Monday, May 24, 2010

The Most Important Kitchen Tool...and a Giveaway


Have you heard of Wusthof Knives before?  I have envied their knives for a long time now and longed to get my hands on one.  Recently, they gifted me with one of their beautiful Classic Santoku knives so I could do a product review.  Ever since opening it I have been in knife heaven.  This knife is seriously amazing.

I've had good knives before, but this is the mother of them all.  I can't imagine what their other knives can do. One of the best parts about Wusthof is their warranty.  Behind every good knife is a warranty.  They also have great sharpeners to help keep your knife in tip top condition.  Go to their website for more information about all of their products.  For this review I put together a few different foods, that to me, need good knives if you are going to cut them up the right way.  It really is true -- a knife is the most important kitchen tool.   Are you ready to get chopping and slicing?  Let's begin.

 The knife looked so good in the box when it arrived, that I just had to take a picture.

 Doesn't it look powerful?

 First up, cutting fresh mozzarella cheese.  If you do not have a good sharp knife for this, you might as well rip the cheese apart with your bare hands. The beauty of this knife is in the hollow edge which creates pockets of air to prevent extra thin or soft slices from sticking to the blade.  Fresh mozzarella cheese has finally found it's match. 

 The knife really does glide through the cheese.

 No sawing, or extra hard pushing to get the cheese to cut.

 Just for kicks, I used the knife to cut a tomato. Normally, I use a serrated knife, but I thought I would give this a try.  Perfecto!

 I made a homemade pizza using this recipe for crust.  I place the fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced turkey bacon (with the help of my new knife, of course), fresh tomato, crackled pepper and Parmesan.
  
 Next up, the onion.  With the right knife, cutting an onion will not be the dreaded kitchen chore anymore.  Just watch.




 I love this knife so much, I cried when I was done.  The onions might have helped me out a little.  Okay, bad joke.  On with the next...

 Meet a fresh pineapple.  These are SO much better than cracking open a can of them.  Oh, and having a good knife helps too.

 No sawing to cut through the skin of this baby.  Just a gently push down and away it goes.



Be sure to cut off the hard middle core.

 Slice off the hard skin.

 It's really that easy.

 Once you have the skin and core cut off, it's time to slice all of the wedges up.

 Thank you knife, for making my life easier.

 Last, the all mighty watermelon.

 I cut through that baby watermelon in the blink of an eye.  

 See how clean that cut is?


 Want to learn how to cut a watermelon correctly?  Go here for a wonderful tutorial.  Who knew it could be so easy.  


Fresh summer fruit, cut right in your own kitchen.  

Do you want to get your hands on one of Wusthof's fabulous knives?  Go here for a list of stores. 

Wait, I'm not done.  How would you like to win the knife featured in this post?  Well, you can.  The team at Wusthof has generously offered one up for grabs.  Just leave a comment stating 1) your experience with a Wusthof knife in the past, or 2) how one of their products would change your life in the kitchen.  

Leave your comment by Friday May 28th at 11:59 pm.  Winner announced on Saturday. Good luck!



72 comments:

Chelsea said...

I don't want to be comment number one, but whatever, I'll just bite the bullet.

I want this knife so bad it hurts. It would change my life in that I would cut down on cutting time....no pun intended!

Emily Ferrell said...

I have never owned a good knife and have always wanted one. It would help me eat healthier since the healthiest food seems to be the hardest to cut (like sweet potatoes and squash before they are cooked of course).

Amber Perona said...

I have never owned a super nice knife like this, but would love to! I would love to cut and dice things muscle free! :)

Katie said...

We LOVE Wusthof in our kitchen! For our wedding, we got the serrated tomato knife, but we literally use it every day. Their knives stay sharp for so long and hold up to just about anything. this would be a great addition to our kitchen!

Meghan said...

I would love to win this knife! I just have cheap knives we got for our wedding. I would love a good multi-purpose knife! It would definitely cut down on prep time! =)

Whitney said...

