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Gordon Ramsey shares how to chop an onion without crying

November 24th, 2020

Millions of people love cooking dishes that include onions but they hate the crying part. If you love onions but dread the tears, you’ve probably tried several ways to prevent that from happening. Well, there’s one method that works…guaranteed.

Michelin quality

There’s no better way to learn how to chop onions without crying than to listen to a Michelin Star chef. Professionals in this prestigious category make unimaginably delicious and beautifully plated food. Simply put, they’re the best of the best.

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Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay is a Michelin Star chef with restaurants located around the world. If his name sounds familiar it’s because he’s also had numerous television shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Master Chef, and Kitchen Nightmares.

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Who are you going to listen to?

To cut onions the right way, what better person to listen to than Gordon Ramsay? In a video posted to social media, he teaches viewers how to finely chop onions but even better, how to do it without crying. It went viral with now more than 22 million views.

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Common mistake

He points out a mistake that most people make. After removing the outer skin of an onion, be sure to leave the root part intact. As Gordon explains, this is absolutely crucial.

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Why does that matter?

Here’s the trick to avoid crying while chopping an onion. If you remove the root, the onion will start to “bleed” or “weep.” Those juices make the eyes burn and tear. Such an easy solution.

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The first cut

Gordon begins by showing viewers how to initially cut the onion. Rather than cut with the roots on each side of the knife, you want to cut the onion so you slice through the roots. He tells viewers to let the weight of the knife do the work.

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Hand position

Next, have one finger in front and two fingers behind as you set your hand on the cutting board. The knuckle of the front finger will guide the knife as you cut the onion. Not only does this make slicing easier but it also protects your fingers.

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Use long strokes

Then, begin cutting slices of the onion with the tip of the knife toward the root. Be careful that you don’t cut too close to the root itself. To make this super easy, you want the knife to make long strokes. With the onion cut, you’ll push it back together so it looks as though you never sliced it.

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Horizontal cuts

Using the blade of the knife, you now want to make a horizontal cut toward the top of the onion slices. Go all the way to the other end of the onion. Once finished, you’ll move on to the next step.

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Diced beautifully

While still holding the onion in place, you’ll begin to cut vertically. For this, keep the slices as close together as possible. This is what produces the diced pieces you want.

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Amazing results

Finally, you’ll chop the onion around the small piece of root. That way, you don’t waste anything. With these steps complete, you’ll have a pile of perfectly diced onion. And the best part…you didn’t cry.

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To see how Gordon Ramsay does this, click on the video below. Although you can watch it as many times as you one, just one pass and you’ll nail it.

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Source: YouTube, BuzzFeed

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