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Five Essential Knives for Every Kitchen

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Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take much to be a good cook. But what separates the good from the great is the quality of the tools that are used, and it all starts with knives.

At our teaching research kitchens at NC State, there’s a simple philosophy: you only need a few knives to cook great meals. NC State Extension Nutrition Specialist Carolyn Dunn explains the basic set of knives and tools you should have in your own kitchen to improve your cooking skills.

This basic set will provide you with everything you need to improve your cooking skills! Although you should stay within your budget, it is important to be mindful of quality as well. And don’t forget to sharpen them once in a while to keep them in the best shape they can be!

This Homegrown In the Kitchen feature was filmed in the Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens at NC State University. This innovative, state-of-the-art kitchen complex was designed to enhance and extend our work in teaching, research and Extension.

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