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This past week I was “gifted” over 10 lbs of gorgeous, milky white onions. I have been wanting to test my hand at caramelizing them so I figured there was not better time than the present. And having a mandolin is definitely a godsend for this project!
It only took two onions before my eyes started to burn. Through the haze of tears I stepped back and looked at all those onions… oy-vey! I have heard dozens of tricks when it comes to slicing onions but only a few came to mind. Running cold water and cutting near the flowing water was one. I started that but decided that was just a waste of water. :P Onion goggles! Didn’t have any so I put my sunglasses on. Hold a piece of bread in your mouth. Hey, these where desperate times that called for desperate measures. I always keep a loaf of gluten-free bread in the freezer for Bob so I pulled a piece out and shoved it in my mouth. So there I stood, in my kitchen… dark sunglasses on and a piece of bread hanging from my lips. I was a sight for sure. But guess what, it worked, something worked because the tears went away and I sliced every last onion!
Here is some interesting info… I started with 3 lbs of fresh onions which sliced into 10 cups of onions, which after marinating and dehydrating became 5 cups of onions. :)
After marinating for 24 hours, you can see how translucent they became.
Then after dehydrating they darken and take on the cooked appearance.