Which Knives Do You Need to Cut Your Favourite Fruits?
Using the right knife can make a world of difference when you’re cutting fruit. Not only will the right knife make the job easier, but it will also make it safer. The likelihood is that you already have a number of these knives in your kitchen, but there may be some that you haven’t yet added to your collection.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most essential knives for cutting fruit with tips on how best to utilise them. So take a look and see which knives you could add to your kitchen based on your favourite fruits.
In this guide:
- Paring Knife
- Utility Knife
- Chef’s Knife
- Bread Knife
- Grapefruit Knife
- Microplane Grater
- Other Tools
This is one of the most essential knives when it comes to preparing fruit. The size of the paring knife makes it ideal for tasks such as peeling and slicing, so it is often used with fruits such as apples, pears, and kiwis.
When peeling fruit, you should hold the fruit with your finger and thumb and slip the blade under the skin by cutting gently into it. You can then carefully pull the blade around the fruit, peeling the skin off as you go. Be careful to do this slowly and gently to avoid slipping and risking cutting yourself.
This multi-purpose knife has a number of different uses but it is particularly handy when you are preparing fruit. The utility knife is often used for chopping and slicing fruits that are a little too large for a paring knife to handle such as citrus fruits.
The extra length of the blade means that you can easily work your way through these items. You can still get a good level of precision if you’re wanting thin slices, but you don’t need to work with a bulkier chef’s knife.
A chef’s knife is where you can start working on much larger fruits that you just wouldn’t be able to get through with smaller knives. This could include bulkier fruits such as mango and some smaller melons.
When chopping, it’s often helpful to use a rocking motion which can take a lot of the hard work out of the job. The chef’s knife should have a large enough surface area to give you enough force to get through the larger fruits.
While a bread knife is most commonly used to slice loaves, it has far more uses than its name would suggest. The serrated blade makes it ideal for slicing through thick-skinned fruits such as tomatoes, peaches, and citrus fruits.
As this is a knife, it makes it easier to tackle the larger fruits that may be tough to get through with smaller knives. Use a sawing action with the large items to make light work of cutting them.
You can often find specialty knives that are designed for a very specific job. This includes the grapefruit knife which, as the name suggests, is made specifically to cut grapefruit. The curved blade is designed to separate the segments from the rind, allowing you to get the most out of your fruit.
One tool which you’ve maybe not considered when it comes to cooking with fruit is a microplane grater and it all comes down to one thing – microplane kitchen tools are extremely sharp.
The tiny razor-like cutting edges slice instead of tearing or shredding, conserving the aroma of the fruit and add more flavour. While most manufacturers rely on clumsy metal stamping to produce inefficient cutting edges, Microplane creates precise razor-sharp teeth utilising their patented chemical etching process.
They’re the perfect piece of equipment for your kitchen and one which makes cooking with fruit even more appealing!
There are plenty of kitchen tools that will make fruit preparation a lot easier. These tools often have very specific uses but if you eat a lot of the particular fruit, they may be a worthwhile investment. These include apple corers which are used to efficiently remove the core from apples, melon ballers which allow you to remove the ‘meat’ of a melon while also providing a great way of presenting the fruit.
If you eat a lot of fruit, it may be worthwhile to invest in some of these tools and knives which will improve your kitchen skills as well as make a number of jobs much easier and simpler. You can take a look at our range of knives and kitchen tools if you’re thinking of adding to your kitchen.