A pair of kitchen shears is the multi-tool of any kitchen, serving a wide variety of tasks from cutting butcher’s string for binding a roast to spatchcocking a whole chicken or grouse. They are also useful in the field for processing tasks, such as de-winging a game bird (think pheasant) or breaking down tough critters like squirrels. Consider these features when looking to add an indispensable item to your culinary and wild-game utensil drawer.
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These are built stronger than traditional scissors for tackling tough cutting jobs. KitchenAid
From the blade to the handle, a pair of kitchen shears is stouter than regular household scissors. The blades can withstand more pressure for cutting through cartilage and even small bones, therefore the handle should be wide and sturdy enough to apply that force without hand fatigue or bruising.
A comfort-grip handle prevents hand pain. OXO
On a heavy pair of shears, spring-loaded handles make it easier to manage the tool without fumbling. Because kitchen shears are prone to gathering more food particles and grime, look for blades than can be separated and tossed into the dishwasher individually.
Some styles come with added features like bottle openers and nut crackers. Spring Chef
Shears can handle everything from slicing through a deer sternum to gently dicing fresh parsley or a can of whole tomatoes. A pair of shears with a built-in bottle opener or gripper means you can enjoy a tasty beverage while your meal is in the oven!