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Onions

To reduce tears: To reduce the amount of onion oils that make you tear, put your peeled onion in the freezer for about 5 minutes prior to cutting.

To dice: While many of you know how to dice an onion, this tip is safer and easier.  Cut an onion in half and peel the outer layers from each half almost to the root.  Do not take the outer layers off as this will be your handle.  Hold onto the layers in a bunch to hold the onion half then slice vertically and horizontally for perfect dice.

To reduce cooking time:  Making caramelized onions takes forever, but you can speed up the process by placing the sliced onions in your microwave.

Onion Leftovers: If you need only 1/2 of an onion, save the root half.  It will last longer.

Cucumbers

To decorate: To put attractive scalloped edges on cucumber slices, scrape the outside with the tines of a fork lengthwise over the peeled or unpeeled cucumber, then slice.

To remove seeds: Slice the cucumber lengthwise and use a grapefruit spoon to scrape out the seeds.  Works like a charm.

Cutting

When cutting almost anything for children like pancakes, sandwiches or chicken, use a pizza wheel.  It takes much less time, only requires one hand, and is a lot faster and easier.