The $35 Knife That Has Become My Go-To Tool for Weeknight Meal Prep

The $35 Knife That Has Become My Go-To Tool for Weeknight Meal Prep

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Oh Misen, how we love thee. You may already be familiar with some of the brand’s popular cookware (which constantly sells out) and more specifically their carbon steel wok, but I have a hot tip to share: Misen’s underrated gem is their awesomely versatile Paring Knife. This sleek and ergonomic knife has become my go-to for weeknight onion chopping, veggie prep, and citrus slicing. Plus, at just $35, this little wonder is one hell of a steal.

I’ve been a longtime fan of the Brooklyn-based kitchen tools brand since their founding, and I’m certainly not the only editor to sing their praises. Serious Eats called Misen’s wares “the Holy Grail of chef’s knives” and Epicurious has included the chef’s knife on their best lists. However, one knife has been vastly underrated: Misen’s small-but-mighty Paring Knife. While it’s the perfect companion to the Chef’s Knife, Misen’s Paring Knife stands on its own as a versatile, ergonomic, everyday tool for weeknight meal prep.

As someone with slightly smaller hands, I find Misen’s Paring Knife comfortable to grip, maneuver, and wash following dinner prep. Its sloped bolster pulls double duty, as the sloped shape encourages a proper “pinch grip” for comfort and control, while the bolster’s placement creates better access to the blade’s full length. A razor-sharp steel blade has twice the carbon content of most other top-tier knives, which makes slicing and dicing incredibly precise. Mincing garlic? Check. Chopping onions like a boss? Double check.

My favorite use of Misen’s Paring Knife is chopping fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil. Maybe it’s a personal preference, but I love the snap of the stems getting evenly separated by my knife before I toss them into the Polpette simmering on my stove. This easy-to-hold knife gives me major confidence during meal prep and has helped me master classic knife skills like Julienne cuts, chopping, cubing, and dicing.

If you’re in the market for a versatile, razor-sharp, everyday knife to up your home cooking game, consider adding Misen’s Paring Knife to your arsenal. The devil is truly in the details.

This Editor-Favorite Knife Collection Just Got a Stylish Upgrade

This Editor-Favorite Knife Collection Just Got a Stylish Upgrade

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Every home chef needs a good set of knives, but let’s face it: High-caliber knives can be pretty pricey. However, savvy shoppers know that it is possible to find affordable knives and cutlery without sacrificing quality. And today, Victorinox — aka the award-winning brand behind the Swiss Army Knife — announced the launch of their new collection, the Swiss Modern Synthetic Extension. The budget-friendly knives range from just $7 for a 4-inch paring knife to a 10-inch carving knife for a reasonable $62, and you can rest assured that you’re getting the high-caliber craftsmanship that the Swiss brand is known for. 

A new take on their popular Swiss Modern collection, the Swiss Modern Synthetic Extension is made “for the home chef who appreciates sophisticated design as much as they do functional, high-quality utensils,” according to the brand. The Synthetic Extension knives and tabletop cutlery feature sleek and chic synthetic handles, deviating from the brand’s traditional walnut wood to add a pop of color to your kitchen. The contemporary-looking handles are ergonomically designed for your comfort and ease of use, and you have the option of choosing between honey, sage, and aqua to fit your preferred aesthetic.

In addition to the comfortable handles, the Swiss Modern Synthetic Extension collection is made from durable stainless steel for smooth cutting and slicing. Both the synthetic handles and the wear-resistant steel are dishwasher safe, making cleanup extra easy.

Victorinox’s regular Swiss Modern line also offers knife blocks, carving forks, and more. Our tools editor, Riddley, is a big fan of their chef’s knife, telling us that, “for the money, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better, more durable chef’s knife than Victorinox. It stays sharp for a long time, is lightweight, and has a texturized handle that’s both grippy and comfortable to hold.” And lucky for us, the new Synthetic Extension knives and cutlery boast the same combination of affordability, quality, and low weight (the steak knife is just 1.1 ounces!). 

Whether you’re looking to change up your kitchen color scheme, cook on a budget, or find high-quality knives and cutlery, the Swiss Modern Synthetic Extension from Victorinox delivers on all fronts.

Phoebe Sklansky

Editorial Intern, Kitchn Commerce Team

Phoebe is the Editorial Intern for the Kitchn Commerce team. You can usually find her crafting a charcuterie board or making the most out of her tiny apartment kitchen. She is a student at Vanderbilt and is based out of Nashville and New York.

