Gotta Have It: Kitchen Shears
Jan. 21, 2009 9:49 pm
Updated: Jan. 23, 2009 11:49 am
When a new kitchen toy calls my name, I struggle with barriers against buying everything in sight: money (doesn’t grow on trees) and storage space (not much). So things have to work hard to earn my love. Take these kitchen shears. Better yet, get your own.
I reach for these industrial strength scissors at least once a day; tonight I used them to quickly butterfly a chicken for roasting. I used to do this with a big, sharp chef’s knife—and that works well—but snipping along either side of the backbone is so much easier. (I freeze the backbone for homemade chicken stock.)
Why butterfly? I find the chicken cooks quickly and evenly, and cutting it into serving portions is ridiculously simple minus the backbone. Try it and see.
What to look for:
- Comfort: Try them on to make sure they don’t pinch your hand
- Convenience: Do they come apart for cleaning? Score!
- Strength: They should make hard jobs easier
I’ve used my shears for cutting herbs, harvesting apples, snipping kitchen twine, and defeating stubborn packaging. The manufacturer of my pair (Messermeister) calls them utility shears and says they can also be used as a bottle opener, jar gripper, nutcracker, or screwdriver. We’ll see.
These kitchen shears rate 9 out of 10 on my Gotta Have It scale. I could do without them, but I’d rather not. And for $20 on sale, they’re an affordable kitchen luxury.
So what’s on your Gotta Have It list? I’d love to hear from you.
They come apart for easy cleaning!