Kitchen Vocabulary: 'Mincing' Cloves for Edamame Garlic Dip

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Kitchen Vocabulary ‘Garlic Cloves’ Edamame Dip

Makes 1 ¼ cups

Total time: 20 minutes

Kitchen vocabulary word: Mince

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This week we will be making an edamame dip! Edamame is a soybean that is found in many East Asian dishes. Edamame is also packed with fiber! This simple snack is made with garlic cloves, which brings us to our vocabulary word of the week: mince. To mince means to cut into very small pieces. We usually mince garlic cloves to make them smaller so we can cook with them!


  • 2 cups frozen edamame

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • ¾ teaspoon of paprika

  • ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice

  • 3 Tablespoons of olive oil

  • 3 Tablespoons of water

  • 3 bell peppers or other favorite veggie dippers for serving

  • Salt and pepper

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  • Measure 4 cups of water in a liquid measuring cup and pour into a medium saucepan. ** Grown-up step ** bring water a boil. Once water is to a boil, measure 2 cups of frozen edamame.

  • Kid chef, set the timer for 5 minutes.

  • Take one clove of garlic and remove the skin. A head of garlic contains segments that are called cloves. You will need 2 cloves from one garlic head. Below is a picture of a garlic head.

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  • Below is a picture of 2 cloves of garlic.

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  • You can use a can to smash down on the garlic cloves! This will make garlic cloves easier to peel!

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  • Using the mezzaluna knife, mince the garlic into smaller pieces. To mince means to to cut up into very small pieces. (If you don’t have a mezzaluna knife, you can use a garlic press).

  • Start mincing from the top of the garlic clove. Once you have made it all the way to the bottom, rotate the knife 90 degrees and mince again.

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  • Cut a lemon in half using the kid chef knife. Squeeze ¼ cup of lemon juice into a liquid measuring cup.

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  • Set aside the minced garlic and lemon juice.

  • ** Grown-up ** Once the timer goes off, drain the edamame from the pot and pour into blender.

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  • Add lemon juice and minced garlic.

  • Add ¼ teaspoon of paprika.

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  • Add 3 Tablespoons of olive oil and 3 Tablespoons of water.

  • Put the lid on the blender.

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  • Pulse the ingredients until smooth.

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  • Once the ingredients are pulsed, use your kid chef knife and cutting board to cut the pepper into thin slices.

  • Prepare your veggie dippers.

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  • ** Grown-up ** Scrape the edamame dip from the blender into a bowl.

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  • Serve with veggie dippers!

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  • A mezzeluna knife is the perfect inexpensive knife for when your kid chef is ready for a sharper knife but not quite ready for a chef’s knife.

  • Grown-up, you can also buy fresh edamame that requires shelling.


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Julia Tricolla is a senior communication management and design major at Ithaca College. She is the Senior Editor and Treasurer at Buzzsaw Magazine and has previously interned at 5 Star Apparel in New York City.


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