Want to take your cooking to the next level? You don't have to go to a fancy chef school or spend tons of money on expensive cookbooks. Improving your cooking is as easy as learning a few basic knife skills that will help you improve your performance and speed in the kitchen. For some that may mean learning how to slice carrots into beautiful matchsticks, for others it may mean mastering the art of carving a chicken. Here's the ultimate guide to learning these and other essential knife skills:
1. HOW TO JULIENNE A CARROT
In French, the matchstick cut is known as julienne. It's a knife skill every aspiring chef is tortured with at culinary school. Luckily, you don't have to endure a master chef breathing down your neck. Watch this video to learn how to do it then proceed to add beautifully cut strips of carrot to dishes like salads and spring rolls:
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3. HOW TO PEEL AND CUT GINGER
By now you've probably figured out ginger is a must in any kitchen. Not only does it bring out the flavor of others foods but it also contributes a nice kick to curries, stir fried recipes and desserts. Learn how to peel and cut fresh ginger once and for all.
4. HOW TO CUT UP A WHOLE CHICKEN
Let's face it, butchering a chicken can be a tough job if you don't know what you are doing. It's one of those essential knife skills every cook should have in their back pocket. Here's the ultimate guide to help you truss, butcher and carve a chicken like a true master.
5. HOW TO CUT AN AVOCADO
From guacamole and burritos to smoothies and salads, avocados have become a mainstay in the tables of food lovers around the world. But do you know how to cut an avocado without slicing off a finger? Here are some tips to help you open, slice and chop avocados with ease.
Did we miss a knife skill? Which knife skills would you like to learn? Tell us in the comments below!
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