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Product of the week…The Santoku Knife

Kitchen Essentials from Calpahlon at Target. $29.99

Kitchen Essentials from Calpahlon at Target. $29.99

San.. what?  Santoku knife.  A great, well balanced knife that everyone MUST have.  It slices, dices AND minces.  There are small indentations the length of the blade to create small air pockets when using the knife.  This prevents sticking and reduces cutting friction.  Making all your cutting tasks easier.   If you want to get into the history of the Santoku, here is a link for more info:

What is a Santoku Knife?

This has definitely been the ‘it’ knife for the past few years.  If you don’t have one, I highly recommend you invest in one.  Every major brand has a santoku option.  Short options (5″) to longer 8″ options.  From J.A. Henckels to Hampton Forge to Chicago Cutlery.  This list could seriously go on and on.  Prices range from $6.99 – $99.99.  The difference in price ranges depends on the type of steel used for the blade, the comfort of the handle and the warranty behind the knife.  Basically, you get what you pay for.  A $6.99 Santoku knife will do well initially but may end corroding or breaking over a shorter life span.

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!