Are kitchen shears the same as poultry shears, and what brand/style do you recommend
Making my Xmas gift list and am curious about this item... can anyone give me more info?
Poultry shears are different than kitchen shears, although in many cases the terms are used interchangeably.
Poultry shears are generally curved, like plant shears, with a bone-cutting notch.
Kitchen shears are like shorter general purpose scissors, with straight triangular blades.
I use a knife on my chicken, so it's kitchen shears for me.
Get take-apart shears, cleaning is so much easier.
Wustoff makes a great pair of take apart kitchen shears for about $20. Poultry shears are heavier duty and usually cost more like $75-80. For me kitchen shears + cleaver = chicken parts!
poultry shears are a sort of one trick pony and I don't find them any easier to use than a chef's knife for dismembering a chicken. I'd gone through a lot of kitchen shears before a knife store recommended the Messermeister kitchen shears and I haven't looked back since. For about $20, a very good investment
I have the Messermeister shears and love them. They pull apart for easy cleaning, which is essential when working with raw meat. It took me awhile to find them but I know Le Roux, which has stores in Portsmouth, NH, Portland, ME, and Martha's Vineyard sells them. Check out www.lerouxkitchen.com .
Target is selling a pair of poultry shears, Henkels brand I think, like everything these days-pacific rim origin, $20. Has been nice for cutting up whole chickens and splitting poultry bones for stock, heavy duty full metal tang, the plastic finger grip are comfortable, the lock mechanism is a bit annoying. Best I've had, only have a cheap pair of Chicago cutlery kitchen shears to compare with though.