Haystack Onion slicer

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2012/05/07 10:07:35 (permalink)

Haystack Onion slicer

What cutter do restaurants use to make haystack onions? I'm talking about the continuous string of onion and not the thin sliced rings. I have not seen a commercial cutter designed for this. Will a ribbon fry cutter work? I have seen them home made and they appear to be just like ribbon fry cutters. Does anyone have experience with these? 
post edited by BR - 2012/05/07 10:30:14
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    DawnT
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/07 12:40:22 (permalink)
    Most likely NEMCO although I wouldn't doubt that Redco/Volrath may have something similar. Once you figure out which NEMCO product will do the job, don't jump yet. For some reason, the Chinese are knocking off NEMCO products during the last two years with a vengance. Most are good buys and the blades/parts in many cases fit NEMCO's except the hardware is metric. They are worth considering IMHO.
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/07 13:43:21 (permalink)
    I called Nemco and they said they didn't think an onion would work like that because of the multiple layers in an onion. Honestly I believe they just have not thought about it enough because the multiple layers is what make the onion strings. I found a home made version that was designed for haystack onions but does ribbon fries as well so I'm betting any ribbon fry cutter will do the onions also. I would just like to know if anyone has tried it yet. I don't have a cutter yet so that's why I'm asking for input.
    post edited by BR - 2012/05/07 13:45:52
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/07 14:01:39 (permalink)
    what about the horizontal apple peeler contraption sold at homegoods and bed bath & beyond stores where you set the apple in and turn the handle on the side and it peels the apple, might work on an onion.
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/07 14:12:51 (permalink)
    That would not work. You need to cut across the layers. Thin slices making thin rings will actually work and is great for doing it at home but I want the long thin strings. 
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/07 14:24:38 (permalink)
    By haystack, I assume that you're speaking of breaded, spiral cut onions  or the breaded, compressed bricks of the same. Taking into consideration that an onion is a laminate and not a solid vegetable like a potato, what ever this is, it has to cut all the laminates simultaneously along a time axis to create an independent spiral of each laminate. Essentially, you must be turning an onion face into into a slit that can be possibly adjusted for thickness. That would be the same as a potato ribbon fry cutter as you suggest.
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/07 15:21:03 (permalink)
    Yes that's the one Dawn. They are lightly floured and fried. I have also heard them called onion straws and Texas tumbleweed.  
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/07 15:37:17 (permalink)
    Country Cutter --
     http://www.facebook.com/pages/Country-Cutter/130361740320904
    And this one says --watching the video -- that it'll do onions as well as potatoes.
    http://www.twistedchips-shop.com/?gclid=CJry8Pj07q8CFYcBQAodeiwWMQ
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/07 16:35:22 (permalink)
    How about one of these?
     
    http://www.healthcraft1.com/3/miscellaneous4.htm
     
    Aren't they really more like onion strings that are piled in a mound or fried as a brick in a basket?
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/07 23:36:18 (permalink)
    The Country Cutter is the "home made" one I mentioned above. I'm not sure how it would last in a commercial environment but it is VERY affordable. I think you can get one for about 40 bucks. I have the guys number. He's in El Dorado, Arkansas and sells them at flea mkts and county fairs.
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/08 00:12:39 (permalink)
    I'm not sure what they are called in the rest of the country but, I was cooking onion strings years ago. They were just onions sliced very thin then cut in half so that the were an inch and a half long. Lightly breaded and flash fried.
     
    On the other hand haystack onions are served by a national chain, Smash Burger, and they are again thinly sliced onions lightly breaded and flash fried.
     
    Onion Bricks  are just sliced onions lightly battered and throw into a deep fryer basket and deep fried so they hold the shape of the basket when done.
     
    I have never heard of a (potato) Onion Ribbon. But the others mentioned are great and sell very well.
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    Re:Haystack Onion slicer 2012/05/08 07:41:05 (permalink)
    Dr... I've never heard it called an onion ribbon either. My thoughts are that in theory because an onion has many layers, when run through a potato ribbon fry cutter each layer of onion should become a string. You should end up with one long string for each layer of onion. I was hoping someone with first hand experience could confirm it. I don't have a ribbon cutter but I may buy one from that guy in Arkansas to see how well it works. The one he designed doesn't show a close up of the business end of the cutter but I'm thinking it's the exact same thing as a ribbon fry cutter. I just watched his little video and he actually does potato ribbon fries with it also. I guess I'll just buy one from him and check it out. If it won't handle a commercial environment I'll just have to buy a better one.
    post edited by BR - 2012/05/08 07:48:34
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