A home cook has revealed her simple method for dicing an onion within seconds – and the simple trick that promises to stop you from crying every time you chop.
Jaycee Baso, from Sydney, shared a step-by-step video tutorial on TikTok demonstrating the ‘fastest way’ she slices the vegetable.
‘With the onion hack, it takes me anywhere from 40 to 60 seconds to dice an onion – it’s super quick,’ Jaycee told FEMAIL.
A Sydney home cook has revealed her simple method for dicing an onion within seconds – starts by using a knife to cut the onion in half from the stem to the root (left), next cut off the top of the root and then peel the onion skin off (right)
She starts by using a sharp knife to cut the onion in half from the stem to the root.
‘The trick is to make sure the root stays in tact where you’ve cut it,’ she explained.
Next, cut off the top of the root and then peel the onion skin off.
Take one half of the onion and place on its flat side on the chopping board, then hold the root end and cut vertically but avoid slicing all the way through.
‘Cut slices down from the root to the stem while keeping the root intact,’ she said.
Then simply rotate the onion the other way, and slice vertically through it but still leaving the root intact. Repeat the remaining half of the onion.
‘You get perfectly diced onions,’ she said.
To prevent any waterworks while slicing onion, Jaycee suggested keeping them in the fridge before you need to chop them.
Take one half of the onion and place on its flat side on the chopping board, then hold the root end and cut vertically (left) but avoid slicing all the way through. Then simply rotate the onion the other way, and slice vertically through it but still leaving the root intact (right)
‘Keep your onions in the fridge helps a lot. Give it a go, makes a big difference,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘Also, people think the odour from the onions into your eyes is what makes you cry, but it’s not – it’s actually the odour going into your nose. So goggles won’t help. So shove some tissues up there if it’s really bad.
‘And if chopping onions gets too much, walk away, take some deep breaths near a window and blow your nose before going back.’
For those struggling to cut onions, Jaycee suggested ‘chopping them in bulk’ so you can use for your cooking later.
‘Once diced, you can store them in plastic freezer bags/snap lock bags, and freeze them for months,’ she said.
‘Then when you’re ready to use them, simply defrost for a few minutes or throw straight into the pan. Perfect for quick cooking, and saves you from having to chop them all the time.
‘When chopping, always open doors and windows to let the onion odour out so you have a good airflow and take frequent breaks if you struggle with cutting onion.’
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