Review & Giveaway: Wusthof “Mini” Block Knife Set!

**Giveaway Closed – 9/21/11**

Once you’ve started cooking for yourself, you begin to acquire various tools to accommodate your personal style of cooking. One of my first acquisitions was a large cookie sheet, followed by a good set of measuring cups and a whisk. Every cook has his or her own personal kitchen musts. For me, a really good set of knives was not one of those things. I acquired some random knives from family members and cheap impulse purchases, but I had never really thought about the importance of a knife set before. They always seemed silly to me–who could possibly use 15 different knives? Plus, my kitchen is small and counter space is precious. I’m not giving up an inch of it to a giant knife block.

That was, until I tested out these Wusthof beauties. I liken this experience to putting on contact lenses for the first time (“omg, trees have INDIVIDUAL LEAVES?!”). Slicing into a tomato was suddenly not only easy, it was enjoyable. I found myself dicing onions for pleasure, even when I didn’t really need to. In other words: everyone needs a good knife, even if you think you don’t. Believe the hype.

This particular knife set is a great starter kit for a new cook, especially for those of us with small kitchens (aka most of us). It comes with 3 knives and a pair of kitchen shears, and takes up a modest amount of beloved counter space. The set includes a small paring knife, for peeling or slicing small vegetables, fruits, or herbs; a slightly larger utility knife which can handle pretty much any task from cutting meat, to slicing through hard cheeses or chopping larger produce; and a 6 inch Cook’s knife (my personal favorite) which can be used for virtually any kitchen task. I have found, actually, that these knives meet just about any slicin’ or dicin’ need I may encounter. While I am a knife-convert, I don’t find myself wishing I had a larger set (admittedly, while I do cook often, I’m not about to join the cast of Top Chef). One word of advice, though: take care of your knives. Sharpen them often, and don’t leave them lying around in a sink full of dishes where they might get banged up. There are only 3 of these bad boys so it shouldn’t be too hard to keep them in good shape.

If you don’t believe me yet, all it will take is one slice with this knife to convince you. Comment below for a chance to win a set of your own! To enter the Wusthof “Mini” Block Knife Set giveaway, you must:

  • Leave a comment below and tell us your least favorite prep task.
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  • Become a fan of our Facebook Page
  • (Extra Entry) Tweet about this contest @BGSKCollege
  • (Two Extra Entries) Tell your facebook fans about this contest – post the link and @Small Kitchen College and @Wüsthof

We’ll let you know the randomly selected winner next week!

–Lily, and the Small Kitchen College Team

Originally posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

94 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Wusthof “Mini” Block Knife Set!”

  1. Katie

    September 14th, 2011

    Ugh, chopping onions! I feel like my eyeballs will melt out of my skull.

  2. Shannon

    September 14th, 2011

    Washing, drying, and unpackaging every ingredient. Let’s get to the good part already!

  3. Katharine

    September 14th, 2011

    chopping onions! I’m super sensitive to it and it doesn’t get any better no matter what I try.

  4. Flo

    September 14th, 2011

    Dicing onions because I get very very teary, and cutting up butternut squash because it takes so much effort. Can you tell that I have been contemplating making butternut squash risotto for dinner?

  5. Belle

    September 14th, 2011

    I despise handling raw meat… It’s almost enough to keep me from eating meat. Key word: ALMOST. It’s just slimy and gross and creeps me out. Specifically chicken!

  6. Rhiannon

    September 14th, 2011

    I really wish I was better at chopping quickly. Having something finely chopped and not chunky would be awesome. And cleaning things? Not really my favorite.

  7. Rhiannon

    September 14th, 2011

    @rhnnntrtmnn tweeted about this contest!!

  8. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    September 14th, 2011

    Peeling things. I may or may not have had to Google “How to peel an onion” and “How to peel garlic” last week. Plus the peels just get everrrrrywhere.

  9. gen

    September 14th, 2011

    peeling potatoes or carrots! But chopping is also a chore because I have THE worst knives (hint, hint hehe)

  10. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    September 14th, 2011

    I’m already a subscriber. :)

  11. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    September 14th, 2011

    And I’m a fan on Facebook!

