How to Make an Allumette Cut

  • 01 of 07

    Start with Half-Inch Thick Slices

    How to Make an Allumette Cut
    Start with 1/2 Inch Thick Slices. Danilo Alfaro

    Start with 1/2 Inch Thick Slices

    The first step in making an allumette cut (​pronounced al-yoo-MET) is to cut your product (in this case I'm using jicama) into 1/2 inch slices and 2 1/2 to 3 inches long.

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  • 02 of 07

    Square Off and Cut in Half Lengthwise

    Square Off and Cut in Half Lengthwise
    Square Off and Cut in Half Lengthwise. Danilo Alfaro

    Square Off and Cut in Half Lengthwise

    Square off the edges, and then you're going to cut them in half lengthwise, giving you several flat pieces, 1/2 inch wide and 1/4 inch thick.

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  • 03 of 07

    Stack Those Flat Pieces on Top of Each Other

    Stack Those Flat Pieces on Top of Each Other
    Stack Those Flat Pieces on Top of Each Other. Danilo Alfaro

    Stack Those Flat Pieces on Top of Each Other

    Since they're flat, you can stack a few of them up—maybe 3 or 4 at a time. Can you guess what's next?

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  • 04 of 07

    Now Cut Lengthwise Through the Middle of the Stack

    Cut Lengthwise Through the Middle of the Stack
    Cut Lengthwise Through the Middle of the Stack. Danilo Alfaro

    Now Cut Lengthwise Through the Middle of the Stack

    Yep, that's right: We're going to slice the whole stack right down the middle. Use the tip of your chef's knife for precision work like this.

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  • 05 of 07

    Draw the Blade All the Way Through

    Draw the Blade All the Way Through
    Draw the Blade All the Way Through. Danilo Alfaro

    Draw the Blade All the Way Through

    Continue lowering the tip of the blade through the entire length and thickness of the stack.

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  • 06 of 07

    Use a Gentle, Steady Hand

    Use a Gentle, Steady Hand
    Use a Gentle, Steady Hand. Danilo Alfaro

    Use a Gentle, Steady Hand

    Be careful—this part is where your knife is most likely to slip.

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  • 07 of 07

    The Finished Allumette Cut

    The Finished Allumette Cut
    The Finished Allumette Cut. Danilo Alfaro

    The Finished Allumette Cut

    The allumette knife cut measures 1/4 inch × 1/4 inch × 2 1/2 - 3 inches. Isn't it glorious? The allumette is also the starting point for another culinary knife cut, the small dice.