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The best way to cut an onion without crying

By Hilary Meyer, April 25, 2012 - 11:00am

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Hilary asks: What’s your best trick for cutting onions without the tears?


I move my cutting board to the cooktop,first making sure it's not hot, then turn the range fan on high while I dice the onions, as described above. No more tears.


04/25/2012 - 6:33pm

The candle trick doesn't work; neither does wearing contact lenses! I chopped shallots the other night while wearing my lenses AND burning a candle, and I could barely get the job done. Next time I will try chopping onions while wearing safety goggles. Looking silly for a little bit is fine by me if it reduces the agony!


04/25/2012 - 11:10pm

clean and peel them cith them in half then put them in the frig for 2 hours. Sliver cuts produce the least tears


04/26/2012 - 12:32am

And to add to this, make sure your knife is sharpe. A dull knife can cause tears in cutting onions as well.


04/26/2012 - 12:43pm

I put a wet sponge next to where I'm going to cut the onions and I don't get any tears...try really works!


04/26/2012 - 1:13pm

Seriously, for years I smart-assedly (that's a word, right?) informed people that I'm just not that sensitive to onions. They don't bother me. I am strong, you are weak. Then I got laser eye surgery, stopped wearing contacts, and no longer can I arrogantly claim onion immunity. Oh well. I guess I'll try the freezer thing.


04/26/2012 - 1:47pm

Yes, it is chilling...I put mine In the freezer for about 20 minutes before chopping -magic ! No tears.


04/26/2012 - 4:28pm

I can't remember why it works? Something about the chemical reaction in the air space. But burning a candle close by works every time!! :) Swear by it.


04/27/2012 - 10:50am

Chew gum while cutting onions!


05/11/2012 - 1:31pm

letting someone else do the cutting;you silly!:-)hahahahahahahahaha...


05/15/2012 - 3:44pm

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