Slicing a food means to cut it using a knife into thin pieces that are consistent in thickness.
Difficulty to learn: Easy/Medium
Some Thoughts For You:
Slicing is an extremely broad area. It can involve slicing fruits, vegetables, meats, and many other categories of food. There is no set range for how thick a slice should be, but generally slices are between 1/16 and 3/8 inches.
The main key for slicing any food is to use a sharp knife, and to slice in a fluid motion.
What You Will Need:
Generally you will need a cutting board and a sharp knife for slicing. The cutting board is to ensure that your kitchen surfaces do not get scuffed up.
The steps below are for slicing a round ingredient such as an apple.
- Cut off the very ends of the apple and discard. You can now peel the apple using a knife if you don’t want any skin.
- Using a rocking motion, cut down the apple, starting at one end. Move your knife a little to the right each time you finish a cut to begin the next slice.
Tips For You:
- The type of knife to use for slicing may vary depending on the ingredient, but make sure that it is sharp. For slicing an ingredient with a tough exterior, such as a pineapple, you may find a serrated knife helpful.