Kitchen Scissors - Tested and Reviewed by Fred-in-the-shed
Scissors are such an essential tool in the kitchen
but I am surprised at how many people put up with really hopeless
ones, or grubby ones that can harbour dangerous bacteria.
Over the last 20 years I have tested many
different makes and my favourite scissors for the kitchen are
the type that pull apart in an instant for better cleaning.
I call these separating kitchen scissors.
The German manufacturer Wusthof has made this type
of Chefs Scissors for decades and tier design has been copied and improved by the Oxo brand.
Great for fish, meat and opening packaging. They come apart in a click for easy cleaning!
Wusthof Versus Cheaper
OXO Good Grips
Best Kitchen Scissor Test
Both scissors are so well made and cut
everything from fish, small bones, bacon, pizza, and they are especially
good at cardboard, which is handy for packaging materials and
something that a lot of flimsier scissors don't handle well.
The "killer application" of separating scissors
is the quick and easy way they come apart so you can totally clean them.
With so many nasty bugs on raw meat is it
essential that kitchen scissors are cleaned well and these scissors are
designed to be dishwasher safe.
The Wusthof ones have a crusher between the handles whilst the cheaper OXO
Goodgrips ones have a herb stripper.
The Oxo scissors are slightly
longer and have larger handles. This makes them more comfortable to use, especially if you have large hands.
The cutting action of both are precise and very impressive.
After 4 years my Wusthof scissors come apart a bit too easily now
so overall I prefer the cheaper OXO Good Grips version which has surprisingly lasted better.
OXO Good Grips Kitchen & Herb Scissors
Wusthof 5558-1 Come-Apart Kitchen Shears
Fixed blade Kitchen Scissors
Fiskars Kitchen Scissors
Kitchen Devils Control Kitchen Shear & Scissors
I am currently testing the latest Fiskars and Kitchen Devils Scissors.
Both are made by Fiskars of Finland who have made over 900 million
scissors since 1967 and are also one of my favourite manufacturers of
garden pruning tools.
So far I am most impressed with the Kitchen Devils
- Control Kitchen Shear
as it is so comfortable to use and its curved serrated blade cuts
through chicken and fish so easily. The safety catch is suitable for
left and right handed users. A great feature found on the Kitchen Devils
Control SCISSORS is the bottle top opener located just below the handle.
I have strong hands but there are some pop bottles that I could only
open with the help of my trusty Fiskars Scissors!
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The Best Kitchen Knives
In my kitchen I use a 15 year old
V Sabatier Cook's Knife
for larger tasks. It cuts incredibly well and will probably last longer
than I will. Please note that not all Sabatier knives may be as good as
my old one because Sabatier is not an exclusive brand but a name applied
to a range of brands, so the quality
will vary between manufacturers. I am told that Sabatier was a family
that made knives but split off into various factions who all had the
right to use the family name.
The "Chefs knife" is the most versatile and useful of all kitchen
knives. You can use it to do most jobs. Specialist knives for
bread , fish, etc are great but I think these sets with 15 or so are
over the top. I have 7 knives I use frequently, but mostly use my
Sabatier Chefs knife and Victorinox Tomato knife.
The secret to fast, easy, cutting and making your kitchen knife last as
long as possible is careful sharpening, avoid the dishwasher and store
Victorinox - Tomato Knife 11cm
At shows and in store demonstrations you will often see a slick operator selling a wonder gadget that will change your life.
Recently at the good Food Show and Countryfile Live I saw so many
expensive fancy knives.
If you want a small multi-purpose serrated knife then I recommend the Victorinox - Tomato Knife
Forget the tomato tag, this knife will cut ANY vegetable as thin as you want
but I use it on fish and meat also.
The serrated edge is great on bread but the size limits it to rolls and
small loaves really.
For around £5 it is a total bargain and my most used kitchen tool.
Victorinox - Tomato Knife 11cm (2 Pack)
V Sabatier Cook's Knife Size: 20 cm
V Sabatier Paring Knife
Richardson Sheffield 3-Piece Sabatier Trompette Knife Starter Set, Silver
The latest and Best Chopping Boards Tested and Reviewed
Composite Chopping Board
Wooden chopping boards are truly tried and
tested and very-eco friendly. However they are hard to clean easily
as they are not suitable for dishwashers.
I use the Epicurean, top gourmet boards that are made from
natural fibres and are dishwasher safe. They also look extremely
cool, especially the black ones.
After 4 years my 2
Epicurean chopping boards have been in the dishwasher many times and
apart from a few fine cut marks are in great shape.
Another advantage of the Epicurean
chopping board is that it is thin and easy to store.
Folding Chopping Boards
I love my Joseph Joseph folding chopping board,
it makes it much easier to pour chopped veg into a pan.
So far my one has lasted 3 years of regular use.
TopGourmet Kitchen Series Cutting Board Wood Fibre Black 29 cm x 221/2 cm / 111/2 inch x 9 inch
Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus, Folding Chopping Board, Large - Red
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