What is a Vegetable Cleaver Used for?
There are quite a lot of knives available on the market and many people find all the various styles confusing. They often wonder what knife best suits their specific task.
Have you asked yourself ‘What is a Vegetable Cleaver Used for?’
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
We’re going to explain this to you.
A vegetable cleaver is actually very similar to a meat cleaver, but it’s used for vegetables, rather then meat, and has a few key differences.
One difference is that a vegetable cleaver typically has thinner blades, more fine tuned towards cutting vegetables.
However, a vegetable cleaver has many more uses then simply cutting vegetables. You can use your blade to smash garlic or ginger. You can also use it as a scraping tool or to split chicken bones or even for slicing fruit. Additionally, the blunt top of the blade can be used as a tenderizing tool.
A vegetable cleaver has a lot of functionality and I’m sure you can find a use for one in your kitchen.
How to Use a Vegetable Cleaver
The proper way to hold a cleaver is by squeezing the handle with your thumb and forefingers. Ensure that your forefinger is relaxed, and then place your other three fingers on the other side of the handle.
Your grip should be firm in order to keep the blade balanced. Keep in mind blades are sharp, so it’s important to be able to maintain accuracy.
To cut your vegetables, use a cutting board to force the blade onto your vegetables, making contact with the cutting board with each slice.
It’s recommended to use the middle of the cleaver in a fore-ward back type of motion.
How to Care for Your Vegetable Cleaver
To clean your cleaver, it is recommended to use warm soapy water.
Be sure to always keep your knife dry, because if your blade comes into to much contact with water, it may begin to rust.
Store your vegetable cleaver in a knife-rack or protected in a drawer.
If your cleaver begins to dull, you can use a sharpening stick to sharpen it, but be sure not to overdo it, as you want your blade to last a long time.
Tips For Buying a Vegetable Cleaver
- If you’re looking to buy a vegetable cleaver, I recommend either a stainless steel knife, or one made from a mixture of carbon and stainless steel. This helps protect against rust and harsh elements.
- Make sure the knife you are buying is sturdy and of good quality. Knives are inherently dangerous to use, so it’s important to buy a good knife which will not break or fall apart during use.