Holiday 2013: Be Well-Equipped For Holiday Food Preparation

Kitchen knife experts recommend five knives for the holidays And Other Ultimate Kitchen Tools for Holiday Entertaining

The season for chopping, slicing and dicing is almost upon us and with that thought in mind, the experts at CUTCO Cutlery advise that you have the right tools for the upcoming holiday cooking frenzy.

Chef knives are go-to knives for all the chopping, dicing and mincing required during the holidays.    (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

Chef knives are go-to knives for all the chopping, dicing and mincing required during the holidays. (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

From creating multi-course holiday dinners to simple finger foods for cocktail parties, these five knives are holiday essentials,” said Kathleen Donovan, senior public relations coordinator for CUTCO. “Having them on hand and making sure they’re sharp will help make food preparation run more smoothly.”

The following are essential tools for preparing your Thanksgiving, Christmas and other meals. These knives were selected by CUTCO’s culinary advisory board and its fans on Facebook as the most essential for the holidays:
Paring knives for trimming vegetables and meat, peeling and cleaning potatoes, and sectioning citrus fruit.
Chef knives or santoku knives (an Asian-inspired knife) for chopping and mincing onions and celery for the stuffing, cubing hearty squash and cutting other veggies.
— A bread knife for slicing warm breads and rolls for the dinner table, and slicing crusty baguettes for appetizers.
— A carving knife for disjointing turkey legs, carving the turkey and slicing ham.
— A cheese knife for creating a party platter of cheese, salami and tomatoes.

Carving knives are must-haves for all of those carving needs during the holidays.  (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

Carving knives are must-haves for all of those carving needs during the holidays. (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

If you’re on a budget and just beginning a quality knife collection, the chef’s knife and paring knife will get you through all your holiday prep,” said Barbara Seelig-Brown, cookbook author and host of the PBS show Stress Free Cooking.

Looking to turn up your culinary creativity? Chef Susan Goss likes the bird’s beak paring knife and santoku-style paring knife. “I can make flourishes and carvings, and the trimmings easily fall away from the knife.”

Along with having the right knives on hand, CUTCO offers these tips for being holiday-ready.
— Sharpen your knives before the holiday rush so they’re ready to tackle all that chopping, slicing and dicing.
— Write down what and how much food you purchased so that next year you’ll remember if you bought enough potatoes or needed more butter.
— Your freezer is your friend. Prepare as much ahead of time as possible.
— Check your cutting board status. Do you have enough and do you have a variety of sizes?
— Have extra paring knives, vegetable peelers, towels and aprons for guests who want to help. One of the best things you can do to take the stress out holiday food preparation is to know your limits, accept help and don’t try to be all things to all people.

CUTCO Cutlery Corp. is the largest manufacturer of high-quality kitchen cutlery and accessories in the United States and Canada. CUTCO is headquartered in Olean, N.Y., and has been committed to American manufacturing since 1949.

ALSO STOCK UP ON THESE MUST-HAVE KITCHEN TOOLS FOR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING.

Bake holiday cakes and sides to perfection with the Silpat® Entremet. The non-stick silicone baking pan provides maximum heat transfer, even browning and ultimate release. Use for green bean casserole, peppermint brownies, cheesy potato gratins and more. Microwave, oven, and freezer safe from -40°F to 500°F. Wipes clean. Fits a 13- by 18-inch pan. $55 at www.Amazon.com.

Silpat(R) Entremet.  (PRNewsFoto/Sasa Demarle, Capresso, CDN, Tramontina and Primula Products)

Silpat(R) Entremet. (PRNewsFoto/Sasa Demarle, Capresso, CDN, Tramontina and Primula Products)

Whether you’re serving coffee or tea for a large dinner party or an intimate weekend brunch, the Capresso Coffee a la Carte takes the stress out of preparing hot beverages. The compact unit brews a single cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds, and a full 42-ounce carafe in less than 6 minutes – and it includes a separate tea filter to rapid brew tea as well. $179.99. www.Capresso.com.

Capresso Coffee a la Carte Coffee maker

Capresso Coffee a la Carte Coffee maker

Designed for food safety and tasty results, the CDN ProAccurate Meat/Poultry Ovenproof Thermometer (IRM200-GLOW) takes the guesswork out of cooking your holiday turkey or roast. Easy-to-see dial in low-light conditions. Suggested retail price $11.99. www.ChefsResource.com.

CDN ProAccurate Meat/Poultry Ovenproof Thermometer (IRM200-GLOW)

CDN ProAccurate Meat/Poultry Ovenproof Thermometer (IRM200-GLOW)

From sauteing vegetables to preparing omelets, the Tramontina PRO3004 Fusion Restaurant Fry Pan features a rivet-less, smooth interior cooking surface for easy cooking and effortless cleanup. Made of commercial grade aluminum, this fry pan is durable and heats evenly. The reinforced nonstick coating provides maximum resistance to abrasion and wear. Dishwasher safe. 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch, or 14-inch. $29.95-$69.95. Available at Williams-Sonoma, starting November 2013.

Tramontina PRO3004 Fusion Restaurant Fry Pan

Tramontina PRO3004 Fusion Restaurant Fry Pan

The PrimulaThermal Kata combines fashion with functionality. From coffee or tea to peppermint hot chocolate or chilled cranberry punch, the thermal pitcher can keep beverages hot or cold for everyday enjoyment or entertaining. The non-porous glass lining will never react with the flavor of the beverage. Available in Tangerine, Leaf, Carbon or Cherry. $34.99. www.PrimulaProducts.com