Chop onions the right way once and for all

how to chop onionsDo you know how to chop an onion the right way? I do because my beloved tía, may she rest in peace, taught me how in the kitchen of her home in León, Guanjuato many, many years ago. I was 10 years old at the time and had flown to visit my tía all by myself from California. My tía loved me something powerful. I couldn't be in the same room with her without feeling the force of her love. She made everything that we did together feel special and blessed even teaching me how to chop onions the right way was a beautiful experience that I will never forget.

Sadly, my tía is no longer here to teach you how to cut onions, but I found a great video tutorial that shows you how to cut onions just the way my tía taught me.


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The video below is super short and really easy to follow. This method will save you time and leave you with evenly diced onions. It's kind of hard to explain in words because you need the visuals.

Basically, you peel an onion, then slice it in half leaving the root intact so that the layers of onion don't fall apart on you. You then make evenly spaced cuts parallel to your cutting board through your onion. You want to make sure you don't cut through the root of the onion because remember that's what's keeping your onion together for you. Then you turn the onion so that you can make evenly spaced cuts perpendicular to the ones you already made. Finally you turn your onion so that you can make evenly spaced cuts across the last set of cuts you just made and this will leave you with a perfectly diced onion.

I know it sounds all convoluted and confusing, but it's actually quite simple, just watch the video below and you will see what I mean. You will never again chop an onion the wrong way once you see it done right.

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