Today I am bringing you something different. I am going to show you some knife safety and handling tips, cutting techniques, and a buying guide to choose the best knife to work with. This video is split into four segments, so look at the time table below and forward to the segment that you want to see if you don’t want to sit through the entire video.
00:47 Knife Safety
07:51 Knife Handling
12:11 Cutting techniques
33:44 Buying guide
Some handpicked knives for your consideration. All inexpensive and good quality tools:
This is a complete Victorinox knife set with a wooden block
If you want to piece your knife set together:
Knife bag to protect your knives when not in use
Victorinox 8 inch chef knife
Victorinox 10 inch honing steel
Victorinox bread knife
Victorinox paring knife
Victorinox serrated utility knife
This is the cutting board I have. It is 15×20 (38x50cm) which is right in the middle of being too small and too big.
Medium cutting board
If you would like a slightly smaller cutting board then this may be an option. It is 12×18 (30x46cm)
Small cutting board
Know the temperatures of your food
- When you store your knives, never store them open in a drawer. Not only do you have a chance of cutting yourself, but this will dull the blades as well as they move around when you open and close it and they scrape against everything else in it. Either store your knives in a bag like I have, in a knife block, or put a plastic protector on the blade and put them in the drawer and make this drawer a place for knives only. You can also put a towel or a rubber mat on the bottom to keep the knives from moving around.
- Try not to be distracted by others around you when holding a knife. Concentrate on job and take your time.
- It is good to teach kids how to cook, and depending on age they can use a knife, always use close supervision and let them cut soft fruit and veggies first, something with a soft skin and without a hard seed inside.
- When someone is going to take over cutting, place the knife on the cutting board and let the other person pick it up. Never hand a knife to someone.
- Use the right tool for the right job. Knives are not can or package openers. Use a can opener or scissors for that.
- When washing your knives do not place in a sudsy sink with other dishes. Chances are you are going to reach in the dishwater and cut yourself.
- When you are walking with a knife, always carry the knife point side down and place it close to your body. You do not want to cut or stab someone else.
- Never cut towards you or anyone else. You can slip and cut yourself.