When shopping for cutlery, it can get a bit overwhelming. There are so many different types of knives out there that deciding which one is right for the job can be a major task! Finding the best knife for cutting meat can be an especially tricky proposition, as different knives can complete different tasks. Take a look at some of these knives and their applications in the kitchen for cutting meat.
A boning knife is great for removing meat from the bone. Its thin blade allows you to get right around and under the bone so you can remove as much meat as possible. Boning knives are also great for removing skin from meat and fish. It lets you get right underneath the skin without cutting into the meat underneath.
Butcher Knives and Cleavers
When breaking down larger pieces of meat, the butcher knife does the trick! Its wide, heavy blade helps slice, trim and section big cuts.
A variation of the butcher knife is the cimeter knife. The cimeter knife has a curved blade and is better suited for cutting and trimming steaks.
If you need some extra “oomph,” the cleaver is the tool to use. This heavy knife is used to cut through meat and can be used to quickly section poultry, as it can easily go through bone.
The fillet knife is ideal for seafood. It has a long, sharp and flexible blade which can easily and evenly slice along the skin to remove it from your fish.
Carving and Slicing Knives
We’ve talked about cutting raw meat, but what about when it’s cooked? The carving knife is used to cut cooked meats such as roasts, ham and turkey into thin, precise portions. Typically, carving knives are used with a two-pronged carving fork which anchors the meat for slicing.
Slicing knives perform a similar function to carving knives. The main difference is the blade on a slicing knife is longer and more narrow, with a rounded tip. Slicing knives work well with boneless cooked meats, whereas the pointed tip of a carving knife allows the ability to cut around any bones that may be in the meat.
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