Monday, April 28, 2014

Craftsy Class Review: Free Class on Knife Skills

Complete Knife Skills is a class taught by Brendan McDermott, who has worked as an executive chef and teaches knife skills classes in Chicago. Craftsy does a few free mini-classes that are really useful, and this is definitely one of them. The class covers basic knife skills for cooking, and I thought that it had more useful information in it than a lot of the classes that you have to pay for, quite frankly.

The class covers the basics of the knives themselves, which would be good for a lot of people who rely on dull steak knifes for all of their food prep. It then goes on to cover the right way to handle the knives, and how to hold your hand when you're slicing food.

He starts with the basic celery, carrot, onion combo, then adds a section showing how to cut a whole bunch of different types of foods, including things like pineapple, tomato, citrus, etc etc. Even if you don't have a need for the whole course, the section on shortcuts for the different types of foods would be useful to watch for the next time you have to cut up that avocado.

I found it amusing that one of the helpful hints section showed how to use your chef's knife to open beer bottles, too. Knives are versatile.

The best thing that this class shows is how to not cut your fingers off while you're slicing things. He made a comment about getting your fingernail in the way and having it catch the knife and "cut right down to the bone." Anyone who's ever tried to be fancy with a chef's knife and felt the wrath of the blade knows what he means, so if you just watch one section, let that be the one.

And since it's a free class, you can watch just that one section. Or two, or all of them. Or skip around, so what, who cares? It's free, so go crazy.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Equipment You Have To Have: At least one decent knife to slice things with for practice, and a cutting board.
Sleep-Inducing Level: Not bad, you want to keep watching to see if he'll cut his own fingers off, but he doesn't.
What It Assumes You Already Know: Not much.
Unnecessary Difficulty Level Of Methods Demonstrated: Nothing, this is a class that's a basic skill and there's not a lot you can do to tart it up.
Annoying Host Habits: Nothing much, except he has tattoo sleeves that are pretty distracting if you don't like needles.
Level of Helpful Hints Learned: A lot, this is a good basic class to take to learn how to not cut your fingers off.

Go here for the class: Complete Knife Skills


Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and is a Craftsy affiliate

2 comments:

Sarah said...

I cut through my fingernail and down to the bone once, while being distracted by my 2 year old while chopping an onion. NOT fun.

Kara Buntin said...

Owww! Owww ow ow ow ow