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How to make an Onion taste milder, or stronger: It’s all in the cut

Onion cut top to bottom/pole to pole

Cook’s Illustrated says it perfectly.

For a milder flavor, cut with the grain (top to bottom) and use the outer layers. This ruptures fewer cells in the onion, keeping the strong smell and taste somewhat confined. Nice in salads or sandwiches.

For a stronger flavor, cut against the grain (crosswise) and use the inner layers. Best when onion is cooked.

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