How to get rid of teary eyes when chopping onions?

@Fulltank (2896)
Philippines
November 15, 2009 5:55pm CST
I heard that one can get rid of teary eyes when chopping onion by putting a piece of bread in your mouth or a teaspoon. I tried them and seems no one can stop the tears from rolling. Do you have tips on how to get rid of those teary eyes when chopping onions?
1 person likes this
10 responses
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
1 Feb 10
I was about to thank you for the bread in mouth suggestion but then I read further and say that it didnt work at least not for you .I must admit that I do not have a solution for this either but I will try the bread method but not sure how it was gonna work lol
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
You should store the onions in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes so that the fumes will be lost. I learned that from a TV show =)
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Hi, Fulltank. I have heard that if you run cold water over the onion while chopping it, it will make the tears go away. This is what I heard. The yellow onions seem to make your eyes water, bad.
@yan_blue8 (1439)
• Philippines
30 Nov 09
In addition to the responds, two other things that you do is to try to cut onions far from you, so you are not going to get the whole of its oil. Another things is by putting the onion in the water and slice them on it. These work and is applied by many chefs
@spinna54 (79)
• United States
16 Nov 09
I got a few suggestions,use safety goggles,or close your eyes when peeling the onion,then chop it up real fast.
@BART78 (2933)
• Canada
16 Nov 09
hi fulltanks...most of the responses are true, here's my share and it's simple, first peel off the thin skin of the onion then soaked it in a cold water with ice then you can slice...
@Baluyadav (3644)
• India
16 Nov 09
HI,THESE ARE ALL FEW REMEDIES-- A]The Candle Method ------------------- Light a candle and set it near the cutting board before cutting the onion. The gas released by the onion is drawn into the flame of a candle. The Candle Method B]Absorb the gas in water ------------------------ 1. Cut the onion under water 2. Cut the onion near running water or a cloud of steam (from a kettle or pan of water) 3. Breathe through your mouth (to draw the gas over your wet tongue) or stick your tongue out. C]Chill the Onions ----------------- 1. Chill your onions in the freezer before cutting them. This reduces the amount of the acid enzyme released into the air. This was found to be the most effective way to reduce tears by the television program Food Detectives. D]Use a Sharp Knife ------------------- 1.Use a very sharp knife when cutting onions. The enzymes are released when cells are broken or crushed; using a sharp knife slices through the onion rather than crushing and thus, fewer enzymes are released. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onion
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
I've heard that you should wash the onion first before chopping it. I've tried it also and it works.
• United States
16 Nov 09
I was told to peal it under water helps . I tried it and it worked for me.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
16 Nov 09
I just chopped onions a couple of hours ago. I heard somewhere that you can avoid tears if you chew gum. I didn't have any gums while I was chopping, so there were some tears involved.