While fermentation only requires the most basic of tools in the kitchen, one thing is essential–a sharp knife! Yet, many of us may have knives that cannot even cut through a tomato without difficulty!
I was one of those who did not think of the importance of a sharp knife until I did cooking school. I never really gave knives much thought in general. I grew up using whatever knife was able to get the job done. It was when we were given a knife skills assignment that I realized there was more to a knife.
A knife to suit you best
To someone who likes writing on paper, I easily likened a sharp knife to a newly sharpened pencil or to a favorite ballpoint pen. It is a tool that when handled properly, can make the learning process more rewarding. In the same vein that I would take time in picking out a pen, I realized that in fact, there is a knife that would suit me best.
Having a sharp knife is important for several reasons.
1. A sharp knife makes working in the kitchen more efficient. When using a dull knife to slice ingredients, you may find yourself having to saw the food repeatedly rather than being able to make single, smooth cuts. This can be time-consuming and frustrating. Which brings us to the next point.
2. Using a sharp knife makes the process more enjoyable. When we can easily and quickly cut through ingredients, it makes the cooking (and fermentation) process more fun.
3. Handling a sharp knife is safer. With a dull knife, you are more likely to slip and cut yourself. A sharp knife requires less pressure to cut through ingredients, so there is less chance of an accident.
4. A sharp knife helps improve the presentation. It is said that we eat first with our eyes. This means that the visual appeal of food is often the first factor that determines whether or not we will enjoy it. When using a sharp knife, you will produce clean and uniform cuts as opposed to the rough hacking you would have to do with a dull knife. When aiming for perfectly diced vegetables or portions of fruit, a sharp knife will be your best ally.
5. A sharp blade is essential in having good knife skills. All four previous factors considered, a sharp knife will most likely encourage you to do more food prep. With a bit of practice and technique, your food will not only look better if not great when served, but will also cook (and ferment) evenly.
A sharp knife is an important tool for any cook and fermentation enthusiast. It lets you work efficiently and in turn makes the entire experience more enjoyable. With a sharp knife, you can quickly and easily prep your ingredients, saving you time and energy in the kitchen. Additionally, a sharp knife can help you create more consistent results in your cooking and fermentation. So if you want to make the most of your time in the kitchen, be sure to keep your knives sharp.
Have you found your perfect knife? Let us know in the comments