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Onion Chopping - better way?
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:31:55 PM »
I've been practicing this technique and am now down to about 15 seconds for large onions with a large chef's knife. For a medium chop, this seems to be a better way for me. Will keep at it - not that the time difference is life-changing, but I just don't enjoy chopping.


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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2017, 09:16:25 PM »
Hmmmmm.....I test fly it for sure! It would have come in more handy back in my mess hall and restaurant days😄 One thing I NEVER held much value in is those couple of horizontal cuts after the vertical ones. Seen more people cutting themselves on that useless maneuver than almost any!! :o :P
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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2017, 09:19:50 PM »
Ps.......now if I have a buttload of veggies to cut I grab the V-Hobel Slicer. 😎
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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2017, 05:35:03 AM »
What about the "eyes tearing" problem?

As I understand, a refrigerated onion gives off much less gas than one at room temp.
So refrigerate your onions prior to dicing them.

On a Johnny Carson rerun cooking segment the cook had Johnny hold a whole slice of bread in his mouth as he was slicing the onion as a way to keep his eyes from tearing. Anyone here ever try that one?

Sometimes I'm cutting an onion and my eyes get so teary that I have to leave the room. After clearing my eyes with fresh air, I get get a towel and try to fan away the onion gases before starting again.

Got any other tips?

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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2017, 06:40:13 AM »


What about the "eyes tearing" problem?

As I understand, a refrigerated onion gives off much less gas than one at room temp.
So refrigerate your onions prior to dicing them.

On a Johnny Carson rerun cooking segment the cook had Johnny hold a whole slice of bread in his mouth as he was slicing the onion as a way to keep his eyes from tearing. Anyone here ever try that one?

Sometimes I'm cutting an onion and my eyes get so teary that I have to leave the room. After clearing my eyes with fresh air, I get get a towel and try to fan away the onion gases before starting again.

Got any other tips?

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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2017, 08:39:23 AM »
I chop on a board placed on my stove with the range hood on. Helps quite a bit.
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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2017, 09:09:26 AM »
I used to be severely affected by tearing, but not at all anymore. Maybe it's one of those body things don't work as well as you get older ;). Maybe they're developing strains of onions that don't cause as much tearing. The other day I chopped 4 pounds of plain yellows with not a bit of tearing.

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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2017, 09:49:09 AM »
I used to be severely affected by tearing, but not at all anymore. Maybe it's one of those body things don't work as well as you get older ;). Maybe they're developing strains of onions that don't cause as much tearing. The other day I chopped 4 pounds of plain yellows with not a bit of tearing.

I've also have become less affected by onions as I've aged, on the other hand my alergies have gotten worse.......go figure!?
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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2017, 10:27:53 AM »
What about the "eyes tearing" problem?

As I understand, a refrigerated onion gives off much less gas than one at room temp.
So refrigerate your onions prior to dicing them.

On a Johnny Carson rerun cooking segment the cook had Johnny hold a whole slice of bread in his mouth as he was slicing the onion as a way to keep his eyes from tearing. Anyone here ever try that one?

Sometimes I'm cutting an onion and my eyes get so teary that I have to leave the room. After clearing my eyes with fresh air, I get get a towel and try to fan away the onion gases before starting again.

Got any other tips?

--pete--

Use a sharp knife and the onion won't bleed; no more tears.  In both versions of the cut he used Japanese blades that have edges with narrower edge angles which make for cleaner cuts than European knives that have wider edge angles.  He used a santoku knife for his first cut.  The flat edge of santoku knives is something that I haven't bonded with personally.  For the street cut it looks like he switched to a gyotu or a shashimi knife; longer Japanese style blades that are akin to Western chefs knives.  He doesn't know how to use a honing rod, but that's another story for another day.  FWIW, my current favorite knife is a hybrid between a Western shape and a Japanese edge angle: Kuma Chef Knife Multi Purpose - RAZOR SHARP OUT OF THE BOX - Best 8 Inch Chef's Knife for Carving, Slicing & Chopping - Ergonomic Handle - Professional Kitchen Knives - Enhance Your Cooking Now! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ERJTK1E/?tag=pmak-20
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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2017, 12:40:34 PM »
There's a really good online video series on knife techniques. The series is free, but you do have to first register at the site. If it's any comfort, in the 3 years since registering they have never spammed me.
The entire class runs about 2 hours.

https://www.craftsy.com/cooking/classes/complete-knife-skills/35338
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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2017, 02:08:35 PM »
I've been practicing this technique and am now down to about 15 seconds for large onions with a large chef's knife. For a medium chop, this seems to be a better way for me. Will keep at it - not that the time difference is life-changing, but I just don't enjoy chopping.



Here’s how to make it even faster.
After cutting the vertical slices, turn the onion 90 degrees, and cut 2 horizontal slices, front to almost the back. 
Then each downward chop will yield your finished piece.
It eliminates the last part of his process, and you can control the size of the final piece by making more or less than 2 horizontal cuts.
It’s a tearless method, because the open ends of the onion pieces, with the eye irritants, are always facing inward or downward while they are being cut, with the skin always facing up.
No onion spray, no tears.

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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2017, 03:50:36 PM »
What about the "eyes tearing" problem?
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Got any other tips?

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As a teenager working prep in my grandfathers restaurant, the cooks told me to wet a kitchen towel & wrap it around my neck when I was slicing onions.

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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2017, 04:33:39 PM »
As a teenager working prep in my grandfathers restaurant, the cooks told me to wet a kitchen towel & wrap it around my neck when I was slicing onions.

Or you can wrap it around your head if the CIA puts a bug up your nose.  :-D
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2017, 11:48:27 AM »
That's funny.
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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2017, 08:09:43 PM »
I agree, thats really funny to me.

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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2017, 11:44:00 PM »
Hilarious! Reminded me of the opening minute from the “Summer Salads” episode from his Jamie at Home series, which I thought was great.


WRT saving time slicing and dicing, not saying I could not improve but I’m not to looking to save any time. I enjoy it. Gives me time to rehash and refine the menu plan and, especially, figure out what needs to happen to have everything ready at the same time. I’ll take help on how to clean up faster  ;D
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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2017, 12:08:12 AM »

I’ll take help on how to clean up faster  ;D

My wife would agree with you on that note,  I'm deficient in that area :-[
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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2017, 03:55:47 AM »
To save time, I'm going to start wearing an apron with a towel in the drawstring.  I don't know that I'm OCD, but I have to wash my hands every time I get something on them.  It ends up being nearly half the time spent on prep..  For everything besides meat,  I'd be fine just wiping them down on a towel.

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Re: Onion Chopping - better way?
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2017, 06:26:50 PM »
Here’s how I do it.
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