Once you know how to hold a knife properly you’ll wonder how you ever managed in the kitchen otherwise!
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I’ve never understood why people prefer a food chopper to a nice chef’s knife.
If you know how to hold a knife properly (which, by the way, does not include putting your index finger along the knife’s back), you can chop an onion or any other vegetable just as fast—if not faster—than the food chopper.
Never mind the fact that it’s less to wash, something I always aim for when I’m in the kitchen. The fewer dishes to load in the dishwasher (or worse … hand wash) the better!
Plus, there’s something quite satisfying about running a knife over a wooden cutting board … the sound, the motion … it just feels good.
I was going to go on and on about knife skills, technique, etc., but then I found a website that does it all for me, and has great pictures, too.
Or, you can check out this video from The Kitchn: How to Master Basic Knife Skills. Sometimes watching someone else is what it takes to have that light bulb moment!
Add a nice wooden cutting board and your days as a “food chopper” are history!