This Ingenious Hack Will Make Cutting Thick Veggies an Absolute Breeze

published Jan 9, 2023
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Spaghetti squash on a white surface.
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to call my husband into the kitchen to cut a spaghetti squash for me. Sure, with some hard work and the right knife I could probably make it happen — but I’m deathly afraid of slicing my hand as I figure out the right angle to push the gigantic blade into the squash. 

Given my knife hesitation, I’ve always assumed my portion of the household labor will never involve cutting thick produce like spaghetti and butternut squash. That is, until I found this simple-yet-game-changing veggie-cutting hack on Instagram. 

Sidney Raz, a social media influencer who regularly shares life hacks, recently posted a video of himself cutting a big butternut squash on a cutting board. “Here’s something I didn’t know until I was in my 30s,” he says. “Rocking a thick vegetable back and forth makes it easier to cut.” And the results speak for themselves.

He barely moves the knife, instead gently rocking the squash with the knife over it. He achieves a perfect cut, with basically no effort, and I was just as stunned as he is. All this time, I’ve been stressing out about how to slice big veggies — even buying pre-cut ones at the store sometimes — and all I needed to do was rock my squash. 

Folks in the comments were just as shook: One person described Sid’s hack as “witchcraft.” Another one reminded me of myself every time I try to make spaghetti squash: “Wow so me getting the knife wedged in there and then picking the whole thing up and slamming down with much force is NOT the right way to cut?”

Looking for more kitchen hacks? Check out these TikTok-inspired tricks to make cleaning your kitchen as easy as cutting your thick produce.