Hone your knife skills, chop chop! with free online tutorial


This is not proper technique. In the kitchen, anyway. Been looking for a way to sharpen up those knife skills? Those of us who didn't have the benefit of culinary school training (i.e, most of us) could probably stand a bit of guidance in the ways and wherefores of using a knife. Good knife skills are about more than just looking fancy – properly cutting up your veggies and proteins can speed up your prep time and help dishes cook more evenly. You may even learn to avoid cutting off your fingers! (USEFUL SKILLZ.) The tutorial is hosted over at Craftsy, and I can't see any downsides: It's free and once you sign up, your access never expires. So you can refer back again and again to the onion trick.

Class description from Craftsy:

Become faster and more accurate with your knife work, and create dishes that cook evenly and look truly professional. Guided by chef Brendan McDermott, you’ll explore proper hand placement and the four fundamental cuts. Learn to dice, mince and julienne a range of produce. Find out how to chop herbs without bruising them or losing flavor, and never again cry when cutting an onion. Uncover Brendan’s favorite shortcuts for working with butternut squash, pineapple, chiles, citrus and more. Discover the four knives every chef needs in their kitchen, and finish the course with a lesson on honing and sharpening your knives at home!

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