Are Quality Kitchen Knives Worth the Money and the Little Bit of Extra Care?

By: Lauren Lowery

I love cooking. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert chef, by any means, but I love trying new things, exploring different seasonings and flavors, and just in general, being in the kitchen. I have a few favorite cooking tools and pans, but the thing I can’t live without is a set of good knives.

I was fortunate enough to have a few people give me nice knives when I got married. I had registered for some Henckels, but I didn’t expect to get any because they are expensive. I’m so glad I had some generous gifts from people because before I knew it I was falling in love all over again, this time with my knives.

However, it really wasn’t until a few years after I got married that I realized how much I appreciated my quality knives. My husband and I moved overseas for a graduate degree and since our student housing was fully furnished, we decided against shipping all of our belongings over. Thankfully, I decided to ship two of my knives that I loved along with a few items that would make me feel like I had a touch of home around. Before long, those were the only two knives I would use because the other knives we had in our student housing were just a joke.

Along the way, I came to a few conclusions about my love affair with my knives.

First, yes, quality knives are expensive, but they’re worth the money. They last, and they work much better than a cheaper version. I would go so far as to say they make time preparing meals more enjoyable. I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t have to think about what I’m doing as I chop up fruits and vegetables to throw in our smoothies, soups, or family meals.

Next, it’s important to take care of your cutlery. Sharp knives are important. In the post, How to Tell When Your Chef’s Knives Are Truly Sharp, Karen Ahn states, “Cutting with dull knives is dangerous—you have to exert more force to make the knife go through food and you have to make several cuts where a sharp knife only needs to make one or two.”

Another part of taking care of your knives is washing them by hand as soon as you are finished using them. Please don’t put them in the dishwasher or let them sit dirty in the sink for days. Finally, after washing and drying them thoroughly, store them in an appropriate place like a knife block, a magnetic holder, or a knife roll.

If you invest in quality knives, I am convinced you will agree with me, that a good set of knives is one of the most important tools you can have in your kitchen.

Interested in finding knives you’ll come to love? Contact AddvantageUSA to find which set of cutlery would be the perfect set for you.

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