Every kitchen should be stocked with one or more pairs of good kitchen scissors or shears. They don’t need to be the most expensive ones on the market, but they do need to work well.
Here are some reasons to keep kitchen scissors on hand.
- Have you ever been in a kitchen that didn’t have a pair of good working scissors, and you were left trying to knife a bunch of grapes apart into handy pick me up portions? Safety concerns aside, it can be very difficult! I love grapes and for this reason alone, having scissors close at hand in the kitchen is a necessity.
- We heart artichokes, and to prep an artichoke it is recommended to trim the tiny thorn portion of the leaves prior to cooking. A knife just wouldn’t do the trick here either.
- Scissors or a knife would work to cut scallions and chives into circles, however, there is something quite satisfying about using the scissors. Snip, snip, snip…
- Scissors can also reduce the work of gathering herbs and vegetables in the garden. Have you ever tried to wrestle the cucumber or okra off, almost taking the whole bush down in the process? Clipping herbs or vegetables with scissors is often much easier for you and perhaps healthier for the plant as well.
- My last reason for having scissors in the kitchen is when you need to cut cooked noodles or vegetables into more bite-sized pieces for a child. Try it! It is quite efficient.
So for all these reasons and many more, I deem a good working pair of scissors as a must have item in a well-stocked kitchen!
☝One point of food safety is to remember to wash all surfaces of the scissors thoroughly with soap and water between uses to avoid the transfer of bacteria between foods.