Fancy slicing and dicing isn’t as difficult as it looks. Follow these steps to create perfect matchsticks every time.

By Maggie Shi
May 10, 2017

Cutting carrots into a julienne—thin strips that resemble matchsticks—may sound like a daunting task that requires some serious knife skills, many hours of practice, or a culinary school degree (or a combo of all three), but it’s actually quite easy once you learn the basic technique. You’ll be rewarded with a pretty pile of matchstick-size carrots that are great for garnishing salads and adding to sautés and stir-fries. Before you start, it’s important to make sure you have a sharp chef’s knife to handle the job; a sharp knife ensures your cuts will be clean and will also help prevent the blade from slipping, which means you’re much less likely to accidentally cut yourself in the process.A sturdy cutting board is a must, too. And once you’ve mastered this technique, you can apply it to many other vegetables—potatoes, celery, and more.

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