paring knife


Definition of paring knife 

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

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Using paring knife, cut around core to remove; slice core thin and reserve. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Fall into this Cook’s Illustrated’s recipe: creamy cauliflower soup," 16 Oct. 2018 Police investigators reported finding blood splatter in the apartment and a paring knife in the kitchen sink. Fox News, "Utah man arrested in stabbing death of 10-month-old son," 22 July 2018 Cut 8 small slits with a paring knife in random places in the lamb, and insert the 8 whole cloves of garlic. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Alex Hitz's Roast Leg of Lamb and Mashed Peas," 5 Mar. 2013 Some cooks prefer to substitute a 5-inch utility knife (or up to 7 inches, depending upon the size of your hand) that can perform a paring knife’s tasks, but can also be used for slicing fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How To Buy Kitchen Knives Like a Pro," 24 Oct. 2018 With paring knife, make a small slit in bottom of muffin. Insert pastry tip about ½ inch into muffin. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffin Recipe You'll Want to Make This Fall," 13 Sep. 2018 Run a paring knife around edge of still-warm cake to release it from the sides of baking sheet. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Start by using a paring knife to make a small slit in the bottom of each of your muffins. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffin Recipe You'll Want to Make This Fall," 13 Sep. 2018 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

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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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