Do you know the tricks to cut the onions?

@youless (91533)
Guangzhou, China
January 24, 2008 9:39am CST
Cutting onions was a headache for me. In the past I wore the sunglasses but later I was still crying when I cut the onions. Later I learned that you could just cut the onions in the water and therefore you won't cry. Do you have any better ideas?
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• United States
24 Jan 08
I was told once you could stick a piece of bread in your mouth, I guess to catch the juices but I never tried it. I have a mini chopper so I don't mess with onions anymore I just pop it in and chop away.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 08
That's a very interesting trick:)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I don't recall where I heard it probably my grandmother, I'd probably just end up eating the bread...LOL
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Yes! Get your hubby to cut the onions up! Hehe. Mine always gives me a hand with this on weekends and doesn't mind. Try it!!
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 08
I have to accept this is the best solution:)
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
25 Jan 08
:)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I was told to cut them under cold running water. So now I have to see if the water temp matters. I have a chopper and totally forgot about it. Now that I have read the above post. I will try tonight with warmer water. Enjoy
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@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 08
Is it a difference between cold and warm water?:)
• Indonesia
29 Jan 08
so i got confused here :P which one is true in order to cut onion and doesnt make us cry? cutting the onion with cold water or cutting onion with warm water? we should soak the onion in those water firstly for few times or we just can cut it directly? honestly i also hate to face those situation
@zabawaus (1732)
• United States
29 Jan 08
hello youless, I remember putting match in mouth but as some other friends told it didn't work for me either , but I will try to cut under water. I guess it will help. Thanks for this useful topic. Take care!!!
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@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Jan 08
Frankly, isn't it somewhat weird to put match in mouth?
• Philippines
29 Jan 08
I heard rock salt will help, but i haven't tried it yet, and I agree also that not all onions made you cry. Maybe if you cut alot of onions and spend for 15 -30 mins maybe that is the time that tears will flow.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Jan 08
I don't know there will be many kinds of onions. Perhaps usually I just see one type of it here:)
@madlees (1381)
• India
28 Jan 08
Just peel the onions, whenever you get time, put them in the refrigerator. When you want to use take it out and chop it or slice it. Tears will not come. I always do like this as we Indians need more onions for everything.. If you need it immediately then cut them into two and immerse them in water. After sometime slice or chop it. You can rest assured that tears will not come.
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@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Jan 08
It sounds like very good method:)
@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
28 Jan 08
yes thats right..i used that trick
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@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Jan 08
Glad to hear that.
• Hong Kong
27 Jan 08
Hey my friend told me a trick and I tried and it really works. It's really simple! Just open your mouth and breathe through your mouth when you are cutting the onions. At first I thought it sounded too easy and crazy but when I try, it works nicely.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Jan 08
That's a very new method, be sure I will try it when I cut the onions next time:)
• China
26 Jan 08
i was told once that you could put a bowl of water at the side of onion.before you chop the onion,you'd better moisten the knife with water.if so,i think you will not cry.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jan 08
This is a new method:)
• India
26 Jan 08
Hi Youless.. I never had much problem cutting onions because i use spectacles. So its one field that the spectacle people hold an advantage...lol..wat say??
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jan 08
I wonder whether it works fine. I wear sunglasses to cut the onions but I still feel like crying:)
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 08
The trick in cutting onions is to get someone else to do it for you! I have been told that if you run cold water when you are cutting up an onion it works, I've tried that, sadly it didn't work for me, I wonder if you have to run the onion under the cold water whilst you are doing it. I love onions too much otherwise I wouldn't bother with them.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jan 08
It seems others offer some very good suggestions here, you can read them:)
• India
25 Jan 08
Yea..I taught this trick to my Mom some years back, after having read this in a magazine. BTW, How are you friend? Take care.
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@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jan 08
Nice to hear from you again, dear friend. I am fine and I also hope everything will be fine for you.
@ausbuy (28)
• Australia
25 Jan 08
As fully qualified chef, I'll let you in on the secret. Cut the top off. Slice in half from top to bottom, turn flat side down on the chopping board. slice or chop as required. The reason people cry is because of the juices that are released when the blub area at the base of the onion is cut. By leaving the base as intact as possible, this reduces the amount of juices that are released. It also keeps the onion "together" when you chop it and gives you something to hold on to when you are chopping it up - no more cut fingers. Just remember not to cut into the last cm or so of the onion when cutting it up. I've cut hundreds, if not thousands, of onions and never cried. Try it.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jan 08
This secret is just so precious:)
@djmarion (4901)
• Philippines
25 Jan 08
i hate to slice onions too, it always makes me cry. even if i keep my face in distance it really stinks.
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@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jan 08
Yeah, I am tearful when I cut the onions.
• United States
25 Jan 08
This is one of the things that I hate about onions. I love the taste of fresh onions in salads and dishes. But, I am not a fan of the actual preparing of the onion. To bad you can not buy them already prepared. I was told to run it under cold water. I have been told to also cut only one end of. But,nothing works too good. I think the best way is to get a super sharp knife and to cut it as fast as safely possible.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 08
Perhaps you can review others' suggestions here, I think some of the ideas are great.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Onions do not usually bother me when chopping them. I have heard that placing them in the freezer for a few minutes before chopping them helps,but I have not tried it myself.
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@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 08
I think it can work.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
24 Jan 08
There are many little tricks you get told, I am terrible when cutting onions, I have been told many things, even putting a match in your mouth, for me it didn't work. I bought myself a cutter where you cut the onions in to say quaters put then in this glass containee then put the chopper on the top then pump the chopper and it chops them up....
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 08
It is a good idea to use the tool:)
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
24 Jan 08
as of my observations not all onions makes you cry. the onions that makes you cry are the one which are really flavory. i dont do this much i just cut my onions fast but i will still share it with you. place a handful of rock salt on the chopping board before chopping or cutting your onions. hope it helps you.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 08
I haven't heard it before. Thanks for sharing with your tips.
• India
24 Jan 08
actually i am the chef at my house and i can cut all the vegetables except onions. so my style is that i peel the outer layers of onions under running water then rinse it properly and then cut it quickly into the desired slices. i guess this is the best ida
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 08
One more confirmation from a professional chef:)
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I read somewhere that if you put an onion in the fridge for a few minutes before slicing it helps with the tears. I have never tried it though. I usually buy sweet onions ans they do not make my eyes water.
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@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 08
It sounds a good idea.