9 tips to cut an Onion without Tears

Eileen Hineline


I love Onions in just about every recipe I use but I hate the tears that comes with cutting the onion. I did some re-search on how to cut this onion and avoid the tears,and itchy eyes I always get. These tips have helped me so much, I hope they help you as well.

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1Freeze the onion 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. Or you can refrigerate 30 minutes before cutting.
2wear those swimming goggles! Most fool proof way to avoid those tears.
3Light a candle near by. The flame will take away some of the fumes that cause tears.
4Stick a piece of bread in your mouth. The fumes that cause tears will be absorbed in the bread.
5Cut the onion under water or under running water
6Use a very sharp knife which can make a sharp clean cut as apposed to crushing the onion.
7Have the fan blowing, this helps blow away the fumes.
8Rub lemon juice on the knife blade before cutting the onion and do it several more times with each cut.
9Leave the root on the onion. Cut rest of the onion before you cut off the root. As the tear causing fumes are inside the root.

About 9 tips to cut an Onion without Tears

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American