We’re going back to basics today.
If you have any hope of actually getting a meal ready in 15 minutes, you need to have a sharp knife. If you’re fighting with a dull knife, the prep work will take too much time. And you’ll probably hate every minute of it.
But listen close – I’m not sure that many food bloggers would say what I’m about to say …
You do not have to have the best knife or the best cutting board.
You only need to have a sharp knife and a decent cutting board or two.
The items you see in the photo above are what I use every day.
For years I used dull knives, mostly because I didn’t have a lot of expendable income. But when I finally invested in one, I couldn’t believe the difference it made in my prep time.
And when I say invested, I’m only talking about $50. I bought that knife (which looks oddly small in the photo, even though it’s full size) at Target. I also bought a $15 knife sharpener to go with it. So it’s not a cheap purchase, but we’re not talking hundreds of dollars.
The cutting boards are fine, but nothing special. The large one is bamboo, bought from Walmart about 10 years ago. The small one I think is from Pampered Chef. It’s probably older than the bamboo one.
If you’re in need of a sharp knife, get yourself out to the store and buy one. Don’t forget the sharpener. And don’t think you have to spend a lot. If you have the money and want to get higher quality, fine! Enjoy! But you can find decent knives for a reasonable price.