No one likes an unorganized kitchen. Especially if the reason for chaos are the knives. Not just they look untidy but also contain the risks of damaging and cutting anything near them.
Just, for example, you are picking up knives from your messy drawer and you suddenly got a cut from one of them.
So, it’s better to arrange the knives in a good-looking
knife holder. You have to go to the market and bring one. Instead, you can
easily make one at home. The internet is full of such DIY ideas that require a small
amount to make an amazing knife holder.
In my article, I’m gonna share with you some of the ideas
that I have tried by myself. Let’s start from the very first.
Use the Old Books
This one’s my favorite. You don’t have to spend even one penny for its arrangement. All you have to do is to sort out your old magazines, novels, and cooking books and work them out in a farmhouse style knife holder.
Follow these simple steps.
- Gather the useless books that you have sorted
- Arrange them in accordance with their sizes and
pleasing color sequence.
- Take a nice and pretty piece of lace or rope,
wrap it around the books. It should be tight enough to hold the books together
but loose enough to slip a knife in books. Now tie a bow or simply a knot.
- Your knife holder is ready. Now place it
anywhere you want and slip your knife in the pages of the books.
Half of my long-sized knife didn’t fix in my old knife caddy. That is why what I like most about this knife holder is that it can fit the knife of any size. Whether it’s the long and big butcher’s knives or regular-sized paring knives you can slip them easily in it.
Make a Magnetic Holder
This one’s also a good one. It takes less space and you can
easily hang it on the wall. You might need some tools and things to make this
magnetic knife holder. The steps and things required are given below:
- A long flat block of wood. The length can vary according to your needs.
- Six magnets or more according to the number of knives you want to hang on it.
- A glue to attach the magnets with the block.
- Some nails, hammer, and a drill.
- First, take the block of wood and place it on
the working platform.
- Now drill the circles out. The size of the holes
should be the same as your magnets. You can drill the holes according to the
numbers of magnets.
- Put some glue into those holes. Now put the
magnets so it can firmly attach to the glue. Give the glue some time to dry.
- Using the hammers and nails, hand the holder
wherever you please stick your knives with it.
Use the Skewers and the Jar
This one is the most easy and fast than both of the above. All you want is an empty glass jar or it can be any jar that is no longer in use. Now fill it with the bamboo skewers and your knife holder is ready.
You can easily slip the knives in and out of the skewers and it also allows you to fit many knives in it. You can store it in the cabinet which makes it extremely compact.
Cork Sheet Knife Tray
If you want to arrange your knives in your drawer but you are not willing to spend on the drawer knife tray. Then a cork sheet knife tray can be a great replacement. For this, you are going to be needing two or three pieces of cork underlayment sheets.
Cut the first one in the size that can fit in your drawer.
Now cut a lot of small pieces of the same size from the
other one. Pack them together vertically and paste them on the sheet you placed
in drawer. Your knives can now easily slip in the gaps between those pieces.
I hope that these ideas of managing and organizing the
knives will prove to be beneficial for you. Because these are the ones that I
have tried by myself and they happened to be pretty practical.
Though there are many other things that hold great importance in the kitchen. But in my opinion, the queen of the kitchen is a paring knife. A kitchen without smart, bold and sharp knives is no kitchen.
There is a variety of knives in the kitchen. Each one holds an important position and none can be used as a replacement for each other.
However, there is indeed a little knife that can help you with
a number of different tasks. And sometimes it can do the job that even a chef’s
knife can’t do. Do you want to know what you can do with it? But before
going to its uses let’s recall its basic information.
What Really is a Paring Knife?
The paring knife is a small, short-bladed regular kitchen
knife. The size of its blade usually ranges from 2.5 inches to 4 inches.
The handle is generally the same size as that of the blade but in some cases,
it might be slightly longer.
Paring knives are mainly used for delicate purposes like
peeling, dicing and cutting. However, there are many other smart uses of this
Uses of Paring Knife
A lot you can do when you have your paring knife in the
hand. Let’s have a look at some of its amazing uses.
Peeling the Fruits and Vegetables
Let’s start with the general one. If you have just forgotten where you’ve put your professional peeler, don’t rush just grab your paring knife and start peeling off. You might find it a little difficult and time consuming on your first attempt.
