HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BONING KNIFE
When choosing the blade style of your next boning knife, you will have the option of stiff or flexible. We recommend a stiff knife for tougher meats that you want de-boned in one clean cut. Flexible blades are great for tender meats and really having optimal control to slice right around the bone and through cartilage and joints. The more narrow your blade is, the easier time you’ll have controlling exactly where you want to cut. With a wider boning knife, you don’t have as much control over the blade, but you still get precise even cuts that will impress your friends.
Typically, boning knives are found ranging from 5 to 6.5 inches. Whether you are deboning a large piece of meat versus a small piece of meat will help you determine what size blade you’ll need. If you are de-boning a small chicken or fish, opt for a 5 inch blade. On the other hand, if you have a large ham, turkey, or brisket, go with a 6 or 6.5 inch blade for sure. As with many knife sizes, if the sizes of meats you cut vary wildly in size, it may be best for you to own a 5 and a 6-6.5 inch boning knife.
Whenever we need optimal control and precision in our cuts, we need a quality knife handle that won’t slip in our hand. This is why you need to look for soft, gripped plastic rather than hard shiny finishes like coated wood, rough wood, or low-quality plastics that feel cheap. Settling on a quality handle does not mean settling for a high price tag. Both Dexter Russell’s SofGrip and Sani-Safe lines are quality and perfect for those on a lower budget.
Boning knives can be straight edged, curved, and have varying levels of flexibility. We’ll start with the curved boning knife because it is a favorite in the culinary world. A curved, flexible boning knife makes skinning a fish, like salmon, a walk in the park. The flexible curved blade gets right between the skin and the top of the bones and meat in one clean cut. Once you experience the benefits of a curved boning knife, many won’t go back to a straight edge, although of course they have their uses. A straight boning knife is great for large cuts of meat, large bones, and finely carved cuts of large meat. Straight edge boning knives also excel at many different cuts and types of meat- opt for this for a more universal boning knife.
BEST BONING KNIVES
The Dexter Russell SofGrip 6″ Flexible Boning Knife is exactly what you need if you’re looking for a boning knife that will hug bones so you waste no meat, not to mention make slicing through cartilage and joints effortlessly easy. The SofGrip handle will ensure you get the most grip and comfort possible, so your hand won’t tire. Preparing your meat couldn’t be made easier when you use Dexter Russell’s Flexible Boning Knife.
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The Dexter Russell Sani-Safe 6″ Stiff Boning Knife serves a very different purpose than the flexible boning knife mentioned above. The stiff blade on this knife is a match made in heaven for pork and chicken, paired a slight curve making slicing around ribs, unwanted fat and cartilage painless. Paired with the Sani-Safe handle, with comfort and cleanliness being its top priority. The blade to handle seal on this knife have earned the NSF seal, making it popular in industrial kitchens and home kitchens alike. All in all, if you think a stiff boning knife will fit your culinary needs, look no further.
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The Dexter Russell Sani-Safe 6″ Flexible Curved Boning Knife will give you he best of both worlds, excelling at both controlled cuts and bone hugging slices. The flexible curved boning knife will be maneuverable, ensuring your cuts are precise and clean. This knife’s Sani-Safe handle offers an admirable grip, and an impervious blade to handle seal that has earned a NSF seal. This way, you won’t need to worry about your wrist tiring or your hand slipping while carving and cutting large pieces of meat. We urge you to give this functional boning knife a try, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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