Cutting Techniques

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Slice
Cut virtually across the food to create thin, flat, even pieces.

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Dice
Slice the food first, then stack the slices and cut crosswise to create cubes. Cutting into small cubesabout ½-inch to ¾-inch creates pieces of the same size,which allows for uniform cooking.

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Julienne (or matchstick)

Square off round foods first, then slice thinly, stack,
and cut into long strips. This is a great technique for vegetables
and it adds to their presentation. A good matchstick
size for most recipes is 1/8-inch x 1/8-inch x 2-inch.

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Mince

Slice and dice the food first, then create the mince by
rocking the knife back and forth over the diced food to
create very small, fine pieces. This technique is useful
for aromatics like garlic, onions, and ginger root.

Written and illustrated by Erin Rogers Pickering