btw, I wasn't sure if this was the write place to post this or not...
BTW- if it helps, I hold my big knife by the handle with my better hand (I am right-handed) and press the palm of the other hand against the non-sharp side of hte knife. Keeps the fingers out of the way.
Thank-fully I got a JA Henckels knife set for Christmas so I can whack apart spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes with ease. Even if you can't swing a whole set one really good JA Henckels chef knife will run about $40...last you a lifetime and make your life easier!
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A) My knives are total cheapies - I think we paid $18 bucks for one of those big sets...should have known!! I was always attempting to cut them thinking, "Surely, if this is really what it is like to cut potatoes - people wouldn't be eating potatoes..."
B) I'm going to go out and buy a BIG, nice quality knife!! Thanks so much - this will make me a happier person!
P.S. I also like the tips for how to cut it as far as a "method" goes!
BTW she also taught me to put a dish cloth under my cutting board (wet it a little first). It keeps the board from moving so there is less chance it will slip and you will cut your self. I hope this helps we have been doing it this way forever.
I par-boil potatoes just whole in their skin before cutting them up for chips.
It turns out that moderation is the key to good parenting. Too bad we aren't allowed to talk about that here.
I have a Messermeister Meridian Elite 6" chef knife that I LOVE. It is forged steel, stays sharp for a long time (but I have a DH who loves to sharpen knives, too). It retails for around $100 CDN ($75 US on cooking.com)and is worth every penny. I find the 6" blade to be the perfect size - I am small, but it's big *enough* to cut pretty much everything. I also have some cheap 8" Victorinox chef knives and they are nowhere near as good.
Basically if you are paying less than about $70 PER KNIFE you are probably not getting a good knife, unless you're buying them from someone's tailgate and they keep looking around shiftily, IYKWIM.
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