chef's knife


Definition of chef's knife

: a knife used for preparing food especially : a large, general-purpose kitchen knife usually 8 to 10 inches long that has a blade curving upward along its length and ending in a narrow point The chef's knife, usually 8 inches long, is … the workhorse of the kitchen. It is used for chopping, slicing, and dicing a variety of foods. Consumer Reports

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Buy the Basics The single most important cutting implement in any kitchen is the chef's knife, which comes in sizes between 6 and 14 inches. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "How to Buy a Chef's Knife," 2 May 2012 There are three knives the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab says are essential for every home cook: a chef's knife, a paring knife, and a serrated knife (also known as a bread knife). Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bread Knives, According to Kitchen Cutlery Experts," 15 Jan. 2019 Then, fold the dough in so the edges meet in the middle. Do it a second time, and then using a chef's knife cut the dough into thin strips. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Homemade Pasta Without a Machine," 7 Jan. 2019 According to Chambers, a really sharp and well-maintained chef's knife can do everything in the kitchen, but is, perhaps obviously, most important for recipes that require a lot of chopping (like a Rainbow Veggie Bowl, page 88). Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The 7 Most Important Kitchen Items to Have on Your Wedding Registry," 16 Oct. 2018 One of the most important tools every kitchen should have is a really good chef's knife. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Best Affordable Chef's Knives and How to Keep Them Sharp," 8 July 2018 Never, ever, ever put a quality chef's knife in the dishwasher. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Best Affordable Chef's Knives and How to Keep Them Sharp," 8 July 2018 Using the side of a chef's knife, smash garlic cloves and remove peel. Eric Velasco,, "The best kitchen tools and how to use them," 27 Apr. 2018 The other two from Kikuichi Cutlery are a Japanese take on a Western-style chef's knife known as a gyuto, and a six-inch bunka for finer work. Josie Colt, WIRED, "All the Gear, Gadgets, and Apps We Loved in May," 31 May 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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