Don’t panic, this isn’t a knife fight amongst a group of cooks! It’s just a very simple lesson on why it’s important to hold a knife firmly, and how to do so.
This is information I first posted on my old blog ‘The Mum’s Diet.’ I’m closing that blog down after a good year with it, and moving useful posts over to this blog under the ‘Food’ category.
Now I’ve got a lot to learn about food and cooking.
Lucky I’m a willing learner.
You’ve got a MUCH better grip on the knife if you hold the blade itself as well as the handle.
- Candy, of Candysfamily, holds the knife properly whilst Fast Ed twists it to show how strong her grip is.
And I trust Fast Ed, he knows a lot about sharp knives and fingers.
After all, he once chopped off one of his own fingers in the kitchen.
It was sewn back on, just a wee bit squint though.
Anyway, I looked online for some video to illustrate this better than my photo.
Have a look at: http://video.about.com/busycooks/How-to-Hold-a-Knife.htm
And here’s an article with photos: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/knifeskills/ss/knifegrips.htm Lucy, of the blog Dimishing Lucy made a good point in a comment:
‘It’s the same as pencil grips – get it right, and the activity is faster and easier. Get it wrong, and it feels hard forever.’
Am I the only dopey mother who chopped a million veggies for kids the wrong way????!!!!
I do hold the knife firmly these days.
And love a sharp knife too.
How about you?
Enjoy your chopping,