Kicking Your Cooking Up a Notch
What would give your cooking a boost, a kick in the rear, and get you feeling like you want to try something completely different and take a new path into the garden of “epicurean delight?” You might be wondering if it's an ingredient, or a dish you have yet to try at a favorite restaurant that would get your creative juices flowing. Or maybe it's something else entirely, like a new gadget, or tool that might break you out of the dining-room doldrums.
What about trying out a set of ceramic knives? If that got your interest, read on about how these newly popular wonders can kick your cooking up a notch—or several.
Not Your Ordinary Knives
Over the last two and a half centuries, people have been using metal knives and cookware, mostly due to the advent of the Industrial Revolution. However, a good many millenia before then, humanity the world over had been using ceramics for prepping, cooking and serving food. In fact, ceramics in general—not just for cooking--have been in use since around 29,000 BC.
But thanks to the Industrial Revolution, humanity got out of the ceramics habit somehow and believed that metal utensils, pots and pans were the way to go. Over time, however, people started noticing the deleterious effects of the Industrial Revolution on the planet, and in the 1960s and '70s, began re-introducing the use of ceramics in cookware and utensils. The movement has slowly grown and now the old, pre-Industrial tools have become the new, 21st-century, eco-friendly way to cook.
And interestingly enough, because of new advances with eco-friendly processing, ceramic knives are truly not your typical knives. Especially not the ones from Wilson Cutlery, a leader in making top-flight, professional-grade ceramic knives. They use zirconia #4, which is a particle fineness rating of about 30% higher than zirconia #2, which is what many other knife manufacturers typically use. So even if you're unfamiliar with ceramic knives, if you start with a set from Wilson Cutlery, you're going to get a top-notch product.
Other Amazing Facts About Ceramic Knives
So what can ceramic knives do for you?
Say you're a sucker for good time management and efficiency. Any amount of time shaved off a task amounts to a good day, right? Steel knives have to be sharpened, even if they're sitting protected in your knife block. That's precious time taken away from the cooking you could be doing right now. Ceramic knives, on the other hand, give you the gift of time, because they are always sharp, and the better the ceramic knife you have, the longer you can go between sharpenings, which is quite often a good many years. Another such gift of time is the fact that such sharp knives deliver you the ability to slice your foods—especially fruits and veggies—really thin so you can play around with using them as garnishes, for example.
Again, ceramic knives are not your typical knives. Because ceramic knives are non-porous, they are far less likely to trap harmful microbes that can contribute all too easily to cross-contamination. You still have to wash them, of course, but the pores of a ceramic knife are far, far tinier than those of a steel knife. Pair a ceramic knife with a bamboo cutting board (which is also just as sustainable), and you have an eco-friendly “team” on your side.
Also, because of that non-porosity, ceramic knives will not transfer strong scents or flavors from one food to another. All it takes is just one wipe of your knife on a clean cloth and you're ready to cut something entirely different.
Another fantastic reason why ceramic knives will kick your cooking up a notch is the fact they're rustproof. They will not corrode because there are no metals in the ceramic. On top of this is the fact that ceramic itself needs no chemical compounds added in order to make it a superb knife material, which makes it one of the best planet-friendly options for your kitchen. And because such knives are essentially made from clay, you can get ceramic knives in various colors that will not only brighten up your kitchen, but elevate your mood.
So if you're looking for a way to kick your cooking up a notch, try out a set of ceramic knives and see just how far you can take your creativity.