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Basic Knife Skills

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There's no need to take a chefs course to learn how to use a knife properly, as long as you know how to hold a knife, you can cut all sorts of foods neatly and professionally, follow these simple steps and you can cut foods with ease and without cutting off your fingers, which is always good.
Always use a sharp knife as they can cut through the food with ease and wont slip and cut you as would a blunt knife.
If your chopping board slips while you are cutting a handy tip is to put a damp cloth underneath.

In this instructable i'll show you a method to dice an onion using a technique I call The Claw, this method shows you how to hold your food so you wont injure yourself.
I'll also show you how to roughly chop a mushroom.


 
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Step 1: Method one - The Claw!

In order to cut food without cutting off some of your digits, one of the easiest ways to remember how to safely cut is The CLAW!
The Claw is a way to hold the food you are cutting and tucking the tip of your middle finger inwards so that the blade is guided with your knuckle and your ring and index finger's are holding the food, and the thumb is guiding the food towards the blade, depending on what you are cutting. This way your finger tips will not be in the way of the blade and neatly tucked away.

To hold the blade properly make sure your fingers are tightly wrapped around the handle, and the thumb and index finger near or on the blade.
timbit19851 year ago
"#Disclaimer - This instructable is not for kids, kids shouldnt handle knives as they are very sharp."

Erm...how else are they supposed to learn how to prep thing in the kitchen? Teach the kids knife safety, and they'll be fine! Eskimo's give 2 year olds razor sharp blades to cut seal fat.
timbit19851 year ago
nice guide. Typo on the santoku, you have it labeled as a santuko. Common mistake, no biggie... but I am a little bit anal retentive when it comes to spelling.
caarntedd2 years ago
Ha ha! I thought this was going to be a "how to take out a bad guy" instructable.
mr_jase (author)  caarntedd2 years ago
lol, sorry to disappoint. im sure you can at least distract the bad guy with The Claw, while you dice his fingers quickly, lol.
Not The Claw, The Craw!
vincent75202 years ago
nice work with diced onions… however, you might as well chop them as you do so well with your mushrooms : much faster and the skillet nor the eater will see any difference.

keep dicing for stuff that needs to keep its shape when cooking such as eggplants, zucchinis, potatoes, carrots, etc… (however they'll need bigger dices)

as for me, I feel that chopping with a knife is the best because you only need one tool to do almost anything in the kitchen : the best way to cut garlic is to chop it as you show with your mushroom. Using those Cuisinart garlic mashers gets you nowhere as they make a purée of garlic instead of very finely cut garlic that remains in shape to flavor the whole pot without getting mixed with the rest of the dish (of course, ultimately it does, but after simmering in he pot with the rest of the dish).

thank you for your inst anyway !!!
Wow! Very impressive. On the front page with your first instructzble!! Congrats!
nanosec122 years ago
Great Instructable, and a great use of pictures to emphasize your points.

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Wish I had the knife skills you have! I can keep my fingers and I can keep my knives sharp and clean but I CAN'T cut uniform pieces for th elide of me :). Good luck to you!
Great job! And you have ALL your fingers so you must have some wicked knife skills there!
mr_jase (author)  barefootbohemian2 years ago
Haha Thanks, indeed,almost as good as your knife caring skills, hehe.
Good luck in the competion.
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