Kitchen shears are specially-designed, sturdy scissors for the kitchen.
See also: Mezzaluna
Differences between kitchen shears and regular scissors
Kitchen shears are typically not shaped like regular scissors; they are shaped like shears. (In the strict definition of shears, the two finger holes will not be the same size: that may or may not be the case when it comes to kitchen shears.)
Some are designed for use by both left and right-handed people; some are specially designed just for left-handed people.
Some will have handles covered in rubber. Some have a bottle opener in the handle.
“One of the main differences between proper kitchen shears and scissors is that the pivot point where the two blades cross is stronger to allow for more force when cutting into bone or tough vegetables. Some shears allow for this bolt to be adjusted to provide more tension for harder jobs. The blades of the shears will vary but look for ones designed for the uses you’ll be requiring of them.”  Scissors. In: Healthy Cooking Made Easy with BBC Good Food. BBC Good Food. Micro course. Step 4.10. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/healthy-cooking-made-easy-with-bbc-good-food/2/steps/1224914
Uses for kitchen shears
Kitchen shears can be used for many jobs which would otherwise require hauling out both a knife and a cutting board.
- snipping herbs in place of mincing them;
- trimming fins off fish;
- cutting strips of lettuce (wash, shake dry, roll up, then snip);
- cutting up bacon;
- trimming excess fat off meats;
- trimming fresh artichokes;
- cutting holes in the tops of pies.
Washing kitchen shears
Be sure to wash kitchen shears particularly carefully after being used with raw meat or fish.
Some models screw apart at the hinge for easier cleaning.
Not all kinds will be dishwasher safe.
Kitchen shears should be regularly sharpened at the same interval as you do your kitchen knives.
Sometimes referred to as “kitchen scissors” or “kitchen snips.”
|Scissors. In: Healthy Cooking Made Easy with BBC Good Food. BBC Good Food. Micro course. Step 4.10. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/healthy-cooking-made-easy-with-bbc-good-food/2/steps/1224914