Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How Many Ways Can You Cut Vegies and Fruit?

I found a recipe for a salad online - we went to a neighbor's for a pot luck dinner.  I thought it was interesting that each item that needed cutting had a different verb for the idea of cutting.
  • 1 mango - peeled, seeded and cubed 
  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced 
  • 1 tomato, cut into wedges 
  • 1/2 red onion, julienned 
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced  
Fortunately, there's a YouTube available for each verb.

How to cube a mango.

How to dice an avocado

How to cut tomato into wedges

How to julienne an onion

How to slice mushrooms

[I tried to find videos that don't require you to watch a commercial first.  If I couldn't, then I picked ones that allow you to skip commercial after 5 seconds.]


  1. install adblock, no commercials... how did we ever survive before the interwebs?

  2. Anon, thanks for the great tip. I will pursue that. I'm particularly impressed at their protocol and that they're focused on blocking ads that are particularly annoying and that block your ability to read or watch the content. The Anchorage Daily News is particularly bad about carrying such ads.

    I'm also constantly amazed at what people comment on here. I debated whether I should add that about the commercials. I finally decided I wanted readers to know that I had tried to keep them from such ads. And that's what you commented on. Thanks.

  3. Cube, Dice, Slice and Julienne are fairly specific terms and are necessary for, among other properties, the proper combining of ingredients in some cases, or simply visual effects.

    Dice is a subtype of Cube.

    Batonnet, Allumette, Brunoise are subtypes of Julienne.

    The basic Slice, and all such many varied designations are further refinements of what one can achieve through practicing their knife skill. In refined culinary traditions, there's generally a very good reason to specifically denote one or the other forms.

    (though, unless it's a recipe from a trained professional, such designations could be nothing more than totally random)

    1. Correction, Brunoise is another subtype of Dice, not a subtype of the strip cut Julienne.

    2. Anon 3:23/3:26 - Thanks for reminding me that the more we get to know about something, the richer and more complex it becomes. While none of us can be an expert on every topic, at least if we are knowledgeable in a few we can understand our ignorance in the others and realize there is much we don't know.


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