  12. Irene

    September 14th, 2011

    Ugh, cutting tomatoes for sure! My knives are never sharp enough and I’m always scared of slicing through one of my fingers

  13. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    September 14th, 2011

    Just tweeted the contest (@chipchiphooray).

  14. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots

    September 14th, 2011

    Since I’m a non-meat eater, touching meat is always the grossest part for me. I should pass that job on to my husband more often. ;-) Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. Alex

    September 14th, 2011

    I am not a fan of cutting tomatoes – can never seem to slice them evenly. Additionally, I have to put a ton of effort into cutting any sort of meat as my dull knives rarely are able to slice them as I cut through the meat once – have to cut in the same place over and over and over!

    PS – Mentioned on Twitter als0822

  16. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    September 14th, 2011

    And shared the contest on Facebook (Chip Chip Hooray!).

  17. Candice

    September 14th, 2011

    I could really do without measuring out ALLLL the ingredients before cooking or baking… It helps in the long run, but really, there goes 10 minutes of my life not spent actually getting my hands dirty. As a way around it though, how ’bout cooking off the cuff?! :)

  18. Daniella

    September 14th, 2011

    I dislike cracking eggs. I usually end with yoke on my hand or a tiny piece of shell in the bowl.

  19. Gina

    September 14th, 2011

    Prepping raw meat… I’m not a vegetarian, but I cook a lot of veggie-only dishes just because I don’t like the slimy feeling; it’s nice to have roommates who will follow your instructions, though, and do it for you! XD

  20. Chris S.

    September 14th, 2011

    Anyone else seen the Venture Bros. episode with the Wüsthof reference? Anybody? Bueler?

  21. Chris S.

    September 14th, 2011

    (Also, I really want these kives.)

  22. Dorothy Troller

    September 14th, 2011

    My least favorite prep is cleaning the silk strands off corn on the cob.

  23. Kristin

    September 14th, 2011

    Anything related to raw chicken…it really creeps me out how it starts out translucent then turns opaque! =)

  24. Jacqueline

    September 14th, 2011

    I hate chopping tomatoes because of the texture, and I also hate cracking eggs.

  25. Sarah McAnaw

    September 14th, 2011

    Cleaning meat – I clean chicken especially well, since I can’t stand the rubbery white veins that sometimes are left on the breast. It only takes a few minutes, but keeping prepped meat and veggies separate in a small kitchen can make the kitchen seem even smaller!

  26. Brad

    September 14th, 2011

    Sharpening my dull knives. Second only to peeling and harvesting the fruit from mangos.

  27. Flo

    September 14th, 2011

    I receive your email newsletter

  28. Flo

    September 14th, 2011

    and I am a fan on fb!

  29. Lanea E.

    September 14th, 2011

    Chopping onions!! Hate it!

  30. Francine

    September 14th, 2011

    It’s a tossup between chopping onions and hauling in the groceries up the stairs
    I’m a subscriber & a FB fan

  31. Francine

    September 14th, 2011

    tweeted for an extra entry!

  32. Bethany

    September 14th, 2011

    I love mangoes, but I absolutely hate prepping them. I always want to get as much of the fruit as possible, but inevitably I end up destroying the fruit with my cutting skills.

  33. Marshall

    September 14th, 2011

    I don’t like plucking chickens. The feathers get all over!

  34. Robin

    September 14th, 2011

    Cleaning lettuce. Those hearts of romaine always leave me grumpy!

  35. Nicolette

    September 14th, 2011

    Hand-grating is probably one of the kitchen prep tasks I loathe the most.

  36. Schmidty

    September 15th, 2011

    My absolute least favorite prep job is peeling and deveining shrimp. Yuk.

  37. Schmidty

    September 15th, 2011

    I am one of your email subscribers.

  38. Schmidty

    September 15th, 2011

    I follow your facebook page (Rust Hawk).

  39. Schmidty

    September 15th, 2011

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  40. Schmidty

    September 15th, 2011

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  41. Schmidty

    September 15th, 2011

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  42. Sabrina

    September 15th, 2011

    Cutting pineapples! They are so prickly and it’s so difficult to decide where to begin! But the end result is sooooo delicious!

