Kitchen Techniques: Knives

Tue, Feb 2, 2010

Techniques, Utensils

We can all learn something new in the kitchen, whether it is about new foods, new recipes, new products or a new technique. Techniques can be invaluable in the kitchen, as they can make for healthier, tastier, or easier ways to make meals. That’s why over at sites like Chef’s Blade you can find out how the pros do it.

One of the most used tools in a kitchen is the knife. We’ve all heard about how one needs to know how to properly hold a knife, but what is the correct way and why? Holding a knife correctly can definitely make your cooking life easier once you get the hang of it. There are two proper ways to hold a knife for cutting, the handle grip and the blade grip.

If using the handle grip method,  place the handle of the knife in your dominant hand with your thumb on the top side and your four fingers curled under. Do not put the index finger on the back of the blade, even if you’re more comfortable with it this way as it’s much harder to control it.

For the blade grip method, grip the handle with your dominant hand’s pinkie, ring and middle fingers, leaving the index and thumb loose. Grip the blade with the index finger on one side and the thumb on the other.

Both of these holds feel extremely uncomfortable when you first start to use them (it can take quiet a few chopping sessions before it will feel natural) but that feeling will go away eventually and you’ll wonder why you ever did it any other way! It will give a much more secure, controlled grip and when you finally feel like you have the hang of it, you’ll feel as if the knife is an extension of your hand instead of some separate tool.

This will make all your cuts more controlled and easier to handle. Always remember to keep your finger tips curled under so as to keep them from being cut (pictured above). Practice both ways and you can decide which feels more natural for you.

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    I will be covering more about cutting techniques as well as different types of knives in future posts. I’m glad to hear you’re interested in the topic!

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