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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.

Happy cooking!
Kitchen shears
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They come apart for easy cleaning!
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Jan. 21, 2009 10:16 pm
your shears must be serious! I butterfly a chicken once a week practically (and do each side two different ways) and I can't image using my shears. time to upgrade.
Jan. 22, 2009 7:50 am
Those do look nice! So what's on my Gotta Have It list? I would say my rice cooker. Cooking rice on the stovetop is a thing of the past. Every time I use my rice cooker now, I think "I'm so glad I bought that." It's so easy and comes out perfect every time.
Jan. 22, 2009 11:40 am
Hi never9to5. These shears are seriously inexpensive. I lined up a few at a kitchen store, tried them all on for comfort (you'll know right away if the glass slipper fits) and chose this pair over some that cost a lot more. Tell me more about your butterflying technique!
Jan. 22, 2009 11:43 am
Hi Jenny H. I love my rice cooker, too. But my Mom had to get it for me because I was being all stubborn about not adding anything to my kitchen. I can cook rice in a pot, right? Well, this is just so much easier! I wouldn't let her spend much money, so she got me a small pot with no bells, whistles, or timers. Perfect! Do you cook anything besides rice in yours?
Jan. 23, 2009 11:49 am
Actually, I've experimented with several recipes from AR in my rice cooker that are usually made in a pot. Spanish Rice was my favorite. I also made a rice with lentils dish the other day that came out great! I always start with a little olive oil and garlic and onion and let that start sizzling. Then I'll add the seasonings and rice, and finally add the water. I vary the spices every time too. Last time I used it I made wild rice, it came out perfect. Oh, and while I was on vacation I used the cooker to make pasta, and once the pasta was cooked I made the sauce. No stove needed!
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