Chances are that you have come across an all-purpose kitchen knife that features hollowed-out indentations on the edge of its blade. Most people often mistake this knife for the Western chef knife due to the numerous similarities that exist between them. However, a Santoku knife is not the same as a chef knife.
A chef knife is one of the most important tools you can have in your kitchen. It is widely known that knives are defined mainly by their hand-feel. However, a good knife should be about much more than just a comfortable handle.
Wash wooden boards with a bit of soap, rinse in hot water, wipe clean, and allow to dry upright. For board maintenance: every few weeks generously sprinkle coarse salt over the surface of the board, rub it with a sliced lemon, then rinse well with hot water. If your cutting boards are made from butcher block, once a month apply a small amount of mineral oil or beeswax, rubbing with a lint-free cloth in the direction of the wood grain. (Walnut oil, almond oil, and pure tung oil are good alternatives, but stay away from olive or vegetable oils, as they turn rancid quickly.) Reapply until the wood stops absorbing the oil. Wipe off excess and dry board overnight.
If you love your knives, you probably already know the basics: Have them sharpened regularly. Keep them out of the dishwasher. Don't leave them in the sink. Dry them before storing them. But hold on a sec—just where are you storing those essential kitchen tools? Finding the right home for your knives is more than just a question of kitchen organization. The right knife storage can help your knives stay sharper longer—and help your kitchen look sharper, too.
The cutting hand, which grips the knife, has the star turn, but the other hand is an important supporting player. That helping hand holds, nudges and stabilizes the ingredient being cut, to maximize safety and efficiency.
Keeping a sharp edge on your blade is important for your own safety. Compensating for a dull edge by applying additional force to finish a cut is where serious injuries can occur. If the knife blade is unexpectedly freed from what you are cutting, there is often an ongoing momentum that can slash you.
Figuring out which types of knives to add to your kitchen is one of the most important parts of the process, but in finding the right knives in each category there are a number of other factors it’s important to consider.