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How to Cut Onions without Crying

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Onions are a delicious kitchen staple, are low on calories and are enriched with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Onions have been used for centuries to help reduce inflammations and heal infections.  Onion juice not only makes amazing potato latkas but you can put it on a bee sting for immediate pain relief!

However, as everyone from top chefs to culinary novices has learned, onions bring on the tears quicker than a Nicholas Sparks’ movie.

The reason onions are natural tear jerkers is because they produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide.    This irritant turns into a gas that turns on the flood when they hit your nerve sensors.   In Japan they went so far as to create a tear-less onion but it lacked the flavor of traditional onions.

Now you’ve probably heard of several ways to stop this from happening, my favorite is Onion Goggles, yes this is a real thing! Some other ways to prevent tears when chopping onions:

  • Store your onions in your refrigerator and cut them when they are cold.
  • Light a match and place the match between your teeth when you are cutting an onion
  • Submerge the onion in water when you are chopping (I have no idea how this would work)

Well, cry no more. We will teach you how to cut onions without the tears (and it won’t involve holding an onion underwater.

Watch our video on how to cut onions:

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12 Comments
  • January 23, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Such great tips! I also found that if you have a gas stovetop, turning it on and cutting next to it does the job as well.

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    January 23, 2018 at 1:47 am

    I had no idea!!! I’ve never tried that before. This is brilliant!

  • January 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    What?! No way! I am trying this today! Thanks!

  • January 23, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Somehow, I ALWAYS forget so this was much needed! I dread cutting them sometimes because of the crying!

  • January 24, 2018 at 2:33 am

    You know what I noticed helps? Totally random – but wearing contacts! When I am wearing contacts it’s not so bad, but when I’m not – TEARS galore, that’s when your tips come in handy!

  • January 24, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    So simple! Usually I use swimming goggles or just chop them in the food processor. Going to try this next time I’m chopping. Thanks!

  • January 26, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    This is awesome, I’m the worst when I’m chopping onions, I always look like I’ve been sobbing for hours!

  • January 27, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Great idea! I hate chopping onions!

  • January 28, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Such a cool tip! I’m definitely going to try it.

  • January 29, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I love these tips ! So fun and informative. Thank you !

  • cristina
    January 29, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Awesome tip! It’s usually water works over here, cant wait to try this!