How to chop an onion

Learning how to chop an onion is really, really useful. You'll probably chop hundreds, if not thousands, of onions in your life. So, learn how to do it really well with this video.  

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercise. Remember you can read the transcript at any time.


Food busker: Hi guys! I’m going to show you how to finely dice an onion. Top the onion. Then slice the onion in half. Place it down. Don’t put your knife down like this, put it in at the side and using this finger as a guide to place the knife in each time. Make sure that the hand is like this. That way you won’t chop off your fingers because the knife runs off the finger. The heel holds the whole onion together. You’re not cutting all the whole way through, slice all the way round. Score it through. Holding the whole onion together using your finger as a guide, start slicing through. When you get to the end push the onion away, drop it down. So that you can get these last bits of onion here. And discard the stalk or use it in stocks. So that’s how to finely dice an onion. If you want any more tips then click on the link.

© Jamie Oliver

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I love cooking with bio ingredient .

Submitted by minima on Fri, 10/11/2017 - 19:46

If I am in the mood, I like to cook, especially traditional foods.

Submitted by Albertos51 on Sun, 01/10/2017 - 17:40

Of course, I like to cook, mostly vegetarian or vegan food.

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I don´t like cook but iam like eat.

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I cook everyday. I don't specially like it but when you're at it it's entertaining

Submitted by Kaixuan on Tue, 22/08/2017 - 16:56

Well, firstly I Not really like cooking myself, what does that means? I would like to Cook with my friends or watch a cooking tv show, rather than just cook myself, why? Because I cooked unprepare food, It's not tasty, and I ended up don't want to eat that But I'm even more hungry before I cooked. But cook with friends can Brings joyness, cook show does as well. Lastly, cook is definetly a still useful when You are hungry, a mast learn.

Submitted by Tomor on Mon, 14/08/2017 - 10:56

i mean the first step is every family need is this knife hehe btw thanks for all these :)

Submitted by Rachel Wu on Thu, 10/08/2017 - 05:11

I love cooking, but I am not good at it. There are only some dishes that I am really confident when cooking them. I always think learning how to cook is a useful skill. It will save you a lot of money from eating outside.

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Submitted by JCEMIDIO on Sun, 23/07/2017 - 21:05

Yes, I like. I think yes because some times We will need to cook for friends or parents.