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Slicing & Carving Knives

For some chefs, preparing a juicy turkey or roast is a simple task. However, carving the cut of meat often proves to be a much more difficult task than preparing it. Invest in a sturdy carving knife from Williams-Sonoma to quickly and efficiently cut the meat into uniform slices or appropriately sized pieces. Carving with these sharp slicing knives results in clean cuts of meat that look aesthetically pleasing. The large assortment of dapper materials and chic designs ensures that chefs find knives that complement their kitchen’s decor.


Around the holidays, you may find yourself bringing a turkey or ham to the home of a friend or family member. As a chef, it is best to be prepared. Use a lightweight knife roll to safely and conveniently transport your favorite carving knives. Some rolls include slots to hold knives into place, while others contain an open space that accommodates knives of all sizes.


Nothing is worse than trying to use your carving knife, only to discover that the blade is dull and listless. Even the finest stainless-steel carving knives require regular maintenance to provide a superior carving experience. Keep your carving knives ready for action with regular attention from a knife sharpener. Both electric and manual knife sharpeners are available. Some chefs prefer the ease of use associated with electric models, while others prefer the control offered by a manual piece. Electric sharpeners include different sharpening stages so that you can customize how much or how little you sharpen your carving and slicing knives.


After sharpening your carving knives, it is time to stow them until your next dinner or event. Some carving knives come as a set that includes a carving fork and storage case. If your carving knife doesn’t have a case or if you prefer to keep your knife nearby, a knife block is a smart alternative. Knife blocks have multiple spaces, so that you can hold your carving, slicing and steak knives in a single convenient spot. Many even feature slots to hold commonly used cutting accessories, such as your carving fork or honing steel. While you are cooking, protect yourself from the sharpened blade by covering it with a blade guard. Blade guards are also a storage solution for knives that you prefer not to store in a knife block.


As you use your carving knives, you may discover that you have a preference for a certain type of knife blade. Some of the most popular varieties of carving knife blades include curved edges and hollow edges. A curved edge carving knife swiftly slices through even the largest cut of meat. Hollow edge knives minimize friction, enabling the carver to slide the knife closer to the bone to quickly remove the meat. Small hollow edge carving knives also work well for slicing produce and cheese. Regardless of which type of blade you prefer, it is important to protect your kitchen counter with a cutting board. If you like to keep your cutting board on the counter at all times, a wooden cutting board is an attractive alternative that matches practically any style of decor. Synthetic cutting boards are another great choice due to the ease of cleaning them. Many are safe to put in the dishwasher for maximum simplicity when it comes to cleanup.


When you are planning a big event, it makes sense to use equipment that makes food prep as simple as possible. Swap your favorite manual carving knife for an electric carving knife. These high-tech slicing knives make it a cinch to slice meat, bread, produce and cheese into uniform slices. You can even pick how thick you want your slices to be by customizing the carving settings. Don’t let the thought of another cord in your kitchen intimidate you; cordless electric carving knives are a terrific solution if you are short on electrical outlets. Once your cutting is complete, use a magnetic knife bar to stow the knife nearby. Mount your magnetic knife bar on a wall or cabinet to preserve precious counter space.

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