Onions add great flavor to all sorts of foods and they’re really versatile. The only trouble is cutting them. How do you cut it without it rolling all over the counter? How do you make sure the pieces are of even size? How do you keep from crying? Let’s find out.
I’m obsessed with onions. I will put onions on practically anything. During college I got really into stir-fry. So it was important to have diced onions on hand whenever I got the craving. For a little while I got lazy and started buying diced onions from the grocery store. But it’s expensive. So I decided to suck it up and learn to cut them myself. I just used trial and error to figure out a system that worked. But there’s a specific way to do it so you can go fast and it turns out perfect every time. I learned this from watching a whole lot of cooking competitions. I recommend designating a specific container just for onions so you only have one that has permanent onion smell. Now you can throw onions into whatever recipe you want.
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What Do the Different Colors Mean?
I really don’t know the difference between the different types of onions. I tried googling it but it really didn’t tell me anything. Red onions are “spicy” and this makes them better for salad and sandwiches. It works for Subway so it’s good enough for me. Yellow and white onions are good for all the same things and considered “go-to universal” onions. I use the yellow ones because they are the cheapest. They work great for everything I use them for. I found this article from www.thekitchn.com which seems to explain the differences better than I can.
How Do You Avoid Crying?
I don’t know. I’ve tried some hacks and they don’t work. I chewed gum, I ran the onion under cold water. I still end up crying. So I just try to do it as fast as I can without cutting my fingers off. So I cut one half really fast and then go into the other room to compose myself and then I run back and cut some more. I repeat until I’m done. Here’s a list of anti-crying hacks if you want to try some for yourself. Or you just jump over to Amazon and grab yourself some onion goggles. They all have really good reviews so they must work. I don’t know. They just look so ridiculous so I’ll just run around my apartment crying instead.
How to Cut an Onion
So instead of you watching me try to take pictures of me struggling through cutting an onion while crying I’m just going to link a bunch of youtube videos. They’re great. I promise. The first two are by the same guy and I think they’re pretty fun. If you like them you’ll probably like his other videos. The third video is my serious one that also shows you how to do onion slices for cooking and how to do onion rings without the onion rolling around the cutting board.
Here’s a bonus video about how to make a Fried Onion Blossom, or a Bloomin’ Onion. I love these.