But once your hand becomes used to it, peeling five to 6 fruits in five minutes will be just a child’s game for you.
To peel the skin of the fruit with a paring knife, first,
make a small slit on the side, slide the knife between fruit meat and skin, the
start peeling horizontally by rotating the fruit.
Loosening the Cake from Pan
Major problem most people face when baking cake at home is that it becomes de-shaped the moment, they put it out of the baking pan. The reason is they mostly use either the back of a spoon or a piece of cardboard.
As a result, the soft side of the cake starts to breaks and cakes appear ugly.
This is also the one thing you can use a paring knife for.
Simply dip the paring knife in the butter or you can also go with oil. After
that gently slide the paring knife on one side of the pan start running it
around the edges. Now flip the cake on the board or a tray.
Deveining the Shrimp
Now, this is something no one would ever want to do with the
help of hands. After all, who would ever like to put hands on poop? Though it’s
not a poop directly. But being an intestine makes it poop indirectly.
Again, the paring knife is there for your help. Run the paring knife all along the back of the shrimp such that a long cut appears. Now a dark-colored intestine will appear.
Slide the tip of the knife under the intestine and gently work it in an upward position. Once it has completely separated from the meat, remove it with the help of a knife.
Coring and Hulling Tomatoes and Other Fruits
Coring and hulling fruits with a paring knife just become
easier. You can never perform this task with a long knife but you can check out
a tomato knife if you want to.
To core a tomato, insert your paring knife almost I inch to the left of the core, now start rotating it all around the core, once it has separated, push it out with the help of the knife tip.
You can do the same step to hull the fruits like strawberries, but instead of digging the knife in 1 inch, insert it according to the size of the crown.
Decasing the Sausages
Usually, sausages come with a thin sheath surrounding it.
The purpose of this casing is to put the ingredients packed. Though these
casings are usually safe to eat. However, they might cause some problems when
cooking in a specific way.
So, the paring knife will also help you in decasing the
sausages. To do this, draw a thin line all down the sausage, the cut shouldn’t
be deep enough to slice the meat. Once the sheath is separated in half, remove
it and dispose of it.
Deseeding the Fruits
Normally, people don’t like to consume fruits with seeds. It feels quite uncomfortable to chew, it has a bitter taste and also causes stomach pain sometimes. You can’t deseed the fruits with your hands, it’s a bit messy and not practical.
But you can easily do it with a paring knife. Insert the tip of the knife under the seed and pop it out of the fruit. If the seeds are tightly embedded like those of guava, you can simply cut that area out with a knife.
Segmenting the Citrus Fruits
Usually, you don’t really have to segment the citrus fruit
for eating. You can simply peel it off and eat it the way it is. But if you
have to put it in the dishes, you do have to segment it.
To segment the citrus with a pairing knife, cut the skin
along with the white membrane. Now slice each segment towards the core and try
to slice it as close to the membrane as possible so lesser fruit is wasted.
Things You Shouldn’t Do with Paring Knife
A paring knife is a delicate utensil and is used for small purposes, so you can’t use it for the heavier tasks. It won’t survive it. just so you’d be warned let’s have a look at the things that you shouldn’t do with the paring knife.
Slicing the Meat
The muscles and tissues of meat are hard enough to be cut
down with a paring knife.
Cutting the Bone
Now, this is something impossible. You won’t be able to it
even if you tried so hard. The only thing you’ll get will be a broken paring
knife. It’s better to use a boning knife for this purpose.
Cutting Harder Vegetables and Fruits
The fruits with hardcovers like those of pumpkins a watermelon
can’t be cut with a pairing knife. It’s not that strong to bear that hard skin.
Thing you should keep in mind before cutting hard things is to always sharp any
knife you are using with an electric sharpener. so the ingredient is cut
with clean boundaries.
As the name suggests, a filleting knife is majorly
used for making fillets. However, have you ever thought of what else can you
use this knife for? Well, here we are to let you know about the amazing and
life-changing uses of filleting knives.
What Is A Filleting Knife?
A filleting knife is ideally used for making meat
fillets because of its flexibility. This knife is a member of the boning knife
family; used for making fish fillets and pieces. This knife features a trailing
point blade that helps it to go deep down the skin of the meat to the bones for
easy slicing and skinning.
