When preparing food for a meal, chopping, slicing, mincing, and dicing raw ingredients is inevitable. They are always part of the process of food preparation. And the most common equipment used when slicing and chopping ingredients are the kitchen knives and the chopping board.
Kitchen knives and chopping boards are handy and very useful in the kitchen. However, they are also injurious when not properly handled. The sharp edges of your knife can accidentally prick your skin, causing wounds. So, you have to be very careful and cautious when using one.
Aside from its being hazardous, manual chopping, using knives, is time-consuming, and when done in a rush, you would often be dissatisfied with the outcome cut of your ingredients. But, fret no more! Along with knives, this new hassle-free equipment, waiting for you to be utilized, can make your slicing and chopping easier.
Food art is such a hype nowadays. People are finding new ways and techniques on how to transform a regular meal into a tasty, delicate, and creative-looking dish. Your regular-cut veggies, for instance, can now take different shapes, depending on the kitchen equipment or tools that you used.
Spiral noodle-shaped cuts? You might want to try a spiralizer for a new take on veggies. This kitchen tool is often used for cutting carrots, zucchinis, beets, apples, etc. into fine-looking spiral-shaped noodles, suitable as an alternative for regular pasta.
Spiralizer is also easy to use. You just have to place and pin the vegetable in the middle of the spiralizer blade and the pronged disk. Then, apply pressure by twisting the crank in a counterclockwise motion to produce your desired spiral noodle-shaped vegetable.
Automatic Meat Slicers
For meat-lovers, the best equipment to use when preparing the raw meat for your desired dish is the automatic meat slicer. This kitchen equipment, being automatic, has a motor that allows the slicing and cutting to be automated while keeping the efficiency and consistency of thickness and portion sizes of your meat.
When purchasing an automatic meat slicer, you have to check each part and components such as blade sizes and horsepower to ensure you’ve got high-functioning equipment. The standard blade size for automatic meat slicer is around 9′ to 12′ diameter.
French Fries Cutter
Best side dish for every meal, french fries come from evenly-cut fresh raw potatoes deep-fried in oil until golden brown. To prepare a bunch for your meal, you must use a french fries cutter to cut your potatoes into proportionately-cut sticks uniformly.
To use this kitchen tool, you have to peel the potatoes first. Then, position the top of the potato on the blade and squeeze or turn the handle of the cutter forcefully to push the sliced strips of potato outward. It is completely hassle-free, effortless to use, and a must-have tool for your kitchen.
Buffalo chopper is another meat processing equipment that comes in handy for your kitchen. This equipment is used to turn meat such as pork and beef into ground meat for sausage and meatballs, by putting them on the rotating bowl while being minced minutely under the cover’s spinning blades of the equipment.
The healthiest most recommended dessert after a meal is that of fruits. Preparing a fruit dessert, using a knife, is time-consuming because, aside from chopping them down into pieces, you also have to peel them as thinly and as smoothly as possible. So, instead of using a knife, you must use a fruit peeler as a more comfortable option.
Fruit peeler is used to remove or peel the skin of a fruit or a vegetable. It comes in different sizes, styles, and models. But all have the same function: to peel, to slice, and to shave (chocolate or cheese). Some of the fruit peeler models include “sword”, “julienne,” “y-shaped,” ”swivel,” etc.
How do you properly open a bag or a pack that contains your ingredients? Of course, by using a pair of scissors. Using a pair of scissors is safer than using a knife and chopping board when cutting or slicing not too thick in shape ingredients, food, or meat.
Aside from cutting and slicing meat or food, kitchen scissors are also used in trimming dough when you’re planning to bake a pie, shredding cabbage for vegetable salad, and cleaning and peeling shrimps. Indeed, kitchen scissors can be utilized all-around the kitchen. That is why having a sharp pair of one is a must!
Life in the kitchen is a lot smoother and more manageable when you make use of the proper equipment and tools for each food preparation process. The equipment mentioned above is generally used for chopping. And thus, they have sharp edges and blade. With that in mind, you should use them very carefully to avoid kitchen mishaps and injury.