March 17, 2010
Along with each video in this series, I'll be giving you extra tips from Chef Todd Mohr, and be sure to read the end of this post for a special announcement about Chef Todd coming onto the podcast! I still need your help!
During a discussion we recently had, Chef Todd told me that most people buy so many kitchen tools and gadgets that they don't really need.
As a matter of fact, he recommends just 4 essential kitchen knives.
Here's his synopsis of what you really need for successful kitchen prep:
French (Chef’s) knife– Offers the greatest versatility for most cutting and chopping. Used in a rocking motion where knife tip always touches the cutting board.
Boning knife – thinner, pointed, used for cleaning meats and removing bones.
Paring knife – small, short knife, most often used for cutting fruit. Used in one hand, pulling the edge toward your palm in opposition to pressure applied by the thumb
Slicing knife – longer knife with serrated edge, for cutting bread and slicing meats in a sawing fashion.
Proper knife skills are essential for the type of quick and easy kitchen prep that Chef Todd teaches. You've probably been to his website by now, but in case you haven't, you should know that he gives out a bunch of other cooking secrets in other free videos on his website, along with online cooking classes! Click here to check it out.
Great news – not only has Chef Todd agreed to be on a podcast, but it's going to be a video podcast straight from his kitchen, so he can demonstrate all his tips and tricks, and answer your questions. So if you have a special technique you'd like to see (like how to use the knives above, how to chop a tomato, or how to make butter have less fat), then simply leave your comments and questions below, and I'll ask Chef Todd during the video podcast!