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thedinnerbell … A CUT ABOVE

Every delicious meal begins with a knife. Knife skills provide a foundation that can be built upon as culinary knowledge grows. Without knife skills, there would be no diced onions to sauté and no sliced tomatoes to broil. Learning how to use a knife effectively will save you preparation time and make cooking more enjoyable.


When serving dinner at the end of a busy day, perfectly cut carrots are likely the least of your concerns. But the benefit of mastering knife skills goes beyond a pretty plate of food. Pieces of fruits and vegetables that are uniform in size allow for even cooking. Unexpectedly biting into a large piece of raw pepper can make an otherwise delicious meal unappetizing. When you have the skill to cut around a bone or get close to a vegetable core, you get more food for your family and less waste for the trash bin or compost pile.


Finding a cutting style you prefer and keeping a few favorite knives for daily use will help eliminate kitchen clutter. Every kitchen should have three specific knives: an 8- to 10-inch chef’s knife for chopping and mincing, a paring knife for working with smaller foods, and a serrated knife for cutting tough-skinned produce, breads and meat. If you often work with meat, consider a boning knife, kitchen shears or a cleaver, too.


Begin by deciding how you’ll hold your knife. You can choose the handle grip or the blade grip (shown at left). When using the handle grip, wrap all four fingers around the handle and place your thumb on top where the blade meets the handle. When using the blade grip, grasp the back of the knife blade with your index finger and thumb. Wrap the other three fingers around the handle. Use your free hand to stabilize the object you’re cutting.

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