Kitchen Tricks and Tips From Our Expert Cooks
To keep your fingers safe from nicks, use the following technique on wobbly vegetables (such as potatoes, squash, and beets).
Step 1: With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice along the length of the potato (or another vegetable) to create a flat side.
Step 2: Turn the potato cut-side down on the cutting board. This will ensure that the potato is stable and won’t roll away. Slice as desired, stopping when the potato becomes unsteady and difficult to grip.
Step 3: Turn the potato so that the broad, flat side from which you made the last cut is facedown on the cutting board. Continue to slice as desired.