For some people, chopping onions can be one of the most daunting of kitchen tasks. Nevertheless, onions are the one standard ingredient found in every cuisine around the world. There are tons of different varieties of onions available at the grocery store. It’s really impossible to learn to cook without mastering the art of cutting an onion!
There are many gadgets for sale that will hold the onion for you while you chop it. But all you really need is a cutting board and a sharp knife. Today I’m going to show you how to actually make a holder for chopping an onion out of the onion skin itself. Be sure to use a knife that you feel comfortable holding. (Big knives can be a bit scary. With practice, it does get easier!)
Cuisine at Home (August 2007) showed how to make this onion holder in their “tips and techniques” section. You really can only use this method if the onion has pretty thick skin. (You’ll see why as you read on!)
Start by cutting the onion in half from the root to the tip.
Lay the onion cut side down on the cutting board. Trim off a bit of the tip end. Leave the root end intact.
Peel back the skin leaving it attached to the root end. (If the skin is really thin this step will be virtually impossible!)
The skin will now act as a holder as you chop the onion.
Remember to make the first cuts perpendicular to the root end. Then, as you make the parallel cuts the onions will be chopped. (Remember mince is the smallest size, and then dice, then chop is the largest cut of the three.)
Be sure to keep your knuckles bent as you chop. When you get to the end, the skin will act as the holder as you finish chopping.
And as my husband would say, “Bob’s your uncle!” (That’s British for “just that easy, just that quick.”)
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