Tips and Tricks: Precutting the Essential Ingredients

28 Mar

I love reading other people’s tips and tricks in the kitchen, even though it might be re-posted a lot of times, but I still enjoy reading it.

Today I want to share mine: Precutting the Essential Ingredients.
My core ingredients in majority of my cooking are onions (brown, white etc), garlic, and ginger.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to peel, cut and mince all of those, but isn’t it better if you have all of these pre-cut in advance so you can shorten the cooking time?
I also like to save some containers with lids (in this case I saved Fage Greek Yogurt containers) to store my precut ingredients. The size is decent and it’s very versatile. Beside, why would you want to spend extra $$ just for storing your ingredients? 😉 Of course no need to save LOADS of them.

Granted, cutting onions is pretty tricky. It’s a hit and miss for me as well. Sometimes I can go through it without shedding any tears, but there’re times that I had to stop and wipe away my tears and cleared up my nose.

My onion cutting trick:
Hold your breath when cutting the onions. Turn away from the onions when you need to catch a breath. So far it works wonderful for me and I can go on cutting the onions without shedding any tears.

Do you have any cooking tips and tricks? Please share 😀


Posted by on March 28, 2011 in food


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3 responses to “Tips and Tricks: Precutting the Essential Ingredients

  1. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    March 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Onion, garlic, ginger – those are my core foods as well! I love red onions, and those don’t make me cry like white or brown ones.

  2. LeQuan

    March 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I HATE cutting onions. I’ll have to try your trick. I once read that if you put a big tub of water beside your cutting board it also helps to stop the tears. Or even having a lit candle by you. I don’t remember which blog it was though or I would’ve linked it here.


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