Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How to cut an onion

Do you know how to cut an onion? If you do, then skip this post. I definitely didn't know the right way to chop an onion until chef classes. Knowing how to properly cut an onion allows you to control how big the dice is, that way all the pieces cook at the same speed. Or if you're eating it raw, it makes the presentation better (think of all those red onions in your salad). I've created a visual step-by-step that walks you through it.
1) First cut the top off of the onion, NOT the roots. The roots help hold the onion together as you're cutting. 2) Flip the onion over, so it sits on its flat side. 3) Cut the onion in half, right through the middle of the roots. 4) Remove the outer skin. 5) Turn the onion so that the roots are on your left. Place your palm flat on the top of the onion to hold it in place as you slice it. Keep your fingers straight so they're out of the way. 6) Now make horizontal cuts towards the roots. Try to keep the cuts the same width apart. The width between the cuts determines the size of your dice (small .25 inch, medium .5 inch or large .75 inch). 7) Now turn the onion so the roots are facing the top of your cutting board (away from your body). Then make vertical cuts stopping before you reach the roots (or onion will fall apart). 8) Finally turn the onion so the roots are to the left again. Hold the onion tightly so it stays together as you chop it all up.

Pretty easy, right? If you want to see more watch this short video that shows you the steps as well.

9 comments:

Maƫlle said...

I'll follow your instructions, thanks!
Could you also give us a tip to prevent tears to flow? ;-)

Adrienne said...

I heard one tip that involved holding a piece of bread in your mouth while cutting, but I haven't tried that yet :)

Emily said...

I heard that holding an unlit matchstick in your mouth is supposed to help?? Haven't tried that yet, either. I usually wear swim goggles! (Ever since I stopped wearing contacts, my eyeballs burn burn burn every time I chop onions.)

Adrienne said...

Yeah my contacts seem to shield some of the burn! Emily, I'm loving the family blog :)

Amanda (wit and whistle) said...

Leaving the roots on while you chop is genius! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks for posting this!

I've never had my eyes water or burn when I chop onions. Must be the contacts!

Lyfe said...

wow i definately didnt know that, i have been cutting one wrong this whole time. Thanks for that

Whitney said...

I needed this.

Adrienne said...

Glad it helped, Whitney :)

Mike said...

Did you cry while cutting them? You have to see the Beavis and Butthead episode where beavis gets a onion near his eyes and cry's a bit.