Design and Features
As for the design, the blade of a filleting knife can range from 6 to 11 inches depending on the size of the frame. Mostly stainless steel is used for the blade so that you will not need to take it for sharpening again and again.
The bevel of this knife is comparatively longer than other types of knives that range between 12 to 17 degrees.
This knife is surely going to be a valuable addition
in your kitchen if you are fond of making every dish to perfection whether it
is about the taste, cutting, slicing, or presentation.
Uses Of Filleting Knife You Never Knew
Below-detailed are some of the most surprising uses
of a fillet knife that you never knew about. We hope that you will explore more
about knife using are after reading this article.
Filleting Meat With More Precision
You need properly cut boneless and chicken breast fillets for different recipes. A fillet knife provides you with a neat and nice center cut for the chicken pieces. Along with that, you can also remove the fat from the meat easily with the long bevel.
Cut it, make a thin fillet, remove fat or simply open it up to make it look big. This knife is all you need for meat cutting and slicing.
Slicing Fruits & Vegetables
The fillet knife is also used to cut, slice, and
peel off fruits and vegetables efficiently. Not only it is the best solution to
remove pith or slicing thin slices for your fruits and vegetable salads, but
you can also make rosettes for garnishing your platters with profound beauty.
You can also use this knife for cutting corn or
removing the peels of various citrus fruits and vegetables such as orange,
avocado, potato, and beetroot.
Decorate Your Salads
As an admirer of beauty, art,
and aesthetics, you’ll want your dishes to be as beautifully decorated as
everything else in your home. For that, a fillet knife works as your first
impression partner. You can create intricate and artistic designs on your
salads with tomatoes, carrots, radishes, and cucumber.
The major and most common use of this knife is cleaning fish. Because this knife is specially designed for fish cleaning and slicing, you can easily remove the fish skin and clean the fish from inside out. This knife has the capability to reach inside to the bone of the fish so that all the extra organs may be removed completely.
Make the most of the fillet knife if you have one,
and you won’t need a separate knife for your basic cooking needs. Whether it is
cutting, slicing, peeling, or cleaning, these multi-purpose knives serve all
Do you feel deterred to offer your guests some of the most delicious and mouthwatering oysters because of the hassle of shucking them? Oysters are the most scrumptious and fancy addition to your summer lunches and beach parties with light salt and lemon.
However, not many prefer to add to the value of their meals just to save time. Shucking is not as difficult as you might think of it.
You can cook them or boil them, but you won’t be able to enjoy the taste until you eat it raw, and that is what shucking is for. Eating raw oysters increases the fun of enjoying the freshness and real taste.
They work as an excellent source of protein for your body when they are taken right out of the shell into your mouth.
Here, we will tell you what shucking an oyster means, and how you can do it without facing any difficulty.
Dictionary Definition Of Shuck
The word ‘Shuck’ was first recorded between 1665-75. At present this word is commonly used as slang for lying or deceiving others. However, when used as a noun, the word ‘shuck’ changes its meaning to an “outer covering” or “layer of something”.
It means that ‘shuck’ is used as a reference to the oyster shell as well because it is its outer covering.
What Does Oyster Shucking Mean?
To make oysters a part of your lunch parties,
romantic dates, and dinners, you need to take them out of their shells. Oyster
works as an ideal appetizer to make every meal more luxurious. Taking oysters
out of their shells by opening them up is what shucking means.
You separate the shell into two halves so that the oyster can come out clean and tasty. If you think that you will just buy shucked oysters, then you are highly mistaken.
It is the law that oysters must be sold in their shells. You will have to remove them after you bring them in your kitchen.
When you shuck your oysters just before presenting them to your guests, the taste feels fresher and livelier.
How To Shuck An Oyster Easily?
For the people who have always eaten oysters in some
fancy restaurant and want to try it at home, this one is for you all! Shucking
an oyster out of its shell may seem too daunting, but it is not. There are a
few simple tips and steps to remember that will help you do the process quickly
with guaranteed success.
purchasing the oyster make sure it is fully closed. If an oyster is slightly
open from an end and doesn’t close, it means it is dead. You should avoid
buying dead oysters as the real taste is in eating them raw.
sure you have an oyster shucking knife
at your disposal because you will need it to remove the shell.
the shell of the oyster thoroughly to remove all the dirt from it. Put it in a
towel or wear a glove to make your hand secure during the process.
sure the hinges of the oyster face you while you place it down for shucking.
