Surprise Your Budding Chef With Ceramic Knives
If you have a teenager that's become quite handy around the kitchen, even coming up with new dinner ideas all by themselves, and they dream of graduating from a “Cordon Bleu” college, then it might be time to allow them to prove their skills.
It's time to present them with a good set of ceramic knives that they can use now, but also take with them when they leave home.
Why Ceramic Knives?
For starters, if your budding chef is as into food as you are, it's likely they've come across ceramic knives, either through you, or through their own explorations. If they're particularly savvy beyond their years to what ceramic knives can do to boost their own efficiency at food prep, then they just might ask for a set for Christmas or their birthday. That is, if they haven't saved up and bought a set themselves.
This said, you might be a foodie, but still might not be familiar with what your chef-to-be is asking for, especially since the use of ceramic knives has only recently made a comeback, so here are some handy takeaways to remember:
1) Ceramic Seldom Needs Sharpening. Ceramic knives, especially from Wilson Cutlery, are always sharp, and will last for years without requiring much attention in that area. This is particularly helpful for those single-minded, efficiency-minded types who want to get to cooking straight away without a lot of fuss and bother.
2) Ceramic Helps With Health Consciousness. If you've made a big deal out of preventing cross-contamination, then your young aspiring chef will be very aware of how ceramic is non-porous and strongly resists any bacteria that might otherwise hide in the larger pores within steel knives. In a different vein of healthy thinking, ceramic knives are so sharp, they make fruit and veggie cutting much easier, therefore making healthy, clean eating a breeze. So this is an ideal gift if your would-be Cordon-Bleu graduate has a yen for clean cooking.
3) Ceramic Knives Are Rustproof. Along with not needing to be sharpened quite as often, ceramic cutlery has no metal in it, so it absolutely cannot rust, which means your gift to them will last for a very long time.
4) Odors Are Non-Transferable. If your budding chef has complained about steel knives transferring certain strong food odors and flavors to items that they want left plain, or at least flavored differently, then ceramic knives are just the thing. Why? Again, it's due to the lack of porosity. The same kind of non-porous material that doesn't trap harmful bacteria will not trap strong flavors or odors. For example, if you're using a ceramic knife to cut garlic or hot peppers, and you don't want those flavors transferred to another item you need to cut, just wipe off the blade, and voila! No strong odors or flavors will transfer.
Naturally, not every young foodie grows up to be a chef, but if that's what your older teen wants to do, then supplying them with the right tools will help them grow and improve their skills. Granted, you'll likely have shown them how to properly sharpen steel knives, and they still may want a set of those, just because ceramic knives cannot be used for cutting bone, but a set of ceramic knives of their own will get them started on their journey.