A recipe's prep time may say five minutes, but without the proper cutting skills, those five minutes suddenly become twenty. And with tricky items such as avocado or jalapenos, who knows when dinner will be ready. A clean cutting board, confidence with the knife, and a steady, fluid handle on the food item will turn you into a chopping, peeling, cutting, dicing machine. Be sure to keep your knives properly sharpened so that you achieve the right cut in one chop. A sharp knife is often safer than a rusty one.
Check out the video above for tips on how to cut.