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Cutting an Onion

Cutting an Onion

The Finer Points.

So in my life list I pledged to start creating one video a month for b&s. This was in lieu of an attempted foray into video tutorials last year that went nowhere. Later I regretted not being more active so today I bring you this month’s video installment.

I took advantage of a brief moment of clarity in Ulysses’ final days and edited and uploaded a video I made last week of how to chop an onion with minimal assault to your tear ducts.  I am constantly a victim of onion induced tears, so when I learned the proper way to cut an onion I was super excited.  I’m probably still not doing it right but it works for me and I hope it works for you too.

The video walks you through cutting an onion, but I’ll do it here too just to be redundant.  First, slice the onion down the middle, leaving half of the root on each half.  The root is going to be what holds the onion together while you slice it.  Cut off the end opposite the root and peel the papery layers off.  Now make vertical slices across the onion, keeping your knife short of the root.  You want to make sure the root stays connected to the onion as long as possible so that it can hold it all together.  Turn your knife and cut into the onion, towards the root (parallel to the original cut, when you cut the onion in half).  Finally, turn your knife again and slice the onion off in rows.  The cuts you made earlier will mean that what falls off is cut almost completely uniformly.



Cutting an Onion from elena rosemond-hoerr on Vimeo.

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  • Suzanne

    25.01.2010 at 05:51 Reply

    Super helpful! Not only do I end up in tears cutting onions, I usually cut at least one finger. Will try this method next time. Thanks!

  • Emerging Domesticity

    26.01.2010 at 19:48 Reply

    Too Funny. I could have used this video about 3 days ago when I nearly chopped off half my finger! {not so funny at the time}… I found your site today via Smitten Kitchen – I’m new to the whole food blogging world {and cooking/being domestic in general} and look forward to following you! thanks for the video!
    ~Emerging Domesticity

  • elena

    15.03.2010 at 11:19 Reply

    I should note that this is not a foolproof method if you’re an onion crier. I, myself, have found that cutting onions this way makes me cry less, if at all, because it crushes less of the onion. But sometimes, no matter how I cook them, I ball.

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