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I am loving my new herb scissors by Ball. They have several blades so they chop up herbs into tiny bits in no time and really don't miss much. They come with a sheath/comb to get any stuck herbs out of the scissors. They are pretty cool and not very spendy. They cut herb chopping time in half for those of us who aren't so fast with the chopping. :)
Use kitchen shears to cut sandwiches, toast or pizza, its a lot easier than trying to cut them with a knife.
By Janet from England
Whenever a recipe calls for cutting up marshmallows, (or anything sticky and sweet, such as dates, dried apricots, etc.), dip your kitchen shears in confectioners sugar between cuttings to keep them from sticking to the blades.
By Carol from Landisville, PA
Even chopping green onions can make my eyes water. So instead of using a knife, I use my kitchen scissors to chop them. Just clean the green onions as normal and snip until you have the desired amount. It's quick and no watery eyes.
To save time you can cut your long loaf of bread with scissors. You will get nice even slices too!
We make pizzas at home quite often, sometimes half and half which makes it a little more difficult to share. My DH had a brilliant idea, use scissors (any will do, make sure they are clean though) to cut it into serving pieces.
Cutting salad greens is part of the preparation of many meals. This is a guide about cut salad greens with scissors.
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As the saying goes, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." Not true, I'm 80 and have adopted a new "trick". Our habits are strong, but when I heard that many chefs use scissors for many cooking chores, I decided to give it a try. They are great timesavers to use in place of knives! Cut up raw chicken for stir frys, leftover meats for casseroles, cut up peppers, pre-slices onions. Scissors, in 'my book' are better and faster and cleaner than a special wheel cutter for dividing pizza, too! Keep your special food scissors handy and clean!
By Janet from Conway, NH
My neighbor took her husband's tin snips for cutting up chickens, etc then puts them in the dishwasher after use. (05/07/2007)
I kind of "wow-ed" my California sis-in-law when I placed fresh parsley in a measuring cup and snipped away till it was nicely chopped. She uses fresh herbs all the time and never had seen that trick. I put the scissors in the dishwasher, too. They make regular kitchen scissors that are supposed to do lots of other things, but I usually use the most inexpensive plastic handled ones I can find. (05/07/2007)
Great job, nett. Knew it was you soon as I started reading this, guess I am now recognize your style of writing. LOL (05/07/2007)
I use regular $1 scissors with a plastic handle. I got a magnet hook and hang them on the side of the refrigerator between uses, so I can always find them. They work well for meat, leafy vegetables and even long green onions (in fact they work better for long onions than a knife).
Such a good idea. I have some extra pairs of scissors that I got on sale, and I can hang a pair in the kitchen. (05/08/2007)
By Janice C.
I have used mine for a long time and now I finally have gotten my mother at age 83 using them. Talk about an old dog learning new tricks! Hahaha! They are much easier for her than a knife. (05/14/2007)
Yes, they're great, especially the ones for frozen foods and meats. I also truly enjoy my heavy Oriental meat cleaver for large root crop veggies, making cutting them a delight after the first cut in the middle ON THE CUTTING BOARD, of course.
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I found mine at a flea market. They will cut anything. I use them for cutting those stubborn box tops and plastic bag tops too. In addition to meat, you can also use them to cut bread strips to toast, cut tortillas to drop into soup, etc. I keep a small pair at the door to the back porch where I grow my herbs. I just go out and snip whatever I want with the scissors. (12/29/2009)