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Old 05-23-2015, 11:45 PM   #21
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Yes I have re read the thread. I am sorry but dont see any where that explains my above question . How does one include dice, slice etc.. As chop vegtables. When seeing chop does not include slice or julienne cuts.
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Old 05-24-2015, 03:51 AM   #22
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mumu, I googled up a nice blog post about size difference and knife skills hints. Complete with an illustration! Hope the blog helps, but maybe just the image will be enough: Kitchen Fundamentals: Basic Knife Skills | The Art of Manliness

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Old 05-24-2015, 07:33 AM   #23
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Thank you. But my question is why do they say cut vegtables like slice,dice, julieene are called chop vegtables? When clearly chop is as some one here posted .....to chop just render it to bits.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:34 AM   #24
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Chop is random size.
Dice is uniform size.
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Thank you. But my question is why do they say cut vegtables like slice,dice, julieene are called chop vegtables? When clearly chop is as some one here posted .....to chop just render it to bits.
Who says that?
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:09 AM   #26
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I think they were speaking in general terms when talking about chopping. Similar to "cutting up" veggies. You have to chop/cut up some veggies. They could be diced minced, etc.
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:01 PM   #27
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So how does one know when say chop talking about the general term(render to bits) or cutting of vegtables( chop/cut veg. )? How do you know which to do when says chop.
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:17 PM   #28
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Who says that?
I think her question is just about asking us to read someone's mind. Like taxlady says, who is doing the talking. I can usually tell when something says dice, I know what dice is without having to read minds. If a recipe is not clear in the directions, then that is a deal breaker for me. Time to go to the next recipe. If the writer is not clear with their directions, they then shouldn't be writing recipes.

CG's pictorial should be the complete answer to your question without our having to try and read the mind of an unknown person.
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:18 PM   #29
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So how does one know when say chop talking about the general term(render to bits) or cutting of vegtables( chop/cut veg. )? How do you know which to do when says chop.
I view the situation based on what I'm preparing. A recipe may say chop an ingredient and if I think I would prefer to have pieces of the vegetable/whatever evident in the dish, then I'll cut in larger pieces than if I wanted to have them be less evident. Even then, I might change my mind. Meatloaf is a good example.

Sometimes I want the green pepper and onion be distributed within the meat mixture more thoroughly. That's when I'll chop them quite small. Other times, I want a "bite" of pepper or onion when I'm eating my piece of meatloaf. That is the time I'll cut them into much larger chunks.

Actually, now, I don't get so wrapped up in the size of what is chopped, minced or diced because I have serious issues with arthritis in both my hands, which makes any knife work painful. On a good day, I can chop, dice or mince away like nobody's business. But good days are few and far between.

Actually, when it's all said and done, I'd recommend that unless you are going to culinary school or plan to pursue a career as a chef, don't get too wrapped up in what really amounts to minor differences in the techniques you're asking about. Just have fun in the kitchen.
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:35 PM   #30
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