#1 – Ignoring basic knife skills
The first thing you should learn before preparing your first meal is how to use knives properly and safely. If you don’t know basic kitchen knife skills, now is the perfect time to learn, whether you’re a beginner or a professional.
It’s important to keep in mind that good knife skills are meant to keep you safe and have nothing to do with showing off!
When chopping ingredients for a recipe, make sure to curl the fingers of your non-dominant hand under your knuckles to guide the knife and avoid losing a finger.
As for the hand that does the chopping, you should keep the pinky, ring, and middle fingers tucked under the knife’s handle, while your thumb is extended and resting firmly but lightly against the blade.
This way, you’ll get more control and avoid any bloody accidents.