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How does the way that I cut my garlic affect the taste of my food?

I've seen recipes that called for coarsely chopped garlic and recipes that called for finely chopped or minced garlic. What affect does that cut have on the final taste of my dish? What about crushed ...
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How can I chop onions without crying?

Onions are an excellent addition to many dishes, but cutting them can be frustrating when they make you "cry" all the time. Does anyone know any tips or tricks to help minimise the tears when ...
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Is there any difference between chopped and crushed garlic in cooking?

Often recipes say to chop garlic, but I usually cheat and just crush it as it's quicker. Is there any difference in doing this? Will it have much of an effect on the flavour of the dish?
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How can I remove the peel and pit of an avocado without the whole thing turning into mush?

Making solid pieces out of a ripe avocado is a difficult business (for me, anyway). What is the best way to remove the peel and pit without ending up with a pile of green mush? I can sometimes remove ...
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What are some good resources for learning Knife Skills? [closed]

What are some good resources for learning knife skills? Specifically, is there anywhere that I can see video demonstration of different slicing techniques and when those techniques are appropriate?
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How can I safely improve my cutting technique

I'm not bad with knives if I should say so myself. My cutting speed is definitely above average, but I've have never been trained by professionals. Most of what I know, I have picked a long the way, ...
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A definitive method of dicing an onion

It bugs me that I've just sort of self-taught a method of turning a whole onion into a nicely diced pile. I'm going to assume my method is inefficient and wasteful. Could someone explain how I should ...
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How to dice tomatoes?

I like to make pico de gallo which calls for a lot of diced tomato. This is always the most time-consuming part of this recipe. What are some tips to make dicing a tomato a little easier? I finally ...
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How to prevent sliced vegetables/roots from sticking to the blade

This is especially problematic with garlic, but onions, roots and other vegetables are sometimes just as bad. When making thin slices, with the problem worsening as the portions are cut smaller, the ...
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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

Whenever I chop veggies like onions or carrots they sometimes just fly off the chopping board into the open space of the kitchen. Carrots do that especially often – I cannot chop them (...
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What is the safest, most effective way to cleave through thick bone?

While I was preparing bones for chicken stock today, I was rudely alerted to the fact that my cleaving technique was inadequate for bone-cutting when I nearly chopped off my left thumb. Fortunately ...
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Fruit peeling techniques

I came across this page (How to peel a mango) while surfing and I found it very interesting. What kind of methods and knives/kitchen gadgets do you use to peel fruits? Are there different tools to ...
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How to cut a cooked chicken, including the bones, with a cleaver?

I'm interested to know the proper way to cut a chicken into pieces using a cleaver, without cutting around the bone. When I go to Chinese restaurants, they often serve chicken neatly cut with a ...
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how to peel a pomegranate efficiently?

Two well known facts about pomegranates: they are yummy they are a pain to peel by hand do you know of any efficient ways to peel pomegranates? by efficient i mean two things: quick minimum number ...
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How to peel peaches?

What is the best/easiest method to peel peaches?
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How do you open a coconut?

Without killing yourself or others?
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Is it generally better to cut chicken breast with or against the grain?

I realize it may depend on what you're doing, but as a general rule, which is preferred and why?
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What is the most effective method to mince candied ginger?

I like to use candied ginger in place of fresh ginger in some dishes that will be sweet, but I want to use it in much smaller chunks than what it comes in. My problem is that even using a well-...
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How do I properly mince garlic?

I often need to mince garlic to add to any number of dishes. If I don't want to use a garlic press or microplane, how do I mince it with a knife? What type of knife should I use and how should I cut ...
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How do I properly cut a bell pepper into strips?

I often cut bell peppers up for uses in chili, stir-fry, salsas, salads, or any other similar use. What type of knife should I use and how should I cut it? I'm most interested in the techniques ...
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How well do counter top knife sharpeners sharpen knives?

Are counter top knife sharpeners like the IQ knife sharpener good for sharpening knives (or cheap knives)? I have used the IQ sharpener and it is still hard to cut through big onions. I would like to ...
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Honing Steel Forward or Backward

I'm really confused before I thought when you hone a knife you bring the edge towards you however the other day I was watching gordon ramsay bringing the edge away when honing. I tried searching on ...
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How heavy should a Chinese chef's knife be?

What weight should a Chinese chef's knife be and for what purpose? All around, i.e. one knife for most cooking Slicing Chopping vegetables Meat without bones Chicken or fish with bones Chinese chef'...