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How to Julienne Carrots Like a Pro

How to Julienne Carrots
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When you are making a recipe that requires matchstick carrots, this method of cutting is called julienne. It provides you with a generous pile of similarly-sized carrots that can be used in stir-fries and salads or to fill spring rolls and veggie burritos. 

While this small uniform cut may seem intimidating, it’s quite easy to julienne carrots as long as you follow a few key steps. 

Why To Julienne (Make Matchstick) Carrots

This style of cutting carrots ensures you have pieces that are all the same size. This helps the carrots to cook quickly and to cook evenly when you add them to a skillet or when baking and roasting them.

It also affects the presentation and texture of a dish. You will end up with consistent pieces of carrots in each bite as well as a striking pop of color both when the carrots are raw and after being cooked. 

How to Julienne Carrots
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The Proper Size of Julienned Carrots

When you julienne carrots, plan to make each matchstick about 2 inches long. You can extend this to 3 inches if you’d like them a little longer, but don’t go much beyond that or they may overpower the final recipe and be difficult to eat. Each piece is small, about 1/8-inch thick. 

How to Use Julienned Carrots

You can use julienned carrots both raw or cooked in recipes. The size of this cut is too small for serving as a dipper on a snack board. For that, use the batonnet knife cut.

Raw, julienned carrots can be used in spring rolls, or added to green salads. They can also be used as a substitute for shredded carrots in a Classic Carrot Salad when you want a bit more crunch. 

How to Julienne Carrots
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Peel the carrots:

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the carrots.

Carrot Peeled for How to Julienne Carrots
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Trim the carrots and cut into segments:

Using a sharp chef’s knife and cutting board, trim each end of the carrots and cut them into segments that are 2 inches long.

Trim Ends of Carrots Cut to Julienne Carrots
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Carrots Cut into 2 Inch Pieces Prior to Julienne
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Stabilize the carrot segment: 

Cut a very thin piece of carrot off one side so that the carrot will rest on the cutting board without rolling.

Carrot Segments Stabilized Prior to Julienne
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Cut the carrot segment into planks: 

Cut the piece of carrot into planks about an 1/8 inch thick.

Carrot Segments Cut into Planks Prior to Julienne
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Stack the planks: 

Stack 3 to 4 planks of carrots that are similar in width. 

Planks Stacked to Prepare for Matchstick Carrots
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Cut into matchsticks:

Cut the stack into 1/8 inch thick slices to create matchsticks. 

Julienne Carrots (Matchstick Carrots)
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Julienne Carrots on a Cutting Board
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Repeat with remaining carrot pieces:

Repeat the process with any remaining pieces of carrot. Gather your julienned carrots to use in recipes. 

How to Julienne Carrots
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