Cooking 101: How to Cut an Onion Without Crying


Cooking 101: How to Keep From Crying When Chopping Onions

Chopping an onion would be much better if it produced tears of joy.

The problem is onion tears burn and sting.

When we cut an onion, the knife ruptures cells and a gas is released into the air. When the gas mixes with the water in our eyes it produces an acid, which causes our peepers to sting and tear.

Using a very sharp knife helps to prevent tears because the sharp blade ruptures fewer cells and less gas is released.

You can also chill the onion in the fridge beforehand, put on goggles or follow this wikiHow page suggestion.

“Breathe through your mouth (to draw the gas over your wet tongue) or stick your tongue out.”

So which technique will it be?

Will you use a sharp knife? Chill the onion? Break out the lab goggles or pant like a dog while you chop?

Feel like sharing how YOU keep from crying while cutting an onion. Comment away!

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