Tips on Cutting Vegetables
I don’t know about you but I for one did not pay enough attention when I was younger and lived in my mom’s house and could have benefited from her vast stores of knowledge. I am sure there was a time she taught me (or tried to teach me) the best way to cut vegetables or grill meat, or make my bed, iron a shirt….the list really could probably go on forever! If you are anything like me you have had to teach yourself these things throughout your years living on your own, and yes…sometimes I do still call my mom for various household tips and advice.
These 2 tips on cutting vegetables are my favorite. Probably because I eat salads a lot and lettuce and tomato are staple ingredients to any salad I make.
1) using a serrated tomato knife remove the area around the stem
2) cut the tomato in half top to bottom
3) one half at a time, cut vertically into narrow slices
4) turn the half tomato and cut horizontally across, use your fingers to hold slices together as you cut, (don’t cut your fingers!)
Repeat until all halves are diced up! Just look at the perfect little squares of tomatoes! Great for salads, bruschetta, pico de gallo, etc. People will want to know how you cut up your tomatoes! Beautiful!
Now onto the lettuce, I almost always use romaine because it is my favorite. It is just sturdier than iceburg and I think it has a better taste.
1) Cut off the top and bottom of each head of lettuce
2) Slice horizontally at least twice making several long sections
3) Cut vertically (crossing your horizontal cuts) slicing salad into mouth sized pieces
4) Rinse and drain
I really dislike when I spear pieces of my salad with my fork and the lettuce is just too big to fit in my mouth. What do you do? Break off the offending piece with your fingers, try to shove it all in…..agh! Suffice it to say, I like my lettuce cut into smaller pieces. With this technique you can cut lettuce into chunks that are totally bite sizeable.
I really can’t tell you where I picked these up, perhaps a friend or the internet. Wherever and whomever I learned them from, thank you! I hope these techniques are as helpful to you as they are to me!
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Great idea! I commonly use kitchen slicer dicer to cut onions, garlic and tomatoes. It is very convenient and easy. I like your technique on cutting the lettuce.
Hi Charlot! I love convenient and easy ways to get things done in the kitchen, plus fun gadgets like your kitchen slicer are the best! Thanks for visiting 😉
Good Luck Brooke! Hope it works for ya:)
I never know what to cut off on the lettuce and how big or small to make the pieces since I am weird and DO NOT like salads and therefore do not eat them! Thanks for the tip, I need to get a knife like yours, where did you get it?!!
Both of the knives are of course pampered chef:) the tomato one has a coating that helps the tomatoes not stick as you cut through, so they cut cleanly without pulling. And the lettuce one is plastic, if you cut lettuce with a plastic knife it doesn’t get brown as fast!
I hate cutting tomatoes! I’ll have to try this technique and maybe it won’t be so bad!