Archive for the ‘Mincing, Dicing, & Chopping’ Category
This year, Rick and I got our own 10×20 plot in the local community garden. We’ve been prepping the beds and getting ready for fresh greens, roots, peppers, and anything else Rick thinks he can grow. I’m particularly excited about the herb garden we’ll be planting soon. I use a lot of dried herbs out of necessity…most of the year, I just can’t get fresh herbs. It’s going to be great to pop by the garden and pick whatever is ready that day.
If you’re using fresh herbs, this video tutorial will help you with the proper technique for removing the leaves so that you get the most out of your herbs.
Garlic is a frequent ingredient that shows up in my dishes. I love it! Mincing the garlic releases the flavor, making it all that much better. I typically use a garlic press, but if you don’t have one, you can still mince you’re garlic for maximum impact. This video from Rouxbe shows you how.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Julie and Julia” is when Julia goes home after being embarrassed in class and spends the afternoon chopping about 100 onions. I thought it was great idea, having spent a few hours in a cooking class chopping onions. Learning how to properly dice an onion was a revelation to me. I wish I had taken my basic kitchen skills class years ago when I started cooking. The process is easy and once you learn it, you don’t have to dread chopping onions any more. This video shows you how to do it.
Remember to practice. You can always use the extra onions to make stock!