Sliver

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Slivering is when you cut a food into long, thin strips.

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Difficulty to learn: Medium

Some Thoughts For You:

Usually people sliver a food when they do not want chunks of it in a recipe. Slivered garlic usually melts into a recipe, and allows for a subtle taste. Slivered almonds work fantastically for baked goods, as there is not the crunchy consistency that accompanies whole almonds.

Essentially, slivered foods serve mostly an aesthetic purpose. Besides a few rare cases, you can get away with using normally cut foods in a recipe (although the taste might be slightly different).

What You Will Need:

Slivering a food entails cutting it. Thus, you will need a cutting board to protect your kitchen surfaces.

You should use a sharp thin knife for slivering, since precise cuts are necessary. A dull knife will slide on the food, hampering attempts to obtain the paper-thin slivers of food.

Basic Steps:

The following are some quick steps regarding slivering a food such as garlic or a carrot.

  1. Put the food on the cutting board.
  2. Grab your knife. Curl the fingers of your free hand under your palm and place it on top of the food. Your hand will be your guide. When working with knives use proper hand protection and be cautious. 
  3. Slice off the ends of the food and discard (if not needed). Slowly cut into your food and get a feel of the consistency of it. You want to make steady and quick cuts with the knife to obtain the proper paper-thin food slivers.
  4. Carefully cut your way down the food. Move your hand with the knife, making sure your fingers are always clear of the blade.

Tips For You:

  • Slivering almonds can be a frustrating task. Consider buying pre-slivered almonds even if they are more expensive. Otherwise, buy whole almonds and toss them into a food processor. They wont be as pretty as slivered almonds, but they will do the job.

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