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Super Bowl Throwdown: Knife v. Shears 
Feb. 2, 2009 8:00 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2009 6:38 pm
The best part of Super Bowl Sunday is eating chicken wings. The worst part of Super Bowl Sunday is cutting up chicken wings.

I always make big batches of teriyaki wings and Buffalo wings, and that’s a lot of cutting. So after I blogged about how much I loved my kitchen shears, I decided to try them out on the wings.

If my son’s science projects taught me anything--besides the art of not butting in--it's that methodology matters. So I decided I’d do a proper side-by-side test using Messermeister kitchen shears, a 6-inch Wuesthoff knife, and a stopwatch.

Too bad I couldn’t find the stopwatch. (Truth is, I didn’t look that hard because I really didn’t want to go touching things with raw chicken on my hands. Ugh!)

So I thought I’d just “wing” it and get a feel for how one technique compared with the other. I started with the kitchen shears, thinking I’d cut up a few and move on to the knife. But after just the first wing, the decision was in. Here’s what I discovered:
  • Sturdy kitchen shears cut efficiently even if I don’t hit the joint precisely. With the chef’s knife, I have to make sure my aim is true.
  • Shears eliminate the need for a cutting board. I just used a rimmed baking pan to hold everything. Talk about easy clean-up!
Seriously, it was the no cutting board part that made me completely abandon the scientific method and stick to the shears. Don’t cry, Wuesthoff. I still can’t dice an onion without you.

The bottom line: Kitchen shears made quick, clean work out of cutting up two big piles of chicken wings.

I’m sure this is not a new technique. It’s just new to me.

So tell me about your latest kitchen throwdown, scientific method or not. I’d love to hear about your comparisons and discoveries.

Happy cooking!
Kitchen shears take on chicken wings!
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Feb. 3, 2009 5:36 am
I've gotta get me some of them shears!
Feb. 3, 2009 9:01 am
I love chicken wings but seldom make them because of the work involved!... I wanted to mention that the chicken wings do come pre split and with that one inedible part removed to save time... They do cost a little more, but for some people (like me) who are a bit lazy I don't mind paying it...
Feb. 3, 2009 2:13 pm
I'm with Traci I but them at Costco split and tip removed, job done.
Feb. 3, 2009 6:38 pm
I hear you about the pre-cut chicken wings, and don't think I wasn't tempted! But I'm trying to keep costs down wherever I can. Besides, I froze all those wing tips for making chicken stock. Someday. Sure. True story: While I was cutting up the chicken (and wondering why the heck I didn't buy pre-cut wings) I toyed with the idea of cutting the wings off whole chickens when I buy them and saving them for Super Bowl. I laughed at myself so hard I nearly cut my own finger off. You can take this frugality thing a bit too far, yeah?
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