How to Small Dice

Cubing isn't just for math geeks anymore. Just ask your local sous-chef, who probably cubes more items in a single night than all the 10th graders in America.

You will need

  • A chefu2019s 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 off sides Cut off the sides of the vegetable. It should now resemble a block with 4 long flat surfaces—this will make it easier to cut uniform pieces.

Step 6 Slice lengthwise For a small dice cut, you are aiming to make dice, or cubes, that are ¼ inch on every side. Begin by slicing the vegetable lengthwise into uniform slabs ¼ inch wide.

Step 7 Stack & cut Stack the slabs on top of each other and again cut them lengthwise into 1/4′ wide sticks. You now have a ‘wood pile’ of ¼ inch-thick sticks.

Step 8 Make crosscuts Line up the pile of sticks, and make ¼ inch crosscuts along their length, creating ¼ inch cubes.