For many of us, cutlery is something we take for granted. We use it every day, often without even thinking about it. But for those who are new to the world of cooking and entertaining, cutlery can be a bit of a mystery. What are all those different forks and knives for? Do you really need all those different sizes and shapes?
The first thing to know is that there are three main types of cutlery: knives, forks and spoons. Each has a different purpose, and is used in different ways.
As you might expect, knives are used for cutting food. The three main types of knives you'll find in a cutlery set are a dinner knife, a steak knife and a bread knife.
The dinner knife is the all-purpose knife that you'll use most often. It has a long, thin blade, and is used for cutting meat, vegetables and anything else that needs slicing.
The steak knife is a bit of a specialist knife, designed specifically for cutting steak. It has a shorter, thicker blade than a dinner knife, which helps it to hack through tough meat.
The bread knife is another specialist knife, with a serrated edge that's perfect for slicing bread.
Forks are used for two main purposes: to spear food, and to help you eat it! The three main types of forks you'll find in a cutlery set are a dinner fork, a salad fork and a dessert fork.
The dinner fork is the all-purpose fork that you'll use most often. It has a long, thin tines, and is used for spearing meat, vegetables and anything else that needs forkin