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Knife Skills: Part 2

27 Jan

Learning to Cut:

  • The Rolling Technique

  • The Pivot Technique

  • The Up & Down Chopping Technique

These are the 3 main types of Cutting Techniques.

The Rolling Technique will be used most often in the kitchen.  So this is the Lesson we will discuss today.  It is quite easy to get the hang of but practice makes perfect.  You will need your Chefs or Sotuku Knife (whichever you prefer) and a big enough cutting board to accommodate your knife.

To start learning about the Rolling Technique you will just be using your knife and cutting board.  With this technique the knife will roll through the food doing the work for you.

The front of the knife will never leave the board as you drag it back towards the food that you cutting.  The back part of the knife is lifted and then pushed forward again.  As you get the hang of it you’ll start to see that you are making a circle; have someone hold up a circular lid next to where your cutting to better demonstrate this for you.

The school recommends mastering this technique with just the knife and board first before you begin working with food.

Tip: Always make sure that you are using the proper size cutting board for the knife and food that you are working with.

Stay tuned, there will be pictures and videos added to better demonstrate each lesson.


Knife Skills Part One

25 Jan

Just how skilled are you, with a knife?

I have always been told that I scare people with a knife.

I know, I know, it’s true though and it wasn’t just from my mother, it’s the majority of people that have a problem with it.  Except for one person in particular….me, I have never really seen a problem, except with the speed that I chop with.  Very, very, very, slow.  Is that a speed?

So, the first lesson, KNIFE SKILLS.

Step 1:  Is to make sure that you have a chef’s knife or a Sotuku knife, and a good  pairing knife.  Once you have these two knives they will pretty much be what you will be using for the majority of all the cutting that you do in the kitchen.

Step 1a: Make nice with someone that sharpens knives professionally.  As I learned about knives and knife skills I realized this was half of my problem.  Very un-sharp (is that a word?) knives.

Of course you can get a wet-stone and learn to do it yourself.  It’s pretty easy to do but time-consuming to say the least.  I would rather pay $3 and have my knives sharpened REALLY well.

For in between sharpening it wouldn’t hurt to get you a decent Steel. (You know those long round metal things that you’ve seen in some kitchens with a handle on the end.  Here’s a link  SHARPENING STEEL? Some chef’s like to sharpen their knife with a steel daily.

Say your making chicken soup, chop the celery then you use the steel; chop the onion, then you use the steel; etc.

Note: It is not necessary to have a diamond steel, just preference.

Part 2 Coming Soon…