Who likes cutting onions? Anyone? Anyone?
They make you cry. They have those annoying rings which fall apart. They are slippery and make wielding a big knife rather dangerous. And yet, they are crucial in so many recipes.
Behold! I give you: the best possible way to chop an onion! The least tear-inducing, time-consuming, finger-losing method and I’m going to share it with you!
Second: Remove outer layer. I find that removing the entire outer layer is easier than trying to remove the papery-thin peel.
Third: Using Big Sharp Knife, slice onion horizontally (or vertically, I won’t be picky), but not all the way down! Leave the last centimeter or so uncut or the whole thing will fall apart and I will have taught you nothing.
Fourth: Now turn the onion 90 degrees and slice again, using Big Sharp Knife. (Again – not all the way down or you will have ruined the entire effort)
Also, if you have a deep fryer, you can make one of those cool fried onion flowers at this point.
And lastly: Slice onion all the way down. Make sure you hold the pieces steady – this can be a bit tricky. But overall, I prefer this method to … most others.
Filed under: Uncategorized on August 22nd, 2007