Posts Tagged ‘knife skills’
Sawing your meat and vegetables is not actually the best way to chop, dice, and slice. The rolling method gives you control over the knife and, thus, much more precision with how to cut the meat. This video demonstrates the technique. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be amazed at how much easier using your knife is.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Julie and Julia” is when Julia goes home after being embarrassed in class and spends the afternoon chopping about 100 onions. I thought it was great idea, having spent a few hours in a cooking class chopping onions. Learning how to properly dice an onion was a revelation to me. I wish I had taken my basic kitchen skills class years ago when I started cooking. The process is easy and once you learn it, you don’t have to dread chopping onions any more. This video shows you how to do it.
Remember to practice. You can always use the extra onions to make stock!
I am a fan of my fingers, and therefore am not interested in losing one of them while cooking. When I took my knife skills class, I was shocked to discover just how much danger I’d been putting my fingers in all these years! Learning how to properly hold a knife has given me much control over how I chop, dice, and slice. I also find that by holding my knife properly, I can chop tons of veggies very quickly. It’s wonderful! Here is the first of 5 videos that discuss knife technique.