Go-Go Gadget: Kitchen Shears

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Kitchen shears should not be confused with the scissors you use to trim your kiddo's hair. These are meant to stay in the kitchen and come into contact with food and food alone. Most even have the ability to remove jar lids and bottle caps! Whether you're opening up packaging, snipping stems or snapping open a lobster claw, these shears will make the task much quicker. Check out these KitchenAid shears for 10 bucks!

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Roasted chicken: One of the toughest things to do in the kitchen is cut through poultry. If you're trimming fat or setting up a whole chicken, use shears! You can prep a chicken quickly, even if you're cutting through bone. For a simple first-time recipe, prep it, season it and bake it at 450 degrees for about 45 minutes. Click here for some inspiring spice combinations.

Haricot Vert: If you want to be a little fancy pants, then pick up some fresh green beans. Snip the ends of the beans and boil them for a few minutes before tossing them into some light herb butter. They should be a beautiful green with a slightly stiff stalk still.

Tortilla chips: To get those perfect triangles, cut into a soft tortilla wrap with these. Make them as big or as small as you'd like. Brush a little olive oil on and bake them at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

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Soup's on: Trim up fresh basil, parsley, rosemary or thyme without smashing the delicate leaves. Throw it in your favorite soup or pasta. Try rosemary sprinkled over a pan cauliflower, lightly oiled and roasted at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Bacon or prosciutto slices: Use the shears to cut long, skinny strips of bacon to sear and toss into a salad or over a baked potato. Prosciutto, a thin and delicate meat, is often used in strips with pasta. Try throwing it into a bowl of fettuccine, olive oil, arugula and sea salt.