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Different blades and their uses

So why do knives have different types of blades? Because each knife has a different use and different blades cut in different ways, depending on the job you wish to …

Wrap of the week

Last week we introduced you to knives, discussed the various types of knives, blades and their uses. You got an opportunity to do some research into the types of knives …

Precision cuts

Precision or classic cuts are used to add colour and structure to menu items. These cuts display the chef’s skill and attention to detail. Precision cuts are used for a …

Knife cutting techniques

There are many cutting techniques, we will discuss the 7 most used here, and in our next discussion we will look at precision cuts in more detail. Chopping When you …

Using large cutting equipment safely

Large cutting equipment refers to equipment such as saws, meat slicers, electric peelers, mincing machines and other electrical or mechanical equipment that has sharp blades. Large equipment can cause injury …

Storing your knives and cutting equipment

Looking after your knives also means storing them carefully and safely, especially when at home if there are small children around. Storing your knives can be done in a few …

Cleaning and caring for your knives

It is important to keep your knives and cutting equipment clean to prevent bacteria from growing on them and contaminating other foods. Knives can easily transfer bacteria on, if not …

How to sharpen your knife

Sharpening knives can be done using different tools, here we look at what you can select from. Sharpening wet stone A sharpening wet stone has two sides – 1 rough …

Knife safety

Knives can be dangerous. Accidents and injuries so easily occur either to yourself or to others, if you are not using a knife safely, especially in a kitchen where there …

Parts of a knife

So why is it so important to understand the parts of a knife? If you know the parts of a knife, how they affect the way you hold and cut …

Cutting equipment

Apart from knives, you will find other small and large cutting equipment in a professional kitchen. This provides an overview of some of the cutting equipment and their uses. Zester …

Material used to make knives

Knife blades are made from different types of materials, some are more inclined to stain and others not, some are harder and some more brittle. The most common materials that …

Types of knives

Choosing a knife is one of the most important activities that you need to do as a chef. After all, they say workman is only as good as his tools! …

Next steps

Thank you for joining our course and I hope you found it informative. I am sure when you signed up for this course, you didn’t realise just how many different …

Precision Cuts Part 2

Macédoine Please add video Type of fruit or vegetable: Root vegetables – Carrots, Turnips, Swedes. Size: 8x8mm cube. Used for: Used raw or in cooked foods and fruit salads. Paysanne …