How to Make an Allumette Cut

  • 01 of 07

    Start with Half-Inch Thick Slices

    How to Make an Allumette Cut
    Start with ½-Inch Thick Slices. Photo © Danilo Alfaro

    Start with ½-Inch Thick Slices

    The first step in making an allumette cut (​prounced al-yoo-MET) is to cut your product (in this case I'm using jicama) into ½-inch slices and 2½ to 3 inches long.

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  • 02 of 07

    Square Off and Cut in Half Lengthwise

    How to Make an Allumette Cut
    Square Off and Cut in Half Lengthwise. Photo © Danilo Alfaro

    Square Off and Cut in Half Lengthwise

    Square off the edges, and then you're going to cut them in half lengthwise, giving you several flat pieces, ½ inch wide and ¼ inch thick.

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  • 03 of 07

    Stack Those Flat Pieces on Top of Each Other

    How to Make an Allumette Cut
    Stack Those Flat Pieces on Top of Each Other. Photo © Danilo Alfaro

    Stack Those Flat Pieces on Top of Each Other

    Since they're flat, you can stack a few of them up -- maybe 3 or 4 at a time. Can you guess what's next?

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  • 04 of 07

    Now Cut Lengthwise Through the Middle of the Stack

    How to Make an Allumette Cut
    Cut Lengthwise Through the Middle of the Stack. Photo © Danilo Alfaro

    Now Cut Lengthwise Through the Middle of the Stack

    Yep, that's right: We're going to slice the whole stack right down the middle. Use the tip of your chef's knife for precision work like this.

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  • 05 of 07

    Draw the Blade All the Way Through

    How to Make an Allumette Cut
    Draw the Blade All the Way Through. Photo © Danilo Alfaro

    Draw the Blade All the Way Through

    Continue lowering the tip of the blade through the entire length and thickness of the stack.

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  • 06 of 07

    Use a Gentle, Steady Hand

    How to Make an Allumette Cut
    Use a Gentle, Steady Hand. Photo © Danilo Alfaro

    Use a Gentle, Steady Hand

    Be careful -- this part is where your knife is most likely to slip.

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  • 07 of 07

    The Finished Allumette Cut

    How to Make an Allumette Cut
    The Finished Allumette Cut. Photo © Danilo Alfaro

    The Finished Allumette Cut

    The allumette knife cut measures ¼ inch × ¼ inch × 2½-3 inches. Isn't it glorious? The allumette is also the starting point for another culinary knife cut, the small dice.