There are a lot of ways to slice. Make prep time easy by learning to make rounds, cut half-moons and slice on the bias.
Rounds are coin-shaped pieces sliced from something cylindrical, like a zucchini or a carrot.
Learning to Slice
To make rounds, steady what you're cutting and make sure your fingers are tucked under.
Rest the knife against your knuckles, walk your fingers back and slice with a continuous motion. The thickness is determined by how far back you move your fingers between slices.
Slicing on the Bias
A bias cut simply means cutting on the diagonal. Hold your food at a slight angle to the knife and slice. Bias cuts are often used in Asian stir-fry.
When a recipe calls for something to be chopped, it means roughly the same size, but it's not important to be precise.
Gather the Pile
Occasionally, use the heel of the knife to gather the pile back together. This will work for a recipe that calls for finely chopped or minced ingredients.
Speed Up Your Prep Time
Remember, good knife skills speed up your prep time and get you closer to dinnertime. Watch our how-to video for more.