How to Use a Paring Knife

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chef Jim Davis for Harris Teeter shows us how to use a pairing knife.

    Jim Davis: Hi! Chef Jim Davis here for Harris Teeter. I am going to show you how to use a pairing knife. Apple, pairing knife we want to grasp it so that we've got our thumb against the fruit. We just slide the knife around. Try to pull off as thinner piece of the peel as we can.

    Just keep on going and you can use a peeler for this if you'd like or using a knife is also good. Then, you want to cut out the bad parts. You want to make sure that you keep the knife away from your thumb. One thing you don't want to do is cut your thumb off.

    Keep your pairing knife very sharp and we've got to peel, we are going to cut down to two and cut it in half. Then, we are going to cut it in half again, so we've got a quarter of an apple. Now, we take that same pairing knife and we are going to cut down from both ends and take out the core.

    Now, you can use that same pairing knife if you are going to be cutting your apple for an apple pie, just like that. That's how you use a pairing knife. Up next, I am going to show you how to use a bread knife.