The best tool in the kitchen is the one you use the most.
My new favorite is a Santuko knife I bought over the holidays. The edge is razor-sharp, as any freshly purchased knife should be, and I’ve nicked a knuckle already with this blade while washing it during a supper preparation. Instead of using several different knives for chopping and slicing and skinning, I use one which is versatile enough for every job. This way the sink or counter tops stay clear of the clutter of dirty knives. Washing between each ingredient is how I ended up with a souvenir of my red-handled Santoku.
My father was visiting for the holidays and wanted to get the kids something useful, and with the Canadian dollar almost matching US dollars it was a good time to shop south of the border. I don’t care for the Outlet malls. Usually they are too crowded and loud, plus you spend much of your time outdoors between shops. The day we decided to go wasn’t terribly busy, phew! I wondered into the first kitchen gadget store we found. I had my mind set on new cookie sheets. This is another frequently used tool in my kitchen and after a while the non-stick starts to stick, the glean of the metal fades, and inevitably I cook meat or seafood on them and you just can’t bake on them after that. Maybe I’m just being spoiled here. Not to worry though, the old pans remain to continue their service for meats and roasting shrimp or fillets of fish, asparagus, and squash.
While shopping for the cookie sheets I spotted the knives hung on one wall in plastic sheaths. What the heck, let’s see what they have here. This knife stood out with the beautifully formed handle accented with ruby-red. Santuko. It whispered. I picked it up and felt the weight of the chef’s sword, light and balanced. I didn’t even think about putting it back on the rack for someone else to touch it. You’re coming home with me!
There’s even a magnetic knife rack to be mounted in the kitchen which was an impulse buy at IKEA while Christmas shopping for my sister-in-law. No knife drawer for you, Santuko.
Diamonds are great but a great knife is a chef’s best friend!