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Knowing a little about knives makes cooking at home easier.

Photo of a person using a knife to cut vegetables

"I'm scared to use a knife that is too sharp."

  • Using a sharper knife is safer than using a dull knife. You are less likely to slip and cut yourself when the knife is sharp.

  • Use a big knife to cut large foods and a small knife for small foods.

  • Pay close attention when cutting your foods—always look at what you are cutting.

  • Cut food so that there is one flat side. Lay the food on the flat side so it doesn't roll around, then continue cutting.

Try This

Watch the video on this page and then go practice your new knife skills, like cutting flat surfaces on vegetables for safer chopping. The recipes shown below give you a chance to practice your new skills!

How to Quickly Chop a Bell Pepper
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