For a task repeated often, the right tool means everything. It can save time. It can give you a better end result. In the kitchen, the most important tool is the knife. Think of the many hours people spend cutting, chopping and slicing.
A lot of people cook with poor quality knives that are often dull – making them unsafe and hard to use. (Yes, I’m talking to you – my sister Julia – who’s knife I couldn’t cut an onion with!) I told her the next time I visited I would be bringing my own knife, and I was being completely serious.
A high quality sharp kitchen knife provides greater efficiency and precision so that cooking a meal becomes a much easier, quicker and more enjoyable task. I would know.
My chopping experience changed when I bought the knife recommended by Pioneer Woman herself in her post “These Are a Few of My Favorite Tools.” Ree is my blogging and cooking idol so when she recommended the Wusthof Classic Nakiri Vegetable Knife with Hollow Edge and mentioned she used it almost exclusively, I had to buy it!
I didn’t care how much it cost. But thankfully, it wasn’t as expensive as I had expected. (Phew!)
Now, I cut through onions and other vegetables like they’re buttah.
If you want to make the life of someone who spends a good amount of time in the kitchen a whoooole lot better, please get them this knife and tell them Pioneer Woman and Princess Diana recommended it.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, get it for yourself. You need it!
(But remember that a really good kitchen knife is worthless if you don’t keep it honed and sharpened. I hone my Wusthof knife every time I use it.)
Having sharp, great knives will enable you to cook very precisely. Knife skills are essential in cooking. – Eric Ripert