  43. Elizabeth

    September 15th, 2011

    gathering supplies! I have always forgotten something at the grocery store and have to go back or borrow from a neighbor!!

  44. Meagan

    September 15th, 2011

    The worst is washing all the vegetables, etc. and then making sure they do not roll off the counter before I can cut/dice, etc. them!

  45. Kelli

    September 15th, 2011

    Honestly, having to julienne anything is the worst. It’s the only way I make fruit salads though and in my opinion completely worth the time.

  46. Katie

    September 15th, 2011

    Fanning the fire alarm. Did I mention ours is SUPER sensitive? Great arm workout though!

    I also subscribed to the newsletter.

  47. Mary aka The Culinary Librarian

    September 15th, 2011

    Not prep for everyone- but my kitchen is teensy so what I need to do as prep is make sure the kitchen/dining table is clean and the dishes in the sink are clean and put away before I can even get to food prep! The worst! I dream about what its like to have a dishwasher and counter space…

  48. SM

    September 15th, 2011

    Thawing. I have patience issues.

    Liked, Tweeted (@seemackrun), Subscribed!

  49. Nelly Rodriguez

    September 15th, 2011

    Least favorite? Washing and cutting and spinning lettuce. Not the normal dinner party for 6 lettuce, but when you have to do it for 5 cases of lettuce. No thanks.

  50. Nelly Rodriguez

    September 15th, 2011

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/nella22/statuses/114461194701639681

  51. Nelly Rodriguez

    September 15th, 2011

    I am subscribed to your newsletter!

  52. Nelly Rodriguez

    September 15th, 2011

    I liked you on FB

  53. Stephanie

    September 15th, 2011

    Cutting onions!!!! Even if I do it quick with a chopper they still kill my eyes!

  54. Joanna

    September 16th, 2011

    I hate chopping onions (even after learning the propper “chef-y” way to do it!) but Im betting these knives would make chopping onions that much more enjoyable!
    Crossing my fingers!

  55. Diane M.

    September 17th, 2011

    It’s a tie between mincing garlic and chopping onions. Both are delicious and make any dish so much better, but they make your hands stink or make you cry.

  56. Ladytink_534

    September 17th, 2011

    I can deal with onions by putting a spoon in my mouth but garlic just makes my eyes and even my nose water. Love the taste though!

  57. Ladytink_534

    September 17th, 2011

    I’m a new email subscriber with my new email addy: Ladytink534(at)gmail(dot)com

    (I also just added your blog to my Google Reader! You’re fantastic!)

  58. Ladytink_534

    September 17th, 2011

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  59. Ladytink_534

    September 17th, 2011

    Tweeted
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  60. Ladytink_534

    September 17th, 2011

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  61. Ladytink_534

    September 17th, 2011

    I Shared on FB
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  62. Steph

    September 18th, 2011

    My least favorite prep task is cutting off chicken fat…

  63. Kate

    September 18th, 2011

    I hate chopping garlic. It always leaves my hands so smelly.

  64. Vikki

    September 18th, 2011

    Hmm, I would saayyy, least favorite thing to chop IS herbs….I would prefer to use kitchen scissors…which I don’t have, and do need…LOL! Thanks Girls , you’re the BEST!!

  65. ashley

    September 18th, 2011

    Washing all of the knives, cutting boards, etc. afterwards. Especially when you don’t have a dishwasher!

  66. Allison

    September 18th, 2011

    My least favorite prep task is anything that involves raw chicken. I love to cook and have no issue with any other raw meat or even fish, but somethig about raw chicken skeeves me so much

  67. Rose

    September 18th, 2011

    Peeling garlic drives me crazy. I also get nervous when slicing/chopping tomatoes… yikes.

  68. Alaina

    September 18th, 2011

    Oh my gosh, I hate chopping onions. Hate it. I just can’t, can’t, can’t do it!

