How to Cube Fruits and Vegetables
For fruits and vegetables that look as good as they taste.
Once you are comfortable with the cubing technique, you can cut a wide variety of fruits and vegetables like eggplant, zucchini, pears, and apples into identical-sized cubes.
1. We have selected a potato to illustrate cubing, but the method is the same for most fruits and vegetables. Remove the top and bottom of the potato. Make sure enough of the potato is removed to enable you to make the potato into a rectangle. If you do not remove enough from the ends of the potato, your end product will yield some rounded pieces.
2. Slice the sides off of the potato. Make sure that all sides of the potato are squared off.
3. Cut rectangular slabs off of the potato. Keep in mind the thickness of the slab will dictate the thickness of the final cube. For example, if you cut the slab 1/2-inch thick, you will (in the end) have 1/2-inch cubes. Continue slicing identically thick slabs off of the potato until the entire potato has been sliced into rectangular slabs.
4. Stack the slabs on top of each other neatly, so they make a perfect rectangular box.
5. Slice the stacked potato into long rectangular strips that are as thick as they are wide. For example, if you cut the original slabs 1/2-inch thick, you will also cut these strips so that they are 1/2-inch wide. Keep the stack in a rectangular shape.
6. Turn this stack about 90 degrees and cut the slab into cubes with 1/2-inch thickness.
7. Voila, perfect potato cubes! Cubing vegetables allows a cook the comfort of knowing in any given dish (if a vegetable is cubed) each piece of the vegetable will be finished cooking at the exact same time. This means that no piece of fruit or vegetable will ever be over or undercooked in your kitchen again!
Test your cubing skills making a hearty pot of soup! Try this recipe: