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Video:What Is a Brunoise Knife Cut?

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Although seemingly tedious, a brunoise cut is a perfect addition to any meal, particularly one that involves vegetables. Learn this technique with a few easy tips.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Is a Brunoise Knife Cut?

A Brunoise cut can be a little tedious at first but with practice you will discover this cut is fairly simple to do.  You will be cutting your item, to a final cube of an 1/8 of an inch by 1/8 of an inch by 1/8 of an inch.   

Use a Chef's Knife for a Brunoise Cut

A Chef's knife is a good choice for this cut,  however an ideal knife would be a Santoku knife. The blade is slightly thinner and has a Granton edge.  The uniqueness of the Granton edge with its hollowed out spaces on the blade help keep food from sticking to the blade  while cutting. This is extremely helpful with a Brunoise cut.

Square Off Items to Cut

Before you begin the Brunoise you need to square off the item you are cutting.  Cut off each end.  Next cut off one side flip the item and slice once more.  Continue rotating and cutting until you have four neatly cut sides creating a large rectangle.  It's ok to trim the edges until they appears even.  Squaring off the item you are cutting creates an even starting point to perform the Brunoise cut.

Slice Items 1/8 an inch from the Edge

Next slice all the way through what you are cutting 1/8 of an inch from the edge.  Repeat this cut again moving an 1/8 of an inch from the previous cut.  Discard any left over cut that isn't an 1/8 of an inch thick.   Keep the cuts as uniform as possible to create the Brunoise cut.   

Now flip what you have cut over and stack the slices 2 to 3 high.  Repeat the previous step by slicing through the item at 1/8 inch intervals.

You will have several 1/8 inch by 1/8 inch sticks,  A Julienne cut.  The final step is to cross cut the sticks with a width of 1/8 of an inch creating small uniform cubes.    

Brunoise cuts are often used to garnish a meal and to add a professional look to your meal.  It is also a great cut to use for homemade salsa.  To learn more check us out on the web at About.com. Thanks for watching.

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