Jim Davis: Hi there, Chef Jim Davis for Harris Teeter. I'm going to show you now how to pare or peel a potato with a paring knife. This is a standard 31/2 inch paring knife, very sharp blade.
You want to hold the knife in your hand so that your thumb controls the fruit or the vegetable in front of it and you just turn the vegetable into the knife rather than moving the knife all around. We want to take off as thinner slices as we can, but we also want to take out all the bad spots. If we just keep peeling and keep turning the vegetable and take all the peel off we get back over on this side and what I do is I just then run typically a peel right down of center and then just peel it off on either side.
Take out all the bad spots so that when we're finished, we have a perfectly peeled potato. That's how you peel a vegetable or a fruit with a paring knife. Coming up next, I'm going to show you how to square off a vegetable.