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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

Use a sharp knife, dull knives don't slice, they split the same way an axe splits logs and that will generate that sideways force that throws carrot bits. Also learn to practice your slicing and ...
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What methods make tomato chopping less messy?

You need a sharper knife. With a dull knife, you'll have trouble getting through the skin, and end up tearing and smashing, releasing a lot of juice. With a sharp knife, you'll get through the skin ...
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How to efficiently shred a lot of cabbage?

There is a kraut cutter, a wooden board about 2 ft long with a diagonal blade. We used all the time when I was a child. We laid it on a large pot. You cut heads of cabbage in half and push it over ...
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Fastest way to peel and dice vegetables?

...a sharp knife and practice...seriously. First, there are a couple of types of peelers. I prefer a Y peeler for most situations because, for me, I find it more maneuverable. Peeling time is ...
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Which utensil or device can be used to make spirals or conveyor screws with vegetables?

My favorite tool is a spiral cutter sold for apples or potatoes, here’s an example. (Source) A tiny screw-plus-rotating-knife gadget is often used for Bavarian radish spirals, e.g.: (Source) Note ...
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Why cut on the bias?

By cutting on the bias a little more surface area is exposed, and the interactions we are interested in for flavour (between food and tongue, and between ingredients within the dish) are all about ...
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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

Both Escoce's and Elendil's answers are great: the key is a sharp knife, and the vast majority of people (in my experience) do not have very sharp knives in their kitchens. When people come over to ...
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What methods make tomato chopping less messy?

Although a sharp or serrated knife are the best solution, there's also a trick that you can use when you're working with less than ideal knives (ie, in someone else's kitchen). Use the tip of the ...
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How to efficiently shred a lot of cabbage?

You can be more efficient with a knife than any sort of kitchen aid attachment, which will require lots of prep, and slow going. A better bet for home use would be the shredder on a food processor. ...
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Chopping shallots super fine

Use a grater If you use a box grater (or a microplane style grater), you can peel and grate your shallots very easily. By holding the root end, you can grate the entire shallot pretty easily and ...
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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 know, this isn't really an answer, but it's a bit long for a comment: There are people in this world that get annoyed by different things that don't bother other people. For some of those people, ...
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How to efficiently shred a lot of cabbage?

Haha, we were doing that every fall in my childhood in Siberia. We used an enamelled bucket and "sechka" https://65.img.avito.st/640x480/4526427565.jpg Splice a head of cabbage in big ...
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How should I improve my chopping flow?

Although this is partially personal preference, in general you should have the uncut ingredients on the side of your non-cutting hand. This will set up a logical flow of material which keeps you from ...
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Butternut squash: bake, then cube?

If you bake first it will be difficult to get cubes, unless you under cook significantly. Cubing first also provides more surface area for browning...thus more flavor. If it says baked cubes, there ...
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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

Use a bigger, sharper knife. If you're having to apply so much pressure to cut a vegetable that it's flying off into the ether, your knife isn't sharp enough. Furthermore, a blunt knife is a dangerous ...
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Dicing Hot Tamales (candy)

Freeze them. After they are frozen, put them in the food processor and you should no longer have the issue of them sticking to the blades. As Dougal mentions below, you can also freeze the blade to ...
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How can I easily separate onion layers in diced chunks?

When cutting the onion, after you’ve halved it and cut along one dimension, smoosh it down a bit with the palm of your hand. This will cause the layers to shear against each other, loosening them. ...
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What is the simple method to avoid the scab from hand after pealing colocasia roots.?

The colocasia root (also known as the taro root) has calcium oxalate near the surface under its skin. This makes it toxic to eat uncooked and can irritate the skin. Common methods to avoid skin ...
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Time effective technique for separating mint leaves from stems

Separating the leaves of mint from the stem is only necessary if the stem is woody, which partly depends on the variety and age of the mint. The stems of young mint shoots on most varieties of plant ...
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Time effective technique for separating mint leaves from stems

Hold the stalk by the tip of the steam and then run your forefinger and thumb down the stalk. You can then just pinch the soft top leaves off and add them to the pile. E.g. in this youtube video ...
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How to de-seed a watermelon?

There are several hits on google, and many videos illustrating how to de-seed a watermelon. Most have you cut the watermelon length-wise to expose the rows of seeds, which are generally in a circle ...
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Why cut on the bias?

It's for presentation. There are many way to cut a carrot [of course]. I would only ever cut straight across for a traditional 'English stew'. On the bias for something more 'Continental' [I know, ...
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Does the size of chilli pieces affect the hotness

It really does depend how you're cooking them. Logically, smaller pieces would expose a greater surface area, however, I have experienced greater heat from a dish when using larger pieces. The ...
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Fastest way to peel and dice vegetables?

As I am following a whole-food plant-based vegan diet, the amount of vegatables I cut is considerably larger than for the "average" home cook. In addition to tools and techniques discussed ...
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How should I keep the vegetables from flying off the board when I cut them?

If you are not bothered about the shape of the vegetables, you can cut the (for example) carrot along its length, then place the flat side against the chopping board. You can then slice, dice or ...
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Pemmican -- how was it prepared without metal tools?

You are missing the tiny detail that metal is not the only material which can provide sharp, cutting edges. The reason the Stone Age got its name was the use of stone for tools. Both flint stone and ...
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Is there a name for incompletely-sliced potatoes?

Potatoes that have been sliced almost all the way, buttered, spiced and then roasted until they fan out often go by the name Hasselback Potatoes. Reputedly they were invented by a Swedish chef in ...
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Cutting Sushi Rolls

I had similar stuggles at first. Sharpness is first, test it on your thumb nail - it should have a decent bite. Second water, I dip my blade in water for a roll, not each piece, the other is when you ...
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What methods make tomato chopping less messy?

My favored way is a very sharp cooks knife. Others have said serrated knifes. I also do that if my cooks knife needs sharpening (sometimes I neglect it). Note: there are general use serrated knives, ...
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Pemmican -- how was it prepared without metal tools?

Flint and obsidian tools can be surprisingly sharp, but the main factor is probably that there's no need for tidy slices. Little shavings would dry quickly in the sun and as the meat was to be ...
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