Material Just Gave Us ANOTHER Reason to Stock Up on Their Ridiculously Awesome Cutting Boards

Material Just Gave Us ANOTHER Reason to Stock Up on Their Ridiculously Awesome Cutting Boards

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A couple of weeks ago, Kitchn shared the exciting news that one of their favorite direct-to-consumer brands released one of their favorite kitchen tools in three new colors (don’t you just love it when that happens?). That’s right, Material‘s uber-popular reBoard cutting board is now available in three summery hues: sunny Sand, orange-y Coral, and light blue Tide. If you’ve been eyeing these gorgeous kitchen must-haves — or any of Material’s tools, cookware, and diningware — today is the day to buy. Now through the end of July, Material will gift The Good Shears (normally $35) with every purchase of $95 or more when you enter code FEELGOOD at checkout.

Repeatedly topping the Kitchn Essentials list as the best plastic cutting board, the reBoard is up for pretty much any challenge in the kitchen. It’s incredibly durable and resistant to scratches, made from recycled materials, and dishwasher-friendly. Plus, it looks absolutely stunning sitting on your countertop.

But consider yourself warned: Material’s most popular pieces have been known to sell out in mere days, so a hard-to-resist offer like this one is sure to get the attention of savvy shoppers. That’s why we recommend you put together your next Material order ASAP to score The Good Shears for free. Don’t forget to enter code FEELGOOD at checkout, and get ready to feel oh-so-good when they arrive.

Made In Just Launched a Super-Special Knife — And It’s Sure to Sell Out Soon

Made In Just Launched a Super-Special Knife — And It’s Sure to Sell Out Soon

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Tom Colicchio loves the water. “If anyone knows me, besides being in the kitchen, one of my favorite things in the world is to be out on the ocean,” says the five-time James Beard Award winner, avid fisherman, Top Chef Judge, restaurateur, and celebrity chef in this video clip. (If you’re a Below Deck viewer and want to be disappointed by an April Fools joke, watch it!). Which is why it it makes total sense that, for the last year, he worked with the direct-to-consumer cookware company Made In to design a fishing knife set.

And, as of today, you can buy said knives! The set includes a straight-edged Flexible Fillet Knife for precision cuts like deboning, skinning, and filleting fish, and a serrated Utility Knife best for tougher cuts, like taking the head off a fish, prepping bait, and cutting frozen fish. 

“We were talking about kitchen knives when Tom mentioned his dream of making something for his boat,” Jake Kalick, Made In president and co-founder, says. “We went through all the various blade shapes and sizes to determine the ideal two-piece set for sport fishing. Obviously Tom is known for his accomplishments in the kitchen, but judging by the detail he put into this we’d say his true passion may actually be fishing! We even designed the handle to match the color of his boat’s hull.” 

After spending six hours out on the water on a recent Monday morning with Colicchio, Kalick, and Made In CEO and co-founder, Chip Malt, I can confirm that the slip-resistant handle does indeed match the hull. And that the award-winning chef’s love for the water is unparalleled. While I may have needed an, ahem, brief fishing refresher after stepping aboard Colicchio’s boat, a morning spent chasing stripers and bass off the coast of Long Island and using the knives on the fresh catch sure beat my usual Monday morning remote “office” (aka my bedroom). 

While the fishing knife set is Made In’s first foray into the outdoor fishing category, judging by how fantastic these knives are, it shouldn’t be their last. You can order the Fishing Knife Set Designed By Tom Colicchio here, as of today!

Are you an avid fisherman or do you know one? Let us know in the comments!

Made In Just Launched a Unique New Knife Collection That’s Sure to Sell Out Soon

Made In Just Launched a Unique New Knife Collection That’s Sure to Sell Out Soon

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Back in October, Kitchn introduced you to a limited-edition version of Made In’s Nakiri Knife with an elegant olive wood handle — a piece of cutlery so exquisite that it sold out in under two hours (!!). Well, if your “add to cart” finger wasn’t quick enough last fall, now’s your chance to see that gorgeous wooden handle in your very own kitchen, because the uber-popular brand just made it available on several of its award-winning knives.

If you’re not familiar with Made In, it’s one of our absolute favorite direct-to-consumer cookware companies. The brand makes one of the best carbon steel roasting pans the Kitchn team has ever tested, a ridiculously great sheet pan, super-cute tabletop pieces, and (of course) high-quality cutlery. Like the brand’s other knives, each piece in the new olive wood collection is full tang and fully forged from nitrogen-treated stainless steel. Translation: They’re razor sharp and incredibly long lasting. That’s the kind of top-notch quality you get when you work with fifth-generation knifemakers in Thiers, France, after all.

If history tells us anything, we recommend you shop these olive wood knives ASAP while they’re still in stock. And to save you time, we’ve rounded up the entire collection below. Happy shopping!