How to Chop Vegetables
Chopping means simply cutting something into small, usually even, pieces. You need to chop vegetables, most often onions and garlic, for many different cooking techniques, including sautéing. Chopping a vegetable follows a pretty simple procedure. This example shows how to chop an onion.
1Cut the vegetable in half.
If you’re chopping an onion, you also need to peel back the papery skin and cut off the top, leaving the root end intact.
2Place each half cut-side down and slice the vegetable lengthwise in parallel cuts.
Leave 1/8 to 1/4 inch between the slices.
3Make several horizontal cuts parallel to the board.
You can decide how thick you want these cuts to be.