Is there any way to stop tears while cutting an onion?

India
August 29, 2009 9:54am CST
I know this is common but how many of you have thought why this happens and how can it be stopped. If you have any suggestion do let all of us know, so that next time we do not cry when some one is cutting an onion in front of us.
6 responses
@bloodsky (69)
• Philippines
4 Sep 09
soaked it in water after peeling it. it helps.
@chi2nasrin (1103)
• Malaysia
29 Aug 09
I don't know if this will work, but I read somewhere that chewing a gum can help you not to cry while cutting an onion. I never try it though because I seldom cook.
• India
29 Aug 09
Onion has some gas in it which is released when it is cut. The gas triggers the water secretion mechanism in our eyes and we start crying . Some gas in the onion makes us buddy... I wash my eyes with (a lot) water when I cry due to onions. Another way is by using an onion cutter or a food processor to cut it !!!
• United States
29 Aug 09
One thing that I have learned over the year's is to cut the top end first then do the root end last. That way you wont cry. It's when you cut the root end off that it make's you cry. My mom also use to put an old wooden match in her mouth when cutting alot of onion's. It seemed to work.
@KMPierce (165)
• United States
29 Aug 09
You can wash the onion after you peel the outer layer off. It doesn't cut the tears completely but it does help.
@kmaram (2535)
• Philippines
29 Aug 09
Hi there, well i dont know if there is anyway where we will not cry when cutting onion. They said that you should put salt beside the onion but i remember i tried this before but still doesnt works. So i am asking also this one because its really a funny thing that you are crying without any reason, keep on mylotting