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How To Learn To Effectively Use a Kitchen Knife

Watch more Cooking Equipment videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn proper techniques to quickly and safely chop food with sharp kitchen knives by following these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Choose knife Select a kitchen knife you feel comfortable working with. One option is a chef's knife or French knife, which has a broad, tapered shape and a fine, sharp edge. Tip Regularly sharpen your knives with a knife sharpener, available in retail and specialty stores. A sharp knife is actually safer than a dull one. With a dull knife, it's easier to lose control and cut yourself. Step 2: Grip knife Put the knife in your cutting hand. Grip the handle at the base of the blade, a grip that allows for better control. Tip Store your knives in a knife block that separates the blades. Avoid throwing them into a drawer as the blades will get scratched, dulled, and damaged. Step 3: Curl holding fingers Curl the fingers of your non-knife hand, placing the thumb and little finger behind the other fingers. This position keeps the side of the knife against the non-knife hand and avoids cutting any fingers. Step 4: Use secure base Use a secure cutting board as a base and cut a cucumber in half. To chop, drag the knife toward you with the blade tip sliding across the cutting board or cut downward with a rocking motion, using the heel of the blade to do the work. Move your non-knife hand away from the knife as you chop, to help measure cuts. Step 5: Practice Practice your cutting technique with different foods and different knives. Other kitchen knives include a paring knife and serrated knife. No matter which knife you're using, always remain aware of how you're holding the knife and the position of each hand to help avoid accidents. Did You Know? Another name for the bowie knife, popularized by American frontiersman James Bowie, is "Arkansas Toothpick."
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