why does chopping onion makes me cry?

cutting onions makes me cry.. - cutting onions..
Philippines
June 21, 2007 2:32am CST
i love cooking.. and of course part of it was choppping the ingridients of the food which will you cook.but what i hate about it was when i am chopping the main ingridient which is the onion.i really hate chopping it because it really makes me cry..as in!and it was ver painful into my eyes. would you share some tips on what really works to stop me from crying when i chop onion.thanks!
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@butterfly39 (3907)
• Philippines
21 Jun 07
Yes we hated it but we need it in our cooking. Can you imagine cooking without onions? So better cry while slicing it than no onions at all.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
21 Jun 07
hahah yes it is vital in just about everything i cook too, thjink i will put up with the tears lol blessed be
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• Philippines
21 Jun 07
hehe!i guess..the best thing we should do is not cut onions so that we will not cry anymore..hehe!
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• Philippines
26 Jun 07
me too..i love the onion on the steak? bewitched by whom picture?
@vonn1378 (706)
• Philippines
23 Jun 07
Chopping onions makes us cry because the acid from the onions irritates our eyes which causes as to cry. The trick in chopping onions is you soak it first in water for a few minutes before you chop it you will see difference... Happy cooking hehe
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• Philippines
25 Jun 07
ive already tried that..and your right..it works..thanks!
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@vonn1378 (706)
• Philippines
25 Jun 07
your most welcome!!! loved to share my ideas... Have a nice day! (,")
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• Philippines
25 Jun 07
have a nice day too..
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• Indonesia
22 Jun 07
i'll give u the best solution for chopping onion, first before touch the onion prepare glasses,the transparant glasses of course,when you start chopping, u can wear them, so u're gonna cook better,so there're no more tears, plz try and tell me ;D
• Philippines
25 Jun 07
hehe..i already try that..and it doesnt work.
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• Indonesia
3 Jul 07
okay if that doesn't work for u, ehm try to buy the onion chopper, i don't know for sure if such thing available in ur country but i have it here (indonesia). But in my kitchen there are many servant chopping the onion, and i never saw them cry coz they used a little fan to avoid the tears, hope that can help u too.
• Philippines
4 Jul 07
oK..let me try that sometimes..thanks for that info..
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
I think this is a misconception that you cry when you chop onions. LOL. Just kidding, well all have explained why does it occur, and tell you what's the technique so that you'll be able to resist crying while chopping Onions. My opinion would be hire a maid, a cook so that you don't have to chop or onions or better yet order take out foods. imho.
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• Philippines
27 Aug 08
LOL. that's a nice idea!, anyway, I am used to it now. I don't know why I don't get used to it before, well, it's our business you know? peeling onions and then sell. though my parents were the one who's doing that.
@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
It is the stong juices of the raw onion that irritates the eyes. I was taught the proper way of peeling the cutting the onion so this does not occur though. Most people cut both end off the onion before they peel it and that is where they go wrong u only cut one end off then peel and for some reason the jiuces of the onion do not get air born so bad and dont get into the eye. It really does work as i practice it all the time. Hope this helps you.
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• Philippines
26 Jun 07
ok..i will try that..thanks for the advice..
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25 Jun 07
expanding the air fluid of your kitchen area and gently pad water or the husk of either watermelon or cucumber on your eye area which may reduce the level of soreness getting in your eyes
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• Philippines
26 Jun 07
ok..ill try that one..thanks..
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• Philippines
25 Jun 07
Onions have got some enzymes that can make us cry. I love the taste of onions in food but the sad fact is that they really are tough to hadle because of those enzymes. What I did is followed some people's advice that onions should be wet before we cut them or they should be allowed to cool first inside the fridge before cutting them. And yeah, it worked.
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• Philippines
26 Jun 07
yeah..ive already try those..and it does work..
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@jasonsian (232)
• Malaysia
25 Jun 07
You can try to wear a goggles while chopping onions. LOL just kidding. You can actually stop crying when chopping onions by placing a lighted candle beside your chopping board. The lighted fire on the candle will be able to burn the gas which is produced by the chopped onions. Try it. And you will love chopping onions than before. Good luck ^^.
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• Philippines
25 Jun 07
yeah..ive read about that..but i havnt try that..maybe ill that late..thank you so much for responding.
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@2wicelot (2948)
21 Jun 07
I really don't know exactly but I think there is some substance being released as the onion is cut which causes tears in the eyes. I do know however that when you cut the onions inside water you don't get the tears in your eyes.
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• Philippines
22 Jun 07
ah ok..thanks for that information.