I have never owned a good knife. I bought a knife that "looks" like this from... Walmart... and just that small improvement helped so much with my kitchen life.
So to have a REAL one - that would just be the epitomy of kitchen perfection!

katie said...

no fancy knives in my kitchen...yet! i've heard a dull knife is much more dangerous than a sharp one. i'm still working on my knife skills and i believe this knife would change my life by preventing any (more) kitchen injuries :)

Liese said...

Somehow I am always cursed with the worst knives on the planet! This knife would be heaven on earth in the kitchen. Besides, Saturday is my birthday! :)

AngelaBeth said...

I personally don't own ANY knives! And the worst part.. my roommate is moving out in August. I have NO idea what I'm going to cut with. Well I guess I should say I HAD no idea... now I know... I want THIS knife! :)

Aimee said...

I don't have a Wusthof, but after reading this post, I definitely want one! This knife would get used daily, I can guarantee it.

Claire said...

Can I enter for someone else? My parents are still using the kitchen knives they got for their wedding... 26 years ago! For Christmas last year I bought my dad a really nice kitchen utility knife and he just loves it. I would absolutely love to win this for him. He loves to cook but I know that having a great knife like this would make it even more enjoyable. It is time for my parents to get rid of their 26 year old knives with the wooden handles and own some really great kitchen tools!

dandee said...

How did you know I just started my Wusthof collection? Ina Garten says they're the best too.

I want this knife! No, NEED this knife!

C.Family said...

I would like this knife because bad knives are a pet peeve of mine. The sad thing is all I own is bad ones. This knife would show me what I have been missing. :)

Lori said...

Holy moly this knife looks amazing! I have never even heard of these knives and I don't own any good knives so this would be awesome to win. It would make my life in the kitchen super dreamy.

LKP said...

ok, #1 i have NO experience with Wusthof's knives thus far, therefore #2 having one of their knives would more than revolutionize me in the kitchen setting. cutting ANYTHING is one of my least fave things to do in cooking...so i tend to bake more...well i did, until all my allergies. a wusthof knife would be helpful in rehabilitating me with recipes i can eat AND enjoy since cutting would be a breeze! keep me in mind, please.

Christy said...

I think my parents have one of these knives. They swear by German knifes and will only buy them. As a note of how skilled they are, I dropped one on my foot and it sliced through the tendon! got some power there!

Stephanie said...

I love Wusthof knives! I have a Wusthof chef's knife and a paring knife. I love them both and use them pretty much everyday. And I have a sharpener, which I also love. But I don't have a Santuko! I could give it a good home.

Janet said...

This knife would be a great help to me. Im starting culinary school in August so I need some of the best tools out there.

Loren said...

looks like a great knife, and just for the imagining , I am commenting-kps

Jenna said...

Me me me!!! I'm always in need of a good, amazing, incredible knife!! I almost died when I didn't win the honey.... :)

suburban prep said...

I need all sorts of knives but because I also make baked goods which require zest of a citrus I would love the the lemon zester.

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logandlex said...

I am honored to be comment #22. I am going to culinary school in the fall and would blow the socks of all my classmates if I could use one of these!

I just want to use one to cut some tomatoes! I hate cutting tomatoes. My knives are mushy. Mushy knives = Mushy tomatoes.Please help!

Alayne said...

My knives are J.A. Henckels, supposedly really good, but they are getting super dull, even though I sharpen them regularly! I don't truly believe there is a "perfect" knife out there. I would like to be proven wrong :-)

magnolia said...

Okay, I first thought, "How dumb to have a post on what your knife can do," but I have to admit, by the end I WANTED one.

Jules said...

I have never owned any of their products, but I am always looking for a good, multi-purpose knife. I am always trying to hone (ooooh so sorry for the pun!) my knife skills.

Aunt Debbie said...

Knives like this are why I have never invested in Cutco. I know these are the choice of chefs. I have never owned one, but would absolutely love to. I sure hope I win this. It would be one of the best birthday presents I could EVER receive, on June 4th. I will be waiting anxiously.:) By the way, I will be 46 on 6/4 and I was born in '64. Doesn't that make me worthy to be the winner?

