How to Dice an Onion

Posted: September 16, 2011 in Technique
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Don’t be confused, this is still a food blog. But I only use the figure on the right to remind us all of high school geometry (ugh) and how your teacher always told you how important it was to learn without ever telling you exactly how you’ll use it. You see a set of axes (yes, that is the correct plural for axis – I looked it up) labeled X, Y, and Z for both right and left handed individuals. I’ll refer to these axes when discussing the technique behind dicing an onion because I end the terms horizontal, vertical, and across rather vague.

Step 1: Peel the onion and cut in half. Leave the root end attached and cut the other end off slightly. Lay one half cut side down on a cutting board.

Step Two: Lay your palm on top of the onion keeping your fingers extended straight. Very carefully cut the onion horizontally along the X-Axis two or three times (depending on the size of the onion).

Step Three: Now cut the onion on the Y-Axis as small as you would like the dice. Some chunks may come off. Just set these aside and dice them later.

Step Four: Lastly, cut the onion across the Z-Axis and the dice is complete.

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