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Kitchen Tool Talk: More of My Favorite Things, Kitchen Shears

Gentle Readers, though The Practical Cook has covered this territory before, some kitchen tools are versatile enough to warrant another mention. I deeply love my kitchen shears, in spite of, or perhaps because of their inherent ability to cut through anything. Here are three applications for which I’ve used my trusty J.A. Henckels shears in recent days.

Kitchen Shears make short work of flower stems.

Kitchen Shears make short work of flower stems.

Kitchen Shears, Wondertool:

1. Trimming Flowers. Cutting those woody stems at an angle is not a job for the faint of heart or the dull of blade. And the results are so lovely.

Rosemary for the win!

Rosemary for the win!

2. Cutting Herbs. After doing no small amount of damage to my ever-expanding rosemary bush by breaking of a stem or two, I’ve taken to using scissors. Much better results. Most recently in this fantastic pasta dish.

Herby pasta with tomatoes. A summer delight!

Herby pasta with tomatoes. A summer delight!

3. Sizing Parchment Paper. Biscuits are happier on parchment paper, and I’m happier when the paper doesn’t hang over the edge and become a fiery cinder .

Light golden-brown biscuits!

Light golden-brown biscuits!

Because I limit the use of the shears to all things kitchen, I keep them clean, sharp, and well away from small, unsupervised hands. I’m not ready for the American Dolls to sport Mohawks, even if NASA has made them fashionable. How do you use your kitchen shears? Post a comment below, or Tweet!

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Kitchen Tool Talk: Three (More) of My Favorite Things, Engineering Edition

Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook has been hard at work in the test kitchen, but her mind has wandered to her working life. My days are filled with conversations with engineers. My childhood was filled with one too (we had the best and most well constructed forts, the fastest vehicles, etc.; thanks big bro).

Here are my tools of the trade, as a kitchen engineer.

Three More of My Favorite Things: Engineering Edition

Kitchen Toolbox: Scissors, Pencil, and Measuring Tape

Kitchen Toolbox: Scissors, Pencil, and Measuring Tape

 1. Kitchen Shears. Though I’ve mentioned them before, they’re good for all manner of this things. From cutting butcher’s twine to parchment circles to opening bottles or cutting poultry, they are the utility knife of the kitchen.

2. Pencil. For grocery lists, tracing, labeling freezer items, and more, the pencil is a classic. Mine just tend to be sparkly and covered with princesses or butterflies.

3. Measuring Tape. Sometimes you need to know the exact size of the pan, or you’d like to know if your concept of 1-inch lengths of veg are accurate.

What’s in your kitchen toolbox? Comment below. Tweet. Carrier Pigeon. I’m listening.

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