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
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)– JoeOct 13, 2010 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– dassoukiOct 14, 2010 at 14:02
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.
I agree, and I usually bake them with a bit of water in the oven until they soften, and "squeeze" them out– dassoukiOct 13, 2010 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.
I'd rather keep the layers intact, but I wouldn't mind losing some of the middle ones.– dassoukiOct 13, 2010 at 16:51