In the pursuit of cooking at home more, I have discovered different terms used in recipes for the different ways you can… cut things up. So I thought I would do a little homework and let you know what I discovered because honestly I didn’t know the difference between mincing, dicing, and chopping. I have an example here too of the different types of “cuts” cause I’m a pretty visual person. :)
1. Sliced Cucumber
Slice – Smooth cuts of regular shape and size.
2. Julienned Carrots
Julienne – Thin strips about the length and width of matchsticks.
3. Diced Onions
Dice – Cut into small cube-shaped pieces.
4. French Fry Cut Potatoes
French Fry – Trim into strips that roughly approximate French fries. (I know… kind of no brainer… but just in case)
5. Chopped Tomatoes
Chop – Coarsely cut into irregularly sized pieces.
6. Waffled Sweet Potatoes
Waffled – A wafer-thin fancy cut. (You need a special machine/tool to do this)
7. Minced Garlic
Mince – Chop or dice into very small irregularly shaped pieces.
I learned this knowledge from RealSimple.com – love this magazine and site. You should check them out.