Have you ever wondered why you always cut your fingers when chopping off the vegetables and meat for your favorite dishes? It is probably because you are doing it wrong!
There are several types of knives that are designed for cutting veggies— soft and hard ones, pork, chicken, fish, bread, and other ingredients you need. It is very important to use the suitable knife and know how to properly use it.
Making a mistake on the way you hold the knife can cause serious injuries. It is essential that you know these errors and correct them. Here are the commonly mistaken ways of holding a knife.
1) Wrong Side
What you are doing wrong: You are holding the knife handle while the blade is facing down.
What is the right thing to do: You must hold the handle of the knife while the blade is towards your direction, facing up to you.
2) Wrong Finger
What are you doing wrong: You are holding the knife with no fingers around the metal part of the knife.
What is the right thing to do: You should hold on the metal part of the knife. The thumb finger should be on one side and the index finger on the opposite side of the metal part while the other three fingers should be wrapped around and holding the handle of the knife.
3) Wrong Form
What are you doing wrong: Your index finger is in the wrong form, pointing it straight at the opposite side of the metal part of the knife.
What is the right thing to do: You should bend your index finger, slightly curl it and then the knuckle of the index finger should be resting on the opposite side of the knife while your thumb is on the other side.
4) Wrong Force
What are you doing wrong: You are exhorting too much effort on your fingers while your wrist is at rest.
What is the right thing to do: Your fingers must firmly stay within its rightful place while your wrist must be the one exerting the effort when you are holding the knife.
5) Wrong move
What are you doing wrong: When cutting something strong or hard like carrots, you put your other hand on top of your hand and push it to cut the carrots with full effort.
What is the right thing to do: You must move your knife, from one edge to another. Knives are for cutting and it means of moving and not pushing or else, you will end up cutting your fingers!
6) Wrong cut
What are you doing wrong: You are cutting some veggies with one of your hands holding on the veggies on the chopping board and your other hand on the knife.
What is the right thing to do: It is true that you must hold the veggies or anything you must cut. However, keep your fingers curled down to prevent getting cuts.
7) Wrong blade
What are you doing wrong: You are cutting some veggies using the back part of the blade— the one near your hand or near the handle of the knife.
What is the right thing to do: You must use the front part of the blade; the one that is away from you when cutting veggies, especially the delicate ones. By doing so, you will preserve the vegetable’s color and firmness as this part of the knife is gentler.
You don’t want to end up having a mess on the chopping board or cut any of the fingers you have. So, don’t compromise your safety by using a knife incorrectly.
Know the proper way of holding it. Educate yourself and get used to it. Always check these seven reminders to guide you.
After all, knives are very useful in the kitchen; it is a great tool that can also be the cause of great accidents if mishandled.