Erin said...

I have been looking for a good knife, so perfect, a good recommendation! It takes me, I'm sure, 3 times the normal chopping time with my sad pitiful Target knives (I still love you Target) that we got when we got married. My mom laughs everytime she comes to visit and has to use one of them! A good knife would be great!

Tina said...

I have been trying to get into the habit of cooking healthier things for my sweet family but it is always hard when you don't have the right tools (and are in the middle of a move). I think that this would help me in this endeavor.

Sarah M. said...

I think my mom could use this knife in the kitchen. She works so hard it would make her life easier!!

Josh said...

I've never used one of these knives, but if that knife is as good as you say it is, WOW!! That would seriously help me out in the kitchen! I have such a hard time cutting tomatoes... I think those are the hardest thing for me!

Anonymous said...

It took almost eight years before I got some decent knives in my kitchen...and they are Wusthof! I actually own this exact knife. I love it, for all the exact reasons you just posted! I also have the meat knife and a paring knife. But just for kicks--I'll enter! Daishan

The Lees said...

I would love to have an all-purpose knife like this. It would make my time in the kitchen so much easier.

erica e said...

oh cool! i need a good knife. i love slicing fruits and veggies because they are so beautiful but this would make the job even more wonderful. i especially love the look of a clean cut watermelon. yum.

Jackie said...

Wow! If people saw what I was cutting with it would be embarrassing! I need this!

Trish said...

I have never used that brand of knife and the one I am cutting with now came from my mom's great aunt's house. Little rusty and I cut my fingers quite a bit because the knife slips a lot. So bad of me!

Julie Kaye said...

I have only ever used on Wusthof knife, and I could simply that by saying......I only use one knife! In my whole house the rest of the knives are useless. I wish I could own a set. I guess here is my attempt at the "one at a time" approach!

skinners said...

we eat watermelon GALORE at our house during the summer! i would LOVE to try that knife on one!

Natasha said...

Move over Cutco. I have never seen a knife cut a tomato or fresh mozzarella like that!

Not Just A Mommy! said...

What can I say? I need a grown-up knife. I have to switch back and forth between my knives, I have one good serrated knife, the rest are just sad steak knives from the block set I've had for years.

Staci said...

Girl that pizza looked awesome! I too have envied Wustof knives for years. My husband and I drool over them when we go to Bed Bath and Beyond. This could replace the 10 dull knives I have in my drawer.

Lisa said...

I envision my three boys sitting at the counter watching in amazment as I slice and dice fruit. I would be a changed woman to own this knife. This would mean no more microwaved hot dogs or chicken nuggets. I would be able to cut through a watermelon. Whip my way through cutting a pineapple. Oh the possibilities seem endless. Please pick me!

Anita Kehn said...

My son has bragged on these knives for a long time now but I do not have one. I want one!! I would use it alot!

danalou said...

We got these knives for our wedding and I love them!! This particular style is my favorite and would love to add it to my existing block!!

brent and kashann said...

I use cutco but haven't sent them off to be sharpened ever (14 years) and keep wishing I could sharpen it at home. Let me just cut to the chase. . . I want a Wusthof knife and sharpener. Can't believe it cuts tomatoes without a serrated edge! Good Post Candace! Your fruit and pizza pictures have all of us fired up. We all wanna win!

Keri said...

I just don't want...I NEED!

I have one of those knife drawers that if one doesn't work, you start digging for another! I've dirtied all my knifes in one cooking experience before! It's pretty sad. :)

Brenda said...

After just having my 5th baby my time seems to be swallowed up so any time that could be taken out by making dinner prep fast would really help things out around here.

NaDell said...

That knife looks so amazing and all that fresh fruit makes me crave it!

andrea said...

