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Knife Skills AKA – how not to chop off your finger in the kitchen. Know this : How to hold the knife How to hold the food How to position your fingers. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=i2-SbDS2hc4#t=52s. Pinch Grip.

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Knife skills aka how not to chop off your finger in the kitchen

Knife SkillsAKA – how not to chop off your finger in the kitchen

Know this:

How to hold the knife

How to hold the food

How to position your fingers


Pinch grip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=i2-SbDS2hc4#t=52s

Pinch Grip

  • Pinch the back end of the blade between your first finger and thumb, one on each side.

  • Wrap your other fingers around the handle of the knife.

  • This gives a firm, safe grip.


Bear claw grip
Bear Claw Grip

  • Curl fingers to make a claw shape.

  • Tuck your pinky and thumb back to prevent cutting.

  • Rest the blade against your knuckle or flat of the finger.

  • Move food toward knife with thumb.


How to slice on the bias
How to slice on the bias

  • Video clip describing


How to dice an onion
How to dice an onion

  • Video clip describing


How to mince garlic
How to mince garlic

http://on.aol.com/video/how-to-mince-garlic-155981417?icid=video_related_thumb_0


How to do everything else
How to do everything else

  • Watch carefully as I demonstrate the rest of the cuts you need to know.

    • Slice

    • Cube

    • Chop

    • Julienne


Safety tips
Safety Tips

  • Keep your knives sharp. Dull knives can slip while you’re cutting. Also, you’re more apt to be careful with sharp knives.

  • Slice away from your hand and keep your fingers clear of the blade. Slicing away from your hand prevents an accidental cut if the knife slips.

  • Don’t ever use the palm of your hand as a cutting board. That’s just inviting the knife to slice into your hand!

  • When mincing, keep the tip of your knife on the cutting board and pump the handle up and down quickly. However, because that knife is moving fast, be extra careful about your fingers.

  • Curl your fingers under and hold the food with your fingertips when chopping. Better to ding a knuckle than slice a fingertip!


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