Buying new knives in honor of Rosh Hashanah? Or to be ready for the month-long cooking marathon?
There is a minhag, found mostly in the Chassidic community, of purchasing a new knife for Rosh Hashanah. It is said to be a segulah for parnassah, so it can only be a good thing! Also, we can all use a new knife once in awhile, so why not buy it in time for the biggest cooking marathon of the year?
Knives run the gamut of price points, from single to triple digits. But the best knife is the one you are most comfortable using. It needs to fit your hand and your culinary needs. And your budget. (Of course, once that segulah kicks in, you’ll be buying those triple-digit ones!)
Here are some of our favorites:
Renee loves this Wenger 8.5-inch Cook’s Knife.
And also the ubiquitous 5.5-inch Icel knife found in just about every Jewish housewares store.
The Wenger is a serious knife for a serious chef—but lighter than many competing brands so it’s more comfortable for many women.
I love my Wusthof Classic 6-inch Chef’s knife, but it is heavy and I don’t use it for long tasks. Maybe if my knife skills were better, that wouldn’t be a problem. One day, I’ll take that class…It does slice a roast to perfection, though.
I also have a few of those “Jewish knives” in both 5.5-inch and 4-inch sizes, with straight and serrated blades. They’re affordable and easily found in the many colors needed to keep an organized kosher kitchen—and they work really well! Victoria, Shaindy and Leah all unanimously stated that they only use the Icel (here’s a chef knife and a 4-inch serrated) and/or similar Victorinox knives (here’s a 4-inch straight edge), so it must be true!
Keep in mind that the best knife is only good as long as it’s sharp. Your best investment will be a knife sharpener like this one.
Sharpen your knives regularly and you’ll be slicing and dicing in the New Year like a pro!