How to cut an Onion

For our inaugural post I thought it fitting to do something basic.  Everyone has to cut an onion sooner or later, except for my friend Claire any how.  This is such a basic skill that we used to actually give wanna-be cooks an onion and watch how they cut it as a way to gauge their basic knife skills.  I will show you two methods really quick, one which I was taught by instructors and chefs a like, then I will show you my shortcut which I use every time I cut an onion these days.

A note on onions:  There are myths and legends about the tears caused by onions.  I avoid this all together by selecting onions that are less powerful.  These then to bring a sweeter flavor to the dishes which I prefer honestly.  I use Sweet onions (The large yellow ones) and Red Onions especially when I need a raw onion.  Select the ones you prefer, but always wash your hands, that juice can play havoc with your eyes!

METHOD ONE
Method One is the classic method, as I will call it.

Start by cutting the peeled onion in half from end to end and leaving the root end intact (the furry one).  Lay the onion on the flat side, and with your palm pushing down, make a series of horizontal cuts, about 1/4″ apart, being careful not to cut all the way through. Then make horizontal cuts, about 1/4″ apart, again keeping the root intact.  Now you are ready to cut across the onion and when you get to the end, just discard the root piece! This is a pretty easy method, but I can make it a little easier for you!

METHOD TWO
We will call Method Two the “Modern Cut”.  This cut is a very simple change, but cuts out a step and frankly helps hold the onion together better, which makes our job a lot easier.

Again, start by cutting the peeled onion in half from end to end and leaving the root end intact (the furry one).  Lay the onion on the flat side, and make cuts in the shape of a starburst.  The width of the cuts here will determine how large the dice is going to be.

Now cut along the onion about 1/4″ and discard the root when you get to the end.  Its that simple, and makes quick work of a sometimes tearful job!

We will go into knife selection, cutting boards and all the fun bits in future articles!  Keep an eye out!

 

Check out the Video in THIS POST

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6 Responses to How to cut an Onion

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  2. Heather Whitpan says:

    love your new blog!

  3. C Adams says:

    Nice job! Very friendly, easy to read and navigate

  4. Deanna says:

    I learned something already!

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