What Are Kitchen Shears Uses?- A Few Hacks with An Ultimate Guide


Many kitchen shears’ uses that are too familiar with people but have you ever wonder if that all the thing you know about the use of kitchen shears? Well, we will find out about that in this article the various uses of kitchen shears inside and outside the kitchen. We also discuss the right way to clean kitchen shears/ scissors that they will be hygienically washed and the sharpness remains durable. Now, let’s dive in!

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What Are Kitchen Shears Used For? 

Not many of you will ask the question about the kitchen shears’ uses & functions because it’s obvious that everybody knows the answer. But in this section, we will talk about what kitchen shears should be used for so as to point out some main ideas we want to deliver in this article: 

  • Kitchen Shears Used to Cut Food: We can use shears with both raw & cooked food. Shears can cut/ crack almost everything from herbs to crab shells. 
  • Kitchen Shears Used to Deal with Non-Food Stuff: It could be really easy when it comes to handling the string or screw-driver or many other tools. 

Moreover, we do give step-by-step instructions on how to wash the kitchen shears the right way. Now, let’s begin the next section where we discover different ways for you to cut food with kitchen shears.

Using Kitchen Shears To Cut Food

Here, we divide the functions of shears to cut cooked food (Pizza, pasta, …) ; raw food (roots & stems of fruits & vegetables) ; Spices ; Herbs & Hard Nuts/ Shells. 

#1. Trim Cooked Food

Not a fan of the hard pizza crust? There is nothing to worry about anymore, ’cause we have the kitchen shears! Not only pizza crust, but kitchen shears can also easily slice the pizza into small pieces for kids, or in the case, there are fewer pizza pieces than the number of people on the table. The same thing will happen with pie crust 🙂

As you are pulling the pasta in length that you don’t want, use kitchen shears to keep the pasta in your desired length. Pasta is just 1 example, you can do the same thing with noodles, or any food with an unsuitable length. 

If you want to cut bacon or any pieces of big meat, using shears is the better choice than any kind of cutlery. Kitchen shears can handle a big piece of meat, which makes the cut look so perfect and in better control. 

With canned food, you can use shears to cut the food inside the can, split the food inside into smaller pieces that you want as it might be a mess when you take it out. Canned tomato, canned pineapple, canned pepper, … anything is all fine with shears. 

#2. Cut Up Raw/ Untouched Food

Kitchen shears are totally efficient to cut slippery food as it strengthens your handle on the food and keeps your focus on the cut itself. Shears come in useful when trying to remove meat from a lobster tail as well, and when cut in the correct way, you can then peel back the entire back membrane piece. 


Besides lobster, there is a lot of seafood being able to be processed with kitchen shears. For example fish, you can use scissors or kitchen shears to remove its head with the big fins (small fins can be removed properly by a knife). This method keeps the fish off the cutting board so that you can save the cutting board for something else.

For poultry, kitchen shears & scissors also show more advantages than what a knife can do. Mostly, poultry like chickens/ birds have joints between wings, thighs, … Those joints are small and easy to clip using scissors rather than using a knife. 

#3. Slice Spices & Herbs – Cut Fruit & Vegetables

Spices & Herbs are usually sliced by a sharp knife but there is a high chance that it’s slippery and you may hurt yourself. I usually use scissors in this circumstance. Someone might say that you can’t slice it thin if you use scissors or kitchen shears. Well, I know most people can do it, that’s a fact 🙂 You just need a little practice and I think it’s easier to cut thin slices with scissors than a knife. 


Some spices & herbs that are better to slice with scissors are garlic, gingers, basil or oregano, … Moreover, you can use kitchen shears to clip roots and stems off fruits and vegetables. The sharper blade of kitchen shears can also be used to scrape off those dark spots and other blemishes. In order to avoid skin sensation issues, you should wear gloves or any improvised protection for your hand skin.

#4. Nut & Shell Cracker

The superior thing about kitchen shears is the plier-like teeth happening to be in the handle shanks. Those teeth turn the shears into a nut & shell cracker and to be honest, it’s extremely effective. We can use it to crack the very hard crab shells into some little walnuts. It’s a multitool. Sometimes, we can use it to open a beer bottle, which will be discussed later. 


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Using Kitchen Shears For Non-Food Stuff

Apart from being the tool to cut food, there are kitchen shears used for dealing with Non-food stuff like strings, bottle lids & more. You are about to read it, just now:

#1. Easily Handle String or Twine

Twines or thicker like strings are sometimes used to wrap food as gifts or truss turkey, chicken before getting it inside an oven. Using kitchen shears to untie those string/ twine is really easy, even easier than a knife. You can also use a pair of normal scissors for this task.    

