What Is Julienned?

What Is Julienned?

What Is Julienned?

Julienne is the process of cutting food items into thin strips that resemble matchsticks. Chef's knives or cleavers provide the cook with a firm grip and a precise cutting edge to thinly slice vegetables such as carrots, onions and squash.

Chefs cut food into 2-inch pieces, with the rounded sides trimmed for better handling, and then stack them together. The julienne technique entails continuous lengthwise cuts of the food item until a width of 1/4 inch or less is achieved. Alternatively, the use of a food processor or mandoline to julienne vegetables garners similar results to hand cutting with a knife.