The Basics: Serrated Utility Knife

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The Technique

Serrated Utility Knife

A serrated utility knife is a multipurpose tasking tool that should be in every kitchen. Generally measuring approximately 9-inches in length, it makes slicing items with thick skins or crusty surfaces fast, simple & less cumbersome all the while providing a neat, clean appearance. They are a vital tool particularly when tomato recipe preparations are in order & although there are specific knives designed for this particular task, investing in a multipurpose tasking tool will prove to be more economical & useful over time. A few key factors should be considered when choosing one to add to your knife collection. Look for a serrated utility knife made from corrosion-resistant high-carbon steel. Pick it up & make certain the handle feels natural & comfortable for use. As with any knife, they should be sharpened regularly so invest in a good device & follow the instructions outlined specifically for serrated knives.

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 How To Slice Tomatoes

It may seem like a relatively straightforward technique & truly it is. However, the right equipment will be necessary in order for tomato slices to be even & consistent without any unsightly jagged edges when preparing recipes such as Fried Okra & Tomato Napoleons With Lady Peas or irresistible Buttermilk Fried Green Tomatoes. The tip will aide in removing the core. A serrated utility knife may also be used to slice Multigrain Baguettes for crostini toasts & citrus for juicing applications. Learn how to master this so simple task flawlessly. 

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Place a damp kitchen towel under a clean cutting board. This will keep the board stable & prevent it from moving when in use. Place a tomato on the board & position it horizontally. Slice the stem end away using a utility knife. This type of knife is larger than a paring knife yet smaller than a bread knife. The key to perfect tomato slices is using a tool with a serrated edge in order to slice cleanly through the outer skin. If desired, you may cut around the core & save that little bit of tomato for another salad application. Proceed to cut each tomato into 1/4-inch thick slices. Use as directed in specific recipe applications. 

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