When I'm preparing a meal in the kitchen, I grab the nearest utensil in my proximity. Now, whether I'm attempting to slice a slab of brisket with a bread knife when I should really be using a chef's blade, is another issue.
For those of us who momentarily consider the difference between a steak knife and a smaller pairing knife, then recklessly reach over for the vegetable knife to cut our steak -- this insightful infographic was made for us. Although, there's no guarantee it'll convert us to proper kitchen chefs overnight.
Anything can happen when all the appropriate knives are dirty in the dishwasher and all we have to filet our salmon is a petite decorating knife. Just clean the salmon knife, you say? Psh, you're not our mama.
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