Kitchen tips : How to cut onions without crying

In most indian recipes onion is the widely used ingredient we generally use at our home. But cutting onions always make us cry and feel uncomfortable. Because sulphur compounds present in onions irritate our eyes and make us cry. Here I share 6 easy kitchen tips on how to cut onions without crying.

how to cut onions without crying

 

Why do we cry when we cut onion

 

The simple answer is sulphuric acid which irritants our eyes and ultimately makes us cry.

why do onions make us cry

Basically, when we chop or slice onions, we cut its cell which releases a certain type of sulfenic acid

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.

 

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How to cut onions without crying

Here is a 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 to use a sharper knife to chop onions, which cuts cleaner and faster.

cut onion with sharp knife

In theory, by using a sharper knife you will do more minor damage to onion cells, hence fewer gases or irritants will be released.

Consequently, you will not shed any tears while cutting onions.

 

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Keep the onions in the refrigerator

Our second hack is to peel the onions and then keep them in the refrigerator for at least 20 to 25 minutes before you cut them.

onions in refregerator

Now take it out from the 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.

 

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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.

soak onions in cold water

It is believed soaking onions in cold water chills the onion, which slows down the production of the chemical compounds in it.

Keep a piece of bread in your mouth

This is one of the most effective but totally funniest hacks you can try while chopping onions without shedding any tears.

piece of bread in mouth

The fact is you have to hold 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.

 

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Run the vent hood while cutting onions

Our fifth kitchen tip on how to cut onions without crying is always to run the exhaust fan while cutting the onions.

run the vent hood

 

If you run an exhaust fan while cutting onions irritants will be pulled away from you and your eyes. You will not shed any tears, It works, as long as you have a good overhead vent

 

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Wear goggles while chopping onions

If you have full goggles at your home you can wear them while chopping onions. The trick is goggles will create a seal around your eyes and keep water from getting into your eyes.

wear goggles while cutting onions

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.

 

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Kitchen tips : How to cut onions without crying

how to cut onions without crying

Are you crying a lot while chopping onions ? Then here is a list of 7 easy kitchen tips on how to cut onions without crying.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • 1 kg onions
  • 1 liter cold water
  • 1 large size bowl
  • 2 piece of bread

Tools

  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 chopping board
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 goggles
  • 1 exhaust fan

Instructions

How to cut onions without crying

  1. First kitchen tip is use a sharper knife to chop onions , which cuts cleaner and faster , will do less damage to onion cells, hence fewer gases or irritants will be released.
  2. Second kitchen tip is first peeled the onions then keep them in refrigerator for at least 20 to 25 min then chop or slice the onions around the root end not the root end.
  3. Third kitchen hack is soak onions in cold water for 30 mins before chopping because cold water chills the onion, which slows down the production of the chemicals compounds in it.
  4. Fourth kitchen hack is 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.
  5. Fifth kitchen tips always run the overhead exhaust fan while cutting the onions it pulled away irritants from you and your eyes.
  6. Last tip is wear full goggles while chopping onions because it helps to seal around your eyes and keep water from getting into your eye

Notes

How to store cut onions

  • Keep cut onions in a sealed, airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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