Basic Knife Skills

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Ok, Number one most important kitchen tool is a good knife. Period.

Your knives are your most important kitchen tools and learning how to use a knife correctly will not only save you time but you will impress your friends and neighbors with your culinary prowess. Of course, it’s super important to keep your knives sharp because the duller the knife is, the more chances you have to mess up your food and your fingers!

Whether you’re an experienced cook or just bought your first cutlery set, here are some basic knife techniques that you’ll find instrumental in helping you prepare meals like an accomplished chef. To hold the knife properly, put your middle, ring and pinky fingers around the handle, and grip the blade with your index finger and thumb and slice.it does

Chopping is the most basic knife skill and the one that is the most common skill that’s done incorrectly, There are two methods : The wrist-fulcrum method involves keeping the heel of the knife — the part of the blade closest to the handle — near the cutting board and pointing the tip of the knife upward. This requires you to use your wrist as a fulcrum, swiveling it up and down to move the blade in a chopping motion. The tip-fulcrum method, on the other hand, keeps the tip on the far side of the piece of food you’re cutting — you chop by moving your hand and wrist up and down.

Mincing is very similar to chopping — the difference being that minced foods are chopped very finely so they can literally dissolve when cooking. To mince, cut the food lengthwise into strips, then again after turning the provisions 90 degrees. Place one hand on the top of the knife to hold it steady, and be sure to keep the tip of the blade anchored against the cutting board as you chop. Continue this motion as you mince by moving the knife back and forth swiftly through the pile. Garlic and onions are two commonly minced foods.

Dicing is the most common way to cut fruit, cheese and some vegetables. To begin, first cut your food into several square-sided pieces of equal length. After placing these pieces in a row, cut the whole group into as many cubes as possible.