Talkin’ Tuesday: How to Speak Like an Alaskan

Ulu            u·lu             [oo-loo]

noun:  a short-handled knife with a broad crescent-shaped blade, traditionally used by Eskimo women.

Example: “I could filet this sockeye a lot quicker if I just had an ulu!”

The ulu was one of my first traditional Alaska purchases after moving to Juneau.  Since I tend to not eat loads of veggies, I was impressed to find good use of this tool when slicing up the other important food groups: pizza, quesadillas, and peach cobbler. 

Whether you live in Birmingham or Barrow, your kitchen isn’t complete unless you have an ulu on hand!

Momma at the Ulu Factory in Anchorage, Alaska.

Quesadilla Cutter

Antler and wooden handled ulus from the Eagle River Knife Co.