I’m not a pro, but I use onions a lot at home. (As Justin Wilson once said, "If you took my onions away and I couldn’t not’ing hardly at all.")
Here’s a tip I got a few years ago from a source I’m too old to remember. [:)]If I’m using onions that seem particularly strong, I set a lit candle next to the cutting board. Believe it or not, it works!
I always chop or dice by hand, because I like the consistency I get. I use my mandoline or the food processor to slice.
To chop by hand, after topping and tailing and peeling, I quarter the onion lengthwise. Then I take a quarter with a flat side laying on the board, make thin lengthwise cuts not quite all the way to my left (holding) hand, turn it 90 degrees to the other flat side, do the same lengthwise cuts, then cut crossways into perfect dice. It’s fast and neat.
Dogs on Wheels
I dice my onions by hand also. I cut up a 10 pound bag and it lasts me the week.
The trick Ive learned for no tears are keeping the onions refrigerated. When the onions are cold and refrigerated before you dice them they barley have any potency.
If I could find a place to sell diced onions by the bulk like chicagodog said, I would definetly spend the extra money.
I use a Nemco vegetable slicer. http://www.nemcofoodequip.com I run through about 50 to 70 lbs a week. (has anyone else noticed the outrageous price of onions lately?) The nemco cost about $225 but is worth it’s weight in, well a bunch of sliced onions. It is manual although I believe they have an electric version that is much more expensive. Takes about 30 minutes to do 50lbs. Slices em from 1/16 to 1/4 inch. I usually grill these onions. For chopped raw onions I use a food processor. Been sitting on the shelf for years. I finally broke it out and it takes less than 30 seconds to do a 1 pint bin of well chopped onions.
Pat T Hat
For those that find themselves watering up like a chick flick when using a knife. Slice ’em and dice ’em with a fan blowing away. Why punish yourself when you can spread the love to the other side of the kitchen!
I use a food processor for large quantities.
Aldi foods had an onion chopper in there sale ad last week for $6.99. Picked one up yesterday and it’s works fantastic. The great thing is it’s easy to clean. The brand name was Crofton. I think that’s there house brand. You might get lucky and find a store that has some left.
I have a friend who owns a bistro and just today I watched him load 4 red onions onto his deli meat slicer – the big sliver one – he puts the guard arm part on the onions and lets it go, I think it took less than 1 minute to thin slice the 4 onions.
I also see that Costco has large bags of diced onions in the walk-in.
A good friend of mine owns a well known and very busy restaurant in town , they specialize in grilled Italian sausage with onions and green peppers..They think nothing about doing a full bag of onions per shift..Cut off both ends, cut in half, pull skins and slice. Keeps one person busy full time.The tears do not seem tto flow..
I wonder how her husband necks with her??LOL[:D][:D][:D]
Yes.. the Mandolin or a table mounted vegtable slicer.. sort of looks like a potato cutter.
You want a mandolin slicer, it will save you a lot of time. You will find you use it for everything.
I was watching a Japanese food program on TV and it was on Korokes (koh-roh-kehs) which is the way Japanese pronounce croquettes. Some meat and a lot of boiled potatoes and diced onions go into it. One Japanese chef said he has to dice 10 pounds of onions everyday. He says that breathing in with his mouth and breathing our through his nose helps keeps the fumes away from his eyes. I’ve tried it and it seems to work. Hope this helps.
I tried a couple of bags of those onions and they were very strong. I decided to just cut as I go. Doesnt seem to be that many folks that want the raw onions.
I don’t chop or dice onions. They make me cry. I purchase 5lb bags of diced onions @ $5 once a week from Restaurant Depot. I always check the dates and they’re usually goood for about 8-10 days. I’ve found that freezing them, just doesn’t work for me. I’d call some produce suppliers in your area and see what they have to offer. For the extra cents I’d save by choping/dicing, I’d pay the price to do less work, not cry, and smell from onions.
I was curious as to how most of you cut your onions. I have been cutting mine by hand. A little bit tedious at times. I thought about getting some type of onion slicer. With the hot dog cart in need to dice a lot of onions sometimes. Can anyone recommend a gadget that will do this, but not cost a lot of money. WheeW the new restaurant grade dicers are very expensive. Any suggestions?
I usually cutting onions with choppers but if I have a large amount I need diced, I peel and quarter them and throw in a blender (Osterizer) and top with water. A few pulses and then I pour them into a mesh wire strainer. Repeat as needed. The onions are chopped nicely and it tames them down some to boot! Wearing disposable gloves keeps the hands smelling clean and is the smart thing to do anyway.
Yes, I have something similar. I use a Mueller slicer to cut onions. I just need to cut the onion in half and place it on the blade. Press it down and lay the neat onion in the box under the blade. I’m so glad I never shed tears again, and it saves me a lot of time preparing salads.
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