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Horizontal cuts when dicing an onion

Should you make horizontal cuts (parallel to the board) through the halves of an onion before dicing?
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using somthing besides onion in recipies [duplicate]

So I was a cook and now I can be and have to reshape how I cook I became highly allergic to onions about 4 months ago and I'm having a hard time replacing them in so recipes I have tryed garlic but ...
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What are the official names for slicing an onion from pole-to-pole or cross-pole?

There must exist some french term for the various ways to describe how to slice an onion. I'm looking for two terms, when you wish to have the onion sliced: with the grain, in the direction of ...
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What's the best way to peel an onion?

I'm a pro at dicing an onion. My issue is always peeling it. The papery skin is so tough to get off, and I'm never sure just how many layers to peel off. Does anyone have any sure-fire tips on how to ...
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What's a good substitute of onion for someone with an onion allergy?

I am an Allium lover with a strong allergy to all Alliums. It is technically a sensitivity as it isn't an instant reaction, but spending an hour in the bathroom because of one stray piece of red onion ...
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How long should I keep a cut onion?

Since I only cook for one or two, I will tend to buy an onion and only use part of it, and then keep the rest in the fridge. Sometimes it will be a while before I use the rest. Is there any guidance ...
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Black layer in an onion

I just sliced an onion and found that there is a large section of one of the layers that's black. What is the black substance? Is it safe to eat? If not, is the rest of the onion safe to eat? The ...
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Onion salad goes wet and bitter

I've been going to this indian restaurant that makes this fantastic onion salad, which is essentially small cuts of white and red onion, cucumber, tomato, garnished with mint leaves, coriander leaves ...
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What might be a flavor substitution for someone with an onion allergy? [duplicate]

I can't eat onions of any kind, from shallots, green onions, red, white, yellow, or purple. What might I use as a subtitute for flavor?
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Sauteing onions to the point of transparency - what is ideal?

Observing other people cooking, I hear comments about sauteing onions until they turn transparent (or translucent), or just before they start to turn. Usually in books and shows about cooking, this ...
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onion puree thickness

From times to times, I make this soup that consists of 90% onions and 10% green pepper/garlic/white cabbage/carrots. Not matter how much water I add to it, it always ends up quite thick after ...
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How to make uncooked onion digestable?

I have a problem with uncooked, sliced onion making me and other people feel uncomfortable in the stomach, sometimes whole night. However, when I eat tacos out in restaurants that never happens. Is it ...
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Beer Battered Onion Rings — what makes them look shiny?

I'm working on a beer battered onion ring recipe and I think I have the recipe part but the onion rings look dull as they cool. I notice at restaurants etc...that they are usually shiny. Is it an ...
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Frozen onions in root cellar

My root cellar froze while I was away as we had extended single digit temperatures, which was not normal at all and we broke all temperature records. Now I have a whole basket of frozen onions and ...
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What is the difference between saute and caramelizing toppings?

I'm a huge fan of cooking up grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, and many other toppings. When I worked at a local sub shop I was always the one volunteering to grill up some onions and saute the ...
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Cooking up onions, without oil

For a while now I have been trying to reduce my intake of fried food, or food otherwise cooked with oil. However I still make a lot of things with onions, and I end up sautéeing them with vegetable ...
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Preserving Onions

Here the onion prices shoot up to exorbitant (1000% increase) levels every year and this year it has hit a crisis level , hence it would be nice to preserve them when they are cheap. One way is to ...
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How do I sweat onions?

A recipe calls for me to sweat finely chopped onions. What do I do, and why?
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What can I substitute for onions?

I love onions; however, someone that I cook for does not. Absolutely hates them and can tell whenever they are in the dish. That said, so many recipes call for onion to be added. What can I use ...
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What are the differences between different types of onions, and when do you use them?

I used a recipe for a mean black-eyed-pea salad this past weekend which called for a red onion. Since I wanted extra onion flavor in the salad anyway, I decided to pick up a Vidalia onion to throw in ...
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Can I use chopped white onion instead of pearl onion?

I'm making mustard pickles and it calls for pearl onions. Can I use white onions chopped up?
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Best way to chop an onion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A definitive method of dicing an onion Do I first cut it in half or do I make crosswise incisions before chopping it? And what is the best knife to use?
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Why do you need to fry onions and garlic before adding other ingredients to a dish?

I've been using an online Paella recipe that instructs you to sweat some onions for 5 minutes, then add garlic for a few minutes, followed by the vegetables, tomatoes, rice and stock. Is there a ...
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When should you sweat mirepoix, and when should you sauté it?

The ingredients of mirepoix are consistently described as onion, carrot and celery in a 2:1:1 ratio, but there isn't much consistency advice on how to cook it. Most recipes I've found say to sauté it, ...
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For how long should I cook onion paste?

I followed a recipe the other day that involved cooking "Onion Paste" till Golden Brown. There were no details on how to make it so I assumed it was just "Take the onions and make a puree". I cooked ...
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Sautéing big batch of onions

So I like making pasta sauce with lots of sautéed onions, but to properly sauté, at least as far as I understand it, I can only put a limited amount of onions into my one medium sized pan. I am fed ...
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What's the difference between green, white, and red onions?

