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Chef Knife

A freshly sharpened chef knife is one of the most valuable tools in every kitchen. They may be used to chop vegetables, slice beef, pork & poultry, cut bar cookies & cake or create a lovely serving of pie. Look for a chef knife made from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel. Chef knives are available in a variety of styles & one of the most important key things to consider is how it rests in your hand whilst using it so when choosing one, pick it up & go through many of the motions for which the knife will be used. Since a rocking motion is often times performed in order to mince garlic & chop fresh herbs, make certain you are comfortable with the clearance space between your knuckles & the work surface as far as the handle is concerned. This is always the true test for me when choosing the right chef knife. Blades generally range in size from 6 to 14-inches in length, however the most popular are 8 to 10-inches as they may be used for a wide array of cooking & baking tasks. 

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 How To Slice Vegetables

It may seem like a relatively straightforward technique, however there are a few points that will make slicing vegetables such as cabbage & carrots to accompany spring classic entrees such as corned beef brisket effortless. First, begin with a freshly sharpened chef 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 produce on the surface. Make certain that items without flat sides are secured safely with one hand whilst the other completes the chopping task. Bend your fingertips under, then rest your hand over the vegetable to stabilize it. Slice the item using the chef knife in the other whilst simultaneously moving it in order to complete the next cut. Then, move the hand stabilizing the vegetable down a smidgen. Begin slowly & as you get the hang of it, you’ll be safely chopping food prep quickly.

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