I recently decided to try and develop my knife skills and found on a few occasions that I had cut my finger nail on my index finger of my left hand TWICE! On another occasion, I cut my left thumb and did not even know I had done so until I saw some blood on an envelope that I was about to place in the mail box! That was the final straw for me! So I went on YouTube.com and looked for some simple, basic videos on Basic Knife Skills and decided to share them with you my visitors. Personally I think that the videos have a more positive mental impact. Hope they are helpful to you as they were for me.

I have already learned the basic terms like the PINCH and the CLAW. The PINCH is the name used to describe the way the knife is to be held for better control where the index and thumb pinch the blade. The correct way to hold a knife is to pinch the blade right above the handle with your thumb and your index finger. Then place your three other fingers on the handle. Holding the knife this way makes the blade an extension of your arm.

[showads ad=160x90linkad]The CLAW is for the hand that guides the food. The way the hand has to be positioned, so you do not cut your fingers, looks like a claw. Most amateur cooks hold the item the wrong way, placing their fingers so that they have a hard time seeing the item they’re about to cut. This is the wrong way to hold the object. In fact, it’s downright dangerous as your fingers can get hit by the knife. Keep your fingers safe by bringing your hands up into what is called the claw grip. In the claw grip, your fingertips, including your thumb, are folded inwards and out of the way of the knife’s blade. This position also allows you to use your knuckles as a guide for the up and down motion of the knife.

Remember, all cooking starts with a knife so get that right first, and you will not only be faster and safer, but you can sound off like a total know-it-all, which is endlessly entertaining.

Invest in a good set of stainless steel knives. A few months ago I purchased a knife that was reasonably priced and it looked of good quality. The mistake that I made was not ensure that was made of stainless steel. A few weeks later, it began to rust!

My latest acquisition is a stainless steel knife set that includes a knife sharpener (I think that this is a great idea to include this tool in the package). It is quite handy as ever so often my main knife gets dull and I sharpen it myself (don’t have to depend on the husband!) Another important point is before I began working on my knife skills, I realized that my knife sometimes would not cut right through my food. I eventually realized that my knife just needed sharpening, I thought that I was not using my knife skills in the correct manner.

August 25, 2011

I purchased a few chef knives during the last few months and I noticed that after I used them a few times, they began to rust. Each of these knives was labeled Stainless Steel, so I thought that they were not genuine when they began to rust. I then asked a friend of mine to purchase another Chef Knife from St. Thomas for me, thinking she would get the real thing.

To my surprise, this knife too began to rust and it was a bit expensive. I was very disappointed. So I threw away all the knives that were rusting. Now I am sorry that I did!

I recently learned an easy way to remove the rust from my knives.

All I need is some Baking Soda aka Bi-carbonate soda, an old tooth brush and some water. The method is to dip the tooth brush into the Baking Soda, sprinkle a little water on the knife that is rusting and scrub the knife with the tooth brush that was dipped in the Baking Soda. Scrub the knife for about two minutes. Wipe clean with a paper towel and grease with some olive oil (the oil is to prevent the knife from rusting again).

I did this test with all my special knives and I cannot express how special I felt to see my knives all laid out on the counter all rust less and shiny! As I polish them with the oil, I felt as if I was holding an antique! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THIS PAGE to learn about the many ways Baking Soda can be used in the kitchen.