Knife Cuts

chopToday’s lesson was to cut carrots into 1/4 cups of brunoise, small dice, medium dice, large dice, fine julienne, julienne, and batonnet. It was actually quite a bit of fun and I found that I actually was not too bad at it. My favorite was the brunoise cut. I love it and if I had the time, would use it as a confetti to celebrate each meal. I actually found cutting uniformly to come pretty naturally to me, and much like most cooking, rather relaxing. I may never become a chef, but I will definitely become a better cook. I had to post samples of each of my cuts and describe options for the scrap. More…
Today’s lesson was to cut carrots into 1/4 cups of brunoise, small dice, medium dice, large dice, fine julienne, julienne, and batonnet. It was actually quite a bit of fun and I found that I actually was not too bad at it. My favorite was the brunoise cut. I love it and if I had the time, would use it as a confetti to celebrate each meal. I actually found cutting uniformly to come pretty naturally to me, and much like most cooking, rather relaxing. I may never become a chef, but I will definitely become a better cook. I had to post samples of each of  my cuts and describe options for the scrap.

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Three things that I thought could be made from the left-over carrot trimmings were:

1. blending the trimmings with fruit on hand to make a refreshing and healthy fruit & veg smoothie
2. juicing the trimmings and reduce to make a carrot/vanilla emulsion to pair with black cod
3. using as part of the base for a rich chicken stock

In reality though, I let my instructor know that I would be giving the trimmings to my chickens and they would give me some eggs in return, which I would promptly make into scrambled eggs. As for the leftover brunoised, diced, and julienned carrots, I added them to a sweet potato hash that was already planned as part of dinner. I also left out a few for munching on while cooking.

I am excited for my next activity; learning to use a whet stone to sharpen my knives. This is not a required assignment, but I really would like to learn this talent so I procured one from Amazon and am just waiting for it to arrive…

UPDATE: I aced the knife cuts assignment. I just need to keep practicing so that I do not lose my technique!