Friday, 29 March 2019

Chop Chop! Better Kitchen Knife Skills

It’s now ever so easy to get lots of great new cooking tips and cheats that can make you a whizz in the
kitchen. All you have to do is reach for your favorite cookbook or do a quick Google search to see what
nuggets of knowledge you can find online. However, there is one aspect of cooking that many people
still struggle with - using knives. If you’re wondering how to improve your skills when it comes to diving,
chopping, slicing, and cutting, read on to learn everything you need to know!

Invest In Good Knives

Firstly, it’s important that you have a range of different knives as each type is designed for different jobs.
For example, a paring knife is used for peeling fruit and veg, while a fillet knife is used to fillet pieces of
meat. Once you start using the right one for the job, you will find that cutting and slicing become a lot
easier. It’s also worth investing in top quality ceramic knives for your kitchen as well. These will be
very hardy and won’t need to be replaced quite so often as cheaper knives.

Keep Them Sharp

Make sure that your knives are always sharp. You can do this at home yourself if you have a knife
honing tool. If you don’t have one of these, you could always see if your local butcher will do this for
you. A sharp knife is a lot safer to use than a dull one as it won’t stick so much in whatever it is you
are cutting. As a result, it will be a lot more efficient to use as well.

Place A Damp Tea Towel Under The Chopping Board

Do you find that your chopping board moves quite a bit while you are trying to chop on it? This is a
common problem, especially when you are using it on a shiny worktop. The best way to stop this
is to slightly dampen a tea towel and place this under the board. The damp towel will provide a lot
more grip and reduce movement.

Move The Knife Like A Saw

When you are using a knife, you might be inclined to chop it up and down. However, this will prove
to be very efficient. It’s much better to use it like you would a saw and slice through the food,
moving along the whole length of the blade. After a bit of practice, you should be able to do this
fairly quickly.

Know How To Grip

You also need to make sure that you are gripping the thing you are cutting correctly as well.
Your fingers need to be curled all the way around it, like a claw. This way, there is no risk of you cutting
an exposed fingertip as your knuckles will be exposed instead. This can take quite a bit of practice
to get right, and it’s worth watching chefs on YouTube to see exactly how this is done.

Once you can use your kitchen knives better, you’ll find cooking becomes more efficient!

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