Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How To: Chop an Onion

I've been wanting to start a 'How To' series for a while now. So, here we go! I'm going to do both fitness themed and food themed ones.

This first one is obviously food based and I'm going to show you one onion chopping technique. There are obviously different techniques, but this is the one I use most often.

Some of you may be laughing...but, you would be surprised at how many people do not know these things...now, I don't claim to know everything, so I'm just showing you what is the easiest and fastest way that I have found.

Step 1:
Chop off each edge on the onion



Step 2:
I like to remove the outer layer and also the first inner layer...just in case there is some nastiness that creeped in...


Step 3:
Next, slice the onion in half


Step 4:
With the flat part of the onion down, slice the onion in a fan shape. Do not cut all the way through.


Step 5:
Rotate the onion and slice all the way through



Step 6:
If you need the onion pieces to be smaller, you can chop them even more by using what I have dubbed the 'fan' technique. The tip of the knife remains stationary and you chop while move the blade side to side.




*Safety Tip #1: When chopping, slicing, etc. make sure you curl your fingers so that the nail is going into whatever you are cutting (like a claw). This way the side of blade just bumps your knuckle and (theoretically) you cannot chop your own finger.
Chef Ramsay talks about this in his video on chopping onions as well.

*Safety Tip #2: It is actually safer to use a sharp knife. You are more likely to cut yourself trying to use a dull knife. It's true. Just take your time, focus and be cautious. You'll do great!

Do you have any other techniques you would like to share?

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