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Picture Glossary of Cooking Terms Related to Chop

Learn how to slice and chop food in the kitchen with this picture glossary of common cooking terms that relate to cutting food.

Beef and Pepper Strips with Oven Red Potatoes
Different shapes on the plate make this meal of Beef and Pepper Strips with Oven Red Potatoes appealing to the eye.

A beautiful presentation adds visual appeal to a mouth-watering meal. Learn to chop and cut food to make your dishes a delight to the eye as well as the taste buds.

Chop

Chop

In cooking, chop is the basic manner in which food is cut into pieces. The pieces do not need to be uniform or any particular shape.

Cube

Cube

To cube is to cut into 3-dimensionals squares of about 1 inch on each side. Cheese is often cubed. So are potatoes and meat for soups or stews.



Diagonal

Diagonal

To cut on the diagonal place the knife at an angle similar to a clock hand pointing between the one and the two. A diagonal cut is great for crispy vegetables such as salads and stir frys.

Dice

Dice

Dicing food results in small cubes approximately 1/4 inch on each side. Diced vegetables are easy to eat. Diced meats are perfect for cold salads.

Grate

Grate

Use a grater to create thin strips of cheese or other foods. Grated citrus peel is called zest.

Julienne

Julienne

To julienne is to cut food into long, narrow strips sometimes compared to matchsticks. This cut yields food that is seasoned and cooked evenly throughout.

Mince

Mince

Food that has been chopped over and over until it is very fine has been minced. Mince foods with strong flavors like garlic or onion for even blending. Mince meat or fruit to make thick sauces and pies.

Pare

Pare

Pare food by removing a thin layer of the outside. Pare apples or potatoes to remove the peel.

Score

Score

To score is to cut shallow slits across the top of food. Meat is scored to let juices flow. Pie crusts can be scored before baking to make slicing easier.

Slice

Slice

Place food with the widest side on the cutting board and cut straight through the narrowest side to create a slice. Roasted meats are cut into slices to serve and so are many fruits.

Sliver

Sliver

Food cut in very slender stips is slivered. Slivered almonds are great in pastries. Sliver herbs or vegetables to make an attractive garnish.

Wedge

Wedge

Rounded foods can be sliced through from the top to form wedges. Pizza is served in wedges. Tomato wedges can adorn a salad.


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