**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:
We’ll let you know the randomly selected winner next week!
–Lily, and the Small Kitchen College Team