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Top and Tail

An expression that in cooking means to trim both ends off of something.

For instance, you would top and tail green beans, or runner beans. You top and tail carrots. You top and tail green (or spring) onions by trimming off the roots, then trimming any brown bits off the top of the stalks.

Chopping Techniques

Allumette; Bâtonnet; Brunoise; Chiffonade; Chopping Onions; Chopping Techniques; Coining; Dice; Emincer; Jardiniere; Julienne; Macédoine; Mince; Mirepoix au gras; Mirepoix; Paysanne; Pulverize; Salpicon; Top and Tail; White Mirepoix

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Also called:

éplucher (French); Abziehen (German); mondar (Spanish)


Oulton, Randal. "Top and Tail." CooksInfo.com. Published 25 February 2004; revised 03 March 2007. Web. Accessed 04/23/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/top-and-tail>.

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