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!!
- 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!