Basic vegetable preparation

The tools

Knives

Vegetable peelerThe Vegetable Peeler

This enables one to peel potatoes, carrots, hard fruits and even some squashes with ease and safety. It usually has a little serrated tool on the tip when digging out blemishes such as the eyes of potatoes or weather spots on tomatoes.

Paring knifeThe Paring Knife

This little guy can peel potatoes, trim out blemishes, and chop veggies right in your hand into the pot. It works great with smaller vegetables such as radishes, beans, and cherry tomatoes.

Chef's knifeThe Chef’s Knife

Although big, heavy, and intimidating…this is going to be one of your favourites once you tame it. It has the weight behind it to chop a butternut squash in half but can handle a delicate job such as mincing garlic. It can chop,slice, mince, dice, and smash.

The Utility Knife is a smaller version which can sometimes be a little less bulky but will not perform certain jobs as well as its big daddy.

Serrated bread knifeThe Serrated Knife or Bread Knife

Although not used for chopping this does come in handy when working with softer or juicier veggies such as the tomato. Instead of squishing the fruit or vegetable, it gives a nice clean slice. This knife of course is mainly used for breads and some meats.

Santoku knifeThe Santoku Knife

This is a fantastic Knife and not as heavy as the chef’s Knife. It’s shape allows for great chopping and slicing and has hollows on the blade which prevent slices of food from sticking to the blade. It is also great for smashing garlic. The only thing it can’t do well that the chefs Knife can is chop through hard squash, large cabbages, rutabagas etc. All in all is probably the most used Knife in the kitchen.

Safe cuttingBe safe

• Keep your knives sharp.

• Hold food with knuckles curled.

• Guide knife with knuckles so that edge of blade never contacts hand.

• Wash separately from rest of dishes and never leave knives in the sink for others or yourself to grab!

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