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As part of the work I’m doing with Cooking with CUTCO, they sent me a couple of their products to try out, and I was overjoyed when I saw the box contained CUTCO Super Shears.
Almost everyone I’ve spoken to about working with CUTCO raves about these kitchen shears. I even got into a deep discussion about them at MESH. I’ve heard many variations of: “I have the CUTCO kitchen shears and I use them almost every day, I love them.” And “Have you tried the scissors? They are amazing!”
It may sound a little silly to be so excited about scissors, but these aren’t your dollar store scissors, these are proper kitchen shears. We’ve been struggling with scissors in the kitchen for years. Gerry even nicked some of my sewing scissors so we had good quality scissors to work with, but they aren’t really right for the job. Especially when you’re trying to break down a chicken and they lose their edge quickly when being used on anything other than fabric.
In our kitchen we use scissors a lot. We break down chickens, slice pizzas, chiffonade herbs, open bags of coffee beans, cut parchment, trim butcher twine and even “chop” green onions and chives. We need strong, sharp shears with a comfortable grip, easily cleaned between jobs, with enough precision to work with delicate herbs and not turn them into mush.
CUTCO Super Shears are proving themselves up to all these tasks. Heavy duty, but not heavy. Strong but not hard to cut with. Sharp but not cut-yourself sharp. Actually that part is pretty cool. The Super Shears are actually serrated which means they don’t dull like regular scissors.
They also come apart for easy and complete cleaning, which is especially important when working with food. (You can toss them in the dishwasher too, but I don’t have one so I haven’t tried that.) Gerry pointed out that we’ve never owned scissors we can actually get clean before and that this feature “is SO nice… really appeals to my inner clean freak.”
Since I’ve only had the shears for under a month, I asked Lindsay from CUTCO to tell me some of the cool features and tips that you learn and appreciate after working with them over time (the stuff you don’t really notice in the first month).
CUTCO Super Shears Hints & Tips from Lindsay:
The shears are AMAZING!! I have 3 pairs at home. One in the kitchen, one in my office, and another pair that just kicks around all over the place. I’m amazed I haven’t lost them.
Obviously one of the coolest features is that they come apart for easy cleaning in the sink or dishwasher. What many people don’t realize is that they are not “sharp.” Yes people could still cut themselves if they tried but you can actually run your finger along the blades without them slicing you. This is great for many reasons. They don’t dull like normal scissors. Many people talk about their scissors dulling quickly and then not being able to cut something as simple as paper. Ours don’t have that problem. I’ve been using mine for almost 11 years cutting pennies and they still cut paper perfectly.
Some of the things that I have used them for over the years:
- Lobster shells every Christmas eve.
- Carpet when my basement flooded.
- Heavy material like denim and burlap.
- In the garden on small bushes that are getting unruly.
- Those heavy plastic packages that have no seam and seem to be human proof.
- Chicken (roast chickens and I use them to separate into quarters and cut right through the breast bone as well as raw chicken I have used them to cut off the fat on chicken thighs)
- When browning ground beef or turkey and there are large pieces that are not breaking apart. I just get the shears in there and cut away into the pan until it’s nice and uniform.
- All sorts of fresh herbs.
- Split ends on my hair that are making me crazy! Just a couple here and there in between hair cuts (don’t judge!)
- You can separate them and use just one side to curl ribbon for gift wrapping.
- String on roasts, chickens, and turkeys.
And then basically just anything I need to cut in the kitchen that I am just too lazy to pull out a cutting board for!
Even with Lindsay’s enthusiastic endorsement, I’m hesitant to try cutting a penny with mine, so I’ll just take her word for it right now.
As I said earlier, these aren’t your dollar store scissors and at $119 a pair they aren’t cheap. However they do come with a CUTCO Forever Guarantee, so you shouldn’t have to buy another pair ever.
That said, I’m delighted to have a pair for my kitchen. Now we just have to figure out who gets them first when we are cooking dinner.
More about CUTCO Super Shears
- Super Shears on the CUTCO.ca
- If you are a “how it’s made” fan, check out this quick Super Shears video on the CUTCO site: http://www.cutco.ca/company/video.jsp?play=story_shears
- Quickie how to video on cooking with the Super Shears: http://www.cutco.ca/company/video.jsp?play=77