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Kitchen Basics: How to Chop an Onion

Chopping properly all comes down to technique. Learn how to chop onions like a pro by following this step-by-step guide.

By Julie Miltenberger

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Onion on cutting board
Alexandra Grablewski
Illustration By Brown Bird Design
Illustration By Brown Bird Design
Illustration By Brown Bird Design
Illustration By Brown Bird Design
Illustration By Brown Bird Design
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Though it seems simple enough, chopping is an important skill. Uniform pieces of onion (or other veggies, meat or chicken, for that matter) not only look impressive but cook evenly. Sharpen your knife before you start—it will cut more easily, making you less likely to hurt yourself.

Tip: To prevent tears, store onions in the fridge for 20 minutes before chopping.

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Directions

Step 1: Trim both ends from a medium onion. Place cut-side down on a cutting board and slice in half.

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Step 2: Remove and discard outer layers. Place one half, rounded side up, on board. Place your palm flat over curve of onion.

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Step 3: Holding knife parallel to board, make 1 or 2 slices into onion.

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Step 4: Shape your hand into a claw and make 3 to 4 cuts straight down into onion, leaving one end slightly attached.

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Step 5: Change direction and slice straight down, following curve of onion half (see photo). Repeat with remaining half.

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Originally published in the September 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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