The Professional chef knife has become exceedingly popular over the last few years. Having viewed hundreds of websites has substantiated the growing popularity and demand for these knives. The handling and care of chef knives is very different than the handling and care of other products. It has become obvious, that the knife industry sells these tools without any real instruction. These knives do not come with a “How to Manual”. There’s nothing telling you how to grip a knife nor is there anyone on the sidelines telling you which one to use. Basically, you are on your own.
Benefits of Using a Professional Chef Knife Properly
Using a Professional chef knife, properly, is something that not all of us know how to do. It is important to learn to master the use of your Professional chef knife for several reasons:
• It will reduce prep time in the kitchen
• Will help maximize the use of your knives
• It will promote knife safety
• Basic knife skills will provide you with confidence, making any kitchen task much more pleasurable
Educate Yourself knife sharpener
The skills needed to, properly, use a Professional chef knife comes with education. A good source would be articles or going online to forums regarding this topic.
eGullet Culinary Institute posted an article, along with photos, on using chef knives safely, construction of a knife, gripping a knife, cutting/dicing. It even went as far as telling you which knife to use for a particular job.
This article, titled: Basic Knife Skills, can be found by going to their website
This article will definitely be beneficial, especially, if you’re not an avid cook.
Another resource could be a video on Basic Knife Skills. Videos of this type, can be found on U-tube
Viewers will be provided with detailed instructions and a clear understanding of how to:
1. Hold a knife
4. And chop
This may be just what the Doctor ordered. For some people, the visuals are much more effective.
Educating yourself on how to use your professional chef knife is key and this will introduce you to a new found pleasure in your kitchen.
Isabel Cardona is an Internet business owner, avid cook and baker. Her latest project, qualitychefknives.com, a global online retail store featuring the latest in Professional chef knives.