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GET ATTUNED WITH YOUR CUTLERIES
“Kitchen cutleries are an essential item of your kitchen. Depending on their usage the basic cutlery utensils like knives, spoons and forks come in different shapes and sizes. Each of them is cut out for different purposes. Read on to get yourself acquainted with the varieties of kitchen wares and their uses.”
BONING KNIFE – With a 4-5 inch blade, which is flexible, this knife is well-matched for separating meat from the bone.
HAM SLICER – The name says it all. The knife is specially designed for slicing through the ham. It has a 10-inch blade.
CLEAVER – This knife is best suited for chopping through the bones and joints of an animal and its flat side can be used to crush spices like peppercorns. It comes with a 6-inch blade.
CHEF’S KNIFE – One of the most versatile knives which can be deftly used for a variety of purpose. It has a 4-12 inch blade and works wonder for chopping and dicing.
FISH FILET – True to its name this thin, 7-inch blade knife has a great litheness for filleting fish.
TOMATO/BAGEL KNIFE – Totally apposite for cutting something that’s soft on the inside and tough on the outside. The Tomato/Bagel Knife is a serrated knife with a 5-inch blade.
FORK – Known as a carving knife’s assistant, the fork knife’s 8-inch blade holds meat in place while slicing. It also helps transfer meat from pan to plate.
UTILITY KNIFE – This one is a cross between a pairing and chef’s knife. To all intents and purposes, it comes as an all-purpose knife with a 6-inch blade.
BREAD KNIFE – Its sharp, scalloped 9-inch blade cuts the bread easily without squashing the loaf.
PARING KNIFE – The most commonly used knife in the kitchen, it is usually for hand-held tasks providing maximum control. Its blade measures up to 3½-4 inch.
TABLE SPOON – A little bigger than the tea spoon, it is used as a serving tool and also used as a unit of volume like teaspoon.
TEA SPOON – It is small in size and tea spoon is usually used for stirring tea or coffee. It is also used as a unit of volume, while preparing several recipes.
SOUP SPOON- Especially designed for eating soups, the Soup spoon has a larger, deeper and circular bowl than a tablespoon.
ICED TEA SPOON – A thin and tall spoon used to stir iced tea that is served in tall glasses. It is very similar to the teaspoon but this one has a longer handle.
GRAPEFRUIT SPOON – This spoon has a serrated front edge which helps in separating the grapefruit from the rind. And it is very similar to a teaspoon.
DESSERT SPOON – Used for eating dessert, this spoon has a pointed bowl rather than a rounded one. The dessert spoon intermediates in size between the tablespoon and teaspoon.
LADLES – Particularly used for serving soups and anything liquid, ladles are spoons that have a long handle attached to its bowl vertically.
ABSINTHE SPOON – It comes with a flat bowl with a notch in the handle where the rim of the glass rests. Absinthe spoon is used to mix a sugar cube into a glass of absinthe. It is a necessity for the absinthe-drinker’s ritual.
WOODEN SPOON – This spoon is made from wood and is used for cooking on expensive cookwares.
SLOTTED SPOON – It is a long handled spoon which is used for preparing food. Its function is to remove solid foods from liquids.
CARVING FORK- It is a two-pronged fork, which is used for holding meat steadily while it is being carved.
DINNER FORK- It has a handle connected to two, three or even four narrow tines. Dinner forks are used for the entrée course at dinner.
SALAD FORK- Somewhat similar to a regular fork but comparatively shorter and one of the outer tines is shaped differently. The salad fork is used for the salad course.
TOASTING FORK- This type of fork usually has two tines, which are a very long metal shafts and are used for toasting food over coals or an open flame.
CHIP FORK- Specifically designed to use for eating chips, better known as finger fries, the Chip fork is made out of sterile wood. It is a two-pronged disposable fork.
DESSERT FORK- Designed for eating desserts, this fork has only three tines and is smaller in size as compared to dinner forks.
BEEF FORK- Shaped like a regular fork, only slightly bigger with the tines curved outward, beef forks are used to pick up very thin slices of meat.
COCKTAIL FORK- This fork resembles a trident and is used to spear cocktail garnishes like olive.
SPAGHETTI FORK- This fork enables spaghetti to be easily wound onto the tines. It comes with a metal shaft loosely fitted inside a hollow plastic handle.
FONDUE FORK- Typically made of wood the fondue fork is suited for dipping bread into a pot containing sauce. It usually has two tines, a long shaft and an insulating handle.
Last Updated on 2011-01-20 05:17:17