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?

  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. 
  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. 
  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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