z How to Matchstick Cut | Howcast

How to Matchstick Cut

This maneuver neatly reduces bumpy, bulbous, and otherwise wildly irregular vegetables into tidy strips of uniform size and shape that resemble—what else? Matchsticks.

You will need

  • A chef's knife
  • A cutting board
  • And a vegetable to cut

Step 1 Wash & peel Wash and peel the vegetable, if necessary.

Step 2 Grasp knife 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.

Step 3 Hold vegetable With your non-knife-wielding hand, hold the vegetable firmly on the cutting board close to the area you will cut.

Step 4 Cut off ends Cut off the ends of the vegetable.

Step 5 Cut crosswise Cut the vegetable crosswise into 2-inch segments.

Step 6 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.

Step 7 Slice into slabs Slice the segments lengthwise into 1/8 inch-thick slabs.

Step 8 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.