Thursday, 15 January 2015

What Does To Mince Mean In Cooking?

What does 'to mince' mean in cooking?
What does 'to mince' mean in cooking?
The no 1 question that I am asked with regards to cooking instructions is "What does 'to mince' mean in cooking?" This term refers to finely chopping any ingredient but is most frequently used to describe how to finely chop garlic, onions and/or shallots and herbs for a recipe

If you take a look at the photograph below, you will see that the shallot and garlic on the left are roughly chopped or diced, whereas the same ingredients on the right have been finely chopped or minced. 
Roughly chopped vs finely minced shallot and garlic
Roughly chopped vs finely minced shallot and garlic
For a helpful guide on which onion to choose to suit your receipe, take a look at my 'Know Your Onions' post here.

4 Easy Steps to Mince Garlic, Onions, Shallots and Herbs

If you’re not a professional chef with excellent knife skills, how do you achieve this result? There are just 4 easy steps to go from your raw ingredient through to finely minced and ready for your recipe.
4 Easy Steps to mince garlic, onions, shallots and herbs
Step 1 – for onions, shallots and garlic, trim off the top and bottom, and remove the outer peel.
Step 2 – onions, shallots and garlic, cut in half lengthwise. With garlic cloves, also remove the inner sprout (called the germ) as this is bitter and not pleasant to eat.  
Step 3 – keeping the vegetable half together, slice repeatedly down the length creating thin slices.  For herbs, bunch them together to create a more solid mass, and slice thinly.
Step 4 – finally, slice across the vegetable in thin slices, creating very small dice. For the herbs, slice again across the herbs, keep slicing until the herbs are finely chopped.

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