No More Onion Tears

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Slices of red onion in bowl.The tears from slicing onions can be so annoying. These tears are caused by releasing the gasses from the onion when it is cut and them making their way up to your eyes. Stop these gasses in their tracks just by sprinkling a bit of salt on your onion before chopping away. The salt dissolves the sulphur in the vapors. It also helps to use a sharp knife on a refrigerated onion, as less of the irritating enzymes will be released into the air. Happy chopping!



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November 11, 20120 found this helpful

Absolutely trying this one! Sounds easy too!

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November 21, 20120 found this helpful

I wear a pair of safety goggles that I bought when doing drilling and grinding and I wear these when chopping onions. A pair of swimming goggles would work just as well. Maybe you have some around the house ;-)

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November 25, 20120 found this helpful

Putting them in fridge for a few hours before cutting them up makes most of the tears away.

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

Although I have read and am constantly being told that you shouldn't refrigerate onions, I agree with you. I have been doing it for the past 50 years as did my mother before me.


I just put them in an open plastic storage bag in the crisper. I have NEVER cried when cutting any onion that came from my fridge.

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