Knife Skills 101

When you feel confident in the kitchen, it opens up a world of possibilities to feed your potential. And that confidence often starts with picking up (or brushing up) on cooking basics, including knife skills. Why? Knowing how to cut fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more will make it easier to prepare healthy meals in …

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Japanese chef’s knives for kitchen novices and experts

A firm favourite because of their lighter weight and superior cutting edge. Known as the sharpest knives, they are, however, brittle and prone to edge damage if mistreated. They are a particularly good choice for women due to the lighter weight.   Celebrity chef, traveller and author Anthony Bourdain knows knives. For Bourdain, equipping a …

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Video: How to use a knife

18/5/2015 – Ray McVinnie From mincing garlic to cutting a pumpkin open, the best way to chop things up in the kitchen is using a cook’s knife. In this video, Ray McVinnie shares useful knife skills, including how to hold the knife and the motion needed for effective and efficient cutting.

Masaharu Morimoto

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, a superstar on “Iron Chef America,” once said: “Japanese chefs believe our soul goes into our knives once we start using them. You wouldn’t put your soul in a dishwasher!”

Choosing a knife

It so depends on your hands and your technique. Contrary to what the weirdos on Telly tell you, there’s not one “correct” technique even though they’re all derived from the same four or five handling instructions. That said, here’s some contemplations as to the right knife for you… If you are familiar and comfortable with a whetstone …

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