Do the tears flow when you start cutting up onions? Here is a way to minimise the suffering in the long-term.I bought this 10kg bag of onions last weekend for $7.99. I shared a couple of kilos with a friend and had used a few myself but today it was time to prepare them. I peel and quarter the onions before chopping them in lots using the food processor.
First I filled the four trays of the dehydrator.
When the onion is thoroughly dried I will grind it to make flakes/powder. It takes up very little space and stores well.
I bagged the remainder of the chopped onions in as many ziplock bags as I could muster. I do not buy ziplock bags. I collect mine through “dumpster diving”. There are people in my office who bring 2 Weetbix to work for their breakfast in a brand new ziplock bag, tip them into a bowl and toss the bag in the bin. If I open the bin and the discarded bag is on the top I simply bring it home and wash it for reuse.
Anyway, I digress – the chopped onion is in ziplock bags. I pack 150g which is equivalent to a medium onion in the small bags and 300g in the larger bags. I ended up with 10 small packs and 7 large packs of diced onion. Because I packed the diced onion fairly flat, it is easy to break off a section if you only want a small amount of onion.
I sliced the remaining onions by hand and they are packed in the red lidded container.
This means that that I will not need to chop or slice an onion for several months.
that’s a lot of onions! drying them is a great way to get around the tears. I’ve also found that chopping right next to a heating pot on the stove/the open gas flame helps tremendously.
I will keep that tip in mind for next time. Thanks, Zoe.
Good work! I hate those ziplock bags, that are in plague proportions at school and just end up everywhere. Don’t get why you pay forts to throw out.
Thanks, Fergie. I will remember your thoughts next time I am ‘rescuing’ those ‘near new’ bags!