A bit of care and a sharp knife is all it takes to slice or dice most vegetables. However, chopping a basic onion, with its tricky concentric layers, may leave you weeping in frustration. Our step-by-step guide shows you how to make quick work of dicing that tear-jerking bulb.
Step 1. After peeling off the papery outer skin of the onion, place the onion on its side on a cutting board. Slice off the top of the onion.
Turn the onion so it sits on the newly cut flat surface, and slice the onion in half through the root end.
Step 3. Place an onion half, flat side down, on the cutting board. Make 1/4 inch slices lengthwise through the onion, cutting up to, but not through, the root end. (This keeps the onion from falling apart.)
Step 4. Turn the onion and make 1/4-inch slices that are perpendicular to the previous slices. The onion will fall apart in neat 1/4-inch pieces. Repeat steps with the remaining onion half.