I almost cried when I saw the pictures of what this baby can do! I got a really cheap set of knives to take with me to college and have been using the same ones ever since.
I can't even imagine what it would be like to dice up an onion so finely!

june said...

I don' t have wusthof knife, but i'm pretty certain having one would be life changing at meal prep!

Gina said...

I don't have any of these knives but have heard lots about them! Oh how I would love one! My pineapples definitely don't look that good when I cut them. I guess I need to win the knife so they can!

Nicole said...

I would love love love one of these knives as I am having fun cooking all of the recipes from The Cook Next Door...or should I say Super Mom, and this knife would just make it that much easier....

Em and Ms said...

I hate chopping stuff. Maybe a good knife would make it fun!

Angie said...

I've been married for 9 years and have NEVER had a "good" knife. Everytime I use my dull old knifes, I daydream of a knife like this! Oh how I hope I win!

Teri said...

I'd love to try a knife that could "change my life"!

MJ said...

Oh my goodness, I want this knife!

Brooke said...

I love how you showed how versatile it is, how great to have one knife that can do it all! I love fresh pineapple, I'd love to have a good sharp knife to make that job much easier!

Doug and Julie Woodall said...

I would LOVE a Wusthof knife! There are so many things (like fresh watermelon and pineapple) that I would love to have more often, but it's such a hassle to try to saw through with my awful knives.

Thueson's Blog Spot said...

I have never used a super nice knife before-- so this knife would rock my world!!! I have had the same knives we got as a wedding gift 9 years ago!!!

Cookie Dough said...

In my kitchen, good utensils have their own identity as they are just that important in my house. We'll call this one Wustie for short. Wustie deserves a good home, and I can give him just that.

1) Wustie will have plenty of exercise, as a good knife can be used to cut EVERYTHING. Slicing and dicing is so fun when the knife actually works!

2) Wustie will be properly cleaned and maintained; hand-washing and towel-drying only for this precious metal. Professional sharpening done yearly to maintain that wonderfully sharp blade.

3) Wustie will be safely tucked in every night into his own little bed, complete with a little blankie and maybe even a goodnight kiss. :)

Sam and Melissa said...

Owning this knife would make me want to make dinner! Who knows, I might even buy a pineapple :)

kristin said...

This knife may actually get me in the kitchen and cooking.

Jill said...

Maybe this will be my lucky win. I've always wanted to try a Wustof.

Mollie said...

I got married when I was 19 and had no idea which quality items I should register for! 6 years later I find myself needing an amazing knife like a this!

Lisa said...

ahhhh.....this knife would make slicing, dicing, chopping, cutting such a joy. I would be so much faster at preparing dinner, my family would die of shock.
crossing my fingers :)

stacey said...

Oh wow, what a great demonstration you have given us! If I were to win this knife I would use it for all the same things you did in this post, and I would use it to speed things up a bit in our kitchen. I really should have registered for something like this 5 years ago when I got married...but if I win this I'd be ever-so-pleased! :)

Alyssa Griffeth said...

I have Henkels knives and while I LOVE them, I think I would love Wusthof even more! I have heard such fabulous things!

Roseanne said...

Wow you did a great job convincing me I need a good knife. I would LOVE this multi-purpose knife, it would help out so much with EVERYTHING (just like you showed in your blog)!

Tiffany said...

I have long admired the wusthof knives. I sometimes go into high end kitchen retail stores just to dream about how much amazing cooking and chopping I could do with them.

Lisa said...

I have never used this knife brand before and I've always been a little afraid of sharp objects and blades. Luckily, I've been more active in the kitchen so I'm getting used to using knives, and just realized how important it is to have a good one to use!

liz said...

How would a Wustof change my life? I equate it to how marrying brad pitt would impact the beauty of my children.
no. really.
All I want in this world is my watermelon to look like your watermelon. With this knife that could be possible.

Lacey said...

Never owned this kind of knife. I would love it though. A good knife makes cooking easier.

Paige said...

I have never owned a great knife before and would love to feel like Rachael Ray in the kitchen....pick me pick me!!