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How to Cut Up an Onion

  1. To dice an onion begin by cutting the onion in half from north to south (root to stem).  Cutting across the equator of the onion is great for onion rings but not for dicing.                                   
  2. Next, take one half and cut off the stem end of the onion.  Peel back the outer peel to the root end.  Keeping the root intact gives the onion stability.
  3. Lay the onion half flat on your board.
  4. To make half moon cuts simply cut across the onion from the top to the root.  To dice the onion, make 3-4 horizontal cuts into the onion.  Then make 3-4 vertical cuts. Now your onion is ready to easily dice by making straight across cuts from the top to the root.
  5. Repeat with the other half.


Shari Burch
I have cutting my onions wrong for years! Wait until I impress my family and friends now. You guys are great!
August 10, 2010, 6:21 pm

Daryl Coomer
I like that lesson. I've been studyin' on gettin' my GED & that North Pole/South Pole will hep me get by learnin geography... but I made the mistakr of cuttin my map all to pieces so I'll have to figure how to do it differnt... Thank ye Mrs. Cynthi!
August 10, 2010, 7:34 pm

Jenna Strawn
I've done it this way for years. Whew! Glad to know I haven't messed it up.
August 10, 2010, 9:39 pm

Rita munn
Entering this awesome contest. It will be a wonderful book for me to use as the gardens winds down and the kitchen heats up with major canning efforts. Ambrosia with Vannilla Nut Cream (blueberries) Sweet Pepper Relish (red peppers) Huevos, Three Sisters Stew (fresh corn kernels) These recipes are favorites with us. rita munn
August 11, 2010, 8:29 am

Easter Easter
Son of a gun, this is so helfupl!
January 8, 2012, 12:10 pm

Anonymous Bosch
Given that onions are already segmented by layers, I've always found it just as effective (and faster) to skip the cross-wise slicing. Just cut perpendicular to the root, and slice. The onion layers do the rest.
February 9, 2012, 3:43 pm

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