Chop, Slice, Dice, Mince, Peel, and Crush

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How to Chop, Slice, Dice, Mince, Peel, and Crush


Wash your hands with soap and hot water.

To chop:

  1. Lay the fruit or vegetable on a cutting board and use a sharp knife.
  2. Remove the top and bottom.
  3. Cut the food in half so it can lie flat.
  4. Hold the food steady with your free hand.
  5. Curl your fingers into a claw.
  6. Tuck your knuckles underneath.
  7. Hold the flat side of the knife against your knuckles, with the entire knife lifted above the cutting board.
  8. Press downward and move the knife slightly forward as you cut.
  9. Lift the blade up and repeat.

To slice:

  1. Rinse the fruit or vegetable with water.
  2. Lay it on a cutting board and use a sharp knife.
  3. Remove the top and bottom.
  4. Cut it in half so it can lie flat.
  5. Hold the food steady with your free hand. 
  6. Curl your fingers into a claw.
  7. Tuck your knuckles underneath.
  8. Hold the tip of blade against the cutting board, with the handle of the knife positioned upward.
  9. Continue by pressing down and forward, using full length of the blade to slice through the food.

To dice:

  1. Lay the fruit or vegetable on a cutting board and use a sharp knife.
  2. Remove the tips.
  3. Hold the knife parallel to the cutting board.
  4. Cut the food vertically, without cutting all the way through.
  5. Cut across the slices you just made. This will give you several pieces.

To crush:

  1. Place the fruit or vegetable on a cutting board.
  2. Use a heavy knife, such as a chef’s knife, and place the blade of the knife flat on the food, with the sharp side of the knife facing
  3. away from you.
  4. Use the heel of your hand to press the blade down on the food

To mince:

  1. Place the fruit or vegetable on a cutting board. 
  2. Cut the food into thin slices.
  3. Turn the food and cut across the slices.
Hands chopping potatoes on chopping board

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