What is a paring knife
Chefs use a variety of knives for different purposes. One of the knives that every chef carries is the paring knife. Because of its size, many people call a paring knife a mini version of a chef's knife. A paring knife can be used for complex and delicate tasks.
The importance of paring knife
An important aspect of the paring knife is its versatile use. It can be used for many things, from coring to peeling, and to segmenting. Although by all accounts, it is the smallest knife in the kitchen. However, don't be fooled by its size. It is important for the delicate and meticulous work that cannot be done with larger knives. They are also ideal for removing seeds of small fruits and chopping up small items such as garlic or dried herbs.
What are you using a paring knife for
Let's take a look at some of the most popular uses for a paring knife!
- Peeling tomatoes
A paring knife can be used to cut an X shape in the bottom of the tomatoes for cooking. Once you have them cooked, use the cut to peel of skin starting from the X.
- Deveining shrimp
Use a paring knife to make a shallow cut on the back of the shrimp. This will expose the vein. Now you can use the tip of the knife to remove these veins.
- Preparing the bell peppers
Use your paring knife to cut and remove the tops, bottoms and seeds from the bell peppers. Make sure you remove the stems well, too. Now, lay the bell peppers skin side down on a flat surface and cut them into strips or chopped bell peppers as you wish.
- Segmenting fruits
To hull strawberries, use the handle of the knife used for peeling to neatly snip the leafy caps off. Or you can use the tip of the knife to cut a tapered core from the top of the berry, removing the leaves and the harder flesh at the stem end, which will help to preserve the shape of the berry.
EUNA great paring knife options
When buying a paring knife, it is best to trust a reputable manufacturer. EUNA offers paring knives in several great knife sets. So take a look and pick the knife that best suits your needs. You never have to worry about the quality of the material because each knife offers premium quality and features.
How to care for a paring knife
While the knife may fit perfectly in the cutlery basket, you should never wash your knives in the dishwasher. Putting your knives in the dishwasher is to put them at risk for blade damage, from chips and scratches to rust and discoloration to dulled blades. We suggest that you hand-wash your knives in warm, soapy water to keep them clean and in perfect condition, then wipe the water from the blade surface.