Learning Proper Knife Skills with Chicago Cutlery

I had so much fun when I attended this event, I have no idea why I haven’t shared yet!  Back in mid-September, I attended a blogger-only event at The Chopping Block in Chicago hosted by Chicago Cutlery and Mom Central.  Honestly, I have always wanted to take a class at The Chopping Block.  I used to work at the Merchandise Mart downtown and used to walk by The Chopping Block every day when I got off the train.  You can totally see some of the classroom space when walking by and it always looked so FUN!  I was honored when given the chance to take a cooking class there and learn how to properly use a knife by the great folks from Chicago Cutlery.  Proper knife skills are a MUST for anyone trying to make their way around a kitchen.  I’m no Rachael Ray, but I’m trying to get there!

First, we were greeted by this gorgeous kitchen!  I mean, if I had a kitchen like that at home, I’d be cooking every day!  Well, no – maybe I’m exaggerating, but that is a really sweet kitchen!

This was our lunch menu…and, yes, we cooked everything on the menu ourselves!  It was surprisingly easy too.

Some of the things we learned were…

How to properly hold a knife.  I used to hold the knife with my index finger on top of the blade.  I thought I had more control that way, but I was wrong.  (This knife is part of a new Design Pro series by Chicago Cutlery.)

Your other hand (the hand holding the food) should be curled up a bit and you should hold the food with the tips of your fingers.

When cutting julienne slices of food, always push the blade away from you.   It’s like a down and out motion.

And probably the most valuable tip of the day:  Before cutting an onion, put it in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes and then soak the onion in cold water for a few minutes.  NO MORE TEARS!!!  Seriously – I cut an entire Spanish onion and didn’t let out a single tear!  No burning eyes = a very happy me!

We took all those julienned veggies and made salmon in parchment paper – something I’ve never done before, but will definitely be doing again!

And before we knew it…viola…lunch was served!  And it was Mmm, Mmm GOOD!

Disclosure:  I wrote this review after attending a cooking class with Chicago Cutlery and Mom Central at The Chopping Block in Chicago.  All stories presented here are 100% my own.
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