Avoid kitchen injuries with a good knife

By Drum Digital
03 April 2015

Learning how to use a knife properly is very important, and it’ll save you from cutting yourself.

Learning how to use a knife properly is very important, and it’ll save you from cutting yourself. Select a knife you feel comfortable with, I recommend everyone invest in a good chef’s knife (it’s a universal knife in the kitchen) with a broad shape and fine, sharp edge. Regularly sharpen your knife with a knife sharpener, available in stores. Working with a sharp knife is safer than a dull knife, a dull knife could cause you to lose control and cut yourself. The way to hold your knife is important so wrap your middle, ring and small finger around the handle. Then curl and rest your index finger against the blade. Your thumb should be on the other side of the blade. You want your index finger and thumb to pinch the blade firmly, so you have full control. Practise your cutting technique with different foods and knives. No matter which knife you’re using, always hold your knife in this position to avoid accidents.

Another important thing to do is use a levelled cutting board as a base. Chop with a rocking motion, using the heel of the blade to do the chopping. Move your unoccupied hand away from the knife as you chop. It’s not about how fast you chop, but the technique you use to chop safely.

Always store your knives in a block that separates the blades. Avoid throwing them into a drawer because the blades can get damaged and dull. Here’s to safe chopping and cutting in the kitchen.

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