Chopping a food means that you are cutting it into smaller pieces with a knife. Generally, chop refers to larger pieces than “dicing” or “mincing”. Traditional chopping results in large cubes of food, but there is a large amount of leeway with this definition. If you’re cutting the food and it’s getting smaller, odds are you are successfully chopping.
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Some Thoughts For You:
People interchange cooking terms all of the time. Chop becomes dice and then dice becomes mince. For the most part, a recipe will specify what size the food should be cut into so you won’t have to figure out the logistics of the cutting definitions.
Technically, chop refers to a larger cut than mince or dice. Common foods to chop would be garlic, cilantro, or an onion.
What You Will Need:
A basic setup before you chop a food would be a clean cutting board and a sharp knife. A great knife for chopping (and cutting in general) is a chef’s knife. Its large blade will easily penetrate any food.
The following steps apply for chopping a food such as garlic. When working with knives, always use care.
- Place the garlic clove on the cutting board. Make sure that you have peeled the papery outer layers off.
- Chop off the ends of the clove of garlic.
- Starting from one end, rock your knife over the clove so pieces begin to fall off. Repeat this rocking motion over the entirety of your garlic clove.
Tips For You:
- You can chop a food with almost every knife. However, only sharp knives will cut through the food without damaging it.
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