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How to Tie a Butcher's Slip Knot

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This simple knot is often used to tie up roasts in the Kitchen. Sometimes you are tying up a roast you have butterflied in order to add a filling to the middle. Other times it is used to tie up a roll up type roast like a matambre. Other times it is used to give a piece of meat a more cylindrical shape suitable for rotisserie roasting. The knot can be tied in less than 5 seconds once you get the hang of it, It is a slip knot in that you can always tighten it more, but if you have tied it correctly it shouldn’t loosen up at all.

Please note that I am a lefty so you may want to switch hands from what these pictures show, to tie this knot


This knot starts out like you are tying your shoe laces. Cross the two ends of the string over each other once & once again.


Pull the knot snug, but not tight.


Grasp one side of the strings in the palm of your hand and point the index finger of that hand towards you. Slide the other hand up the other end of the string.


The the string and loop it completely around your index finger.


Begin rotating your index finger and the string wrapped around it so your finger goes from pointing towards you, to pointing away from you.


Here your index finger & the loop of string are twisted around & facing forward.


With your free hand unloosen the loop around your index finger slightly.


Take the other end of the string and pass it through the newly formed loop.


Pull the string completely through the loop & continue pulling on the string to snug up the knot..


Once you’ve snugged up the knot, grab the knot with one hand & the second string with the other. Pull on the second string to tighten up the string going around your food.


After the loop around the food is tight, grab both strings & trim them .


  • This is a slip knot it will continue to tighten, but should never loosen if you’ve tied the knot correctly.
  • Try to avoid getting the string wet, it may prevent you from correctly tying the knot.
  • Always use butcher’s twine on your food. It is made of cotton, is food safe and can stand higher temperatures.

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