If you are a vegetarian, you can leave boning knives out of your kitchen knife set even they can do well in fruits and vegetables.
But, when you get here, I guess you definitely love cooking and eating meat. As we all know, buying premium cuts at the supermarket must be expensive. But, if you know how to break down a whole chicken, trim a brisket, or fillet a fish, all you need is the right boning knife to finish the job and save you a lot of money because you can butcher a whole chicken or entire sides of beef at home.
In technically, you can debone meat from bones with a chef’s knife, but a professional boning knife can break down the entire thing in just a matter of minutes which can save lots of time and avoid damage to the chef’s knife blade.
Most important, using a boning knife can keep the best tastiest bits because meats get plenty of flavor from the fat, bone, and blood around the muscle.
Then, you may be confused about which boning knife to choose or should I own a boning knife or fillet knife, should the boning knife be stiff or flexible, etc. You may have lots of problems, don’t worry, we’re here to help you tackle these problems. Let’s keep reading.
Unlike other versatile knives like chef knives and santoku knives, a boning knife is specially designed for a specific task. The best boning knives are good partners of pro chefs. A boning knife has a long, thin, flexible blade that makes it easily maneuvered into the meat to cut through ligaments and connective tissue and help remove the bone.
Looking at the sharp tip helps pierce the meat easier and safer.
The length of boning knives is between 5 to 7 inch and each size has varying flexibility.
Types of Boning Knife
In general, there are two kinds of boning knives. which one to choose depends on your cooking habits. Let’s see what two types:
Typical Blade Style
Flexible boning knife
Compared with a stiff boning knife, it has a smaller size and better control and elasticity allows Tender cuts and delicate work in thin meats and soft bones.
Stiff boning knife
It has a bigger and heavier blade, can cut thicker and tougher cuts of beef, pork, and saltwater fish without hassles. Also, suitable for removing fat and connective tissue and separating bones from meat. Moreover, it is more durable
Overall, if you need to handle soft meat like eradicate bones from poultry or fish, a flex boning knife is enough for you. On the other hand, if you need to cut pork or other thick meat, a stiff boning knife is better.
What A Boning Knife Used for?
Boning knives are not common in the kitchen, it is usually used to removing meat from bones or removing bones from meat in reverse.
Here a simple list of what a boning knife can do：
Handling Larger Fish Like Salmon or Tuna
Removing Beef from Bones to Make Hamburgers
Cutting Lamb Chops
The Benefit of owning a Boning Knife?
1. Reduce the risk of knife chipping
Even though you can use a chef knife or Santoku knife to help remove the bones from most cuts, but they are thicker and wider, makes it inflexible in the meat, and has a high risk of breaking the blade.
2. Improve efficiency on removing bone and Reduce waste of meat
Any chef using a boning knife will notice that the de-boning process is faster due to its narrow flexible blade. What’s more, it is professional to remove the bones and leave the cut intact. Thereby keeping meat juices and reduce waste.
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