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Shaving a food involves cutting it paper thin, using either a knife or peeler.


Difficulty to learn: Medium 

Some Thoughts For You:

Popular foods to shave are cheeses, steak, or vegetables such as onions and tomatoes. Shaving is different from shredding since shaved slices are generally larger and thinner.

What You Will Need:

You can shave foods with either a knife or a device of some sort (such as a peeler or grater). Getting a food thin with just a knife can take a bit finesse, but after some practice it is easily manageable. If you are using a knife, a serrated knife that is sharp works best. Don’t forget the cutting board!

Basic Steps:

These steps are for shaving a meat like steak! Perfect for making Philly Cheese Steaks.

  1. Find a proper cut of meat that is boneless.
  2. Wrap the meat in plastic wrap and freeze it for around 15 minutes. Don’t leave it in for too long! This is to get the meat a little firmer and make it easier to cut thinly.
  3. Unwrap the meat and place it on your cutting board. Slice the steak as thin as you can, going against the grain.

Tips For You:

  • You don’t need to use a knife for everything you shave! A vegetable peeler will do the trick if you want some smaller shaved pieces.

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