When I was in high school, I was pen obsessed. I kept buying new ones, thinking that somehow each new pen would improve my handwriting, make me a better student and some generally brighten my prospects as a human being. Eventually, I got my thinking straightened out and realized that no tube of plastic and ink had that kind of power. Still, my appreciation for the sense of possibility that is contained in a fresh pen has never diminished.
In recent years, in part because I have enough leftover from high school and college to last me a lifetime, my pen purchases have slowed nearly to a stop. However, I found a new object that contains that same sense of promise. The kitchen knife. Now knives are more expensive than pens, so new ones don’t drift into my life as frequently as writing utensils once did, but I still love the excitement that comes when I introduce a new one into my kitchen.
The latest cutting tool to find space on my magnetic strip is this new vegetable knife from Wüsthof. What I love about this knife is that it is designed to make easy work of vegetables and it does it really well. As someone who spends a great deal of time breaking down produce for preserving, it’s been a godsend to have a knife that helps prevent food from sticking to the sides of the blade.
The holes work in tandem narrow raised strip to help stubborn veg slide right off the blade (think about how annoying chopped potatoes can be, as so often they cling to the knife as you make your slices). So far, I’ve used this knife to break down a pumpkin (worked like a dream), chunk up sweet potatoes (perfection) and make quick work of a mountain of apples (nary a sticking piece among them). I’m counting on it to help me work through half a bushel of pears tomorrow and I’m sure it will do admirably well.
Happily, the kind folks at Wüsthof have offered to give me one of these most excellent vegetables knives to giveaway here. It’s just the thing for all those winter root vegetables that are now coming into season. For more information on this knife and the full line of Wüsthof products, make sure to click over to their Facebook page and like it. That way, you’ll stay up-to-date with all their tools and any future giveaways!
Here are the giveaway details…
- To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite autumn vegetable. Feel free to share a recipe if you have a favorite way of preparing it.
- Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Winner will be chosen at random (using random.org) and will be posted to the blog on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
- Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my more far-flung readers).
- One entry/comment per person, please.
Disclosure: Wüsthof gave me the knife that I’ve been using for the last few weeks and are provided the one for this giveaway. As always, my opinions are still all my own. It’s a good product and I’m happy to be able to share it with you guys.