Slide the knife inside the hinge and move it back and forth. This will loosen
the grip of the shell.
put too much pressure while using the oyster knife. Go slow, and the shell will
automatically pop open.
We hope that now you will never back off planning a
fancy menu when your guests arrive. Now, that you know what oyster shucking is
and how you can do it, it will be fun. Make oyster dishes and inspire your
guests with your delicious recipes.
For an otter, opening and eating an oyster is no big deal. It
just strikes the oyster with a stone and voila! Food is served. But as we are humans and not an otter. So, it’s
not always that easy for us. Also, it is not the most efficient and convenient
way to open an oyster.
Therefore, the utensil we use for this purpose is the oyster
shucker or oyster knife. Opening the oyster with a shucker becomes 10 times
easier and less time-consuming.
Unlike a regular knife, this knife is more like a dagger. Its blades are not curved but straight. They have a short handle that is often rounded. Usually, the sizes of oyster knives range from 2.5 to 4 inches long.
The knife is sharp at the tip because the tip serves as the point of contact with the oyster. But the blades of the knife are not usually sharp to keep the oyster alive.
How Does it Work?
As I have already said, shucking an oyster with a shucker is 10 times easier. However, if you are eating it for the first time you can see what is shucking. The knife may slip from your hand or you may shuck the muscle form the mid.
However, once you have practiced it several times, you’ll become a pro.
Using a shucking knife is really easy. First, you have to
place a towel over the hand which you are going to use to hold the oyster so
that the oyster would not slip and you’ll have less chance of getting hurt.
Then place the tip of the shucking knife on the hinge of oyster and twist it. Once the tip has entered the hinge, gently lift it. You’ll then hear a sound of “click”, this means that the hinge has now separated.
Now gently slide the flat side of the shucking knife under the top shell to completely remove it.
Make sure to insert the knife about 1 inch and keep it balanced.
Otherwise, you’ll lose the oyster liquor that makes it special and delicious.
Oyster Shucker vs Clam Knife
These two knives are often thought to be the same due to
their strong resemblance. However, some features make them quite different from
each other. The clam knife is a long knife with a thin flat blade and
has a slightly rounded tip. The clam can be opened with any regular knife.
On the other hand, the shucker is shorter with a sturdier,
flat blade and a pointing tip. You can’t use any other knife to open the
Oyster Shucker vs Filleting Knives
Oyster Knives and Filleting knives are the two extremely different things and can never be used as a replacement for each other. Fillet knives have really long and sharp blades and have a slightly rounded tip. They are flexible and can bend easily.
Whereas, the oyster knives are sturdy, short and not too sharp. So, never use a filleting knife to open an oyster.
Types of Oyster Shucker
Just like the regular knives, an oyster knife comes in a
variety of different types. The four most used types are:
Boston Pattern: This one is a versatile knife that can be used to shuck any size of the oyster. It comes with a short pear-shaped handle which makes the handling easier, narrow short and slightly convex blades with a slightly rounded tip. The blade is made of carbon steel and is not much sharp.
Galveston Pattern: This knife is used to shuck large
oysters because of its long and wide blades. The blades are moderately sharper
than Boston and have rounded tips. The handle is pear-shaped just like Boston
but is a little bit longer.
New Haven Pattern: This one comes with short wide
convex blades with a sharp-pointed convex tip to cleanly shuck the oyster. The
handle is again pear-shaped but this time much longer than the both above.
Providence Pattern: This one also contains short and wide blades with a pointed tip and long pear-shaped handle and is used for all sizes of oysters just like the New Haven.
The only difference between the two is that the providence pattern comes with flat straight blades with no curves while the New Haven has slightly curved blades.
What to Look for in a Good Shucker
If you want to shuck the oyster like a pro, you must have the
best oyster shucker. You must look for the features that make it best.
The blades shouldn’t be too sharp as we are not going to slice the meat. They should be short, wide, flat and made up of stainless steel. The tip should be slightly upturned and pointed but not curved. As for the handle, it should also be short for a better grip.
