Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Chopping onions, my way

I was chopping onions for the Stacked Enchilada's I made the other day and thought I would share how I chop them.

I know everyone has a favorite way of chopping or not chopping onions. 
If you don't like to chop them, it's usually because they make you cry.   And yes, they can induce tears.  I've wiped my eyes many times. 
I think I've also tried just about every trick there is to not tear up when doing the old chop.   From cutting the onions under running water, to clamping something between my teeth, I think I even tried goggles once. 

None of them worked.   Onions emit a gas that reacts with the tears in your eyes.   It's called, ready for this?

It's called syn-propanethial-S-oxide.  Which basically means it makes you cry.  

Science lesson's over.  

I like to cut the stem end off of an onion, then the root end off in thin slices.  I then cut the onion in half, lengthwise before I peel it. *here's another hint, just go to the end.

I find it irritates my eyes a lot less that way. 

Next up, I place the onion, cut side down, and slice it into thin slices lengthwise again.

I can leave them like this or turn the onion the other way, cut across into slices again which gives me a dice. 

And I'm ready for most recipes.   Depending on if I need a fine mince or a dice, I just cut the slices accordingly. 

And away we go... 

*Here's the hint.  If you wash the outside of the onion in some lightly, very lightly soaped water and rinse it off really, really well, you can use the onions, cut in half or quarters while making a chicken stock.  It imparts a lovely golden color to the stock.  And a subtle flavor as well.  

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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