How many times have you taken out a wooden cutting board and a sharp knife to dice or slice or mince up some vegetables? No, you’re definitely not a novice in the kitchen. But even so, there are a few chopping techniques that you might not be familiar with. And as Spencer Watts from Spencer’s Big 30 (Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET) demonstrates in the video above,these slicing methods are guaranteed to speed up your food prep and get dinner on the table that much sooner. Don’t believe me? Then try them out for yourself.
This technique’s ideal for slicing an ingredient finely or mincing it. To master it, place your non-dominant hand above the blade to stabilize it, and move the back of the knife up and down, slicing in any direction. Be sure to keep the tip of your knife on the cutting board at all times.
“Make your hand like a little claw, and the knife should just roll around your knuckle,” Watts explained.
Sliding the knife against your knuckles in a circular motion will effectively cut whatever’s beneath your hands. Just make sure to keep your fingers bent inward to prevent an injury.
Again, protect your fingers by curling them towards your palm, and glide the knife up and down your knuckles. Sounds easy enough!