Kitchen confidence opens a world of possibilities. It makes you explore new recipes, master skills that come in handy in and out of the kitchen. First of all, never let the intimidation of a TV professional chef get to you. You can become a pro in knife skills; all it takes is the determination to learn and master the process. Knowing how to cut meat, vegetables and fruits give a beautiful food presentation. Are you a regular home cook looking to learn the basic skills in the world of knife mastery? Join us on a jolly ride as we walk you through them.
Choose the Right Knife
Knives are the backbone of any home cook; they come in a variety. Each one of them has a different purpose, discover their function, and you will never have to worry about the speed at which professional chefs cut vegetables and fruits.
Give no room for Blunt Knife
The first thing you need to do before cooking a meal is to sharpen your knife. A blunt knife makes your vegetables, fruits, meat look shabby. Not just that, it slows the cooking process and makes you apply pressure when using it. Having said that, if you are worried about getting cuts from a sharp knife, wear cut-proof gloves.
Get a Grip on your knife
Be in control of your knife when you chop. Wrap your hands around where the blade and handle meet. These make it easy and safe for you to chop. Also, never hold your knife at the back of the handle. It won’t give you leverage over the blade.
Know the basic cuts
By mastering a few simple motions, you’ll be able to cut items into pieces faster and more effectively. Keep in mind that if a recipe calls for chopping, you should try to keep those pieces to a roughly equal size. Dicing means you should aim for quarter-inch cubes, while mincing means you should chop them as small as possible.
Create a Stable Surface
Sometimes, chopping boards don’t have a good grip on countertops while cutting your vegetables. To make it stay firm, fold a damp kitchen towel and put it under the chopping board. Now you can chop without the board slipping off your countertop.
Practice Leads to Perfection
The world best chef started as a regular cook. No one was born with the craft. They all practised their way to the top. Consistent practice helps you master the skill.
Finally, kitchen skills are not hard to perfect. Learn the process, and you will become a Pro in it. What other skills do you wish to learn?
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