Scissor tricks

Tip from the test kitchen
Molly Watson

Plenty of home cooks have kitchen scissors, but few people make much use of them. Yet scissors fit some tasks much better than knives do. Here are a few of our favorite uses.

Carve chicken. Make this job easier by using scissors to remove backbones and cut breastbones.

Chop bacon. Quickly and easily cut bacon, pancetta, and other fatty cured meats into small pieces.

Cut canned tomatoes. Minimize mess by using scissors to "chop" them right in the can. Drain off some of the liquid first, then point scissors down and get to work.

Chop cooked greens. Cut large pieces of spinach and other cooked greens in the pan after cooking.

Mince herbs. Add color and flavor to dishes by snipping fresh herbs into tiny pieces for garnish.

Trim green beans. Cut off the ends in a snap.