Earlier this week, we said that very few cutting jobs in the kitchen can't be handled with a trusty chef's knife. (Read: Why Pros & Home Cooks Alike Love This Affordable Chef's Knife.) And while we stand by that, there's another kitchen tool we love that makes a lot of those jobs way easier.
We're always finding new uses for our kitchen shears, and find them a great way to navigate both delicate and more heavy-duty tasks. They're also something you don't have to spend big bucks on to invest in a quality pair. One of our favorites, the Messermeister 8-Inch Take-Apart Kitchen Scissors, is currently only $15 on Amazon.
So what can you do with kitchen shears? The classic example is often dealing with large cuts of raw meat — especially chicken. Shears give you more dexterity than a knife, allowing you to section off exactly what you want. Using scissors also allows you to snip through bone, as it can apply more pressure than just a knife.
Even if you're not regularly cutting up chicken, kitchen shears have other uses. This particular pair has a jar-opener grip and bottle opener, and even two screwdriver tips.
We've also found a few non-traditional hacks over the years that we love for kitchen scissors. A good pair can make quick work of cutting up everything from pita to pizza to bacon, and we've quickly chopped a salad with one. You can even do a quick rough dice of canned tomatoes while they're still in the can, a trick that creates less mess and fewer dishes. (Huzzah!)
Another reason we love the Messermeister scissors, specifically? They are made from stainless steel with long-lasting, sharp blades that can handle almost anything. The handles, however, are coated with a non-slip grip, making them soft on hands. And, most importantly, they have a take-apart design, which means you can wash every possible nook and cranny, either in the dishwasher or by hand.
What are some of your favorite tricks for kitchen shears? Let us know in the comments!