Chop Cooking Definition
To chop is the process of cutting foods into fine or coarse cut pieces.
Onions, carrots, sweet peppers, celery, tomatoes, and potatoes are all examples of foods that are coarsely chopped to be added to stews and stir-fry and chili.
A chop differs from a dice by its larger-sized cut.
Diced vs Chopped
There are precise requirements for the cooking terms chopand dice, and they all relate to size.
Chop is for the largest size that food is cut into, usually about 13mm (1/2 inch) in diameter.
Dice is the next size down, usually about 6.5mm (1/4 inch).
Pay attention to these terms, because they make sure that the food you are about to cook will cook at the same time and in the correct amount of time.
This can be accomplished manually with a knife, or the food can be placed into an electric blender or food processor and chopped very quickly resulting in a cut to match the needs of the recipe.
How to chop with a knife
Here Amy Chaplin teaches you how to slice (nearly) every vegetable at the market.
Finding the proper technique for preparing your vegies can elevate your culinary game to the next level, so if you’re ready to learn how to slice every vegetable, Amy has you covered.
How to chop using a food processor
Scott Aaronson, a professional private chef for over 18 years, shows us how to chop using a food processor!
Obviously you will get better results hand chopping anything versus a machine, but if you’re not confident with a knife, this is the way to go.