About Kitchen Shears
Kitchen shears are very handy to have around the kitchen. A kitchen shear is a strong scissors made primarily for the kitchen. It has a beefed up fulcrum (pivot point) for cutting through chicken breastbones.
Eventually, like all blades, the shears will become dull with use. Some kitchen shears can be taken apart and sharpened.
It is a good idea to get a sheath for the shears so they do not cause a problem being loose in a kitchen drawer.
Do not put a kitchen shear in a dishwasher; the detergent will damage the blades and eat away the handles. Wash with very hot water and soap. Make sure all crevices and nooks are cleaned, too, as they harbor bacteria. Dry immediately with a soft towel to prevent water stain.
Kitchen Shear Uses
- Cutting whole chicken into parts
- Trimming fat from a chicken
- Snipping green onion into small pieces. Shears make a clean cut.
- Trimming the ends of green beans or snow peas
- Snipping slices of bacon into pieces
- Chopping up canned whole tomatoes
- Cutting pizza
- Trimming away outer leaves on artichokes
- Trimming pie dough before crimping
- Cutting slashes into bread dough
- Chopping up large pieces of dried fruit
- Mincing fresh chives
- Trimming bread crust
- Cut butcher's twine or fruit netting
- Cut celery
- Open stubborn lids and bottle tops
- Shred cabbage. Roll the leaves up and snip.
- Snip dried peppers
- Help remove lobster tail from its shell
Buying a Kitchen Shear
- One blade should be serrated which provides a good grip on slippery items.
- Many shears can be separated at the fulcrum. This makes it easy to clean.
- Rounded handles are easiest to use and the most comfortable.
- Shears can be disassembled
- Works for right or left-handers
- Serrated blade
- High carbon stainless steel
- Steel tooth inset for removing jar lids, bottle caps