Knives and Knife Accessories

A good set of kitchen knives is vital to a well equipped kitchen, and investing in quality knives will make a real difference to your food preparation. A pre-packaged knife set complete with a knife block is a convenient way to acquire a matching set of kitchen knives with specially designed protective storage, but for the true chef experience you will want to build up your knife collection piece by piece to suit your cooking needs. Quality cutlery is equally important and should withstand daily use for many years. Knife sets are a good choice, offering a complete collection of knives, but won’t always include optional items such as steak knives or knife sharpeners, so you may want to supplement these.

What kitchen knives should I purchase?
A basic kitchen knife sets will typically include five knives: a chefs knife, a carving knife, a bread knife, an utility knife and a paring knife. Larger knife blocks for keen chefs may include chefs knives of different sizes, a meat cleaver, carving fork, santoku knife, boning knife, filleting knife, slicing knife and peeling knife. Some blocks will also include an individual knife sharpener or have sharpeners built into each slot. If you’re a regular user of a steak knife, it might we worth looking at an option that offers a set of steak knives too. When shopping for knives, you may want to consider both steel and ceramic knives.

How should I store my knives?
Knife blocks serve a multitude of uses beyond simply presenting your kitchen knives. A heavy knife block is a safe and reliable way to store your best kitchen knives; it protects both the knives and the user by keeping them stored separately to other knives and cutlery and top quality blocks come with built in knife sharpeners. Specialty or professional chef knives purchased individually will often come with individual knife protectors to allow them to be stored safely in a kitchen drawer. If you are short on worktop space then you might want to consider a magnetic knife block to allow you to hang your knives on the wall.

What chopping boards should I buy?
A chopping board (or two) is a must-have accessory, especially since you don't want to ruin nice worktops or dishes. Wooden chopping blocks are popular options, but there are also bamboo, plastic or glass chopping boards. You can even buy specialty chopping boards, like cheese boards and bread boards, for serving and entertaining.

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