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How to Correctly Use a Chef's Knife and a Cleaver Knife?

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How to Correctly Use a Chef's Knife and a Cleaver Knife?

In the world of cooking, a knife is seen as the chef's most important piece of equipment. A competent chef is adept at using several knife types with dexterity and grace. The chef's knife and the cleaver knife are two essential knives that will be the subject of this blog post. Whether you're a home cook or a professional chef, learning how to use these knives properly will improve your cooking abilities significantly. Now let's get started and learn how to use a chef's knife and a cleaver knife properly!

How to Use a Chef's Knife Properly?

The original purpose of the chef's knife was to cut and separate thick portions of beef. However, it is today regarded as the kitchen's most adaptable knife. It can be used for many different kitchen activities, including slicing and chopping fruits and vegetables, chopping and mincing herbs, slicing through thick slabs of meat, and breaking apart bones. It's a multipurpose knife with a unique appearance depending on where you live. Let's see how to use it correctly.

1.The hold

Put the entire tip of your index finger around the blade. The remaining three fingers should be loosely curled around the handle of the knife, with the thumb and index finger positioned opposite each other on either side.

Make sure you primarily use your thumb and forefinger to hold the knife. Just relax and release your grip on the knife if you notice that you are gripping it strongly. With the other hand, take hold of the meal, keeping your fingers curled inward. To maintain the knife blade's perpendicularity to the cutting board, the side of the blade should press up against the guiding hand's first knuckle.

It will take some effort to acquire the hang of this grip, but once you do, it will come easily to you.

2.Cutting

Onions and tomatoes are among the larger fruits and vegetables that are most frequently sliced. This is how it works: Once your ingredients are arranged on a cutting board, you may either cut them in half or slice a little portion off the top or bottom to make the ingredient lie flat on the board.

Next, position your knife's tip against the board before your fruit or vegetable. Draw the knife straight back toward the food until it just starts to produce a slice, keeping it inclined down toward the point. After that, finish the slice by pushing the knife forward and down with a rocking motion. When cutting, the knife tip should never come off the board, and the entire motion should be nearly round.

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3.Chopping

Although it may appear absurd, chopping is similar to slicing done backwards. Here's how to use a chef's knife for it. Using a standard grip, move your hand toward the heel and bolster, where the thickest portion of the blade provides the greatest cutting force. Once the food is steady on your cutting board, align the knife's edge with the board and chop downward, moving the knife slightly forward while chopping. Using your guiding hand as a claw, chop consistently up and down.

4.Mincing

Cutting smaller vegetables or herbs is the primary application for mincing. This cutting technique results in extremely tiny fragments. This is how to chop using a chef's knife:

After gathering the components, press the knife's tip firmly against the board. This gives you a pivot point, so you can repeatedly and swiftly rock the knife through the components. Move the knife up and down approximately two to three inches in a left-to-right motion while keeping your guiding palm open and placed on the blade's spine close to or on the bolster. Use a board scraper or the knife's spine to collect the components back up as you mince them so that the cut is finer.

How to Use a Cleaver Knife Properly?

Home chefs shouldn't be in the least bit discouraged by cleaver knives, despite the fact that professionals prefer to love them. Despite their rugged appearance, these knives are actually gentle giants in your collection. All you have to do is know how to utilize them, and we're going to teach you how today. But let me briefly recap cleavers for you before we go into that. A cleaver is a large knife with a blade that is typically rectangular in design; however, it can have other shapes as well. It is frequently used as a butcher or kitchen knife to cut through tougher vegetables and sinew, as well as thin or fragile bones.

Now, cleavers are excellent knives to own, and it's unfortunate if you don't know how to use them safely. They can also present a risk to you. So let's discover proper cleaver knife handling techniques.

1.Assemble your cutting board

Having a sturdy wooden cutting board is essential when using a cleaver. Your board should rest steadily on your counter and be strong and unwarped. When using a heavy cleaver, you don't want it to slip around.

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2.The grip

Grasp the cleaver handle near the blade with your first hand, then curl your remaining fingers around the other side of the handle while placing your thumb on the side where the handle meets the blade. If you want greater control and aren't cutting anything rough, you can position your thumb and index finger on opposite sides of the knife's blade when you grip the handle. Ensure that the thumb and index finger get equal amounts of the main grip pressure.

3.Cutting meat

The cleaver's weight should exert the majority of the force, but your wrist should perform the actual chopping motion. Using your wrist to guide the knife and exert force, raise your arm just a little above the elbow and then lower it onto the meat. If you are unable to penetrate all the way through, you can also attempt to strike it with the upper third of the blade in order to activate additional lever power. And cutting through it a second time is not a bad thing. Determining the precise amount of power required to augment the cleaver's weight requires some experience.

4.Slicing meat

You must understand the horizontal cutting method in order to slice meat properly. This is how it operates:

Using the cutting hand, hold the cleaver.

The cleaver should be angled such that it faces the meat and cutting board horizontally.

To stabilize the meat, place the free hand flat on top of it.

Slice through the meat carefully so as not to cut into the hand that is holding the piece of meat, keeping the cleaver horizontal.

5.Mincing meat

You'll get it right eventually, even though it could take a few tries. Just remember to gather and reposition the meat often to get a uniformly chopped finish. The following steps will help you chop meat:

Grip the cleaver similarly to how you would a vegetable.

Place two or three fingertips (or your palm) on the top blunt edge of the cleaver blade using your free hand.

After raising the cleaver and maintaining contact between the tip and the board, lower it and continuously rotate the blade to chop the meat into small pieces.

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6.Tenderizing meat

This is very easy to do and a very important step when cooking meat. All you need to do is take hold of the cleaver, turn it over, and pound the flesh in a crosshatch pattern using the blunt edge of the blade.

7.Cutting and slicing vegetables

Similar to chef's knives, there are a variety of ways to cut vegetables while using a cleaver. Some people only chop heavier foods like watermelons using cleavers. However, they work incredibly well for dicing and slicing as well.

Grasp the cleaver with the second technique described above, slicing the vegetable smoothly as you go, making sure the cleaver is off the cutting board between cuts. Slice downward with a light thrust if that seems more comfortable. Next, use the same technique to cut the veggie into the desired shape.

The most enjoyable aspect of using cleavers is moving food around. To transfer the vegetables to the cooking vessel, just slip the cleaver underneath them and use your free hand to help scoop them onto the wide section of the blade.

Conclusion

For every cook, becoming proficient with the use of a chef's knife and a cleaver knife is essential. You can reach new heights in your culinary abilities by mastering the correct grip, methods, and safety precautions. Always keep in mind that practice makes perfect, so take out your knives and get to work polishing your abilities.

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