#2. Shears as Screw-driver

That’s right, you didn’t hear it wrong! The shears’ top metal part is not often too pointy and not too wide, you can stick that part into any screw’s drive that has an equal or wider driveline. You can either tighten or loosen the screw using the kitchen shears as a quick replacement when there are no tools around.  

#3. Shears as Bottle Openers

This is so amazing that some shears have the shape of the bottle openers right near the handle. If there isn’t any, the plier-like teeth can do this job for you. The plier-like teeth can hold the lids tight and you can use it to twist or open any types of bottle. 

#4. Twist off Plastic Bottle Lids

I think you may find the plastic bottle lids sometimes really annoying. The piece of plastic holding back the lid is tenacious, due to some of the production’s error mostly. When you need a little more momentum and use your full power more efficiently, you can grab kitchen shears to hold the lid tight and start twisting. It can also prevent your hands from being hurt.

The Right Procedure to Wash Kitchen Shears/ Scissors Clean

In order to keep your shears/ scissors well-preserved, both hygienically protected & longer durability, we need to clean it the right way. Below, we clear it out in easy-to-follow steps, check if what we are telling you is right:

#1. Knowing Your Shears/ Scissors Type & The Necessity Of Washing Them

There are 2 types of shears/ scissors: the type that you can split the 2 blades to clean each of them separately ; the other type that you can’t do that. The 2-blade shears that are able to be splited are the one you can clean easier. Please check the joint between 2 blades, if that’s a screw then don’t try to split the 2 blades! Washing 2 blades is as easy as washing the whole shears together. 

Why do you have to wash shears? Not only shears/ scissors but also other kitchen utensils, there are bacteria on the surface of any cookware we use. Bacteria can cause digestive problems, which lead to bigger issues for your health. Keeping the shears and other utensils clean is necessary.

#2. Eliminate Hard Substances Attached on The Blades’ Surfaces

After cutting food with sauce, crunches, or sticky, there will be hard substances on the blade of the kitchen shears/ scissors. And of course, the place for bacteria to live and thrive is on the big visible substances we can see.

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The normal dishwasher or cloth can’t wipe those substances away easily so in order to remove it, you have to use the dishwashing rub and try as hard as the stains/ hard substances go away. Only move to the next step after successfully eliminate hard substances/ stains on the blade. 

#3. Wash With Dishwashing Detergent & Water

Now, the hard substances are rubbed away. You can take out some dishwashing detergent with water (it’s the best to use hot water). Mix the detergent with hot water until you can see bubbles. Make sure that the soap reach the joint where the 2 blades meets as the bacteria grow ther a lot. 

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After washing kitchen shears along with other utensils, you need to wash it with clean water about twice. To maximize the chance of getting all of them clean, you can wash the first time with hot/ warm water and the second time with cold/ normal clean water. When you can hear the sound “kit kit” when rubbing the utensils’ surface with your hand skin, they are all clean.

#4. Dry Your Shears/ Scissors with A Dry Cloth or Leave Them Unattended In An Open Space

There are 2 ways to dry the cookware after cleaning: 

  • Using a dry cloth: Use it to manually dry each utensils/ cookware. Remember to try your best to reach the joint where the 2 blades of the shears/ scissors meet and leave the least water as you can. Additional step: Place a small piece of napkin or paper to let all the moisture dry! 
  • Leaving shears/ scissors unattended in an open space: Of course the space should be bright, no damp, room temperature or maybe a little hotter. This way will cost you more time to wait, usually 1-2 hours before you can store the utensils/ cookware. 
  • Using a washing machine: Go along with a washing machine is a machine that helps you dry utensils/ cookware. It’s like an oven with hot temperature that makes water steam off. This is the best way but it might cost you some $$$ 🙂  

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You must make sure the shears are dry before storing it. It’s very important to prevent molds from growing inside your kitchen. Moreover, water can rust the metal of the shears and reduce the quality of the shears’ material. 

#5. Store Your Shears/ Scissors Away From Metal

I know there are a lot of family kitchen where they have a kitchen drawer or a hang basket to place all the utensils & cookware together. After all the steps we take to prevent water from rusting your shears, now the rusty components from other metal utensils can ruin that effort. For kitchen shears/ scissors, a knife block is the best option.

Remember as always to keep anything you store in a knife block to be clean and dry. I bet you don’t want to see those little green/ gray molds growing in the deepest part of your knife block 🙂 

Final Words

Hopefully, this article has done its part to clarify the term “kitchen shears uses” and show the readers of St.J.G Kitchen Blog how to store shears/ scissors the right way. If there is any suggestions or questions, please kindly contact me via my email on the contact page or comment on this post. I’d love to hear from you and hope to hear that soon!


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