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Any advice on a good brand of knifes for chopping veggies etc? Something relatively inexpensive. I'm just starting out and have really embraced my new love for cooking, but am clueless when it comes to come good equipment to use. Any advice or suggestions? What are your "must-haves" in the kitchen?

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Last updated: Sep. 30, 2013 9:11 pm
Posted: Sep. 30, 2013 6:47 am
Answered by: Semigourmet
Sep. 30, 2013 7:04 am
Here is a J. A. Henckels, for $35. on Amazon, ***
Sep. 30, 2013 7:05 am
This Zyliss 7 1/2" chef's knife is not very expensive. ***
Sep. 30, 2013 7:09 am
Here's the trick Ashley, you have to take very good care of them, if you cut anything rinse the blade, that way nothing sets on the blade to destroy the edge. also get yourself a little inexpensive sharpener. once they start to go dull you get more lax in taking care of them. also Never put them in the dishwasher. the chemicals in the detergent will ruin the edge on your knife. here is the little sharpener I have, works great! ***
Sep. 30, 2013 7:09 am
Hope this helps. I didn't know your price range so just picked a couple. If you could give me a price range I could come up with a few better knives maybe.
Sep. 30, 2013 7:17 am
Thanks so much for responding - this is a huge help! I have some Kitchen Aid knifes and I don't put these in the dishwasher either. Price range would be around $20 - $50. I'll take a look at your suggestions as well.
Sep. 30, 2013 9:03 am
Ashley, I had one like this for Years it was a very sturdy knife. ***
Answered by: Lilcat
Sep. 30, 2013 7:18 am
Kitchen must halves for me: Knives (as you already know), grater, vegetable peeler, a set of nested mixing bowls, 9x13 inches)pan, 8x8 (inches)pan, large pancake turner, and a turning fork.
Sep. 30, 2013 7:19 am
Oh, and assorted wooden spoons too.
Sep. 30, 2013 7:28 am
Hi, I presume you are NOT left handed. ---- However, if you are, online the left handers club --- They have some, not too expensive, great kitchen knives. I use them all the time. hope helps. cheers
Sep. 30, 2013 9:04 am
and some sort of baking sheet. good list Lilcat.
Answered by: Judy in Delaware
Sep. 30, 2013 7:54 am
I recently bought these from Amazon and absolutely love them. Great for chopping and slicing meat, too. I'm going to get a set for my son and DIL for Christmas I love them so much!
Answered by: patticakes43
Sep. 30, 2013 7:57 am
Truth be told, I've gotten all my knives from cooking subscriptions. I kid you not. Suffice it to say that my fam was floored when I finally bought a knife, fork and spoon set. Haha! Took them a week to realize that it was okay to use them. Haha. At any rate, love my knives that come with stuff. Get lots of cookbook perks that way.
Sep. 30, 2013 8:10 am
Has anyone purchased the knifes from the cooking subscription "Pampered Chef"? Thoughts?
Sep. 30, 2013 8:18 am
Nope...not me but am intriged...:)
Sep. 30, 2013 8:24 am
Lots of my friends purchase items through them ( It has a fairly reputable name, so I wondered! It looks like it's available in both the US/Canada depending on your location!
Sep. 30, 2013 8:29 am
I think you need an instant read thermometer! They are not expensive, but are invaluable for baking as well as cooking meat to the safe internal temperature. Happy cooking!
Sep. 30, 2013 9:07 am
Maybe you have sold me on the instant read Scoot. Have always thought that it was a good buy and will work out to be worth it in the long run. But dangit, it's that initial cost that I can't get past. I was pissed when I misplaced my "generic" oven themomitor. Imagine if that happened to a super duper one. Oh my! That reminds me...Where the hell is my oven thermo...dammit!...haha
Sep. 30, 2013 9:12 am
I just looked at their knives and I think they are a bit spendy. If I was going to pay that for a knife. I would buy Wusthof, or Shun. I have this one *** *** and this one ***
Sep. 30, 2013 9:21 am
My advice to any kitchen tool is to buy the best that you can afford. Even if you have to save here and there, and then go out and purchase good quality items, they will last a long time. I am a kitchen gadget nut, I like to buy stainless steel because it looks nice and lasts a long time. I got Farberware pots and pans when I got married in 1976, they are still looking good and the only reason I recently replaced them was because I wanted the new ones with glass lids. Buy quality and you will save in not having to replace.
Sep. 30, 2013 9:24 am
Semigourmet - In Canada, that knife is $360.00 :-O I was thinking the "green" ones. They are priced around $15-25 CND. I would have to be a "pro" for sure to purchase a knife over $50 for sure. But I'm not THAT good ;)
Sep. 30, 2013 9:26 am
Rosie - For a wedding present we got "Curtis Stone" pots and pans. They are non-stick and I love them. I'll definitely be looking to purchase quality. I'm going to ask for some tools for Christmas!
Sep. 30, 2013 9:53 am
I think you have it in hand. I like certain brands because I have had really good luck with them. like Wusthof, here is a really nice Henckels for only $35. ***
Sep. 30, 2013 10:06 am
Thank you so much for the recommendations! I'm glad I asked, this has been super helpful.
Sep. 30, 2013 11:40 am
I am sure you will find a good one. Good luck!
Sep. 30, 2013 2:46 pm
Ashley, late comment as usual, but check out prices at a restaurant supply store, where professional chefs purchase their knives. I've got three Pampered Chef knives, and they are great, but as PC is a pyramid sales thing, they are pretty pricey. My Wustofs and Henckles has served me well for many (many!) years, and Rosie is absolutely correct in suggesting that you buy the best you can...when a couple eventually "wore out" after 25 odd years, there was a no-argument new knife for old replacement policy. Buy a knife that "fits" your hand...a sexy knife that costs a bunch and you cannot hold comfortably is of no use whatever. Most of the restaurant supply places will give you a sharpening service for a minimal cost...a sharp knife is nowhere near as dangerous as a dull one! You might want/need an 8-10" Chef's knife, a 4-5" utility/paring knife, a bread knife, a boning knife, a (fish) filleting knife, sort of in that order of priority of use and need, though as we get older and better off, there are a few others to add to the list (8" utility knife and so on) I would suggest that you put these on the "Christmas List" or Birthday Wish List or Mothers Day gifting thing; mind, you'll need be fairly explicit as to exactly what you have decided to "want" and where to get it...mind, its always a "custom" that you "pay" the giver a dollar for the gift! I gifted each of my kids with the base level knives in their teens and early twenties, and they became interested in cooking and were well set up when they left the nest (hint: you could ask your parents for such as a "gift" and sort of shame them into this)
Sep. 30, 2013 4:24 pm
chairlifter - Thanks so much for your suggestions! I actually laughed out loud to your reference to a "sexy" knife! Ha. I'm really looking forward to getting some really nice tools for my kitchen. If they are a bit pricey, it's always a nice Christmas gift idea. I would have never thought to ask restaurants what they use/prefer. That's an excellent suggestion!
Sep. 30, 2013 9:11 pm
Ashley, each individual "Chef" comes into any kitchen with his/her own "knives"... you need to decide what is correct for "you" in every aspect,,,my kids are debating how many more years I might "last", and on that day, who gets what knife, what griddle, what roasting pan and so on (I find this somewhat amusing)(could I write one or another out of the "will" for a really good saucepan?)
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