So, you went grocery shopping and just returned. You have the veggies, ingredients, and everything else you need to make a delicious meal for your family or friends (or both), and you’re ready to get started.
You glance at the recipe booklet or that recipe blog post you read the previous evening, and then you find out that you need to chop 5 onions to a fine texture.
This is the kind of scenario where food processors come in handy. You definitely don’t want to be left with no choice but to chop that many onions with a knife. You’d cry your eyes out, and it’d take precious minutes of your time to get the task done manually. Here’s how to chop them the right way with this appliance.
The Right Way to Chop Onions With a Food Processor
With this automated machine, you can cut up onions in 30 seconds compared to using a knife which would usually take 10 minutes or more. However, you don’t need to use it every single time you need to chop this vegetable.
If you only need half of this ingredient, then it’ll take you less time to cut it using a knife than it would to use a processor and then clean it up afterwards.
Also, appliances for processing food give you less control over the fineness of your vegetables, so if your recipe calls for veggies chopped to a particular size, then you’re better off using a knife. The tips below will help you get better results while chopping onions with this fantastic appliance:
- Use the right feed tube: The less room your ingredients have to move around, the more consistent the results. So use a large tube or a small tube depending on the number of onions you wish to chop. Basically, choose the right tube size that enables you to pack them tightly for better results.
- Chop with the pulse function: Using the pulse function gives you more control over how your onions turn out. The automatic processing functions can over-process your ingredients if you’re not careful, and you can’t reverse it. With the pulse function though, you can keep pressing the button until you get exactly what you want.
- Trim and apply steady pressure: You may want to slice each bulb into two or four parts before passing them through the feed tube with steady pressure. It works for me.
Over to You
These are the tips I apply while chopping onions with this appliance to get good results, and here’s a bonus tip: spray the work bowl, disc, and feed tube with vegetable oil if you’re chopping them with ingredients that tend to stick to surfaces. This makes cleanup easier.