@lameran (1148)
• Indonesia
21 Jun 07
There is a better way to avoid shedding tears while chopping onions, or garlic. There is a chopping tools, i`m sure it is available in most convinient store. All you need is just peel onion`s outer skin and put them in the chopping box, and start chopping, besides you can chop a lot more than using knife. Then you can put those ready chopped onions in a box, store it in refrigerator, and the onion can be used everytime you start cooking. It save times and energy. Plus finger free of onions smell, and no more tears. Another tips to get rid of onion smell out of our finger is. whenever you have finished the onion job, wiped your finger in stainless steel washing sink, thoroughly, then wash your hand with soap and water, guarantee the smell wont stay along at all. Hope this would help a bit. Cheers.
• Philippines
21 Jun 07
so i need to buy those tools?.. thanks for that advise.. ill check that tools.. thanks!
@lameran (1148)
• Indonesia
21 Jun 07
Yap...nothing is for free, gal, but this chopping tool, helps a lot. well, i am using it until now.
• Philippines
21 Jun 07
so..it really does work..ok..thank you so much!
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
27 Jun 07
Yeah, you can get onions that are sweet instead of a strong ones. I guess you can tell by how riped they are.
• Philippines
28 Jun 07
is there a sweet onion?...hhmm...
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Yes, there are sweet onions because I have eaten them before and I have cleaned them too. They are not strong tasting when you eat them and when you clean them up, you don't cry at all.
• Philippines
29 Jun 07
so how does it look like?does it look like a natural onion?or it has a different features and color?
@castleghost (1304)
• United States
21 Jun 07
The Take Home Chef Curtis Stone saids to chew gum while cutting onions. The girl that he was cooking with that day said it actually worked. Another thing you might try is placing your onion in the freezer for fifteen minutes before you chop it. I know for sure that this works because I have tried it. Good Luck.
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
really?..ok..ill try that tomorrow..thanks for the advice..
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
really..so that is so true that chewing gums while chopping onion will stop me from crying..thanks for that info..ill do that by 2mrow..thanks!
@jbelle (913)
• Philippines
21 Jun 07
My boyfriend told me to avoid shedding tears while cutting onions you must close your mouth and hold your breath in a while believe me you wont shed a tear. try it girl...
• Philippines
21 Jun 07
but what if i am cutting a kilo of onion for a party?..so how long will i breath?hehe! really so weird..hehe!coz the other guy told me to chew gums while cutting onion..and yet you said to shut my mouth and hold my breath?..hehe!just asking..
@jbelle (913)
• Philippines
25 Jun 07
just hold your breath once in awhile. and your eyes must not too close to the onion while chopping or cutting...
• Philippines
5 Jul 07
i use onions as scapegoat when i cry.. lol
• Philippines
6 Jul 07
haha!
@yan_i24 (258)
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
There's one thing that you can do so you'll not cry while chopping onions. Your salt, wether on what kind of container the salt is contained (wether on a glass or a star margarine container or whatever), place that container just infront of you (without the cover of the container), exactly on the same position as your eyes, then chop onions as many as you want. The scientific explanation for that is.. ummm.... well.. seems I forgot it already. :D But the one who teaches me that is the Mother of my friend, while i'm helping on their cooking coz I don't have anything to do in my life at that time. =)
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
hehe..ok..thanks for that information..ill try that when i got home..thanks..
@patgalca (14357)
• Orangeville, Ontario
22 Jun 07
I rarely have a problem with onions. First, when I am peeling the onion I am squatting down at the garbage can under the kitchen sink. Since my head is not inside the cupboard, the aroma is contained. Then I rinse both my knife and the onion in cold water before I cut it. It works every time.
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
really..ok..ill try that..thanks!
• Malaysia
22 Jun 07
close your eyes, hehehehehe.....
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
nice idea huh?..
• United States
21 Jun 07
I peel my onion under cold running water. I have had no problems so far. I stopped cutting it because of that. Now I have no problems with it.
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
ok..ill try that..thanks!
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
21 Jun 07
I do alot of cooking and yes onions can make us have teary eyes. Sometimes when you run a onion under water it lessens your eyes from tearing.
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
hhmm..ive already try that..but it doesnt work.
• Philippines
21 Jun 07
try to put a tiny piece of bread at the tip of your knife... my dad told me to do that and it worked... the bread absords the onions smell or juice that comes out whenever you sliced or chopped them. if not just put a small piece near the onions that you cut...
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
oohh..the information that i got here in mylot were really amazing..thanks for that info..i will also try that..thanks!