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Carving Knife

A carving knife is an essential tool that should be in every kitchen. With the blade generally measuring approximately 8 to 10-inches in length, it makes slicing a variety of beef cuts simple. They are an important tool particularly when holiday meals are in order so investing in a carving knife of quality is vital as it will prove to be more economical & useful over time. There are a few key factors that should be considered when choosing one to add to your collection. Look for a carving knife made from corrosion-resistant high-carbon steel. Pick it up & make certain the handle feels natural & comfortable for use. Aside from beef, a carving knife is necessary to properly slice grilled pork tenderloin, roasted turkey & chicken but look to it for a number of baked goods, too. The blade length makes it ideal to slice Truffle Brownies & Classic Lemon Bars beautifully. As with any knife, it should be sharpened regularly so invest in a good device & follow the instructions outlined specifically for carving knives.

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 How To Slice Beef Cuts

It may seem like a relatively straightforward technique, however there are a few points that will make slicing beef cuts ranging from slow smoked brisket & roasted tenderloin to flank steak & eye of round effortless. First, begin with a freshly sharpened carving knife. Look to The Basics: How To Sharpen Knives for pointers on this necessary task, then 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 the smoked, roasted or grilled beef cut on the surface. Make certain the cooked meat has had a chance to rest or once you begin slicing, a large volume of the juices will release which may compromise the texture on the plate. Using a pair of tongs or a fork, stabilize the beef cut, then position the carving knife on one end making certain to slice against the grain with the carving knife. Begin cutting the beef using a back & forth motion. If the knife has been well sharpened in advance, the blade will move through the beef cut quite easily. Continue the technique until the all of the meat has been sliced. A small amount of juices will release during the procedure. Use a towel to remove them in order to keep the work station safe.

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