1. Choose the Right Knife If you look in your kitchen you probably have a lot of knives, and they all look different and a little bit intimidating. Which one should you use? If you grab the same knife each time, regardless of what you’re cutting then you’re making your cooking prep harder than it needs to be. The right knife makes a big difference in how you are able to cut. For example, if you’re slicing tomatoes you should use a serrated knife, if you’re chopping vegetables you should use a utility or a chef knife and if you’re doing more delicate work like slicing garlic or small fruit you should use a paring knife. Know your knives, and pick the one that’s right for the job to avoid unnecessary bruising or damage to your food.