Four essential skills with a kitchen knife

How to chop, slice, julienne and chiffonade

4 Essential Knife Skills

This handy video shows some very simple ways to prepare vegetables - without chopping your fingers off in the process.

To slice: Place cut side down, and thinly slice from top to bottom

To chop: Place the tip of your knife on your board and rock back and forth.

To julienne: Thinly slice side to create a flat surface and prevent rolling. Turn the flat side down and thinly slice lengthways. Stack the slices an cut lengthways again.

To chiffonade: Stack leaves into a pile, roll them and thinly slice leaves crosswise, forming strips.

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