How to Cut Onions Without Crying

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I saw a blog post someplace ( can’t remember where exactly) about how to cut onions without crying. My interest was immediately arrested as I’m always left teary-eyed each time I have to deal with that little devil.

Since onions is a must in most dishes, especially in this part of the world, I had to read the article to the end, and gladly so. There were some techniques for cutting onions without crying detailed in it.

I tried them all, believe me, and finally settled on two that work just perfectly for me.

Today I’m going to be sharing all seven methods I tried and you can settle on one or more of your own, but first, let’s see why cutting onions makes one cry.

Why Cutting Onions Makes You Cry Always

The reason is quite simple; onions contains a chemical called syn-propanethial-S-oxide which gives it that pungent smell.

When you cut into an onion with a knife, its cell walls get damaged and this propanethial chemical gets released into the air and it works by irritating your lachrymal (tear) glands to produce tears.

That been said,

Here are Seven Tried and Tested Methods for Cutting Onions Without Crying

1. Cut with a Pretty Sharp Knife
This was the very first method I tried and it worked perfectly for me. I don’t know why I decided to try out others. A little Oliver Twist, I guess.

So why does this method work?
It works because using a very sharp knife, cuts cleanly into the onions bulb, doing very minimal damage to its cell walls. With much of this wall still intact, it means less of the eye-irritating chemical will be released, leaving you dry-eyed.

2. Cut Under a Kitchen Fan
Cutting an onion under a kitchen fan also works as most of the chemical released will be dispelled around the room, leaving you with a chemical-free environment to work in.

3. Soak in a Bowl of Water
This method worked for me, however, I had to soak it for at least 10 minutes, which cut into my cooking time, making me prefer it less.

4. Refrigerate the Onion for a Short While
Again, I chose 10 minutes to refrigerate my onion and it worked. A research online on why this worked shows that the coldness of the fridge sort of slowed how fast the chemical worked.

So by the time it ‘booted’ from this lag, I was happily done cutting.

5. Put a Piece of Bread in Your Mouth
Okay, I have no idea how or why this works, but it did. So each time I have a loaf of bread in my house and some onions to cut I go with this method.

6. Put On Goggle
If you can get your hands on one, then you should totally buy it. The goggles will shield your eyes from the propanethial gas each time.

7. Keep the Exposed Part Face Down
This was a complete waste of time for me and I wonder who came up with it.

Yes, I sliced my onion in two and kept the exposed part face down. However each clean stroke I made produced more exposed parts and consequently, more gas.

In the end, the verdit for this method is, it doesn’t work and you shouldn’t bother with it.

So, there you have it; a list of some awesome methods (minus one) you can adopt to cut onions without crying. Do try them all if you can and let us know in the comment box which worked for you.

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