It’s true though. My life in the kitchen changed dramatically when I realized how these simple items could make such a big difference.
The kitchen shears: I very rarely use a knife to trim meat anymore; it’s much easier to trim fat from chicken breasts or silverskin from a tenderloin with the shears. Sometimes I’ll use them to segment a large piece of meat or fish into smaller portions. I also use the shears to mince chives and other herbs, to chop dried fruit, plus a million other uses.
I’ve said before that I’m a bit reluctant to share so-called Kitchen Tips – everyone else has probably been using and/or doing these things forever and I’m the one late to the party. But on the off-chance that this might provide an aha moment for another home cook, leading to saved minutes and more fun in the kitchen, it’ll be worth it.