Originally Posted by medtran49
I have to agree with whoever wrote you shouldn't try to cut it straight down, but start with an angled slicing motion. We were watching Jacques Pepin the last weekend and he was slicing corn off the cob and said to cut it off holding the knife at an angle, that it was always easier to cut anything that way. So happens I needed to cut corn off the cob later, tried it that way and he was 100% correct. Will have to work on retraining myself to do it that way but it is definitely easier and the corn doesn't bounce everywhere nearly as much either because you don't have to use so much force to cut it off. JP gives such good tips.
Also, if I'm feeling lazy (don't want to dirty and have to wash another knife) and am using a smaller knife, I'll start cutting from the middle to one end, flip it around and do the other side. Comes out straight enough for potatoes.
The whole slicing at an angle thing has been understood for a long time.
sen you slice at an angle, the surface area of the blade touches the item to be sliced is smaller, and so more pressure is applied per square inch. Many mandolins take advantage of this and angle two blades in a v-shape. It's the same reason we slice with a knife. also, the knife edge is moving respective to the food being sliced. Chopping is sufficient for small foods such as carrots, green onions, and such. But even soft foods like raw onion are better sliced than chopped. When you use a chopping motion, more of the onion cells get crushed, spraying onion juice into the air. That's what make your eyes water. If you slice with a sharp knife, more of the juice stays in the onion, resulting in no tears and irritation to your eyes.
Slicing, where possible, may not be quite as faast as chopping, but is much more efficient. Try chopping fresh bread sometime from an uncut loaf. Good luck with that. A smooth, sharp knife will slice fresh bread easily, without tearing it as serrated knives do.
Yep, sllicing at an angle is much more effective. Why do you thing guillotines were designed with angled blades?
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