Category Archives: Cutlery

Do I Really Need This Kitchen Knife? The #1 Rule When Choosing a Kitchen Knife?

Do I Really Need This Kitchen Knife?

Best Kitchen Knife


Okay. it’s saturday morning and you’re watching some cooking show. And some chef is telling you that you, too, can make this marvelous new style of mashed potatoes, or ratatouille or whatever.


So,  you walk into your kitchen, look for your kitchen knife set and reach for a knife. First let me ask where do you reach? Do you open a drawer and look into a pile of jumbled or Twisted bits of metal? Do you have large wooden block on your kitchen counter? Do you have one of those hanging magnetic knife holders mounted on the wall?


So you reach out and you grab the knife you usually take or you just grab the first handle your hand comes into contact with and you hold it up and you think to yourself I might be able to do better. Maybe it’s time I think about replacing these old knives.


The question is what kitchen knife should i buy? Or how about just what’s a good knife? what’s a good set of knives? do I need a set of knives? what knives do I need? What makes a good kitchen knife set? Continue reading

How to Carve a Turkey Without Looking Like One

How to Carve a Turkey Without Looking Like Oneturkey-carving-step-1

The turkey is the single iconic representation of Thanksgiving dinner, and knowing how to carve your masterpiece is almost as important as knowing how to cook it. A Henckels knife set will help in this regard. And if the presentation of your last few turkeys has been less than stellar, it’s probably a good idea to brush up on proper turkey carving method. But you don’t need to be intimidated. There are really only a few major steps to turkey carving. And remember, turkey carving comes down to simple technique.  Look ==> Continue reading

Knife Skills You Can Practice While You Cook

How to Practice Your Knife Skills and be a Better Chef


Chopping an onion:  This is an excellent exercise in choosing the correct knife. We have discussed before the benefit of having a few very good knives in your kitchen. The chef’s knife, the paring knife, the chopping (nakiri or santoku). To be fair, you can (and I have) used each of these knives to ractice this skill.

But today I want to refer you to some of the classic techniques used by Jacques Pepin. Continue reading

Gravy Boot Camp – Just in Time for the Holidays

Gravy Boot Camp – Just in Time for the Holidays


This is not technically an article about knives. We aren’t going to discuss the shun nakiri knife or the best wusthof knife or the shun classic chef knife or henckels knife set. We are going to learn how to make gravy.

Why is it so hard to make gravy?

What is the single most common mistake when it comes to making gravy? Continue reading