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You Will Need
- A chef's knife
- A cutting board
- And a vegetable to cut
Wash & peel
Wash and peel the vegetable, if necessary.
Grasp the knife in your dominant hand, holding the handle close to the blade with three fingers: your middle, ring, and pinkie. Curl your forefinger around one side of the blade while holding your thumb on the opposite side.
With your non-knife-wielding hand, hold the vegetable firmly on the cutting board close to the area you will cut.
Cut off ends
Cut off the ends of the vegetable.
Cut the vegetable crosswise into 2-inch segments.
Cut off sides
Cut off the sides of one section. It should now resemble a block with 4 long flat surfaces—this will make it easier to cut uniform pieces.
Slice into slabs
Slice the segments lengthwise into 1/8 inch-thick slabs.
Stack & slice
Stack the slabs on top of each other and slice them again into 1/8 inch-wide sticks. What remains should resemble a pile of... you guessed it.