Certain kitchen necessities—wooden spoons, parchment paper, toothpicks—are far more useful than their simplicity belies. We'd like to add a good pair of shears to that list, ones that can snip through chicken bones and tacky cellophane with equal ease. Our new stainless steel pair from Zwilling J. A. Henckels (who, fun fact, is one of the oldest brands on record) can do all that and more. And you can only find them in the Food52 Shop.
Here are all the ways we love using them around the house:
Our shears are made from two pieces of solid stainless steel, which means they're just as good at trimming tender herb stems without bruising them as they are at hacking into woody flower stems with no trouble at all.
Close the shears and they form a built-in bottle opener, which will come in handy whether you're making Beer-Candied Bacon or just having one.
Rather than using your favorite tee-shirt to grasp a twist-off cap, turn to the ridged middle section of these shears to paw it off with ease.
For when your can opener only gets you halfway to those beans, or when an ornery jar won't quite pop open, these two little prongs are here to leverage a rescue.
And while we're especially fond of the stainless steel pair (since Zwilling made those just for us), we're also big on them in race car red.
Plus a few other tasks we love using shears for in the kitchen:
What's your favorite tool in your kitchen? Tell us in the comments.