No More Tears Onion Tip

no more tears onion tip
No More Tears Onion Tip

Onions are inexpensive and good for you to eat, but cutting them (especially when you’re cutting several!) can be a pain to your sensitive eyes. Here’s a simple trick for tear-free onion chopping . . .

While working in a restaurant I learned from a chef that if you simply breathed through your mouth and NOT through your nose, you could avoid the “fumes” of an onion and thereby avoid tears. However, after chopping 5 or so very large onions for salsa, I discovered that if you slipped up even once, this trick stopped working immediately.

So, upon further testing, I discovered that by simply lighting a candle a few inches away while you’re slicing or dicing an onion, The fumes of the onion are “burned” by the candle flame and never reach your eyes.

A great tip to remember when cutting large amounts of onions for freezing or canning!

What’s your favorite way to avoid tears when cutting onions?

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  1. i tried this but i don’t think i put it close enough to where i was working cause it didn’t work. :drama: but i never knew about the breathing out of your mouth. i’m gonna have to try it.


  2. i use salt. just wet hands and put some salt in one and then rub them together. no burn, then when done, i pour ketchup in hands and use like soap, washing my hands with the ketchup.

    rinse and guess what, no onion smell.

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