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Big cooks don’t cry: try these clever onion hacks

If the thought of a sliced or diced onion bringing tears to your eyes has been putting you off making some of your favourite dishes, it’s time to get back into the kitchen and try these clever tricks.

Whether you’re smuggling onion into kid-friendly dishes, caramelising some to top a tart, or perhaps dicing the red variety to stir through your guacamole, this is one versatile ingredient that appears in recipes from many of the world’s best cuisines. Not only does it bring a depth of flavour to a meal, but it can be a nutritious addition to your dishes too.

Have a look at this clever infographic which explains the different types of onions.

Now you know your onions this following onion tip will be real help when cooking with onions. Luckily, when cutting onions it doesn’t need to lead to a face marked with tears. Here’s how to slice them without crying:

  • Refrigerate: an hour before you plan to get slicing, pop your onions in the fridge. Slicing a cold onion is a surprisingly effective technique for keeping those tears away.
  • Rinse: it may sound like a strange idea, but try peeling under cold, running water to prevent the eye ‘sting’ that prompts those tears.
  • Cut: use a sharp knife to do your slicing and dicing, and ensure you don’t slice too close to the onion’s ends, as this is where many of the ingredient’s ‘irritants’ can lie.

To learn more about this tasty ingredient, its nutritional value, and easy ways to sneak it into family-friendly dishes, head to The Secret Serve website – where celebrity chef Scott Gooding has shared his best tips and tricks.

Looking for recipes to use this flavoursome ingredient? Try out your new-found hacks with these recipes.

 Delicious recipes using onions …






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