How to Chop Onions with a KitchenAid Food Processor

When you have onions to chop, minimise the odours and tears by using a food processor. A KitchenAid food processor will sit attractively on your countertop waiting to make short work of cooking jobs like these. The KitchenAid works so efficiently and effortlessly, you may decide to chop several onions at a time so you can have some extra chopped onions on hand for your next recipe, too.

Place the onion on a cutting board and cut the top and bottom off with a utility knife. Cut the onion in half and remove the outer skin from the onion halves. Cut each half into quarters for chopping in the food processor. Peel and quarter as many onions as you wish to chop.

Set the food-processor work bowl onto the food-processor base so the handle is left of the centre. Grasp the handle of the work bowl and turn it right to lock it in position on the base. Insert the multipurpose blade into the centre of the work bowl on the power shaft, making sure that it sits all the way down into position in the bowl.

Place the quartered onions into the work bowl, filling the bowl up to the fill line. Set the cover onto the work bowl so the feed tube is left of the handle. Move the feed tube to the right to lock it. Insert the food pusher in the feed tube.

Plug the food processor in and push the "on" button. Process the onion until it chops completely, and then push the "off" button. Pushing the pulse button enables you to chop the onion in short bursts -- hold down the button and release the button to stop the food processor.

Move the lid back to the left to remove it, and lift the multipurpose blade out of the bowl. Remove the work bowl by holding the handle and moving it to the left. Lift the work bowl and use a spatula to scrape the onion out of the bowl.


If the food processor does not start after you have pushed the start button, check the position of the work bowl and the lid. If they are not in the proper position, the food processor will not start.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Cutting board
  • Spatula
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