When we moved into our first apartment together, Clay may have brought a collection of food magazines, but Zach brought the scissors.
In what was a new concept for Clay, Zach and his family use kitchen scissors constantly, to achieve all kinds of tasks.
Well, it stuck. We now have five pairs, and they're almost always dirty because we use them so often. Some are nice, while others are cheapies. The best pair we have are Wustoff Pull-Apart Shears ($19 on Amazon.com), which we love because they're sharp and they clean easily.
So what are we using these scissors for? Well, all sorts of things. For several months now, we've been keeping a list. So here are 25 ways we use kitchen scissors at home.
- Snip chives and other herbs
- Cut (raw or cooked) bacon into small pieces
- Trim ends of asparagus
- Cut up tortillas (we often pan-fry tortilla pieces and serve them with eggs)
- Spatchcock chickens or turkeys
- Cut large pieces of salad greens in a bowl (or into a bowl)
- Cut up whole tomatoes while they're still in a can
- Use in place of a pizza slicer
- Murder. (Just seeing if you're paying attention)
- Trim the ends of beans
- Cutting up scraps of food prior to composting
- Cut up dried fruit for salads and other dishes
- Cut sausages or kielbasa into small slices
- Dice cooked chicken for chicken salad, chicken soup, or chicken and dumplings
- Trim fat from meats. (Scissors are especially good for cutting the fat from country ham slices before putting them in the frying pan.)
- Quickly “shred” cooked meats for barbeque
- Shave fresh parsley over a dish
- Trim off the sharp pointy ends of artichoke leaves before steaming
- Cut cooked noodles or pasta to more easily fit into a lasagna pan or serving bowl
- Cut open the tops of coffee bean bags or other vacuum-sealed packages
- Cut celery into perfect little slices directly into the cooking pot
- Cut large marshmallows into small pieces when the miniatures are needed in a recipe, or for a garnish
- Cut cheese cloth and parchment paper rounds
- Trim the crust off a slice of bread
- Cut flowers before placing into a vase
What about you? How do you use kitchen scissors?