More on the Kindest Cut: Wüsthof Knives for Your Turkey Table
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Turkey day is less than 24 hours away and right now you're probably frantically fighting crowds at the supermarket, admonishing yourself for not having performed this onerous shopping task yesterday or the day before. Well, I did it yesterday, and it still doesn't mean that I didn't have to get up at el-crack-o of dawn today to beat the hordes at my local Fairway. But, it's a done deal. Now all I have to do is write this and then I can start the baking process.
Last March I suggested that you should have gotten for Christmas a wonderful Wüsthof carving set for performing the slicing chores on the bird at your holiday meals; even though it was a tad too late for Thanksgiving and Christmas, there was still plenty of time to purchase the Cadillac of carving sets, the Wüsthof Grand Prix duo (below), to help out with the Easter ham, or -- mirabile dictu! -- the turducken. (Yes, people actually do take the time to make the celebrated deboned chicken that gets stuffed into the deboned duck, and then all of that fowl gets blasted into the deboned turkey. All I can say is, the one time I had it, I was glad that someone else engineered all that deboning and stuffing.)
Well, now it's time to get some wonderfully functional and quite handsome knives, not for carving The Big Bird, but for each, individual place-setting. (I am assuming you took my advice and bought yourself a highly functional Wüsthof carving set from Williams-Sonoma, as I instructed, so you don't need that this year.) So, now hie thee to the store and secure a set or two of Wüsthof's individual steak knives (four in a set), which are obviously not just for steak. They will glide right through the generous slices of turkey your guests will be fighting over. (And if you're like my Thanksgiving hosts, you'll be offering more to cut, like the additional -- unnecessary, but oh-so-delicious -- brisket, which is also served at my Thanksgiving meal.) This good-looking set is called the Grand Prix II Four Piece Steak Knife Set (pictured below; love those neat red handles), and it retails for a suggested $149.95. (Just for the record: Grand Prix II premium cutlery is expertly forged from a single piece of high carbon steel that resists staining and maintains its sharp edge longer, and this set of knives has superior balance, heft, and weight.)
So, happy eating, happy cutting, and happy day after...especially if you are going to stay up all night to take advantage of all the middle-of-the-night specials and sales. Report back to us, if you do. We'll be sleeping off the turkey tryptophan.
Posted on November 23, 2011 - by
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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.