Learn Just What a Chop Looks Like

Learn Just What a Chop Looks Like

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Kelli Foster
Sep 17, 2016
(Image credit: Christine Han)

Chopping is a common method for cutting food, and is often used interchangeably with dicing. Stay sharp in the kitchen by knowing just what a recipe means when it calls for chopped ingredients, why that cut is used, and what it looks like.

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Educate Your Eye: What a Chop Looks Like

Chopped ingredients are cut to similar, bite-sized pieces, but unlike diced ingredients, they can be irregularly shaped.

This Is Why Recipes Use Chopped Ingredients

Chopped ingredients, like vegetables and herbs, are used in recipes when the precision of uniformity isn't necessary. This approximate similarity in size allows ingredients to cook evenly. Recipes for desserts and sweets commonly use chopped ingredients, like nuts, chocolate, and dried fruit for added texture.

Educate Your Eye

This series will help you sharpen up your knife skills by using your eyes as the guide. It walks you through the most common ways to cut ingredients —detailing what each cut looks like, what sets it apart, and how it's used in recipes.

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