crying with onions

India
April 23, 2013 8:54am CST
I cry too much when I cut onions... so for that I open the water and leave the faucet open until I cut the onion... is there any way for cut onion without crying?
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@alpha9180 (301)
• Malaysia
24 Apr 13
Yeah, you may use lenses or large spectacles equipped with special lenses, protective rims etc to prevent any tears whenever cutting onion ! sure working 100 percent !
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• India
24 Apr 13
hmmm..... i am happy with cutting them in the water of cutting them in front of fan...
• India
28 Apr 13
There a 5 tips to cut an onion without crying or less crying..... 1.Use a sharp knife:A sharp knife will cause less damage to cell walls and fewer irritants will be released. 2. Keep the exposed cuts away from you:As soon as you cut an onion in half, turn both halves down on your cutting board 3.Cut the onion properly:Chefs have an efficient way of dicing onions which conveniently keeps the most of the exposed cuts against the board. 4.Chill the onions:With a cold onion, less propanethial S-oxide will evaporate. You'll still get some irritants,but this will help 5.Run the vent hood:Position your cutting board next to the stove and turn on the exhaust fan. Irritants will be pulled away from you and your eyes.
• India
30 Apr 13
thank you so much... that was great and i appreciate your knowledge.... have a great day..
@marguicha (90145)
• Chile
24 Apr 13
I cut them under water if they are too strong. But sometimes I don`t want to have them with water (as when I want to fry them). Then I cut them placing my face aside and cutting them on a board.
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• India
24 Apr 13
I also do like that sometimes....
@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
23 Apr 13
keep chewing the chewing-gum - I am not sure, while I writing, I just turned back and asked the people around, just try and let me know for the next time.
@mohkanari (1957)
• India
23 Apr 13
I think cutting under water, use contact lenses [Since you use it occasionally] etc are better methods for you to avoid more tears while cutting onions. Following link has so many methods. http://www.wikihow.com/Chop-Onions-Without-Tears
• India
24 Apr 13
thanks to both of you thanks1961 and dear mohkanari... well recently I cut onions under ceiling fan.. and I saw the result is better than opening the water faucet..
• India
25 Apr 13
Mmmm, that is the fault, while cutting onions, be sure that the fan is off or the area is slightly calm. Air curculation helps to fly around the particles and it will easily get into our eyes etc.
@thesids (22363)
• Bhubaneswar, India
23 Apr 13
Though the tears from the eyes during cutting onions are one of the best ways to cleanse them. still, I too follow your way. I mean, I keep the onions to be sliced under the faucet while cutting. Another method that I occasionally try out (when there is no tap around) is slice or chop the onions when immersed in a bowl of water.
• India
24 Apr 13
recently what I do is : I turn on the ceiling fan and I cut the onions in front of fan.. I notice that my eyes is not burning that much... I felt better.. :)
@thesids (22363)
• Bhubaneswar, India
24 Apr 13
You must have got a great fan then... as here, this option doesnt always give me good results.
• India
24 Apr 13
for me it works... it help me to not cry that much and i feel much better..
@Pegasus72 (1901)
27 Apr 13
I haven't found anything that works besides having someone else do it for me. LOL.
• India
28 Apr 13
hahaha... that is the best way... i do not have anybody to cut it for me so i just use mixer.
@Pegasus72 (1901)
28 Apr 13
I find that I cry when we use ours, maybe someday there will be a fool proof way.
@youless (90000)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 13
I also find it is difficult to cut the onions because I also cry for it. It is so uncomfortable. Later I wear a pair of goggles to cut the onions. And it is nice. At least I don't have to shed tears when I am cutting the onions. It is a very convenient way.
• India
25 Apr 13
well, did you read another suggestion? one said to keep onion in the fridge and after that when we cut them we would never cry.. :)
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@BSBarnes (10)
• United States
24 Apr 13
Running water helps when cutting onions, but it is not a cure. I once heard that if you just cut the top of the onion and start slicing (but leave the root intact), that helps, and it did really help, but not that much more. However, it is the best solution I've encountered.
• India
25 Apr 13
thanks , I will check it in this way too... let me see the result. hope it will work for me.
• India
24 Apr 13
the peel of the skins of onion and keep it in refrigerator and use it whenever you want. You wont cry. lol.. I have tried it many times.
• India
25 Apr 13
this idea is great.. hmmm.. now I remember, once I kept extra onion in the fridge and when I cut It did not make me cry... wow, you are right... thanks to remind me that.
