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Is there any way to chop vegetables quickly without using a knife? [duplicate]

I sometimes need to have chopped, or more specifically, shredded vegetables for coleslaw or other similar dishes. Usually I use a knife, but it can be time consuming. I have tried using using food ...
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Fastest way to peel and dice vegetables?

I find that most of the time I use when cooking is the prep time for the vegetables. I have a nice peeler (I fully recommend that one, it peels whatever you throw at it), some knives and a cutting ...
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Which utensil or device can be used to make spirals or conveyor screws with vegetables?

I don't know if there exist some tool or utensil to make these spirals or screws. I mean the shape which I am intending to replicate follows the idea seen in the figure from below: Another example of ...
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How do I best cut florentines from a finished (baked) baking tray?

I have baked a tray of florentine pastry, and I have spread chocolate on it (dark and milk). It's about 35 x 35 cm. Now I'd like to make cookies out of it. I know recipes say to cut the pastry when it'...
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Is it bad to be a 'board tapper', i.e. to tap your knife rhythmically when you're cutting vegetables?

I briefly worked in a restaurant kitchen in Hong Kong under a British chef. He objected to the sound I made when slicing onions, and warned me not to be a 'board tapper'. I duly spent the next weeks ...
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Are there small electric saws that can cut beef marrow bones?

To get bone marrow out of whole beef bones, and for serving bone marrow in a bone piece on the plate nicely, you need to cut the bone into slices. It is a lot of work manually even for one cut, even ...
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How to thinly slice chicken thighs?

I'm having trouble thinly slicing chicken thighs for a recipe, I don't know if I have a tooling issue (dull chef's knife?) or it's an issue with the direction I'm cutting the chicken thighs (against ...
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How to de-seed a watermelon?

It’s summer and watermelon time. I know how to pick a good one (pro tip: a good greengrocer who has preselected the best batch on wholesale market). Then I cut myself a nice fat slice - and the ...
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How do you know how large or small your cut pieces should be?

I was making a curry and I'm having a hard time deciding how large or small I should cut my ingredients. Advice? Particularly I'm looking for how the taste is effected depending on how large or small ...
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Time effective technique for separating mint leaves from stems

Separating mint leaves from their stems seems like a hard task for me. It is taking too much time to separate leaves from the supporting stems in order to use mint leaves in my curries and juices. ...
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Washing fruit after cutting?

Today, I cut up some pineapple. On the bare fruit that was left after cutting, there was residual pieces of the skin, so I washed the pineapple. To me, it seemed like I was washing off juice from the ...
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Does the size of chilli pieces affect the hotness

If I'm chopping fresh chillis to use as an ingredient, does how fine I chop them affect the heat of the dish in any way? Logically, smaller pieces would expose a greater surface area, however, I have ...
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How to efficiently shred a lot of cabbage?

I'm growing cabbages in my garden this year and would like to make lots of sauerkraut, to eat and to give as gifts. Gallons of it. Is there an efficient way to slice or shred a dozen cabbages at a ...
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Taste-wise, is there a difference between tomato from a blender vs. chopped tomato?

A chicken curry recipe and a mixed vegetables recipe require chopping tomatoes and frying them immediately after the onions and ginger-garlic paste are fried. But since this causes the tomato skin to ...
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Cutting windows into a premade gingerbread

We have a gingerbread kit that we would like to add windows. What is the best way to cut into the hard gingerbread without breaking?
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What is the simple method to avoid the scab from hand after pealing colocasia roots.?

I used simple knife for cutting roots, while cutting them scab starts on my hands. I can used coconut oil on my hands before start cutting them but it was not effective tell me some methods to avoid ...
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Proper chopping technique

When you're cutting a veggie, you're holding a veggie in the left hand and the knife in the right hand. Which hand does move closer to another? When you hold a knife with a tip resting on the board ...
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How to use knife

I recntly bought a knife http://www.wellberghome.com/index.php?c=content&a=show&id=394 the thing is it's heavy a bit and not much sharp in front eventhough it's weight helps easy cutting i ...
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How do I easily get thin slices of guava paste?

I made guava bars recently, with a layer made of slices of guava paste. The block of paste I had was pretty hard to cut thinly and evenly: it was very sticky, and firm enough to take effort to cut ...
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Is there a name for incompletely-sliced potatoes?

I recently made this recipe, but I am wondering if there are any names for this type of slicing (for potatoes, and otherwise). I suppose it somewhat resembles "blooming" an onion.
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What is the toothed side of the blade on a Fantastique veg cutter used for?

In India I picked up an Anjali vegetable and fruit cutting board, pictured below. Its blade is two-sided: straight on one end, very roughly serrated on the other. What is the toothed side used for? ...
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What's the best way for inexperienced cook to finely cut cabbage?

I really like home-made pickled/fermented cabbage (russian style; which is bigger slice size than typical Sauerkraut; I would say 1mm thick). But I'm not a great cutter - I am very slow and find it ...
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Buying knives and sharpening stones

I've been thinking of getting: Tojiro DP Gyutou - 8.2" (21cm) knife King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Base - #1000 & #6000 Norton Flattening Stone for Waterstones Winware Stainless Steel ...
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Can I use a cheeseboard as a cutting board?

