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How to Dice Green Onion - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Today I am going to show you how to get some really nice diced green onions. But first you have to do a couple of things to make sure you get the top quality that you are looking for in a diced green onion. First, what we have to do is make sure we have got all the cruddy stuff off of there. Some of these will start to flatten out or look a little dry - they have got bent or broken ends. So we are going to go through and just pull that stuff away. The next thing you want to do, even though the roots have been washed and you could technically eat these, they are not very tasty, so what we are going to want to do is we are going to line these all up and make one cut to cut all these off. The last thing you are going to want to do before you start dicing up your green onion is line up the onion again on the backside, and look for the most common starting point which would be right about here on this bunch of onions. And basically what that does is it starts you off with nice even cuts moving backwards towards the white part of the onion. When you start the cuts, you want to stabilize all the shoots - you want to have them as tight as possible, and you want to make sure that your knife cut goes all the way through. And it is really important that you have a sharp knife so before we started this today I made sure that my knife was honed down and put onto the steel so that we could get a nice true cut. So start at the end and pick your thickness, and you could go as wide or as thin as you want - I will go about a quarter of an inch. So start at the top, one motion, pull through, line it up again and then just follow through all the way down. And basically that is going to sever those green shoots nice and cleanly so that when you are all done, you do not have anything that look like they are hooked together. These are all dry. Now that we have got the onions all diced up and ready to go into your dish, there is a couple of things that you can do. The green onions are really great on salads, and I especially like to use them in fried rice. Usually on the beginning of the dish, I go in with the white onions and we stir fry that with the garlic and the ginger and all the other vegetables, maybe a pineapple fried rice, and then just before the rice is done we go in with the green onions and that creates a huge bouquet of aroma. That nice green onion smell combined with the peppers, the onions and in this case maybe a pineapple - excellent flavor. It really livens up a dish and makes it nice and bright and really melds well with the other flavors going on.