No kitchen is complete without a set of knives (good ones, mind you), and no knife is complete without a sharp edge. If they’re just not cutting it (pun intended), it’s time to invest just 5 minutes to get an edge on those blades.
Wusthof makes an easy-to-use knife sharpener with a 2-step process for a coarse edge and a fine edge. I purchased mine for just $20 at Williams-Sonoma. Granted, using it yields a bit of a “nails of a chalkboard” reaction for me, though the brief noise discomfort is worth the effort. Easier and quicker slices of onions saves you time and tears (sniff sniff). You can still wear those sexy onion goggles if you really want to.
Speaking of which, pick up a copy of “The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry” by Seattle author Kathleen Flinn. This amusing story of her experiences at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris relates why a sharp knife draws fewer tears when you cut an onion. There’s more to her tale, of course, so no “spoiler alerts” here.
You may be thinking that a sharp knife equals less crying over onions, but what about crying over sliced fingers? To which I ask, have you labored over a butternut squash with a dull knife before? That’s a sure-fire way to guarantee you’ll be a 2-fingered bandit in the kitchen afterward. I rest my (knife)case.