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What You Need to Know about Using a Chef’s Knife – Part 2

Using a chef's knife means practising how to hold it properly like a skilled chef. It doesn't matter if you're right- or left-handed because utilising the chef's knife properly entails you enjoying cooking while preventing wrist strain and potential cutting injuries.

Holding a Chef’s Knife: Step-By-Step Procedure

Always remember that every knife in your knife set is held in various ways. However, the standard way to hold a chef's knife is by gripping the handle with your dominant hand while your thumb and index finger are positioned on the blade. 

  1. Place your dominant hand on the knife's handle with your thumb and index finger positioned on the blade.
  2. Curl your other fingers around the handle.
  3. Point the knife towards the cutting board, with the blade facing the direction you want to cut.
  4. Apply pressure with your dominant hand while slicing through the food with a slicing motion.
  5. When you're finished, place the knife back in the sheath or knife set holder.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so use your chef's knife as much as possible to perfect your grip and slicing motion.

How to Cut with a Chef’s Knife

Now that you know how to hold a chef's knife, it's time to learn how to cut with it. You can make three major cuts with a chef's knife: slicing, dicing, and chopping. 

  • Slicing: Slicing is a basic cut used to cut thin or even slices of food. To make a slicing motion, hold the chef's knife with the tips of your fingers and make a gentle slicing motion while applying pressure with your fingers and thumb. Cut the food depending on how thin or thick you want them to be.
  • Dicing: Dicing is a more advanced cut used to dice food into small pieces. To dice food, hold the chef's knife with the tips of your fingers and make a gentle slicing motion while applying pressure with your fingers and thumb. Then, make a series of shorter and quicker slicing motions, so your food turns out into small cube pieces.
  • Chopping: Chopping is a basic cut used to chop food into small pieces, usually done on meat products. To chop food, grip the chef's knife with the tips of your fingers and exert pressure with your fingers and thumb while gently slicing the food. Then, make a series of shorter and quicker chopping motions to chop the food into small pieces.
  • Mincing: Mincing is another technique that requires you to hold the chef's knife at an angle wherein the blade points towards the food you're mincing. To mince food, make a series of quick and short slicing motions while applying pressure with your fingers and thumb. The components will spread out on your cutting board as you mince them; to collect them back up for a finer cut, use the knife's spine or a board scraper.

Final Thoughts

A chef's knife is a versatile kitchen tool from your knife set that you can use for various tasks, including slicing, chopping, and dicing. It is important to maintain a firm grip and a slicing motion when using a chef's knife to ensure a smooth cut. Following these tips, you can use a chef's knife like a pro!

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