why does chopping onion makes me cry?
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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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ^^.
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.
• 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.
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. =)
• 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.
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...