Recipe: To Boil Onions

Take off the tops and tails, and the thin outer skin; but no more lest the onions should go to pieces. Lay them on the bottom of a pan which is broad enough to contain them without piling one on another; just cover them with water, and let them simmer slowly till they are tender all through, but not till they break.

Serve them up with melted butter.

Directions for Cookery, In Its Various Branches.
Ladies and Professional Cooks.
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The Whole Science and Art of Preparing Human Food. (Year 1840)