If you don’t know which shucker is best for you, you can check out the best oyster shucking knives as well. You can also shuck an oyster without an oyster shucker but that demands practice. I would recommend a shucker. Good Luck and enjoy shucking your oyster!
Slicing anything with any type of knife would be an easy thing for professional and experienced chefs to do.
However, if you are a beginner a carving knife would be a savior. It will ease you by cutting those picture-perfect equal slices.
A carving knife is a long and slender type of kitchen knife used to carve fine pieces or slices of meat. It is exceptional in cutting thin slices of cooked Poultry, Ham, Beef, and Roasts, etc.
Unlike Chef’s Knife, it is very precise in making equal and sharp slices. That is because the blade of a carving knife is flat and sharper than that of a chef’s knife, especially from the top. It is much easier to handle and will make any dish look better in terms of presentation.
There are now several types of carving knives and many
brands are available with their best carving knives. If you are planning on
buying one but are confused you can look at the best carving knives available of different brands.
Design of a Carver
A carver or a carving knife is usually a large knife whose length ranges somewhere between 20 and 38 cm. It is almost 8–15 in inches. These knives have thin and narrow blades.
Usually, the blades are pointy from the top but can be round as well. Thin blades of the carver help to reduce friction between the knife and the meat. Thus, help you in making sleek and perfect meat slices without any hassle.
Its long and slender body carves and slices everything in a go. Therefore, you don’t have to move your knife in sawing motions.
Pointed and curved tips of a carver usually are made for separating meat from bones. So, you don’t face any interruptions while slicing.
Now, the advanced carving knives have specially designed dimples
on the sides of the knife. This is simply for airflow between the knife and the
meat. Therefore, they don’t stick together while cutting.
As the name suggests, a carving knife is used for carving and slicing any kind of meat. You may be using the same kind of knife for all purposes.
However, using a carver in your kitchen will save you a lot of time and will give you the best pieces of meat for any of your dishes. Besides all of these, you can also use it to cut vegetables and fruits.
How to Handle
Although, using a carving knife is pretty easy just like you use any other knife. But you need to understand all these things for it to give you its maximum. Always use a good quality cutting board.
I would recommend end-grain cutting boards. Hold the knife from its handle keeping the fingers away. Pick a long and sharp knife so you don’t have to drag or move the knife back and forth.
Carving knife sets
usually contain a two-tong fork and a long knife. The fork is used to hold the
meat firmly. Also, protecting your hands with a glove is important.
Carving vs. Slicing
Mostly, people get confused between a slicing knife, a carving knife, and a ham slicer.
However, these are not entirely the same. You can still use them for the same things. A slicer is much thinner and has a rounded tip than a carving knife. And a ham slicer is short, thin and flexible.
Carving vs. Filleting
Filleting knives are thinner and more flexible than carvers. They have a curve on one edge and can easily be guided above the spines.
You can cut fish with any sharp knife but using a filleting knife is better.
Carving knives of carvers are mostly of the same style.
However, you’ll see these two prominent designs:
Carving Knife with Serrated Edge
This Knife has a zigzag or serrated pattern on the sharp
side of the knife. The serrated edge helps in quickly cutting the most stubborn
areas of the meat.
Round-tip Carving Knife
Sometimes carving and slicing knives are made with a round
tip. This is simply for safety reasons and to reduce any chance of injury.
You can also find electric
carving knives that have dual blades for faster cutting and slicing.
Things to Check before
Length of blade
Make sure your knife has a good length which is enough to
cut the longest thing you are gonna use it for. Make sure it is thin and sharp
Buying something and not checking if it’s by a trustworthy brand
or company is not a very wise thing to do. Always buy a knife from a reputable
brand for a good quality product.
Grip or Handle
It seems basic but it is very important. You cannot use any
knife unless it has a firm and a good quality handle. I would suggest you go
for a wooden or ergonomic one.
Cost should be a factor too. Set your budget and stick to
it. You can check carving knives under $100
for some choices. If you are looking one at an affordable price you can also
find carving knives under $50.
A carving knife is surely a very important essential for
your kitchen. It is designed to make your everyday tasks easy.