3 Knife Skills to Master by Age 30

Sophie Miura

Dicing a carrot or slicing onion might seem like a fairly elementary skill, but people who have watched a pro chef in the kitchen can attest that there's an art to using a knife. Home cooks, take note: Goop has created a step-by-step guide to help you improve your technique. These are the simple knife skills everyone should master by age 30. How many can you do?

Slice an Onion

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  1. Remove the ends of the onion; then cut it in half. Peel off the outer layer, and cut out the root. 
  2. Lay the onion flat-side down, and slice at a slight angle, following the curve of the onion until you reach 3/4 of the way through. 
  3. Flip the onion so the largest surface is on the board, and finish slicing. 

Dice a Carrot

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  1. Cut off the ends of the carrot, peel it, and chop it in half.
  2. Cut the carrot in half lengthways; then position the pieces flat-side down on the board. 
  3. Cut it in half again to make four sticks; then use your hand like a claw and dice the carrot. 

Smash Garlic

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  1. Place the garlic clove on a board; then lay the knife blade flat over the top. Use your nondominant hand to push down on the flat blade, crushing the clove. 
  2. Use a paring knife to remove the peel and cut up the garlic. According to Goop, using a pairing knife minimizes the amount of garlic juice that gets on your fingers. 

Ready to put your new skills to the test? Shop the Schmidt Brothers 7-Piece Zebra Wood Knife Block Set ($280) to feel like a pro chef at home.

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