Essential Knife Skills, Explained in GIFs

published Apr 23, 2013

What’s the proper way to hold a knife? How should you open an avocado or chop a clove of garlic? More importantly, what are the ways you should never hold or use a knife? The folks behind First We Feast asked Henry Molina, a cook at Mission Chinese Food in New York, for a few quick knife tutorials, which they’ve illustrated in GIFs! Ah, the wonder of the GIF comes through again. 

From the wrong way to hold a knife (hint: don’t grab the handle!) to the importance of tucking the fingers of your guide hand behind your knuckles, these GIF tutorials are quick yet super informative guides to safely and effectively using a knife.

Of course, a sharp knife is always key!

(Image: First We Feast)