For years (decades really) I’ve only had small paring knives for cutting up everything. However, that often means not buying things like a fresh pineapple that’s difficult to cut up with a little knife. It also means only baking a big squash whole, when I might otherwise bake it faster or even steam it if I could cut it up. I do have a hand vegetable peeler that works very well when I want to peel the carrots. I don’t have anything like a food processor or salad shooter, though, things that might do some of the slicing & dicing. That would be a whole different question.
So, what are the best types of knives to get? Are there any brands or stores that you like? We don’t have Walmart in our town, but we have lots of other chains & some locally owned hardware & cooking supply stores. Also, what kind of knife sharpener should I get? This is just for one person, btw, so I don’t need any sets of individual steak knives or anything like that. (Vegetarians wouldn’t need steak knives anyway.)
Also, I suppose I could use a larger serrated bread knife for those lovely gourmet loaves of bread that are often sold unsliced. Currently the only serrated knife I have is a small one with a 3-inch blade.
House that I rent came with a knife holder attached to the cabinet next to the kitchen sink. It has 2 long skinny magnetized strips for the knives.
Does anyone have a cleaver that I’ve seen in online video for cutting up acorn squash into horseshoe shapes? I had some squash like that served roasted at a culinary school’s fancy cafe lunch along with the vegetarian tamale
These answers seem truly inspired
and helpful. (It cut off the last part.)
An 8 inch chefs knife for diassembling most things, a vegetable cleaver and a tomato slicer (long serrated blade) should do you for everything else.
Look for something with a full tang (metal goes all the way through the handle) that can be sharpened. You want forged blades, not stamped blades. Brands like Henkle and Santoku are internationally recognized, but very expensive.
Try restaurant supply stores and ask questions. Dictate your price range. You should be able to get everything you need for a reasonable price. Restaurant supply stores that specialize in Asian food are usually best for price.
Knives are an investment that require in person shopping and a hands on approach. Pick things up. Feel their weight. The perfect knife is not the most expensive one. it’s the one that fits your hands and makes you feel confident in the kitchen.