Have you ever wondered about the health benefits of onions? Onions are a good source of biotin, Vitamins B6 & C, calcium, chromium and dietary fiber. Raw onions can have quite a bite, but cooked onions tend to have a sweet flavor. In fact, that makes them a good food to satisfy a sweet tooth, in a healthy way.
Onions come in different shapes and colors. To the right are some yellow onions. They look a bit different than what you buy in the store. These were bought from our local farmers market, when they were freshly harvested.Onions are tasty AND good for you! #WhatsCookingWithBarbara Click To Tweet
How to Dice an Onion
There are many ways to cut up an onion. The following method is one I learned during my week at the CIA Boot Camp. I like it becuase it makes nice even-sized pieces.
- Pull out those hairs or they’ll wind up in your food!
- Ready to start. We’ll cut the top (non-root) end off and then cut it in half.
- We’ll leave that root on throughout – it will hold our onion together.
Use your paring knife to remove the outer peel.
- With the half-onion flat on your board, make horizontal slices about 1/4” apart. Stop just before the root. Notice the finger placement – it is important for keeping your fingers safe!
- Continue with your 1/4 inch slices.
- By the way, this technique works for other sizes. So if you wanted 1/8” diced pieces, simply make all your cuts 1/8”.
- Now make vertical cuts that are 1/4” apart across the onion. Again, don’t cut through the root end of your onion.
- If you always have your nails facing the knife, as in this picture, you’re much less likely to cut yourself.
- Now you’ll want to make crosswise cuts. This is where you’ll have your nice, even pieces begin to fall off.
- When you get to the end, you’ll have that bit of root end that you can pitch.
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