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Le Cordon Bleu News, 01/02/2014
Turning vegetables
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Technique : Turning vegetables
Turning vegetables is a classic technique used in French cuisine. Vegetables are turned in order to form exactly the same barrel shape and size thus ensuring even cooking while being pleasing to the eye.
Here Le Cordon Bleu Chefs show how to turn a vegetable; a potato is trimmed into the “cocotte” sized oval shape.
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Hold a small knife securely in your right hand; place the potato in the left hand, between the tip of the thumb and index finger. This hand should rotate in the opposite direction to the knife. Rotate the knife in one smooth motion to cut a thin layer, from the top to the bottom creating a slight curve. Turn the potato slightly and repeat the jest, continue cutting around until seven facets have been cut.
Turning potatoes How to turn vegetables
Continue to trim smooth each facet and even out the shape (here the “cocotte” size). Turn the remaining potatoes to obtain an evenly shaped garnish.
For turned potatoes, there are three sizes:
  • Cocotte: About 5 cm long (15-20 g)
  • Anglaises: Between 5.5 and 6 cm long (35-45 g)
  • Château: Between 6 and 6.5 cm long (55-65 g)
To turn other vegetables, cut into evenly sized pieces, then turn in the same manner as for potatoes.

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