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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

Use a sharp knife, dull knives don't slice, they split the same way an axe splits logs and that will generate that sideways force that throws carrot bits. Also learn to practice your slicing and ...
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How do I avoid carrot slices rolling away?

One option is to cut the carrots slightly diagonally instead of perfectly square. The resulting pieces are not perfectly cylindrical, but they tend to tipping instead of rolling all over the cutting ...
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How to keep onions from sinking in a salad

This is physics. There's an effect called: "Granular convection" It's a phenomenon where if you have materials of different sizes in a container and vibrate or shake them, that the largest objects ...
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How do you clear food that sticks to the cutting knife?

even the greatest knife masters will forget every once in a while to clean with the edge in the opposite direction No, they won't, not after cutting themselves a couple of times. It's natural to cut ...
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How to keep onions from sinking in a salad

I don't think the issue here is dicing vs slicing the onions. The reason why the latter appears to present better in this answer is in my opinion because of the size relative to the other ingredients. ...
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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

Both Escoce's and Elendil's answers are great: the key is a sharp knife, and the vast majority of people (in my experience) do not have very sharp knives in their kitchens. When people come over to ...
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How to hold slippery food while cutting?

If you're struggling to cut peaches, your knife isn't sharp enough. Something that soft should barely need holding at all. If you're really good at cutting your fingers, use a fork. You don't even ...
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How to keep onions from sinking in a salad

I found that slices float better and present better. They don't take much longer to cut and you don't need much onion for a salad. Slices on the right Thick slices can be cut to taste. You want ...
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How to hold slippery food while cutting?

When I'm cutting slippery food I take a different approach to cutting, as the fingers curled method is unreliable as you have found. What I would do with peaches is get my 3 inch utility knife (...
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Chopping shallots super fine

Use a grater If you use a box grater (or a microplane style grater), you can peel and grate your shallots very easily. By holding the root end, you can grate the entire shallot pretty easily and ...
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How do I avoid carrot slices rolling away?

If you take a slender slice off the carrot (down the length), then your carrot is no longer round, and it'll nicely sit on that now-flat side. (You can do this with a sharp knife, or with a few passes ...
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What is the most humane way to kill crayfish at home?

Food tech. guru Dave Arnold experimented with crustacean killing...mainly lobster, and mainly in search of quality. He wound up with the use of anesthesia as the best method...and probably most ...
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How do I avoid carrot slices rolling away?

One thing I've done in the past is use the tendency to roll to my advantage, rather than fighting it. I position a shallow dish to collect the carrots at the "bottom" of the cutting board (the edge ...
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How should I improve my chopping flow?

Although this is partially personal preference, in general you should have the uncut ingredients on the side of your non-cutting hand. This will set up a logical flow of material which keeps you from ...
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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

Use a bigger, sharper knife. If you're having to apply so much pressure to cut a vegetable that it's flying off into the ether, your knife isn't sharp enough. Furthermore, a blunt knife is a dangerous ...
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What is the most humane way to kill crayfish at home?

Timely question! As you've ascertained, any form of head-splitting with a knife -- as you would for crabs or lobsters -- is impractical for crayfish, simply because they are too small. Putting ...
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How do I *safely* use an aruvamanai

Let me tell and admit that usage of Aruvamanai is a bit tricky. It is not mostly used by younger generations. But my mother and my mother in law still use them and they wont switch to board and knife. ...
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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

If you are not bothered about the shape of the vegetables, you can cut the (for example) carrot along its length, then place the flat side against the chopping board. You can then slice, dice or ...
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How to keep onions from sinking in a salad

There is no law of nature that requires salad to be served in a bowl. In fact I rarely see it served in a bowl: I'm used to seeing it served on a plate. You can toss together the leafy components, ...
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What does"relax on the way forward" mean in relation to knife sharpening?

This will generally mean to not apply pressure (press the blade to the stone by either leaning/twisting the edge firmly into the stone, or keeping your fingers close to the edge) while you are in any ...
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How do you clear food that sticks to the cutting knife?

Always push from the back (non-sharp) side of the knife to the front (sharp edge). So long as you only go in this direction, and move your hand away from the knife before pulling it back in, you ...
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How to dice tomatoes?

A different method, requires a little practise, but quick & easy once you have it. This method keeps the seeds, but loses the harder green bit where the stalk was attached. This is the quickest ...
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How do I avoid carrot slices rolling away?

Easy-peasy: Use a mandoline: they'll fall mostly on their flat side For the difficult ones that do not fall under the category mostly: place the mandoline over a bowl.
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Chopping shallots super fine

You can certainly do it with salt and the side of a knife, but you would have to chop rather finely first. So, maybe not worth it. Alternately, you can use a mortar, but again, this requires initial ...
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How do I cut an oreo?

I used a Mini Hacksaw #65341 from Harbor Freight. I even cut a cracked one in half without shattering it.
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How do you clear food that sticks to the cutting knife?

Well I think you answered this in your question. Face the cutting edge away from you. Sometimes however if I am pushing food off the cutting board into a bowl or skillet, I'll run the sides of the ...
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Drawback of Kullenschliff (Granton) knives

The biggest downside I can think of was touched on in the top answer to the question Catija: In fact, the thickness of the blade tends to have more of an effect than the voids in most cases. ...
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How to use knife

First: This does not look like a very good knife - this style of secondary bevel (an european style knife usually should not have one, and if it has, it should be more acute) and the fact no exact ...
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How and when should I use a bread knife?

The "problem" with using your Santoku knives is that they dull fast when you use them on bread. If you keep your knives well sharpened, you can do without the bread-knife. Other uses for bread-...
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