How to Cut Up an Onion

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Cutting up an onion can be done in a few different ways depending on your preferences. Learn how to cut up an onion with help from an award-winning raw food chef in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Chef Lisa Books-Williams of in Pleasanton, California. And I'm here to show you how to cut up an onion. Now, many people shy away from this task because they're worried about the smell or afraid of crying. But, don't fret. I'm here to show you how to do this rather effortlessly and hopefully without shedding a tear. Here's what you need to get started. Of course you're going to need several of your onions of choice. You also want a thick wooden cutting board and a good knife such as a French knife, a Chef knife or a Santoku knife. When purchasing your onions, you want to make sure that they have an unblemished skin and you don't want a junkie one where a lot of the outer red skin is off of it and you also want to make sure that there's no mold growing along the root end and no soft spots. Now, we're going to lay the onion on its side and we're going to cut straight through the root end and the sprout end. Now, we take our half and we put it with the cut half down on the board. Now, we're going to peel our onion. Now, the peel of the onion is perfect to be able to go in the composter, but do not put it in the trash compactor or you'll be calling a repair man. So, now we're going to put vertical cuts into, into the onion; but remember, we're leaving the, about a quarter of an inch at the root end free from cuts. There. Now, we turn our onion and with a claw-shaped hand, we're going to hold the onion pieces together. Then, with the knife close to our body and our thumb here at the knuckle part of the knife, we're going to cut cut, cut while moving our fingers back and look at that, you've got perfect diced onion. This type of cut is great for soups or whatever else you might need diced or chopped onions for. And so now, I'm going to show you how to cut the onion for stir fries or for caramelizing. First, you want to cut off the sprout end and put it aside. And then, with the knife close to your body and your thumb here at the knuckle part of the knife, you're going to cut down and through, down and through; down and through and down and through into nice C shape slices that you can separate. Now, the key when cutting an onion to keep you from tearing up is to keep the root part intact and as long as you do, the onion shouldn't bleed and therefore your eye shouldn't leak. This is Lisa Books-Williams wishing you many blessings and joyful eating.


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