How to Cut Vegetables Using Kitchen Scissors
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This tutorial shows you how you can use your kitchen scissors effectively to cut a variety of vegetables (basil, spring onions, chilli, mushrooms, cabbage & capsicum) in different ways. You can even make a chilli flower garnishing! My knife skills are certainly lacklustre, so using a good pair of kitchen scissors to cut these vegetables gives me better control, precision and safety.
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Leafy herbs such as basil
Stack a few basil leaves together, roll them up like a cigar and snip off a thin layer each time to get finely shredded basil.
For finely chopped green onions or scallions, gather a bunch of spring onions and snip off a thin layer at a time. You can also snip them directly onto the food, hence eliminating the need for a chopping board. To make curly flower spring onions for food garnishing, make 4 or 5 slits lengthwise on a 5cm long spring onion without cutting all the way through. Dip the spring onion in a bowl of ice water and it will curl up like a flower shortly after.
Besides using kitchen scissors for thinly sliced chilli, you can also make an eye-catching chilli flower garnishing. After trimming the end of the chilli, make several lengthwise cuts from end to near the stalk. Dip the cut chilli in ice water bath for 10-20 minutes where it will gradually curl up like a flower. Using kitchen scissors minimizes direct contact with the chilli seeds, hence reducing the risk of chilli burn on your hands.
Mushroom, Cabbage & Capsicum
For effortless diced mushrooms, simply make lengthwise cuts (without cutting all the way through), then cut horizontally across. For leafy vegetables such as shredded cabbage, stack a few cabbage leaves together and cut according to your recipe needs. Capsicums (Bell Peppers) can be cut in various ways (wedges, long strips or diced). For diced capsicum; simply make lengthwise cuts without cutting all the way through, then cut horizontally for instant diced peppers.