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Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

Dan Marek - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

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I was wondering if you have any good recommendations for knife bags / rolls? What are some things we could keep in mind when buying one for the first time?

— Idhuna Pastoor


That's a great question knife bags or something that you definitely want to use as a professional chef. It's one of the things that when you first start working in a restaurant. You bring your tools with you the majority of the time some places will have knives there for you. But most chefs prefer to have their own gear because really it's an extension of your art form. So just like a musician would use their own instruments and keep them protected in a case most chefs do the same thing where they bring their own instruments and bring them in a case this ensures that your knives are actually keeping really sharp. That everything is perfectly clean the way you want it to and that you always have the right tool for the job. Knife bags. There are a couple different styles. There are kinds that roll up. They're kind of zipper around the outside and they're even backpack Styles now, too. Now particularly what these are is little they have little pockets in them. So you can separate at the knives you typically put the handle of the knife into the bag and I typically will cover the blade with a plastic cover as well to make sure that just when you're reaching in to get something you're not actually touching the blades at all and they're not accidentally getting cut. No one picking out a knife bag. I don't really recommend a specific brand name. There are a lot of different brands out there but more so you want to look for the Style and what what kind of needs you have? If I was going to regular, you know job every single day in a cafe or in a restaurant, I might bring a smaller knife roll. That might fit like maybe 12 instruments or something like that. Something small and portable. I usually want it to be in you know, like cloth material something that's easily washable too because sometimes spills happen in the kitchen and stuff. I do want to keep them kind of tucked out of the way to make sure they can keep them as clean as possible. Um, but if I'm doing like a larger catering event, or I'm doing something for multiple days. I might bring a much larger knife bag with me my larger knife bag. Typically, I think holds Wow, I think it's something like 25 to 30 different instruments or something like that and also has plenty of pockets or other things that I might need. So like if it's I don't know I'll put like sushi rollers in those peelers can openers, you know, things like that. I'll even have you know, a little sponges that kind of, you know, they compressed down and then once you get them wet they become larger and those are usually kind of one-time use or one event uses, but still they're great things to be able to have And I'll bring a variety of different knives. Typically a couple good chef knives good paring knife as well, too. But you know, depending on what the event, you know, I might even bring a Cleaver now being a whole food plant-based cheffy white. So what does he have a Cleaver and I actually buy I have a pretty inexpensive Cleaver that I use for opening coconuts, you know, so that's kind of a big customized thing, but I just don't spend a lot of money on it because you typically will get dings in it from opening coconut because of it as well too. So as far as brand goes, I don't have a particular brand but you definitely want to think about the size and how much you need to bring with you. You definitely don't want to bring too much with you because it's something you're using daily. It can get really heavy and just carrying that in and out of work can be kind of pain right? So the smaller knife bag might work a little bit better. Some people say that a waxed fabric actually might be better because it you know, if you have any spills that'll kind of, you know, not a Rappel the water or whatever it is you spill on it, which is fine. I typically just go with the standard cloth bags. Now my cheapest, you know roll I think is probably like 25 dollars where my more expensive bag might be like a hundred and twenty or something like that. But you can also get the smaller ones and had two of those if you need to as well, but I would probably start out with just a typical knife bag and a roller or a roll to be able to go into. I shouldn't cost you more than you know, thirty dollars basically, but it's a well-invested tool. To keep your tools safe and to be able to keep them sharp. I hope that helps.
Dan Marek

Dan Marek

Director of Plant-Based Culinary & Dev