Nov. 24th, 2011 05:52 am
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A bit ago, my friend [livejournal.com profile] simonbillenness came by and made tomato-sausage risotto with me. He cut through an onion in like 30 seconds, commenting appreciatively that my knife was really sharp.

Now... my knife is sharp, but I am incompetent. I was jealous of his skillz.

See, when I cut onions, I cry. A lot. (And I am convinced that cutting the onion under running water is just a good way to get slippery soggy onions and to get back strain as you lean over the sink). Further, my attempts at dicing onions into cubes leads to very sloppy horizontal cuts that always end up slicing through the root and then I just have a mess and more crying.

But! I have discovered a new method of onion dicing! It follows the radial shape of the onion (the "fan method") and leads to way less tears: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Dice-an-Onion-Like-a-Pro/

Date: 2011-11-24 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] page-of-swords.livejournal.com
Uneducated, or inexperienced. Incompetent means you were taught the skill and are not capable of doing it.

Date: 2011-12-10 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simonbillenness.livejournal.com
page_of-swords nails it. You are not incompetent - just inexperienced. When you reach my venerable age, you will be impressing younger folk with your ninja onion-chopping skillz.

Date: 2011-12-10 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simonbillenness.livejournal.com
I might try that method in the video. It looks pretty efficient. And the more efficient the process, the less time for you to tear up.

I do recommend peeling the onion under warm running water. I wouldn't cut it under water though.

If you're really determined to avoid tears, buy pre-sliced frozen onions at the supermarket.

Thank you for praising my skills. It's just practice. I've been dicing onions for thirty years. ;-)


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