Cooking - chop, dice, mince

Monday, November 11, 2013

There are all sorts of action verbs in the kitchen. Many of them involve a knife. When following a recipe, the most common "cutting" verbs are chop, dice, and mince, and they are different because they indicate size.

So your recipes indicates "one chopped onion". How large or small should you cut the pieces? Is chop bigger than mince? Is dice smaller than chop?

The word "dice" is used for smaller pieces and the word "chop" is used for larger pieces. Dice can also refer to cutting vegetable into cubes of a specific size while chop is less precise. The word "mince" means a very small dice.

So, from large to small, we have chop --> dice --> mince. Now start cooking!

By the way, can you pronounce the word "recipe"?

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