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by Maggie Fox February 08, 2023

The final instalment in our video series: Top 5 Uses for Kitchen Scissors

Scissors may seem like "yet another" kitchen tool, but they are actually the ultimate efficiency hack. No need to make a big mess when you want diced tomatoes or minced anchovies (two ingredients in one of our favourite meals of all time - a classic Puttanesca sauce. Recipe below...). Put away that cutting board and prep your meal in situ. Cleanup is a breeze!

Fennek italiano classico kitchen scissors

The scissors featured in the final video in our series are the much-sought-after Fennek Italiano Classico Kitchen with detachable blades. Due to extremely small production capacity (Fennek is a family affair, and have been hand-making scissors in Premana since 1895) these have been unavailable since September. Good news: we are expecting a shipment of these classics, made especially for us, the week of February 13th. If you'd like be informed when they are available, please be sure to sign up for the wait list and our newsletter. These folks will be notified first.

Pasta Puttanesca
(serves 4)
1 package bronze-cut linguine or spaghetti*
1/3 cup good olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
3 anchovies, minced
1/2 tsp Italian hot pepper flakes
salt & pepper
1 28oz can San Marzano tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup pitted Calamata olives
2 tbsp drained capers
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)

1. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.
2. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium, add garlic, anchovies and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper and simmer until garlic is fragrant but not golden.
3. Add tomatoes, olives and capers. Simmer until slightly reduced, add sugar.
4. Remove sauce from heat and stir in basil. Toss drained pasta with sauce in pan and serve.

One of my favourite lessons learned about cooking pasta was how to take it off the heat. When done to just al dente, dump a large glass of cold water into the pot to immediately stop the boil. Drain, but do not rinse your pasta (all that good, starchy water adds flavour and helps thicken the sauce). Toss the pasta with the sauce (vs. the other way around) and enjoy immediately!

* Bronze cut pasta has a rougher texture and absorbs sauce better than mass-produced, smoother pastas.

Using Kitchen Scissors #1: Ditch that Cutting Board!

READ MORE: Why Quality Scissors Belong in Your Kitchen


Video #2: Cutting Fish
Video #3: Kitchen Prep
Video #4: Shelling a Whole Lobster
Video #5: Spatchcocking Chicken

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