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Product I love right now… my chef knife.

Product I love right now… my chef knife.

A chef knife is crucial for any home cook.  The shape of the knife allows you to rock the blade back and forth for better chopping/mincing control.   Chef knives run from $1.99 to hundreds of dollars.  In most cases, you get what you pay for and should base your investment amount on how often you cook.  I do think that every kitchen needs a chef knife but don’t waste money on an incredibly expensive knife that will barely see the side of a vegetable.

A few helpful links:

How to hold a Chef Knife.

How to use a Chef Knife.

Anatomy of a Chef Knife.

 

Happy Chopping!

Cutlery Survey

Cutlery Survey

Last call!  This is the last day that I will be collecting data from my cutlery survey.  Thanks so much to all who have completed this already and if you haven’t… Quick! Click on the link above (the words Cutlery Survey) and take it!  If you take the quiz you will get a chance to win $100 Amazon gift card!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Cutlery Survey

Cutlery Survey

Hi MincedReviewers!  Take this quick survey that I created (on Cutlery shopping habits) and get a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!!!  (Just click on the words ‘cutlery survey’ above)

Sliced and Diced.

Complicated. Confusing.  Overwhelming.  Expensive.  Any guesses on the topic of the day?? Parenting?  Nope.  Leaving home for the first time?  Nope.  Making a major purchase (house/car)?   Nope.  Weirdly enough, I am talking Cutlery (thanks Ellyce for my topic today!)  Trust me when I tell you that there is more to Cutlery than meets the eye. What brand? What type of handle? What type of knife do I need? Should I buy a block set? or just a few knives? I could go on and on. It is never ending and in my experience, people tend to skip the questioning and buy the block set that has the best sale price. Not to overgeneralize but really, does anyone truly understand cutlery these days. It cuts my veggies, my meat… I’m good. I hope that after you read my little blog, you will file just a few of my tips in your ‘someday this info may be helpful’ file in your brain.  If you remember these three things when buying cutlery it will be a great starting point:

  1. Every Kitchen needs an 8″ chef knife (use for large cuts of meat, chopping small and large veggies) and a paring knife (use for peeling, mincing and dicing).  The rest is nice to have but you can survive without them.  I say this because if you focus on these two knives, you may be able to spend a little more for a great quality brand such as Wusthof or J.A.Henckels.  You can find Wusthof at Macy’s/Crate and Barrel/Williams Sonoma (to name a few) and Henckels is available at retailers like Macy’s and at Target.
  2. Buy forged if you can – What in the world is forged?  Forged is when the knife is made from one solid piece of steel, making it incredibly strong.  Forged doesn’t always have to be expensive.  You can get a great Hampton Forge forged set for @$50.  You can buy Hampton Forge at Target and Kmart.
  3. Buy Stainless Steel blades –  Most knife blades are made of carbon steel or stainless steel.  Carbon steel is cheaper but is susceptible to corrosion so I say steer clear!

Once the site is up and running, I will do a complete cutlery guide so that when  you are ready to buy, you can just hop on the site, print and take with you.  In the interim, I hope this helps.  Happy Slicing and Dicing everyone!

Fun fact:  ‘sliced and diced’ was going to be my website and blog name but my amazing brother in law came up with ‘minced reviews’ when I realized I couldn’t use my original idea and I love it! Thanks Paul!