Day 235 – Slam those Yams!

Here is a method of chopping oddly shaped yams, beets and tubers.

Instead of sawing at it, or applying force with both hands onto your chopping block which is risky with a sharp knife – put the knife edge down on the tuber and give the back end a few taps with your palm to wedge the blade in so the root can be lifted into the air and is “stuck” onto the blade.

Then, with a few medium-strength taps, hammer the tuber onto your chopping block to cut the rest of it in half. This, in my experience, is much more effective than doing a dead slice right through, as the oddness of the shape will direct your blade to one side or the other, producing ununiformed slices.

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