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a kitchen knife on a cutting board of sliced and diced fruits and vegetables

Kitchen Hacks for Slicing and Dicing

By:
Pamela Bump

Cooking doesn't have to be complicated. Whether you're just learning how or consider yourself the family chef, this list of kitchen hacks will help you quicken kitchen time while keeping your meals healthy and delicious.

Tips for Using a Knife in The Kitchen

  • Keep Your Cutting Tools in Shape

    • After using a cutting board, rub half a lemon on it to prevent odor from collecting on it over time.

    • If your knives are getting a bit dull, grab an old coffee mug and carefully scrape the knife along the bottom ring. Then wash the knife before use.

  • Slicing, Dicing, and Peeling Produce

    • How to Cut Small Tomatoes and Grapes

      1. Place a handful of them on a clean surface and put a clean plate on top of them.
      2. Hold the plate down lightly with one hand to keep the food in place.
      3. Hold the knife parallel to the plate with the other hand as you cut the food in half.

      Check out this demo.

    • How to Cut Open a Pomegranate

      1. Place it right-side up. Cut a circle about an inch wide in diameter off of the top of the pomegranate so you can see the seeds inside.
      2. Place the knife between two groups of seeds without letting it touch the center of the pomegranate.
      3. Cut downward until you get to the bottom. Continue cutting from top to bottom until you've cut between every seed.
      4. When you're done, you'll be able to pull the pomegranate open with no mess.

      See a video here.

    • Cutting Onions, The Easy Way

      1. Cut the onion in half from top to bottom and remove the peel.
      2. Place one half flat-side down and cut in the opposite direction.
      3. Carefully hold the knife parallel to the cutting board and cut from top to bottom again.

      Watch how it's done here.

      While you're cutting that onion, chew gum and avoid inhaling through your nose. This will help you avoid getting onion chemicals in your nasal cavity. Gum can also help to diffuse the tear-causing chemicals and the odors associated with onions.

Sources

"Need to Sharpen a Knife? All You Need Is a Coffee Mug" by Taylor Martin, CNet.com, 3/16