How to Cut Everything: 20 Video Knife Skills Series!

How to Cut Everything!

Knife Skills For Home Cooks

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Want to hone your knife skills? Here at A Couple Cooks, we think that knife skills are invaluable. Knowing how to hold a knife and properly cut fruits and vegetables can drastically speed up your prep time and boost your confidence in the kitchen. So we created this state of the art knife skills class just for you! 

These 20 educational videos share everything you need to know about knife skills! In the Overview video, we share our best chef knife, how to hold a knife, and how to care for your knives. Then each video shows exactly how to cut 18 different fruits and vegetables!

We mean everything

It’s one thing to know the words “mince” or “dice.” But what you really need to know is how to cut everything! Here are step by step knife skills tutorials and videos for everything from the best way to cut an onion to how to mince garlic.
Watch all of the videos here.

Did we miss anything? What else do you want to know the best way to cut? What’s your favorite knife skill trick? Let us know in the comments!

Let's talk gear!

From cutting boards to the best chef knife, here are all of our recommendations to stock up your kitchen!

Knives

Here are our best chef knife recommendations. Keep in mind that a good knife will last quite a long time (over 10 years). These knives are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

Cutting Boards

Before you start with knife skills, it’s important to have a good cutting board with non-slip feet. Without this, the cutting board can move while you’re cutting, making the knife unstable and increasing the risk of cutting yourself! Here are a few of the best cutting boards we recommend:

How to sharpen a knife? This Home Knife Sharpener is easy to use at home (it comes with instructions for use). Use this home sharpener every few weeks, and then get your knives professionally sharpened occasionally. Or skip the home sharpener and get your knives professionally sharpened every 6 months. Ask around to find a professional sharpener in your city.

How to hold a chef knife? Do not place your finger on the blade of the knife, or hold right at the start of the handle. Instead, get a firm grip on the knife handle right where the handle meets the blade. This will give you maximum control over the knife while you’re cutting. See our Basic Knife Skills video.

How to clean a chef knife? Never, never put your chef knife in the dishwasher! Putting a chef’s knife in the dishwasher causes the blade to dull faster. Always wash your chef knife with soap and water and dry it completely before storing it.

How to clean a wooden cutting board? You can use just a little soap and hot water to clean a wooden cutting board. Make sure to dry it completely before storing. 

What chef knife should I buy? Our top recommendation is this 7″ Chef’s Knife: it fits well in both small and large hands and can do anything in the kitchen! Our favorite large chef knife is this 10″ Chef’s Knife. And if you’re on a budget, here’s our favorite affordable knife, this 8″ Chef’s Knife.

What is a paring knife used for? A paring knife is used when you need accuracy for smaller tasks than can be handled by your large chef knife. For example, we use a paring knife to cut around the stem of cauliflower in our tutorial How to cut cauliflower

How long do cut vegetables last in fridge? It varies. Generally we’d store cut vegetables in a sealed container for 1 to 2 days in the fridge. 

What should I make with all of these cut vegetables? Soup! Try our Knife Skills Soup to use up a bunch of veggies all at once.

7 Comments

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    Colleen
    February 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    How about… cutting herbs and cutting friut/veg into pretty designs.
    Tips on how best to clean, store and sharpen knives.

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    Andrea
    February 16, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I’m thinking…how to dice potatoes for the perfect potato salad OR fried potatoes. Whenever I try to dice a potato, I always get such a wide range of sizes ?

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    Jen
    February 17, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Thanks you! These were super helpful! One question, what kind of vegetable peeler do you use to peel your butternut squash? I have never had one that could do the job. I always end up using a knife to peel it, but I end up cutting away a portion of the squash, too.

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    Cortnee
    February 19, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Hi! Where do you get your knives sharpened in Indianapolis? Mine are in DESPERATE need and I haven’t found a place to do it. Thanks!

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    Maggie
    April 1, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Hi! I really struggle with dicing round/oval root vegetables into similar sized chunks! Beets and potatoes (of all colors) are the biggest challenges.

    I’d love to see a future video on advice to making somewhat uniform cubes!

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