Monday, August 06, 2007

Among my favorite tools

Serrated Bread Knife

Serrated bread knifeA good bread deserves a good bread knife. This is such a simple little thing, that I was hesitant to create a post just for it. I am however often surprised at how many people do not have a bread knife or even know about it, so I thought it deserves a mention. It is not something I grew up with, because bread did not play a big role in our food in India, unsliced loaves even more so, and I am sure there are innumerable people for whom that is true too.

If you like artisan bread or bake your own bread, you probably have one already. If not, it is something I would highly recommend. It is a superb tool that will serve you for a long time. In my case, it is one of those things that I bought without knowing how much use I would get out of it, but looking back it has been an excellent functional purchase.

There, I told you this post didn't have much else.

9 comments:

Kelly Mahoney said...

Great tip, I'm a fan of a good knife as well. You can ruin a good loaf of bread with a crummy knife.

Asha said...

I agree,Nothing like a serrated bread knife to cut the like butter!:)I have a beautiful angled one.

Raaga said...

I grew up with a beautiful bread knife at home, but don't have one now :-(

I just baked some bread and would have loved to have owned a bread knife!

Vee said...

ET, I don't think I would survive without the bread knife. Other than bread, (I rarely buy pre-sliced bread) I use it to slice tomatoes, patra-vade without getting all the masala out etc. I am quite surprised by how many people do not know its advantages. Definitely a needed post...

evolvingtastes said...

Thank you all. Yaay, so we all agree that a good bread knife is a must.

Raaga, welcome here! Hope you can find one soon.

Priyanka said...

ET, i have updated the blog to denote the link to Wiki. If you scroll down you will find a lot of external links. I found the recipes on a couple of these links.

TheCooker said...

My aai has a wonderful bread knife and so it one of my first kitchen purchases. A true kitchen essential.

Manisha said...

ET, which brand would you recommend? I want to send a gift to a friend and thought this would be a great idea.

evolvingtastes said...

Priyanka, thanks much for that link. That helps a lot, and it looks like a good resource for a lot of information about Oriyan food.

Cooker, gluten girl, I wouldn't have expected any less from you, and now I see where it comes from!

Manisha, that would make a great and rather thoughtful gift for someone who likes food, and bread in particular. I recommend checking out some of the brands like Wusthof and Henckels in a store before you buy. Even mid-priced ones like something of the Target variety can be pretty decent.

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