Home Cooking Tips & Advice
to cut an onion without crying
How many times
have you had to chop an onion only to find tears streaming
down your face when you're done. When onions arecut the enzymes
and chemicals react with each other to create a vapor that
causes your eyes to tear.
There are a couple
ways to cut many without crying. One creates quite a fashion
statement while the other needs a little foresight. One way
is to simply wear goggles. These can be simply swimming goggles,
wood shop protection goggles, or even ski goggles. They are
kind of clunky, not very attractive, but they get the job
The other way is
to simply pop the onion into your refrigerator about an hour
before you need to chop it. The lower temperature makes the
reaction slower, which means less vapors are released to cause
your eyes to tear.
That said, there
are all kinds of other old wives tales about how to not cry
when cutting an onion. If something works for you by all means
feel free to do it. These are just some tried-and-true methods
that you might want to try as well.