Watching a professional chef wield a knife is impressive: in a whoosh, everything is chopped, neatly and evenly. Whole chickens are cut apart effortlessly and chives are cut into impossibly small pieces.
If you’re not a knife wizard, consider a pair of kitchen shears. They make our tasks go quickly and don’t remind us that our knife skills could be better.
Use them for:
Snipping herbs (we use shears daily for basil, chives and parsley), scallion leaves and leafy vegetables
Separating pizza slices (much better than a serrated wheel)
Cutting poultry, fish, crustaceans and other foods
In addition to cutting food, you can use the shears to trim flowers, parchment paper and twine; open boxes; and other cutting tasks.