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Cutting a food involves using a sharp kitchen utensil, such as a knife, to make an incision in the food. This cut can be completely through the food, or it can only go partway through.


Difficulty to learn: Medium

Some Thoughts For You:

If you’re cooking a dish, odds are that you will have to make a cut at some part during the process. Whether it is cutting chicken into strips, cutting up some peppers for tacos, or simply cutting a boiled egg in half, cuts are vital in cooking.

There are a few keys to making a proper cut. First, know your knives.  You don’t need a massive chef’s knife to cut some small cloves of garlic. By researching and expanding your knife library in the kitchen, you can make your cooking process streamlined.

Additionally, keep your knives sharp. Dull knives are more likely to slip when cutting, putting your fingers at serious risk. Sharp knives also allow for cleaner cuts.

What You Will Need:

Cutting is fairly straightforward. You will need a clean place to work, and there should be a cutting board to protect your kitchen surfaces. If working with raw meats, use a separate cutting board and wash thoroughly after. 

Safety always comes first when cutting, so consider buying properly fitting hand protection, such as cutting gloves. They are relatively inexpensive, and the added safety measure will put your mind at ease.

Basic Steps:

Obviously the steps for cutting foods will vary dramatically depending on the food, extent of the cut, and the knife you are using. However, some basic steps remain universal.

  1. Grab a clean and sanitized cutting board. Put on cutting gloves if you want extra safety.
  2. When cutting your food, keep constant watch over the position of your fingers.
  3. Use your dominant hand when making any cuts.
  4. Point the tip of the knife down toward the cutting board, with the food now positioned under the knife. If you are making multiple cuts, use a rocking motion with the knife, rocking it back toward yourself until you have made the desired cut.

Tips For You:

  • Keep proper care of your knives. Invest in a quality knife sharpener, and wash them after any use with warm soap and water.
  • Never use a glass cutting board. This could damage your knives and glass fragments could end up in your food. Use high-density plastic cutting boards or wooden ones.

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