How to chop onions without crying: experienced chefs reveal the tricks

By Daniil PiskunApr 16, 2024 10:05 AMFood Life hack
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How to chop onions without crying
How to chop onions without crying. Source: homegrown.extension.ncsu.edu

SSPDaily has prepared tips on how to chop onions. Learn simple techniques to minimize tears while cutting.

Use a sharp knife

You can chop onions without tears with a sharp knife. A dull knife will crush the onion cells, releasing more of the irritant that causes tears. A sharp knife allows you to make clean and precise cuts, minimizing the release of irritants and reducing the chance of tearing.

Chilling the onion

Another effective tip for slicing onions without tears is to chill them before slicing. Freezing for at least 30 minutes before slicing slows down the release of volatile compounds, reducing their impact on the eyes. This simple step can significantly reduce tearing when slicing onions.

Slicing near the fire

Chopping onions near a fire, such as a gas burner, can help reduce watery eyes. The heat from the flame helps to draw in the irritating compounds released by the onion, preventing them from getting into your eyes and causing tears. It is important to be careful and ensure safety when using this method to avoid accidents.

Ventilation in the kitchen

By turning on the kitchen hood or opening a window, you can prevent the accumulation of irritants in the air, reduce their impact on the eyes and minimize tearing. Good ventilation helps disperse gaseous substances and keep the kitchen environment free of irritants that cause tears.

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