Originally published in 2006
Okay, so you have a nice big onion and your recipe wants it diced.
Have you ever wondered if there's a best way to dice an onion?
I used to have all sorts of problems dicing onions nicely, until my uncle (who is practically a gourmet chef!) showed me how he did it. I've done it the same way ever since, and now dicing onions is a snap... even if I'm making a triple batch of salsa... when I need 18 cups of diced onions.
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Here is the photo tutorial of what I think is the easiest way to dice an onion!
1. Start with a freshly-peeled onion. I always rinse the onion after I have peeled it, so it doesn't make me cry. (If you wear contact lenses, this won't be a problem for you, though!) Set the onion, root-side-down, on your cutting board.
2. Cut your onion in half.
3. Lay each half, cut side down, on your cutting board.
4. Slice one half of your onion as shown.
Slice thinly for minced onion, or thickly for coarsely-diced onion, or anywhere in-between as desired!
To get every last bit of your onion sliced, use one hand to hold the onion in shape and make the final slice or two.
5. Now, turn your sliced onion ninety-degrees to either the right or left, and...
6. Start slicing again, angling towards the middle of your onion. Make your slices thin for minced onions and thick for coarsely chopped onion.
7. Repeat steps for the other half of your onion.
And then you're done!
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