Beyond the Normal Duty of Kitchen Shears — The Product Puree

by in How-to, October 22nd, 2012

kitchen shearsIn this new column twice a month, Catherine McCord will be sharing a blend of kid-tested, mom-approved products and secrets to keeping sanity in the kitchen.

I am sure that it comes as no surprise that the room in my house in which I spend the most time is the kitchen. As a result, finding reliable kitchen tools which can perform double and triple duty is essential.

While some kids got cars, when I was 18 my mother gave me my first set of kitchen shears. And I was thrilled. Not just regular old scissors, kitchen shears are a cook’s best friend. Once you use a pair, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them.

Here are just a few kitchen chores that become a breeze by using them:

  • Trimming fat off chicken and meat
  • Cutting the spine off shrimp to easily peel and devein them
  • Cutting the ends off green beans
  • Chopping herbs (especially chives) into tiny pieces
  • Cutting open food packaging

  • Cutting green onions
  • Cutting pizza
  • Shredding cabbage
  • Cutting sun-dried tomatoes into thin strips
  • Trimming the bottoms off flower stems
  • Trimming cooked noodles to fit in a lasagna pan
  • Cutting string to truss a chicken or turkey
  • Cutting fruits and vegetables off the vine/plant in the garden
  • Cutting bacon into small pieces

Sure, you can use a knife for many of these jobs, but I bet, given the choice, you’ll be reaching for your shears a lot more often once they’ve taken up residence in your kitchen.

Catherine McCord is a food blogger and mother of two living in Los Angeles. Her recipes and tips for nutritious and easy family eating are featured daily on her blog,, and in her new cookbook Weelicious: One Family. One Meal. Catherine’s advice and recipes can often be seen on, Huffington Post, Celebrity Babies, Parents, Parenting and more.

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Comments (9)

  1. Summer says:

    I never even knew about kitchen shears until helping my soon to be mother in law in the kitchen one afternoon. I was so amazed and then completely thrilled when I got my very own pair, so I can completely relate to your thrill over them on your 18th birthday. They're still one of my very favorite, can't do without kitchen tools!

  2. Elaine Brooks says:

    I love my kitchen shears and use them all the time…. Great gift idea too!

  3. Lisa says:

    I need to get kitchen sheers. The chicken duty will be a lot easier.

  4. czarina lobo says:

    Great idea….I love using my shears too but now i will use it for a lot more cutting.

  5. Ruth says:

    Yep! Good quality, sharp kitchen shears are definitely on the top 10 list for kitchen tools that everyone needs to own.

  6. Amy says:

    Great column! I will definitely look forward to reading! I am also a kitchen product junkie and am always searching for new tools to help out in the kitchen.

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