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    Knife Skills class...

    I teach some Cooking Demo classes for a local organization....I was asked tonight to start teaching the hands-on knife skills class. I get two hours...and whatever knives the students show up with.

    Any ideas on what to teach them?

    4 ideas so far:
    Guacamole
    Raita (yogurt dip)
    veg for veg soup (take home + cook)
    fruit salad
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    I took a beginning skills course at SLT a while back just to make sure I had the basics down. A lot of discussion around different cuts, making sure you cut a flat surface on the vegetables, cutting tricks, etc.

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    basic sharpening, steeling/rodding, stropping including the back of a mug trick
    basic knife care (mostly what NOT to do with your knife), how to deal with carbon steel
    julienne, dice and mince onion
    dicing bell pepper
    peel orange (Theory did a cool vid on supremes.), peel pineapple (asian style), peeling anything is cool, actually...
    cutting even slices of soft things like cheese and meat
    removing silverskin
    cutting bunches of things like scallions, etc.
    breaking down a chicken
    breaking down a fish
    dicing up a hard squash

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    I think most (I did) get stumped on how to safely break down great big lumps of vegetable. It's probably the most dangerous one too. Slip off the top of a pumpkin in to your hand and you'll know all about it. I'd say vegetable soup.

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    Different grips, advantages and disadvantages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    basic sharpening, steeling/rodding, stropping including the back of a mug trick
    basic knife care (mostly what NOT to do with your knife), how to deal with carbon steel
    julienne, dice and mince onion
    dicing bell pepper
    peel orange (Theory did a cool vid on supremes.), peel pineapple (asian style), peeling anything is cool, actually...
    cutting even slices of soft things like cheese and meat
    removing silverskin
    cutting bunches of things like scallions, etc.
    breaking down a chicken
    breaking down a fish
    dicing up a hard squash
    hard to go wrong with that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    basic sharpening, steeling/rodding, stropping including the back of a mug trick
    basic knife care (mostly what NOT to do with your knife), how to deal with carbon steel
    julienne, dice and mince onion
    dicing bell pepper
    peel orange (Theory did a cool vid on supremes.), peel pineapple (asian style), peeling anything is cool, actually...
    cutting even slices of soft things like cheese and meat
    removing silverskin
    cutting bunches of things like scallions, etc.
    breaking down a chicken
    breaking down a fish
    dicing up a hard squash
    Very comprehensive. But in two hours?

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    You start at the top and see how far down you get. Although I think that silverskin can be well down the list......
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    any video on the "back of the mug trick?" I've not seen it before...I can show newspaper though.
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    I assist in 2 levels of knife skills classes a couple times a month. Mix of 25% lecture and 75% hands on for level 1. Approx 2.5 hr. Its amazing what people don't know.

    Don't know what your food cost constraints are but assume they are part of the equation. We do vegetables and fruit only; carrot, onion, potato, garlic celery, apple, lemon. End of class products are grilled cheese/apple pannini and veg soup or grilled veg sandwich, apple slaw (use mandolin in level 2) and a leek/potato soup thats actually not bad. Have looked at including some proteins but can't make the math work.

    Be glad to send you outlines, handouts, etc. Adopt at will.

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