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Spring onion carving tutorial

Implementation

Learning how to carve spring onions for food decoration is a basic of vegetable carving. Carved spring onions are mainly used as decorative elements for food dishes, or as part of display  for a fruit and vegetable carving basket. The green curl strips of the onion leaves  makes  food dishes look more distinguished . I also use carved spring onion as flower stems by sticking carved radish or carved chilli on top of the spring onion stem (Click here to see example).
 

Equipment for spring onion carving

  - A carving knife.
  - Wooden cutting board.
  - Spring onions
  - Bowl of cold water
   
 
 
   
   
- Choose fresh small narrow leaf spring onions and clean them in cold water. Cut leaves to about 2.5 inches in length. Immerse in cold water for about 10 minutes before carving.
   
- Large spring onions leaves are not suitable for carving.
 
 
   
 
 
   
   
- Use a carving knife to cut the leaves into 2-3 mm wide stips from the base to the end of the leaves.
   
- Carve all leaves
   
   
 
 
   
   
- Soak carved spring onion in cold water as when the carved leaves are immersed in cold water some of them will become saturated and warp and curl.
   
- leave in water for 15-20 minuts
   
   
 
 
   
   
- Hold carving knife and spring onion as in the picture
   
- Curl stips by passing between finger and knife. Do not press too hard as stips will cut.
   
- Soak for a futher 10 minuts
   
   
 
 
   
   
- The finished carving will keep in fridge for over a week if put in sealed food container.
   
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