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In my heart of hearts I believe people would like to have more kitchen confidence, but lack basic training in ‘how to use your knife like a pro‘. With a little practice this is a simple skill to learn. This is not a skill just for TV personalities!! Once you master this skill your world of cooking will open.

Tips to remember:

  • Use a knife that’s the right size for the job. Choose a knife that feels good in your hand, that has good balance.
  • Always use a sharp knife. More people cut themselves with dull knives because of the extra pressure needed.
  • There are 2 ways to hold a knife… grip it like a hammer or grasp the blade from the top. You can see this in the video below.
  • Never put your knife in the dishwasher AND never put your knife in the sink. Clean it immediately after use, wipe the blade and store it tip down in a knife block or knife drawer.
  • Use a cutting board that is the right size for the job.
  • Keep the cutting board from moving by placing a damp cloth or damp paper towel under it.
  • Stand close to the counter so you have maximum control over the knife. Bring the cutting board to the edge of your counter, closest to you.
  • Everyone has a preference for the type of cutting board they use. There are bamboo, maple (or other woods) and also flexi boards. My personal preference is a flexi-board because I can pick it up and deliver the ingredients right to the pot or pan. They are easy to store and they are disposable.
  • Never cut on glass, marble or metal – it dulls your knife!!
  • An all purpose sharpener will keep your blade sharp. You can see the hand-held model in the video. It’s made by Wüsthof and has a coarse and fine sharpener. Always hold your sharpener at the edge of the counter top to avoid nicking it.
  • A steel does not sharpen but rather cleans the tiny teeth that are on the blade of the knife. It’s good practice to give your knives a quick sharpening once a week. My day is Sunday and all of my knives are sharpened. It doesn’t take long!
  • Always cut away from yourself using the rocking motion – it takes practice and very easy to master. Watch in the video!
  • The knife is always in contact with the cutting board at ALL times.

With daily practice you will master your knife skills and chop like the celebrity chefs on TV!!

Practice tip:

  • Using a plastic scraper (aka bench scraper or baking scraper) practice holding scraper against your middle finger while improvising it as a knife.
  • This is great practice and you have no fear of cutting yourself. Give it a try. Practice every day and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you learn.

This has been my most requested class and the response has been so amazing. I am happy to share this with you. Happy Cooking!

Write if you have any question!

Jill

 

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