In most of indian recipes onion is the widely used ingredients we generally use at our home. But cutting onions always make us cry and feel uncomfortable.Because sulphur compounds presents in onions irritates our eyes make us cry. Here i share 6 easy kitchen tips on how to cut onions without crying.
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Why do we cry when we cut onions?
The simple answers is sulphuric acid that irritants our eyes which ultimately make us cry.
Basically when we chop or slice onions , we cut it’s cell which releases a certain type of sulfenic acids
which first react with the other free enzymes and the chemical reaction between them generates propanethiol S-oxide a volatile sulfur gas,
that goes upwards towards our eyes and reacts with the water present in the tear glands of our eyes to produce sulphuric acid.
How to cut onions without crying ?
Here is list of 6 easy kitchen tips on how to cut onions without crying. Must try any of these methods in future whenever you chop or cut onions.
Use a super sharp knife
Our first tip is use a sharper knife to chop onions, which cuts cleaner and faster.
In theory, by using a sharper knife you will do less damage to onion cells, hence fewer gases or irritants will be released.
Consequently you will not shedding any tears while cutting onions.
Keep the onions in refrigerator
Our second hack is first peeled the onions then keep it in refrigerator for at least 20 to 25 min before you cut them.
Now take it out from refrigerator then chop or slice the onions around the root end not the root end.
Because it is believed root contains a higher concentration of enzymes and sulfuric compounds, either you cut them off before you begin chopping or cut around them.
This hack we usually do in our kitchen to avoid crying.
Soak the onions in cold water
Our third kitchen hack is if you can’t keep onions in the refrigerator, you can soak them in cold water for 30 mins before chopping.
It is believed soaking onions in a cold water chills the onion, which slows down the production of the chemicals compounds in it.
But it wasn’t quite as effective as the freezer method.
Be careful while following this hack slice onions slowly because sharp objects and damp onions may damage your fingers.
Keep a piece of bread in your mouth
This is one of the effective but totally funniest hack you can try while chopping onions without shedding any tears.
The fact is you have to held a dry bread in between your front teeth with lips slightly open.
The spongy texture of the bread will absorb some of those irritant chemicals compound before they will attack to your eyes.
Run the vent hood while cutting onions
Our fifth kitchen tips on how to cut onions without crying is always run the exhaust fan while cutting the onions.
If you run exhaust fan while cutting onions irritants will be pulled away from you and your eyes.You will not shedding any tears, It works, as long as you have a good overhead vent
Wear goggles while chopping onions
If you have full goggles at your home you can simply wear it while chopping onions.The trick is goggle will create seal around your eyes and keep water from getting into your eyes.
If you have sunglasses sorry this trick will not work properly.
Because sunglasses, didn’t create a seal around your eyes the way the goggles would and the gases easily sneak in through your nose and eyes.
Have you tried any of the above kitchen tips on how to cut onions without crying ? tell me in comment sections.