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Unread 08-22-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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Default Kitchen shears..

Brethren, looking for a good pair of meat scissors, especially for spatchcocking chicken. Thanks, all.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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My favorites are these from Pampered Chef, but I don't think they make them any more...



I have a pair of these for the trailer and they work great...

http://mabbqa.com/zencart/index.php?...products_id=13
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I bought 3 sets of these on clearance somewhere, may have been Target last year. I don't use them often, and very seldom cook whole chicken so haven't used for spatchcock, but they are very sturdy and sharp. And the bonus is they come apart for washing.



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I use stainless bandage shears. Sharp as heck and strong and the angle works nicely
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I really like the Kershaw 1120 Task Master shears recommended by Cooks Illustrated.
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I got these, and love them:



BUT I would also trust whatever Cooks Illustrated tells me.
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I have these Henckels Poultry Shears they work great.



http://www.amazon.com/J-A-Henckels-International-Poultry-Shears/dp/B00068P9K2
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Second the OXO ones. Clean easily and the spring is a nice touch. Done chickens and turkeys with ease.
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After doing a lot of research on this last year, I went to Home Depot and bought a good pair of hardware shears. About half the price of fancy kitchen shears and work just as good. Having said that, I learned from a knowledgeable top competitor to use a sharp cleaver on chicken as the shears tend to crush the bone which produces bone slivers.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 05:41 PM   #10
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One of the best tools I've ever owned is a pair of Cutco scissors. Not cheap, but when I lost my first pair in the garden I bought a second off of ebay. I use them most often as kitchen shears, and I've never used better.
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I use hand pruners from the dollar store IIRC 3 bucks. they go through bone like a laser beam.
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My Gerber pruners work great.
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Whatever you get, make sure the handles aren't only plastic and that they have metal running the full length. We had an old cheap pair that only had plastic handles. I broke them quite easily while spatching a bird.
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For spatchcocking, I've been using a bread knife. Seriously, it works amazingly well and way better then scissors. I got the idea from one of the Pitbarrell cooker videos. Try it!
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Another vote for the OXO.
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