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Knife technique: which method is correct?

post #1 of 9
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I got into an argument a few years ago with a ... lets call him a cook. Who had recently graduated from LCB.

 

I was preparing a steak and onion entrée with a side of roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli. ( not really that important)

 

But this person attempted to correct my cutting technique while chopping an onion for the meal. I was under the impression you are supposed to hold the food with one hand, curling your fingers, claw like, as to avoid cutting your finger tips and move the knife along the food as you sliced/chopped.

 

He stopped me after 2 or 3 slices and said I should be moving the onion along the board and placing it underneath the "stationary" blade. Meaning I was to move the food towards the blade, instead of the other way around.

 

Is this a personal taste thing? Or , which method is correct?

post #2 of 9

I move my knife through food.  An onion, which is kind of wet should plant itself onto the board.

post #3 of 9
With an onion, the motion won't be awkward until after you're halfway through, then you can just roll it.
Second time today LCB and slicing onions came up
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You do whatever way you are comfortable with ;without cutting yourself  :peace:

Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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post #5 of 9
I always try to understand what people tell me when the tell me different techniques; then evaluate them objectively.
post #6 of 9
Moving the knife is safer as you can keep the knuckle contact on the claw hand.
Palace of the Brine -- "I hear the droning in the shrine of the sea monkeys." Saltair
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Palace of the Brine -- "I hear the droning in the shrine of the sea monkeys." Saltair
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post #7 of 9

Some boards aren't good for moving the knife (depending on sharpness of knife). If they're from LCB; just direct them towards the comments of this vid: 

 

post #8 of 9
Moving the food with your clawed thumb (who should be tucked inside your other 4 clawed fingers) is usually a more efficient and accurate method of doing fine cuts. Neither are technically incorrect.
post #9 of 9

As long as it gets the job done I could care less how people do it! Whatever they are comfortable doing in a safe manner.

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