Nowadays I see that most cutting boards sold are made up of several pieces of wood that are stuck together with wood glue. I'm not so sure of the safety of the wood glue that is used as most of the ...
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Dicing Hot Tamales (candy)

I wanted to cut up some Hot Tamales candies for cookies, but had a horrible time cutting them. I couldn't get the candies small enough and they stuck together. I tried cutting with a knife and a ...
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What is a julienne cut?

I'm not familiar with the term "julienne" in cutting and knife skills. What is the purpose of it? How do I safely execute the cut? Related question on applications of the cut: Julienne applications
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How do I properly cut a bell pepper into a medium dice?

I often cut bell peppers up for uses in chili, stir-fry, salsas, salads, or any other similar use. What type of knife should I use and how should I cut it? I'm most interested in the techniques ...
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How do I properly mince ginger?

I often need to mince ginger to add to any number of dishes. If I don't want to use a microplane, how do I mince ginger with a knife? What type of knife should I use and how should I cut it? I'm most ...
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How can I hold a chefs knife for efficiency and safety?

How specifically can I hold a chefs knife properly to increase efficiency and safety? What are the advantages and disadvantages to each style? The chefs knife in my kitchen is a workhorse that I use ...
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How do I properly mince garlic?

I often need to mince garlic to add to any number of dishes. If I don't want to use a garlic press or microplane, how do I mince it with a knife? What type of knife should I use and how should I cut ...
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How do I properly cut leafy herbs like basil?

I often cut herbs to top off my dishes or as a core ingredient in salsa, sauces, guacamole, or any other similar use. For most purposes I would want a fine chop but in some cases more of a strip is ...
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How do I properly cut a chicken breast into strips or chunks?

I often cut fresh chicken breasts into strips for stir-fry or similar uses. What type of knife should I use and how should I cut it? I'm not trying to debone as I buy boneless cuts already. I'm most ...
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How do I properly cut a bell pepper into strips?

I often cut bell peppers up for uses in chili, stir-fry, salsas, salads, or any other similar use. What type of knife should I use and how should I cut it? I'm most interested in the techniques ...
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A salad chopper I can put in the dishwasher?

You probably know these kind of gadgets that help you cut vegetables quickly: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C7069MI/ref=s9_topr_hd_bw_bjuyUN_g79_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=...
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How to cut chicken without producing loud noises

Whenever I try to cook some dinner and I get the chicken out of the freeze, I have to think twice if I really want to undergo the messy process of chopping it up into smaller pieces. I have a ...
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How to cut a cake that was baked in a pie pan?

I'm trying to make layers with my ice-cream cake but I need it to be even and straight on the top and the sides, since there will be a significant cake dome. However, I do not have a proper cake pan. ...
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Pemmican -- how was it prepared without metal tools?

The wikipedia article states that "The meat was cut in thin slices and dried, ...". Well so, but how would the people who chased a heard of grazers down a cliff some 10k years ago cut the meat into ...
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What methods make tomato chopping less messy?

Chopping tomato is real mess sometimes. I just want to know that what is the best chop tomatoes without any mess? One trick I did was to deep freeze tomatoes before cutting them and then used to ...
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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

Whenever I chop veggies like onions or carrots they sometimes just fly off the chopping board into the open space of the kitchen. Carrots do that especially often – I cannot chop them (...
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How should I improve my chopping flow?

I already know basic cutting skills. But I am confused about the order of things and thus while I have an OK technique, my board and the surroundings are in anarchy. Do you chop from left to right or ...
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How finely chopped should vegetables be when making stock?

I've watched several YouTube videos now to learn how to make vegetable stock. Most of these videos show the vegetables being chopped into relatively large chunks - for example, carrots and onions ...
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Knife for cutting steak slices from whole ribeye?

What type of knife is good for slicing a whole ribeye into individual steak slices? I've looked at some instructional videos on youtube and a butcher used a curved blade, someone else used a long ...
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Does a silicone cutting board really work well?

I tried a silicone cutting board, and I noticed two problems so far. First, it had a strong smell, it only disappeared after two weeks of use. Second, I noticed scratches after chopping on it. ...
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How to cut peanut brittle

I would like to be able to cut peanut brittle into neat squares. Everything I have tried does not result in a 'neat, straight cut', a quick Google search shows some very expensive 'industrial' ...
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Trimming ends off snow peas

I'm curious if it is customary to trim the ends off snow peas or should I just leave them on and eat them. I always clean them but it is time consuming. The picture shows an untrimmed one on top and ...
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Does 100% rye sourdough bread always have a sticky crumb? How do I make it stick to the knife less?

Every time I make a 100% rye sourdough, it sticks to the knife when I cut it even after letting it sit for a day before cutting. Is this normal? I have tried to vary the hydration ratio a bit, but it ...
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Bitter Cucumbers

I was watching a cooking show and the chef made the comment that if you use a large basic cucumber (not hot house, persian, kirbys, english, etc.) before you peel it, cut off about half an inch of the ...
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How can I cut a tomato without a knife?

I am trying to make a salad but I can't find a knife at my work. Is there a way I can cut the tomato without a knife?
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How to peel, cut and prepare prickly pears without getting the thorns in your skin?

Peeling the cactus pear fruit, or better in known in some grocery stores as the prickly pear (or Tuna, Indian fig) can be painful, because of thorns on it. The skin of the fruit is covered in tiny ...
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Best tool for quickly cutting vegetables into a salad?

I like eating a salad for lunch, but would like to somehow optimize the time it takes to cut the vegetables. My salad usually contains tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, carrot, etc. I could buy an ...
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