Being a north Indian, the only onions that I have used and seen others using are red onions. These are used in all Indian traditional dishes. I have seen green onions and white onions in the market ...
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Too much onion flavor in dip

I've just made a cream cheese, mushroom and onion spread and the onion flavor is way too strong. Is there any way I can reduce it by adding something?
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Why do my onions keep burning?

Twice now, I have burned my onions while heating them in a pan. I was just trying to caramelize them, and they burned every time. They were on medium heat, and I put olive oil at the bottom of the ...
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How can I peel pearl onions quickly?

I love pearl onions, but I'm always put off by the idea of peeling every single one. Are there any shortcuts to peeling pearl onions?
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Is there a reason to peel onions for storage or sale?

I typically try to buy organic onions. Recently the only organic onions that are available are already peeled (i.e., have the outer papery skin removed). Why is this being done? Presumably there ...
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Which parts of a spring onion should I use in a pasta salad?

The recipe I've got (Commonsense cooking, page 211) for a pasta salad lists spring onion (green onion/scallions) as an ingredient, but doesn't say which part to use. Should I be using the long, ...
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Can I reuse chopped onions?

I have a Hot Dog Stand. I use chopped onions every day, can I re use the left over chopped onions the next day? The onions are in a container that keep them cold all day long. Some days the onions ...
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Need to remove germ from garlic or onion?

My mate always tells me to remove the germ (the center) from garlic and onions, especially if it's turning green. What are the pros and cons of the germs of these plants?
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slimy red onion

I purchased a red onion yesterday, sliced it open and noticed that it felt slimy on the red skin of one of the exposed inner layers. I've never noticed that before. Is that normal, or has the onion ...
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How to save a dish with an onion paste base which tastes like raw onion paste?

I was making a dish that requires the use of onion paste. Usually I'd fry the paste, but I had a bunch of other stuff that needed to be fried too, so I put that in first, and I guess by the time I ...
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Enhancing garlic and tomatoes on toast [closed]

I often make the following vegan breakfast toast. I start by finely chopped onions and garlic and heat the combination on a non-stick pan till the onions are brown. Then I add a tomato chopped into ...
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I'm making tomato sauce which never thickens

I tried the following recipe. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5211/amatriciana-pasta The result is tasty, but the sauce looks nowhere near the image. It is some red paste, yes, but with onions ...
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Can onion based recipes such as bolognese be cooked in slow cooker?

Slow cookers seem like an easy way to cook a meal if you are prepared to wait the 8 hours or so for the meal to cook. Can you simply put all the ingredients, including onion, for something like ...
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Combating adverse effects of garlic and onions

I'm a huge fan of garlic and onions and seldom do I cook for myself without adding one of the two. Recently, I've managed to come across a local garlic grower. The intensity of the taste is like ...
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Vinegar softens the bite of raw onions?

This seems to always be the case for me. Any time I'm marinating a salad or pickling vegetables it always seems that the raw onion bite is very much diluted after soaking in vinegar. Is the vinegar ...
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Why did my French onion soup with 'red' onions come out tasteless and bland?

I usually make the French onion soup with white onions. The prodecure I normally use is as followed: I slowly caramelize them on a low heat for around 40min. Then I add some sugar, salt and oil ...
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Is there any reason against using red onion, or a mixture of red and yellow onions to make an onion soup?

Should I use yellow onions, red onions or even a mixture of both to make the best onion soup? I realise this is a subjective question, but is there any reason I shouldn't use red onions or is there ...
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What is the correct onion to tomato ratio for North Indian masala sauce?

What's the optimum — or, at least, the most widely used — tomato to onion ratio for making the tomato masala (sauce)? Masala is used as the base for a number of north Indian dishes. Onions are fried ...
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Can garlic or onion stored in the fridge help to sanitize?

Can garlic or onion stored in the fridge help to sanitize? How to protect fridge from dangerous elements which can spoil stored food?
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How do I cut a blooming onion?

A blooming onion is a deep fried onion which opens up during frying to resemble a flower. Obviously, I start with a giant onion. How do I cut it?
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Can you cook pickled onions?

Can you cook hot dishes with pickled onions? I've never seen a recipe which uses them hot, is this just because they don't taste good hot? What hot dishes might be appropriate to put pickled onions ...
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What is the difference between caramelized onions and “crispy onions”?

I've searched around for information on this, and seen "caramelized onions" in some places (simple enough to make), and then what can only be described as a VIOLENT reaction indicating that rather ...
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Salad onions — any way to make them sweet but not soft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I tone down the intensity of raw onion? I like the taste of caramelized onions (I think Ruhlman's book had mentioned it was removing or changing the sulfur), but ...
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Why fry onions without oil and then add oil?

In several recipes I have seen lately, the instructions are to sautee onions and garlic without oil for a few minutes, and then add oil and continue until golden. If it's of any help, these are ...