There are several ways to prepare vegetables: chopped, sliced, in sticks or diced. Discover the 4 techniques for preparing vegetables for your recipes.
Why cut vegetables?
Depending on the vegetable you’re using, how you cut it will make a difference in the way the recipe turns out:
- Cutting your vegetables will make them easier to prepare and will help them cook evenly. While a small carrot can be cooked whole, it is very hard to cook a whole cabbage!
- Chopped vegetables, like garlic and onions, release more flavour during cooking.
- You can fit a larger quantity of vegetables in your pan once they are chopped or diced.
- Vegetables are also delicious raw! Cut into sticks, you can pack them and bring them along as snacks. You can also serve a nice vegetable platter.
4 recipes for 4 vegetable cuts!
Our short video presents 4 ways to cut vegetables. To practice, here are some recipe ideas for each cutting technique.
This technique is often used for onions, garlic, ginger and herbs. Try our Asian-Style Cabbage Stir-Fry with Ground Turkey.
To prepare cabbage, peppers, etc. Perfect for Quick Mini Chicken Pizzas.
For Home-Made Oven Fries or raw vegetables sticks for snacking.
To cut carrots, celery or to make Potato Salad with Dill.
How to cut vegetables safely
- Take your time! It will get easier with practice.
- Cut your vegetables on a stable work surface, ideally on a cutting board. If the board tends to slide around, put a dish towel under it.
- Always place your vegetable flat side down to keep it from rolling while you’re cutting it.
- Use a sharp knife. It will make it easier to cut your vegetables while reducing the risk of injury.