  69. Aubrey

    September 18th, 2011

    Peeling potatoes! I’m the world’s slowest peeler, but I love potatoes so I (as my Dad says) endeavor to persevere ;)

  70. Laurel (@MPLSlo)

    September 19th, 2011

    My least favorite prep task is shopping for groceries. I tend to enter the store with a rather innocent list and leave loaded down with enough ingredients to feed a small army. Thank goodness for roommates and neighbors!

  71. Claire

    September 20th, 2011

    My least favorite task in the kitchen is preparing beets. The process is tedious and long and I always end up with dyed hands! The trouble is I love beets–they are just so darn delicious–so sometimes it is worth the mess and the time!

  72. ddemos

    September 21st, 2011

    Any kind of chopping of hard or sandy veggies…celery root or leeks… takes too much time!!!

  73. Andrew Curtis

    September 21st, 2011

    Cleaning & Prepping Chicken is annoying

  74. Donna Ehmann

    September 21st, 2011

    Handling raw meat, don’t like the feeling of it, the stringy tendons or the lumpy fat. Will usually try and get my husband to do it, I will handle all the veggies!

  75. Lori

    September 21st, 2011

    I hate to add the same onerous task to the list, but like so many others, I absolutely hate to chop onions.

  76. Eva

    September 21st, 2011

    Chopping onions and garlic! :)

  77. Justin

    September 21st, 2011

    I actually LIKE chopping onions :)

    Least favorite prep step is probably trying to defrost things. And failing. Miserably.

  78. Tom S.

    September 21st, 2011

    I hate chopping garlic because I get in on my fingers and then later lick my fingers and get a full dose of stink.

  79. Wendy

    September 21st, 2011

    Ever since I got LASIK I can’t stand chopping onions – hubby has to do it for me! :)

  80. Morgan

    September 21st, 2011

    I am torn between the deveining and peeling shrimp and the chopping of onions.

  81. Blair O.

    September 21st, 2011

    Defrosting and handling meat. If it wasn’t for my boyfriend, I would be a vegetarian. I prep as much as I can, then he cooks the meat. I don’t feel comfortable cooking meat yet.

  82. Marlina

    September 21st, 2011

    I HATE chopping onions, in fact I don’t do it because I don’t have a sharp enough knife haha so any recipe
    I make is lacking onions :(

  83. Lauren Guzinski

    September 21st, 2011

    Handling cold raw meet…gross and slimy :/ But it tastes great once you pair it with some yummy herbs and spices

  84. Beverly

    September 21st, 2011

    I HATE doing the dishes after! It’s the worst especially if I’m baking or cooking a large amount of food because that always equals more dishes.

  85. Kristen

    September 21st, 2011

    Mincing garlic!

  86. gabriela

    September 21st, 2011

    Is it silly to say my least favorite prep task is chopping and dicing when entering a knife set giveaway? If I win this set will be used by my fiance/sous chef who is the one with true knife skills in our house :)

  87. Autumn

    September 21st, 2011

    Chopping onions by far!! Hate to shed tears while cooking :-)

  88. LMc

    September 21st, 2011

    chopping fennel! ugh! so much worse than onions.

  89. Jane

    September 21st, 2011

    My least favorite thing about prep is having a dull knife. (Even an onion is tolerable with a sharp edged knife!)

  90. Sarah @ pão e queijo

    September 21st, 2011

    I dread peeling garlic. I have a technique down, but it’s still a pain! Wüsthof has beautiful knives, I hope I win!

  91. Sarah @ pão e queijo

    September 21st, 2011

    I am a fan of Small Kitchen College on Fb!

  92. Gunnar Wordon

    September 25th, 2011

    Please, I need knew ones! Alton Brown!

  93. Gunnar Wordon

    September 25th, 2011

    Oh, forgot! It must be mincing garlic. Meticulous, it is.

  94. diana bulgarelli

    October 9th, 2011

    My worst prep is grating potatoes and onions for potato pancakes. It is horrible and I always have to be careful not to skin my fingers, plus I get a cramp in my hand after a while. I don’t know how my granny did it!!! She never complained – although she did say she’d happily make the pancakes for anybody any time if they would grate the stuff…hmmm…

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