This was my first "nice" knife. Before it, I had only owned dull, cheap knife sets that were always such a frustration to use. When I received this one as a gift, it was quickly and effortlessly incorporated into most all of my food prep routines.
When I received a CUTCO santoku knife to review I honestly wasn't sure what to expect. I already own several low-end (Macy's major blow-out sale) santoku knives and I haven't had any problems with them. It wasn't until I made my first cut with this CUTCO knife that I finally realized what all the fuss is about.
As I mentioned back in December, my favorite kitchen tool is my nakiri-bocho, a handmade Japanese vegetable knife I bought at a knife and sword festival in Central Japan. Although it can be a pain to keep sharp and rust-free, when it comes to chopping vegetables, this knife beats my traditional chef's knife every time.
This month we are taking a closer look at our true favorite tools — the ones that have earned places in our own kitchens. Two weeks ago our team shared their favorite pepper mills, and last week we showed you our favorite pots and pans. This week? We're talking knives. It's very hard for me to choose a favorite knife out of my drawer; only hardworking knives earn a place there. But this one, the Chinese cleaver, is currently the one I reach for the most, and here's why.
Many people who commented on our Beyond BPA post last week feel that completely eliminating plastic from our lives is a frustrating, unattainable and maybe even unnecessary goal. That may be true, but it doesn't hurt to at least reduce the amount of plastic and disposables that we come in contact with everyday. There are a number of beautiful, stylish alternatives to commonly used plastic items that are worth checking out. See our list below the jump.
A knife is one of the most important tools in the kitchen and it's extremely important to keep them sharp. Keeping your knives as sharp as possible as often as possible will ensure you make the most precise cuts and the finest chops. Some keep it old school with the sharpening method but we're huge fans of electric sharpeners. We've found five of the top knife sharpeners.
Kitchen shears are one of our favorite kitchen tools. They are seriously underestimated and frankly, we're not sure why. There's no better way to cut poultry than with the use of kitchen shears. What makes them so great is that they can be used for so much. Need a hand with a stubborn cork or lid on a jar? Kitchen shears to the rescue!
So, while we're on the topic of knife skills, let's talk about Band-Aids. Or, in this case, the best waterproof bandages I've found. Because no matter how skilled we are with our knives, they bite back from time to time.