Used to be chopping or cutting onions was one of my least favorite things to do. The reason being was that my eyes would start to burn and sting so bad I would have to stop and close my eyes. Then the tears would be rolling! You’re probably thinking, oh yea – been there done that! Well, little did I know back then that there are a few ways to cut onions without tears!
Check out these kitchen tips to cut onions without the sting, the burn, and the tears! Maybe you will find a new way to cut your onions. I know I was a happy camper! Oh, and my favorite way is the freezer method. If time doesn’t allow the freezer method, then the running water is my next favorite way.
Five Ways to cut Onions without Tears
Check out these tips to cut onions without the sting and tears!
1) Cut Onion Under Running Water:
Chopping onions under running water will help prevent the tears. The running water will redirects the vapors from the onion away from your eyes.
2) Soak the Onion:
Even thought this method may work, it will leave the onion with a slightly milder taste. To use this method, place your onion in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes before you chop it. The water will absorb the sulfuric compounds from the onion. The sulfuric compounds are what causes the chemical release, which in turn causes your eyes to burn and the tears to roll!
3) Freeze the Onion:
Placing your onion in the freezer for about 15 minutes or so before you cut it will also help prevent your eyes burning and the tears. The cold will help prevent the release of the irritating chemicals from the onion.
4) Cut Onion Under a Vent:
If you have a good overhead vent or fan, chop your onions underneath it. The fumes will be redirected away from your eyes, helping prevent the nasty stinging of your eyes.
5) Wear Goggles:
Finally, and if none of the above methods work and the stinging of your eyes is just to unbearable, try a pair of goggles. They make special goggles for cutting onions, but really just a cheap pair of swimming goggles will work just fine. Using this method, will keep the fumes out of your eyes completely!