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How To Chop an Onion

Watch more Food Preparation Tips, Tricks, & Techniques videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn the correct way to chop an onion. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Remove skin Remove the outer layer of papery skin from the onion, cutting the stem off and then peeling the skin down toward the root end in strips. Step 2: Grasp knife Grasp the long knife in your dominant hand, holding the handle close to the blade with three fingers: your middle, ring, and pinkie. Curl your forefinger around one side of the blade while holding your thumb on the opposite side. Step 3: Position blade Grip one side of the onion with your non-knife-wielding hand to hold it steady. Position the blade so that it will slice the onion in half lengthwise, from the root end to stem end. Step 4: Cut in half Cut the onion in half. Tip To prevent yourself from tearing up when chopping onions, you can try an old folk remedy, like sucking an ice cube or balancing a lemon wedge on your upper lip, but the best method is to keep a box of tissues close by. Step 5: Lay face down Lay each onion half cut-side down on the cutting board. Step 6: Slice horizontally Turn one onion half so the stem end is on your knife-wielding side. Holding it down with the fingertips of your other hand, position your blade so it's about a ? inch from, and parallel to, the cutting board, and slice horizontally through the onion from the stem end toward the root end. Step 7: Parallel cuts Slice the onion to within an inch of the root end, then withdraw your knife and reposition it to make another parallel cut above the first one. Again, stop short of cutting all the way through the onion. Step 8: Reposition knife Rotate the onion half so the stem end points toward you, and reposition your knife so the blade is perpendicular to the board, cutting vertically from end to end. Step 9: More parallel cuts Insert the tip of your knife about an inch from the root end of the onion and a ? inch from the right side, and slice through to the stem end. Continue repositioning your knife to make parallel cuts to this, all the way to the other side of the onion. Step 10: Cut vertically Rotate the onion half back so the stem end is on the right, and position your blade so it's perpendicular to the board, cutting vertically from side to side. Tip Keep the point of the knife on the board and use a steady rocking motion to slice—not saw—the onion with the full length of the blade. Step 11: Reposition & cut Slice the onion about a ? inch from the stem end, straight down to the board, and the cut onion will section itself into multiple pieces. Continue repositioning your knife to make parallel cuts to this, all the way to within an inch of the root end. Step 12: Pile together Discard the root end and pile the chopped onion together, then make the same horizontal and vertical cuts though the other half of the onion. You have now chopped an entire onion—and hopefully kept your tears at bay. Did You Know? When you cut an onion, you slice through cells that contain highly volatile sulfur compounds—your tears are a natural way for your body to wash the offensive chemicals away.
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