Onions

How To Dice An Onion

 

How To Dice An Onion

To dice an onion, start by cutting off the top. However, leave the root end intact. This will hold the onion together while you dice.

Place the onion cut side down, slice in half, cutting from the root end down.

Peel off the skin and place the onion half flat on your cutting board. Make horizontal cuts up the onion, spacing them the same width that you want your finished dice to be. Quick Tip: remember to let your knife do the work for you by pulling the knife as you slice.

Now make vertical cuts, spaced the same width as your horizontal cuts, stopping just before you reach the root. Continue the vertical cuts all the way across the onion.

Finish your dice by cross-cutting the onion the same width as your vertical cuts.

If yield is more important than the precision of your dice, you can also dice the root portion of your onion. Flip your onion end root side up, make downward vertical cuts, and then cross-cut around the root to yield a rough dice.

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How To Mince Red Onion | Video

 

How To Finely Mince Red Onion

Many people, including cooks that work in a professional kitchen, do not know the true technique for mincing a red onion. A lot of people first dice their onion, and then run their knife over the dice in a mincing motion until the onions are a minced, pulverized paste.

The problem is, as you continually mince the onion, the flavor escapes and the onion’s color begins to bleed. If you were to then incorporate that dice into dish with light colors, such as a scallop ceviche, the red color of the onions would bleed into the beautiful white scallop flesh and ruin the look of your dish.

To start, follow the instructions for juilienning an onion. Cut the strips as thin as possible. 

how to mince onion step one

Stack your strips of finely julienned onion on top of one another. Using your guide hand technique, cross-cut the juilenned red onions as finely as possible. When done correctly, this will yield a finely diced red onion full of flavor and vibrant with color.

how to mince onion step two

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How To Julienne An Onion | Video Technique

 

How To Julienne An Onion

Start by topping and tailing the onion and peeling off the outer skin.

Starting on the same side of the onion as your knife hand, make thin, slightly angled cuts towards the center of the onion, using proper guide hand technique to make sure your cuts are uniform, thin and accurate.

Once your knife reaches a 90° angle (halfway through the onion), roll the onion on its side and continue as before.


 

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How to Caramelize Onions in 10 Minutes or Less - A Rebuttal

 

This post was inspired by Tom Scocca who last Wednesday released an article on Slate.com alleging a vast conspiracy among recipe writers. He claims that the "Recipe Writing Guild" is intentionally deceitful about how long it takes to caramelize onions and it wasn't long until the "Food-Arazzi" jumped on the link bait bandwagon.

I disagreed, and this is my rebuttal.

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Simple and Classic Steak Tartare - Video Recipe



In this video I'll demonstrate how to make a simple steak tartare using the head and tail trimmings of a fabricated beef tenderloin.

What is Steak Tartare

For those who aren't familiar with this classic bistro dish, steak tartare is lean beef that is finely minced (sometimes ground), seasoned and served along side toast points. Classic flavorings and garnishes include minced onions, mustard, capers, worcestershire sauce and a raw egg yolk, usually served right on top. It's common to see steak tartare accompanied with toasted rye bread, such as our European Style Brown Bread, but is also great with brioche, crostinis or crackers.

Steak tartare is sometimes also refered to as "beef tartare," "tartare steak" and is sometimes spelled without the 'e' (tartar).

Health and Safety Concerns

Since steak tartare is prepared raw, it's important to buy high grade, lean beef from a trusted source and use within a day or two. Because bacteria is only on the surface of the meat, some prefer to salt the exterior for an hour and rinse thoroughly before dicing.

One must also consider that once the beef is either diced or ground, it will have more surface area upon which bacteria can grow. I don't say this to scare you, but just to stress the importance of paying extra close attention to your sanitary practices while preparing this recipe. Steak tartare is one of my favorite "power meals," and I happily eat it without a second thought of food poisoning (which has never happened). This is because I trust the source of my beef, make sure that it's fresh, and follow a few simple guidelines.
  1. Make sure that your cutting surface has been properly cleaned and sanitized before and after dicing the steak tartare. Same thing goes with the blade of your knife.

  2. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling the raw beef, using hot, soapy water and scrubbing constantly for 20 seconds.

  3. Work quickly and efficiently, exposing the beef to room temperatures as briefly as possible.

  4. It's never a good idea to serve raw or undercooked meat products to young children or the elderly who tend to have weaker immune systems.


That's it! Other then that, give it a shot and enjoy!

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How to Peel Pearl Onions


Here's a quick video that will teach you how to peel and blanch pearl onions. Once prepped, pearl onions make a great accompaniment to many saute dishes.

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