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Onion Cutting 101

102244141_Mince_Dice_Chop_Onions_Photo-by-Meredith

As we’ve discussed before, onions are a must-have in almost every recipe. But no matter what onion you are incorporating into your dish, there is always one obstacle: cutting the onion without sobbing like you’ve just watched the end of The Notebook.

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Cutting onions doesn’t haven’t to be a tear-filled experience. With the help of our Onion Slicer, dicing and slicing onions becomes a breeze. This tool not only will help you perfectly dice, slice or mince onion, it will also save you from balling your eyes out trying to cook dinner and prevent your hands from smelling like onions for the rest of the night.

But enough talk. Let’s show you how to cut an onion.

Sliced Onions

  • Cut onion into halves.
  • Remove skin (you may need to remove an extra layer or two)
  • Place one half cut side down onto a flat, hard surface (preferably a cutting board)
  • Lightly push in your Onion Slicer into the rounded side (about ¾ of the way in)
  • With your knife, slice between each prong, continuing on until the last prong
  • Gently pull out the Onion Slicer
  • Use onion as directed in recipe

Remember that burger topper we spoke about ? This technique will give you a result of perfect half moons that are ideal for slow, long cooking delicious golden caramelized onions. Stay tuned, because we will share our fool proof recipe with you soon.

Diced Onions

  • Cut onion into halves.
  • Remove skin (you may need to remove an extra layer or two)
  • Place one half cut side down onto a flat, hard surface (preferably a cutting board)
  • Lightly push in your Onion Slicer into the rounded side (about ¾ of the way in)
  • With your knife, slice between each prong, continuing on until the last prong
  • Once sliced, run your knife over the exposed onion to finely chop or dice (as needed).
  • Gently pull out the Onion Slicer
  • Use onion as directed in recipe

Depending on how closely you cut will determine the size of your chop or dice. Some recipes call for diced chopped, that way the onion almost melts down into translucent sweet pieces. Others will call for finely chopped so you still get the dominant flavor, *COUGH QUAC COUGH*. Guacamole is a perfect example, with finely chopped onion mixed in, you still get the flavor and a bit of crunch but it basically blends into the creaminess of the avocado. When in doubt on which to use, always follow the recipe, if the recipe doesn’t specify (most do) try diced for one recipe and chopped for the next time, it wont make a dramatic difference. In the meantime you’ll be a pro with our slicer.

We’d love to see how you slice and dice, share your photos with use using #Quoconow. Heck, we’d even love to see other unique ways you would use the slicer! Stay tuned for more Quoco tips.

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