Chopping Onions

Will you chop or go for frozen?

If you’re like many of us, you dread chopping onions and might even buy frozen onions from your grocery freezer to avoid the evil task. I’ve been known to buy a bag when I just need a little onion. But, when I’m making a big pot of soup or spaghetti, this puts a cramp in my pocket book. I thought you might benefit from the methods I use when faced with a big bag of onions.

If chopping, you will need:

A cutting board

A sharp paring knife

A sharp large kitchen knife

Safety goggles (not optional if you want to avoid the tears)

Preparing onions to chop

With a small sharp paring knife, carefully cut out the bulb from the bottom of the onion, then peel off the skin. Switch to your large kitchen knife and slice onion in half lengthwise from top to bottom. At this point, you could use a food processor. However, if you are like me and prefer seeing nice pieces of onion in your pot or skillet, complete the process with a knife, and continue with the instructions below.

Chopping onions

Lay halves down on cutting board and slice each half lengthwise. If you want julienne slices such as for stir fry, then you’re done. If you want chopped pieces, then keeping onion slices together, turn onion and slice crosswise. That’s it! Now you can laugh instead of cry while chopping onions.

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