One of the most handy tools to have in the kitchen, beyond the essentials, is a good set of kitchen shears.
- Use scissors instead of a pizza wheel to cut pizza.
- Similiarly, use scissors to cut quesadillas or other tortilla-based dishes.
- Turn a can of whole tomatoes into diced tomatoes in a snap
Open the can of tomatoes and drain if desired. Keeping the tomatoes in the can, snap the scissors back and forth inside the can, slicing and dicing the tomatoes into bits.
- Use the same technique as tomatoes on bacon or other item where you want tiny bits.
Stick the bacon, herbs, poached chicken, dried fruit, or hardboiled eggs into a glass or other tall container. Stick in the scissors and snip, snip, snip until you have a bunch of contained pieces. No cutting board, no fastitidious chopping, no mess.
And we are all about no mess around here.
- Scissors make quick work of cutting foods down to infant-sized pieces, as well. I like to plate a young toddler’s food, then take the kitchen scissors to it. It’s much faster than the whole fork & knife routine, and safer to do on plastic plates.
Pancakes, toast, meat, vegetables, fruit, pizza, tortillas, cheese, all succumb to the scissors at our house.
Make sure your kitchen arsenal includes a sharp pair of shears.