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 Post subject: Silly question about what to and what not to cut
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:38 am 

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I was cutting some REALLY thick, sticky fruit leather today (think a more natural fruit roll-up) - like, 1/4"+ thick. I used my new (Cedarhouse's old) Goko, and it wasn't the best. In fact there might even have been a bit of micro-chipping as a result. I then switched to some generic $6 kitchen shears I picked up from the Korean supermarket, and they performed far better.

So I know we hear don't cut bones and frozen foods, and think twice before attacking squash, etc, but I was surprised by the apricot stuff I was cutting into. Are there any more categories of food that I'm better off with the shears, or a cleaver, or whatever, besides the obvious items that get talked about?


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 Post subject: Re: Silly question about what to and what not to cut
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:50 pm 
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Fruit leathers? That's new to me, for knife damage.

I always throw chocolate and lemon grass (not so much grass as a stick) onto the list. Some people won't chop nuts or even herbs with a high HRC knife.



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 Post subject: Re: Silly question about what to and what not to cut
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:55 pm 
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Cutting a sheet pan of sticky granola into bars can be a daunting task for many knives, depending on the ingredients. I like softer, tough steel for this task.


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 Post subject: Re: Silly question about what to and what not to cut
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:08 pm 
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SteveG wrote:Cutting a sheet pan of sticky granola into bars can be a daunting task for many knives, depending on the ingredients. I like softer, tough steel for this task.


You said it! Never cut on pans.
.....unless it's a Global. (I jest)



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 Post subject: Re: Silly question about what to and what not to cut
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:05 pm 

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I'm assuming OP didn't cut on the sheet pan :lol:
You know, sometimes using shears or snips is just plain easier. Not as sexy, but easier.


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 Post subject: Re: Silly question about what to and what not to cut
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:42 pm 

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Lemongrass benefits most from extraordinary blunt violence anyway. Good way to let off a bit of steam.


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 Post subject: Re: Silly question about what to and what not to cut
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Lepus wrote:Lemongrass benefits most from extraordinary blunt violence anyway. Good way to let off a bit of steam.


I agree, but I have seen some downright stupidty.



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 Post subject: Re: Silly question about what to and what not to cut
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:54 am 

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With the fruit roll-ups, were there some remnant/not fully emulsified seeds/seed casings in the "fruit leather"? I've been noticing it's tiny elements like that which have a tendency to cause micro chipping.



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 Post subject: Re: Silly question about what to and what not to cut
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:59 am 
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there had to be seeds or something in the fruit leather. I can't imagine that essentially dehydrated fruit was too much for the knife to handle. that being said, kitchen shears always get the job done. Cheap shears and cheap bread knives are two things that no one should be without.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:44 am 
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were you twisting the knife to get the fruit apart?


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