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Finding the best way to avoid tears when handling onions is the goal. This guide is about peeling onions.


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April 3, 2019

I like to keep an onion on hand to use when needed for a recipe. This is an easy way to remove the peeling.


  1. Place onion on a cutting board.
  2. Cut the tips off the ends of the onion
  3. Cut the onion in half.
  4. Notch out the core ends.
  5. Remove the outer layer of skin and you are all done.
  6. Slice off the amount you need.
  7. Wrap the left over onion in plastic wrap and place in a container or zip lock bag and keep refrigerated. It will keep 7-10 days.
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December 3, 2010

Hate to peel little pearl onions? Try this: Boil a pot of water. While waiting for it to boil, cut a bit off the top and bottom (root end) of each onion. Drop onions in the boiling water and blanch for just 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Then, simply squeeze and the peeled onion will pop out slick as a whistle.

By Jean Rabe from Craftsbury Common, VT

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August 27, 2009

Is there any easy way to peel silver skin onions?

By Sharon L Martin from Nova Scotia


August 28, 20090 found this helpful

You can try this technique: place the onion on its side, and very thinly slice off the root & tip of the onion from either side. then place the onion on its flat base.


cut it in half, vertically. Now take one half, and gently pull the peel off. If you find it difficult, try the last part (peeling) under running water. then repeat with other half.

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