you’ve never heard of LC Germain knives, you’re not alone. These knives are no longer made but are more than worth knowing about for all you cutlery hunters out there.
Knives are somewhat of a contentious topic among kitchen experts. Any internet discussion will invariably involve polarized opinions from one camp or another. You’ll see professional chefs that swear by their super-cheap Victorinoxes, social media cooks that prefer their expensive Ginsus, a contingent of people peddling their home-sharpening expertise, and everything in-between.
Last Updated Mar 2020 – Tojiro chef knives earn high marks from many knife experts and professional chefs around the world. They’re not the best knives on the market by any means, but what they lack in raw excellence they make up for in value. Tojiro’s knives are incredibly affordable, especially when you consider their high-quality steel, excellent edge retention, and crazy sharp blades. This makes them a very good choice for anyone who wants to try out a high-end Japanese chef’s knife on a budget.
JA Henckels is an industry titan. It’s difficult to spend any amount of time researching knives without coming across lots of discussion about this venerable brand. Even the most inexperienced internet commentator will have lots to say about “Henckel cutlery,” meaning there’s a wealth of information about this brand and its long history.
Barbecue is an art form. There’s a world of difference between briskets from different chefs. Top level barbecue chefs can produce tender, succulent brisket that’s positively packed with complex, smokey flavors every time. If you’re trying to emulate these sorts of results at home, you’ve probably realized that the entire process is complex and requires lots of practice to master.
Last Updated Feb 2020 – Every kitchen should have a knife set. Whether you have a drawer with a few loose knives, a fancy knife block with a full set of tools, or even a magnetic strip with your favorite blades, your kitchen will be well equipped to handle any recipe or challenge.