@viju0410 (2286)
• India
24 Apr 13
Hi, Cutting onions under the ceiling fans, chewing gums etc posted above didn't work for me. so I do cry while cutting onions. I also found out that when my husband cuts an onion, he doesn't cry.....so i seek help from him to cut the onions.
• India
25 Apr 13
wow, lucky you to have a husband who do not cry by cutting onions.. well, so you have the best option for it.
@missjahn (4578)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
oh yes, it is really normal that tears will fall in your eyes when cutting an onion, unless we will find a good technique how to evade this crying. i saw once in a noontime show in the philippines a contest of not crying while slicing onions. if a contender can do this, he/she will win the in the contest. the contestants cut the same number of onions until two of them were left. the girl won because she was too witty to semi-close his eyes. i guess the hair of her eyelids prevent the juices of the onions to evaporate in her eyes. she did it with a smile in her face from the start of the game until she won at the end. i want to share this link to know why it happened like that :) http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryfaqs/f/onionscry.htm
• India
25 Apr 13
wow, that was great... :) thanks
@averygirl72 (16675)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
One time, I'm amazed that a purple onion did not make me cry and I'm almost finish chopping it but most of the time it irritates the eyes. Some even irritates the nose because it's so strong.
• India
24 Apr 13
i know a lady who never cry of chopping onions... if she cut thousands of them also will not cry... she says she never get tears with onions at all in all of her life..
@ajithlal (14568)
• India
24 Apr 13
Soak the onions in water and then put a small piece of onion in the knife edge and then cut the onions you will most probably will not cry. I think most probably after soaking onions with water you will not cry.
• India
24 Apr 13
thanks, next time i will soak them in the water to check the result..
@vanz_6 (100)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
whenever i cut the usual red/purplish color onion, i cry too. but when I cut those white onion, i discovered that i don't cry, as in no tears! you can try using white onions instead! :-)
• India
24 Apr 13
yes, I also feel that white onions do not make our tears out that much... but red ones are terrible and make me a big cry..
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
23 Apr 13
Hi. I usually follow this method and my eyes do not water. Cut the onions into two and put them in a bowl of water for about 3 to 5 minutes. While taking them out make sure to rub the cut sides with your fingers so that the juice does not affect your eyes. Peeling the skin awaywould also be easy if this is followed.
• India
24 Apr 13
Thanks, I will check it this time as you have explained...
@mohkanari (1957)
• India
23 Apr 13
My response is wrongly typed with response just above.
• India
24 Apr 13
anyway, who is using contact lenses while of chopping onion ?
• Philippines
23 Apr 13
Crying is inevitable when you're slicing onions. But there's a way to lessen it. Put a generous amount of rock salt beside you as you cut the onions. Also, if your eyes start to sting, wash with water or cool your eyes with a wet towel. Avoid putting your hand or fingers directly on your eyes. This way you won't accidentally put onion juices in your eyes. Hope these suggestions will help you the next time you cut some onions.
• India
24 Apr 13
Thanks, I also avoid of touching hand and eyes.. this time I will check with salt and I see what the result is...
@airasheila (5460)
• Philippines
23 Apr 13
hi there, honestly, i also experienced what you have had. and as they say, people cries because of onion has some health deficiency. perhaps, a lack in vitamin c or something. with me here, i do lack in vitamin c that is why i got colds so often. and after inhaling the odor of the onion, my colds are gone as this also serve as my treatment.
• India
24 Apr 13
Yes, onion are good enough. when I have cold I just cut an onion and I keep it in the room, onion will take all bacterial and microbs of our cold... after few hours I throw that onion and I cut another onion...
• Canada
23 Apr 13
Put saran wrap around your eyes and if you want to improve the look (guests are over etc) you can fashion a mask with tinfoil around the edges. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, then put on some swimming goggles or a gas mask. This will also be handy if there is a mustard gas or dirty bomb attack while you are chopping the onions.
• India
24 Apr 13
thanks
@Kmz059 (662)
• Philippines
23 Apr 13
I was cry whenever I will chop onions, someone told me that wash firsst the onion before cutting but it doesn't work for me. But when I am chopping onions I am not looking at the onion.
• India
24 Apr 13
washing onion before cutting is a good way, but will not stop our tears... for that it is better to stand near the running water or in front of fan.. :)