Kitchen Shears

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Photo by Susan Fischbach Isaacs.

There’s nothing like having guests in your home to help you see things with fresh eyes. My uncle recently commented, as I trimmed the fat from boneless, skinless chicken thighs, “I guess I need some kitchen shears,” and went on to say how handy they looked for the job. Though I didn’t grow up with special scissors (or any scissors) in the kitchen, somewhere along the line, and more than a couple of decades ago, they seemed like just what I needed. They are remarkably handy for everything from opening the corner of a bag of rice to trimming uncooked bacon into bite-sized bits before it lands in the frying pan. In general, I find kitchen shears are a much handier way to cut raw meat into small pieces than is a knife. They are typically more sturdy than regular scissors and so can go easily into the dishwasher after a particularly messy job. The most unusual task I’ve seen them used for (and which I have still not tried) is to cut a no-longer-frozen pizza when it’s ready to serve. Now that I think of it, that might be what convinced me that I should try them.

My kitchen shears are from Kitchen Aid, most likely purchased in a department store before online shopping was a thing. It’s the only pair I’ve ever owned, so on that account I would recommend Kitchen Aid; but we all know that nothing is made to last 20 years anymore, so your results may vary. Prices for kitchen shears vary from $10 to several times that if they come from some knife companies. Kitchen shears should be easy to find in your favorite brick and mortar store — probably even in your grocery store.

*Too Good Not to Share posts are just because I love to share things that have made a difference in my life, with the hope they may make a difference in someone else’s. I am not compensated in any way, nor do I guarantee that others will have the same positive experience with these products.

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