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As I did my grocery shopping last week I was browsing through the produce section searching for something inspiring. I don’t usually go to the store with a list…I look over what is available, on sale, fresh looking, and preferably organic. While glancing at prices I noticed the section of precut onions, peppers, celery, etc. They come in little plastic containers and are prechopped…they also cost significantly more than if you just bought your own onion and chopped it at home, not to mention the plastic container waste they create. With a good cutting board and a sharp knife, it is easy to chop your own veggies and you will save yourself some money at the checkout lane! I was recently sent a Miyako ceramic knife to try out and put it to good use over the last week or two of holiday cooking and company! If you have never heard of Miyako, here is some information about them from their website:
A world leader in the development of cutting edge ceramic products, Miyako Ceramics is proud to bring you our premium line of ceramic knives. With all the choices available in the market, we believe our ceramic knives bring the best in class to your kitchen. Each ceramic knife is created and monitored through an extensive QA process to ensure you will have the perfect, most precise piece of ceramic cutlery in your hand.
So, why a ceramic knife versus a traditional metal knife? Ceramic blades are made of zirconium oxide, which is extremely hard. They retain their sharp edge for a long time and do not need to be sharpened like traditional steel knives. However, if the ceramic knife is under-performing, it can be sharpened with a diamond sharpener. Miyako ceramic knives have a high-gloss finish which helps prevent food from sticking to it and makes cleaning easy. It has an ergonomic handle for comfort while chopping.
You will have to care for your ceramic knife a little differently than your metal knife. Ceramic knives are harder than steel knives but not as flexible. You don’t want to be prying lids off of jars with them or you may shatter the blade. You should hand wash them if at all possible to avoid them being broken by shifting plates and glasses in the dishwasher. A little care in use is necessary but you get a knife that is extremely sharp and won’t need to be sharpened for quite a long time!
So, my opinion: For my review, I was sent the 6” Glossy Ceramic Chef’s Knife shown above. It has a very comfortable grip that was not slippery at all, even when wet. The blade is definitely very sharp and powered through my onion chopping without any problems at all. It also cleaned up very quickly as well, with just a rinse under warm water. It was a little odd getting used to how light the knife felt in my hand. I am definitely used to a heavier metal while I slice and dice but it did the job well. All in all, a very nice knife and one that will make my cooking a little bit easier this holiday!
Miyako offers a nice knife set if you are looking for a good gift for the foodie on your holiday list! If you would like to learn more about them, you can check them out on Facebook and Twitter!
Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received one knife in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.