Say goodbye to the days of chasing vegetables around your cutting board.

June 14, 2018
Melinda Josie

“Knife skills” can sound like a fancy, chef-y term, but the truth is, any home cook can benefit from a few simple guidelines. Using a sharp knife is key, since a blade that slices easily won’t slip. Then, choose a sturdy cutting board that won’t wiggle as you cut (or use this trick to anchor your cutting board.) Finally, when it comes to the actual chopping of things, make a plan. A runaway potato can often feel like a nemesis on the cutting board. With these simple, easy steps, cooking can go from feeling daunting to doable, with no injuries involved.

To keep your fingers intact, use this technique on wobbly vegetables, like potatoes and beets.

Step 1: With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice along the length of the potato (or other vegetable) to create a flat side.

Step 2: Turn the potato cut-side down on the cutting board. Slice, stopping when the end of 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 face-down on the board. Continue to slice.

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