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There is a saying that the mark of another man’s genius is how much you agree with him. I found this brief piece a while back and saved the link for a slow news night.
Mark Frauenfelder at BoingBoing.com says “Kitchen shears are often better than a knife“. I agree wholeheartedly (“often” being the operative word), at least for a number of tasks. My Wusthof Classic set came with a pair of shears, and they have seen considerable use over the course of the past 12 years.
“I use my $10 kitchen shears to chop lettuce. I put lettuce in a salad bowl, stick in the shears, and make a bunch of random cuts until the volume of the lettuce drops to a reasonable level. I also use shears to cut pizzas, open plastic bags, cut chicken, open boxes, and lots of other stuff. They frequently go missing because my wife and kids take them to use in another room. There’s not much I can do about that other than gnash my teeth and curse the universe for allowing me to be born in such a world.”
My Wusthof shears are my go-to tool when it comes to breaking-down poultry. The blades disarticulate joints easily, and are powerful enough to shear through cartilage and some smaller bones. In fact, if I am facing a pile of chicken-wings that need to be sectioned, there is nothing better in my kitchen.
The shears also come apart for cleaning, and are completely dishwasher safe. Despite more than a decade of heavy use, these shears continue to perform, despite never being sharpened a single time.
While mine came with the set my wife and I bought with a wedding gift-card, you can pick them up from Amazon for $20.
Do you have a pair of kitchen shears and are they a go-to tool for you in the kitchen?