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I keep seeing poultry shears advertised in catalogues and wondered what you think about their usefulness. How do they differ from all-purpose kitchen shears? Will they cut through chicken leg bones, for instance? Do you recommend them over using a knife? Any information would be most helpful! Thank you!
 

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As with anything else, the right tool for the job always helps. Poultry shears are designed for strength. They are not necessarily designed to cut thru bone but will definitely cut thru joints and small bones with no problem whatsoever. If you cook chicken a lot, they are an excellent prep tool for this job. The only other tool that seems comperable to me is a heavy Asian cleaver. ;)
 

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For cutting up uncooked chicken, I prefer a good knife, which is more precise than poultry shears. Where I see the shears used the most is at the local stores that sell barbecued chicken. If the customer wants the chicken cut up, the server uses the shears to do it fast, although not to neatly usually. I have a couple of pairs that I inherited, but I haven't used them in years.
 

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I have never used them. They always seemed to fiddley to me. The thought of washing poultry shears is not appealing. If you are merely disjointing the chicken I would suggest a good knife. If you need a little more oomph, I suggest a cleaver.
 

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Brook,

Poultry shears are much stronger than all-purpose kitchen shears. They are commonly used to cut the backbone out of poultry. If you are efficient with a knife then you may not use the shears often enough to justify the purchase.

They can be useful for several other things around the kitchen as well. You can always clean them by throwing them in the dishwasher.
 

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I'll stick with a good knife any day . When I used to run a high volume buffet I bought a good heavy cleaver and showed my cooks helpers how to pop chicken hindquarters with it .:bounce:
 
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