Chopping Onions the Easy Way

Laziness is the mother of invention. I needed some coarsely chopped onions for chili I was making. Rather than drag out a knife and cutting board, etc, I peeled the onion, put it on a paper towel and pressed my apple slicer down and cut it into wedges, which I dumped into the chili. As it cooked, the wedges separated into pieces, coarsely chopped. No mess and about 15 seconds of work!

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September 5, 20060 found this helpful

That's a great idea! I never thought of doing that!! It would also be great to do when you need some chunks of onion for a roast.

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September 5, 20060 found this helpful

What a great idea! Thanks!!

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September 7, 20060 found this helpful

great idea i will try that. i hope it will keep me away from watery eyes! what else could you use besides a apple slicer?

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July 3, 20070 found this helpful

I think that the best way to avoid having ones eyes water when chopping onions is to avoid breathing through ones mouth. ""

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July 4, 20070 found this helpful

Try using a french fry cutter if you have one. It works well for coarse chpped onions.

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January 20, 20080 found this helpful

Chop onions under running cold water to block the sulfuric acids from getting to you eyeballs. Works for me.

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June 1, 20080 found this helpful

I was watching a cooking program and the "chef" commented about onions and tears. What he related was "cut the bottom off the onion first, which lets the gases escape, and you will find no more tears". I've been doing that since seeing this program and haven't had any problems with "crying" while chopping onions. Weird but it WORKS.

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June 2, 20080 found this helpful

I'm sure most people already know this, but in case some don't... After handling onions, hold a metal spoon in your hands and run cold water over them while rubbing the spoon. The smell will totally go away. Don't know how this works, but it does!

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August 18, 20090 found this helpful

Now why didn't I think of that? Great tip. Thanks.

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