Learning how to chop dinnertime’s most common staple ingredient is really where the rubber hits the road in the kitchen. It’s true that cooking’s most important Veteran Move is mastering the art of sharpening (or at least deciding to dedicate yourself to keeping your knives as sharp as possible). The second most important Veteran Move is to get comfortable thoroughly reading recipes and setting up all the ingredients ahead of time. But, chopping efficiently and reliably starts really putting food on the table.
Probably your kitchen’s most commonly used ingredient will be the noble onion. Almost all the recipes I’ve collected over the years start with some kind of chopped onion. So, it’s critical you learn the best and safest way to chop this all-important veggie.