Believe it or not, a good knife is not the only sharp, essential cooking implement man has developed since we first started roasting hog joints on an open barbecue (Presumably in a cave somewhere, and 1-2 million years ago).
Sure, a good set of sharpened knives in your kitchen drawer is the base for cooking any type of decent food. But there are several other sharp kitchen tools that you should consider. Not only can they ensure your food doesn’t look like it’s just been handled by a caveman, they can also make people go ‘Ow!’ as they thrash their hand around in your kitchen drawer looking for some other tool (Ok that’s a joke).
Here are 10 useful kitchen tools that happen to be sharp.
Micro-Plane hand grater
There are some things even the best knife can’t do very well, and that is grating food. You could spend minutes finely chopping up garlic cloves or you could do it in seconds using a grater. Hand-graters are the best for mobility.
Another area of use where knives get left in the dust is finely slicing. Sure, you can make thin slices with a knife but to slice food into delicate shaves you should invest in a mandoline for all your slicing and julienning needs.
Ok, I’ve been castigating knives all article long but this is a different type of knife. Paring knives are convenient little tools that can be used for anything from cutting off a spread of butter to peeling a citrus fruit. Get one.
While these are not particularly sharp, they are certainly sharp enough to part bits of uncooked meat, separate frozen patties or scrape food from the chopping board. Because that, and more, is what they are useful for and why you need one.
These don’t take up much real estate in your kitchen door, and not only do fruits and vegetables not stand a chance when confronted with one, they are also pretty sharp. So they make the list.
Any cook worth his salt will need to cook with wine at some stage, and when you do, you’ll need a corkscrew to open the bottle.
Like the corkscrew, but even more self-explanatory. If you haven’t got one, you’re either highly dangerous with a knife or rather blasé about cooking.
Ok, this is a stretch for ‘sharp’ utensils. But give me a break. You need one to safely and perfectly cook your meats.
Look, you can still nip yourself on one of these if you come at it with the wrong angle, so a spatula can be technically sharp. And very useful.
This tool’s sharpness is unquestionable, and rounds out the things that you can’t do as well with anything else.