How to Roll-Cut Vegetables

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    How to Roll Cut Vegetables

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    The next time you're adding a long cylindrical vegetable (such as carrots, zucchini or Chinese eggplant) to a stir-fry, think about roll cutting it. Besides being a great way to liven up the appearance of a stir-fry dish, roll cutting exposes more of the vegetable's surface area to the heat. Here are easy instructions showing how to roll cut vegetables.

    First, wash and peel the vegetable as required. Lay the vegetable on a cutting board in front of you.

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    Hold the Cleaver

    Position the cleaver
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    Position the cleaver at a 40 – 45-degree angle.

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    Cut the Vegetable

    Diagonal cut
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    Make a diagonal cut at one end of the carrot. Discard the stem piece.

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    Roll the Vegetable

    Diagional cut
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    Roll the carrot 1/4 - 1/3 of the way toward you.

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    Continue Cutting

    Diagonal cut
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    Make another diagonal cut to the carrot.

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    Keep Roll Cutting

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    Continue rolling and cutting the carrot until you reach the end. Discard the final piece.
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    You're Done!

    Rolled and cut
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    Use the vegetable as called for in the stir-fry. Besides carrots, this technique is good for other long cyndrical vegetables such as Asian eggplant and zucchini.