My parents (who, unlike us, got their onions planted on time!) had a bumper crop of huge onions this year! This is my hand holding one of the yellow onions my mom sent over for us! They grew Vidalia onions as well, and they're just as huge.
Every year, my mom pulls the onions and lays them on cardboard in the sun to dry. (She pulls the cardboard indoors during the night or during rains.) The sun dried the outer layers a little and helps the onions stay fresh longer.
But not this year. For some reason though, this year the onions aren't keeping. Many of the huge, beautiful onions are starting to go bad already!
So, we're drying them. Actually, my mom is doing most of them, but she did send over a big pan of onions ready for me to dice and put in our dehydrator. That's what I was doing yesterday morning!
It took me about an hour to chop all of the onions -- 60+ cups -- and today I have a gallon bag full of dried onions! They smell so yummy... and will be very convenient for soups, in bagels (I hope!), in taco meat, etc... :)
Here is a video and photo tutorial about how I dice onions. I'm sure I could save even more time by having a fancy gadget to dice them, but for now, it's a cutting board and knife! :)
Oh, and to save my eyes from watering too much, I put the exhaust fan on above the stove and stood at the stove to chop. :)