When a reader recently left a comment stating that they had made a great under-the-cabinet knife rack, I didn't think much of it until I saw the genius that it truly was. Instead of putting a rack on your backsplash (which still prohibits you from putting anything in front of it), check out this under-cabinet trick!
As we've said time and time again, a chef's knife is a very personal thing. There is no one-size-fits-all. It's all about how that particular knife feel feels in your hand, whether the size, weight, and comfort is specifically suited to you.
Nothing could be more basic or more important to your cooking than your knives. And nothing can be more confusing than separating out the truth from the hype when the time comes to add a knife to your kit. Lucky for us, Bay Area chef Samin Nosrat has put together an excellent primer that every home cook should read before setting out to purchase a knife.
I'm not quite sure what's happening to me but it seems that some how color is slowly but surely making an appearance in my home (gasp!). Maybe it was my recent trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market that got me loving color again — who knows, but I love it!
The first time I took my paring knives to a knife sharpener, I felt almost embarrassed. These are cheap-o little things with plastic handles and stamped-metal blades. It seemed silly to hand them over for professional sharpening along with my big chef's knife.
These Victorinox knives are great deals — inexpensive, sharp, and long-lasting. We've mentioned these knives before; they are the choice of many chefs. This 8-inch knife is just the right size for my hands, but they also come in a larger 10-inch size.
Because they've somewhat fallen out of fashion, many cooks don't realize how important a pocketknife is to a culinary life. Sure we have our chef's knife and our paring knife safely ensconced in the home kitchen. But a cook should always be ready for whatever delicious opportunities are thrown her way and a pocketknife is essential for that readiness. Plus, a pocketknife is a thing of beauty and as such should always be encouraged.
Do you have a pocketknife? What do you use it for?
Knives, I have recently learned, are not necessarily ambidextrous. The bevel on a regular (ie, right-handed) knife does not always work in favor of left-handed motion. The scallops of a serrated knife are on the opposite side. Even the handle might not feel quite right. If you're a leftie, it might be time to seek out a knife just for you.
My mother and I have a virtually stress-free relationship (I know, I'm lucky) but there is one thing that fills me with dread whenever I visit home: the state of her cooking knives. Dull as butter spreaders, they are at best unpleasant to use and at worst an injury waiting to happen. It's a head-shaking, yet not uncommon, situation. Speaking with others, I have heard similar tales regarding mom and dad's unsharpened knives. What are we to do?