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The Affordable Kitchen Tool David Chang Uses All The Time
David Chang, the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, told GQ that when it comes to knives, a cheap $5 to $6 paring knife is a must-have in the kitchen.
Chef Chang definitely has nicer versions of this tool, but he often reaches for the inexpensive and easily replaceable paring knife since he uses knives so frequently.
The paring knife makes recurring appearances when Chang reviews products. While promoting Victorinox knives on Instagram, he said, “There's no reason to buy a fancy paring knife.”
Chang likes paring knives because they can be sharpened, “they're cheap, and they're great for knife work” and “utility work.” He’d even suggest them to professional chefs.
A paring knife is a go-to for mincing, chopping, and slicing. Its size makes it easy to use, especially when working with fragile ingredients that need tender loving care.
The blade of a paring knife isn't long, measuring between 2.5 to 4 inches long, which is a smaller version of a chef's knife.
If you want to segment a piece of citrus, peel the skin of an apple for a fruit pie, or trim and hull strawberries, a paring knife will be the most useful tool to get the job done.