paring knife


Definition of paring knife 

: a small short-bladed knife (as for paring fruit)

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But if fuzz gets you down, take it off with a paring knife or vegetable peeler. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The Perfect Pie for Less-Than-Perfect Berries," 29 June 2018 Set out large baking dish of panna cotta with a serving spoon, or unmold each panna cotta from its ramekin: Run a paring knife around the top inner edge of ramekin, then dip bottom of ramekin in a bowl of boiling water for 10 seconds. Alex Van Buren,, "The Best No-Cook, Make-Ahead Dessert for the 4th of July," 25 June 2018 Use a serrated or paring knife to cut the peel and the pith away from the fruit in strips, top to bottom. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "From zest to juice, this is how to squeeze the most out of your oranges | Charlotte Observer," 24 Apr. 2018 Then run a small paring knife around each muffin and remove them from the muffin tin. Redbook, "A Sneak Peek at Sheryl Crow's New Cookbook," 14 June 2011 Cook's Note: To remove the thin membrane from the back of the ribs, start out by using a paring knife or slot screwdriver to loosen the membrane. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 Scrub sweet potatoes under running water and poke holes all over with the tip of a paring knife. Cholula® Hot Sauce, Bon Appetit, "We’ve Loaded Up These Sweet Potatoes with Some of Your Favorite Flavors," 21 May 2018 Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, peel stem and trim base of artichoke, then dunk it in lemon water to keep it from browning. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Diving into the delicious mess that is the artichoke | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 Add the saffron mixture and peas and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender-firm when poked with the tip of a paring knife and the peas are tender and heated through but still bright green, about 2 minutes longer., "Recipes: Comforting old-fashioned chicken and spring peas for dinner," 9 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paring knife

: a small knife with a short blade used especially for cutting fruit and vegetables

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