In the kitchen: Sharp knives
I know I've mentioned these before, but honestly, cooking is just so much more enjoyable with a good sharp set of knives.
- You don't mash/hack your food up (i.e. tomatoes, pastry)
- It makes chopping quicker
- It makes chopping and slicing effortless (slicing carrots is a dream and pumpkin is a breeze)
- Your shoulders, hands and forearms don't get sore because your knives do all of the work
In the sewing room: Sharp scissors
It wasn't until I bought a pair of "good" scissors myself that I understood what my mum meant by "Don't use the good scissors!". I found that after using my sharp scissors on everything, they quickly became blunt and then I had to fork out for getting them sharpened. Lesson learned: only use them for their indended purpose (oh, and I guess "listen to my mother" is another lesson there too! Heehee).
- You don't hack up or drag threads on your fabric
- You take the load off your hands and forearms
- When you cut your sewing threads, the end is cut cleanly and makes it easier to thread needles
In the garden: Sharp secateurs, hacksaws
- You can prune your plants cleanly. If the branches are "hacked" and end up with frayed bits, it increases the chances of infection.
- Saves you buckets of time
- It makes pruning even more fun!