The Only 3 Knives You Need in Your Kitchen

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We have all been there: you have 10 knives and have no idea how to use half of them. Is a butcher's knife too much for making a salad? Is a paring knife too small to break down a chicken? There's so many shapes and size and designs, and you wonder if you need a different knife for every type of cooking and prepping that comes up. But what if you only truly needed three? Yes... three! Daphne Oz, Jamika Pessoa, and Gail Simmons reveal the three knives they love best and why they're the only ones you need in your home kitchen.

3 Knives Everyone Needs

1. Chef's Knife

The chef's knife is essential to your kitchen because it will make it easier to achieve "straight, clean-cut blades for proteins, herbs, vegetables, all of your needs." Jamika even still has hers from culinary school! Look for a blade nd handle that feels good and comfortable in your hands and doesn't constantly slip. It is important to try out a few before you settle on the right one. Don't be afraid to try one out and return it if it isn't right for you! Having the perfect one will save a lot of trips to the first aid kit and make cooking fun again.

2. Paring Knife

Ever wonder how chefs get those perfect little cuts in their fruit and cheeses? A paring knife! Daphne loves the paring knife because it's perfect for any of your detail cuts and precision cuts, and it is easy to hold in the palm of your hand. Although it is a little harder to handle because of its small size, it can be used to create works of art in your food. Just be aware of where your blade is and don't be afraid to touch your food to get a hold of it!

3. Offset Serrated Knife

A serrated knife is a great tool in the kitchen, but its cousin takes the cake! An offset serrated knife allows you to have an easier time cutting through larger items. Offset refers to the blade being a little lower than the handle, making it easier to grasp. Gail recommends this knife so you don't have to "fight with the flesh" of items like tomatoes and fruits. It is perfect for that crunchy loaf of bread or that Instagram-worthy cake too!

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