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I was wondering if there is a way to remove the onion layers in an intact way so they're not broken or damaged. I've done this before by slightly baking the onion until it softens

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Could you say why you're attempting to do this? There might be different suggestions based on what the end goal is. (eg, the mention of making a bowl) –  Joe Oct 13 '10 at 20:44
    
@Joe - I'm trying to preserve as much of the layer as possible, the end goal would be to stuff it. I have an idea of what i want to stuff it with, but have yet to succeed in the "taking the onion" apart –  dassouki Oct 14 '10 at 14:02

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I once made onion bowls by slicing the onion at the point where it just starts to curve back in and soaking in water while I seperated the layers. It worked for my purposes but I did destroy a few in the process. I think I might have added some salt to the water they were soaking in to boost the water content of the onion, which could have affected how easily they seperated.

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I agree, and I usually bake them with a bit of water in the oven until they soften, and "squeeze" them out –  dassouki Oct 13 '10 at 16:19

It depends on how much of the "bowl" you need to be intact. If you don't mind cutting the onion in half and then slicing off say about 1/2" off each end, so you have a truncate hemisphere, then you can wiggle off individual layers pretty easily.

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I'd rather keep the layers intact, but I wouldn't mind losing some of the middle ones. –  dassouki Oct 13 '10 at 16:51

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