What’s the difference between “chopped” and “chopped fine” in recipe instructions?
Cutting ingredients to the correct size is important to the success of a recipe. Uniformity of size is the top concern, since ingredients cut to different sizes will have different cooking times: Some of your vegetables might burn, for instance, while the bigger chunks continue to cook. In the test kitchen, a ruler is a necessary tool for all our test cooks to ensure that ingredients are cut to specifications and cook for the same amount of time, every time. Keep these conversions in mind the next time you prep.
MINCED: 1/16 inch
CHOPPED FINE: 1/8 to 1/4 inch
CHOPPED: 1/4 to 1/2 inch
CHOPPED COARSE: 1/2 to 3/4 inch