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How to Peel and Cut Onions Without Crying

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The Best Way to Cut Onions Without Crying

Learn the best way to peel and chop onions without shedding tears. This is an easy solution that stops the vapors getting into your eyes. I also show you how to remove the taste of onions from your hands, chopping board and frying pan.

  1. Place the onion on its side and cut off the root edge.
  2. Do the same on the other side.
  3. Then peel the onion of its skin.
  4. Make sure you do this by moving your hands away from your body.
  5. This will let any onion vapors rise away from your face.
  6. Once the onions are peeled you need to put them under running water from the tap for a few seconds.

When cutting onions we cry because a gas called Lachrymatory is released. This activates neurons in your eyes so you feel a stinging sensation, The tears that come next do the job of flushing out the irritant.

When you cut off the root end of the onion it helps to avoid irritation of the eyes because this part has the higher concentration of these irritants.

How to get rid of the smell of onions on your chopping board.

How to get rid of the smell of onions on your chopping board.

The Onions are Now Ready to Cut

They will now be ready to chop up as you wish. But remember to cut them up slightly away from your body. This will stop any lingering vapours rising into your eyes.

A common mistake people make when cutting and chopping up onions is to touch their face before washing their hands. This is more painful because the onion has been put directly onto the eyes from the hands. Always wash your hands immediately after peeling and chopping up onions.

How to cut and chop onions without crying

How to cut and chop onions without crying

The Onion Smell

The smell of onions tends to linger on the chopping board and frying pan even when these have been cleaned. There is a quick and easy way to get rid of these from your kitchen implements.

  1. Lemon juice is an excellent way to dispel all lingering odours.
  2. Wash your pan and chopping board as usual.
  3. Then add a few squirts of the lemon juice, rub in to the surface.
  4. Wait a few seconds and wash again with just hot water.
  5. If you have a fresh lemon then use this but those small bottles of concentrated lemon juice work just as well.
How to use lemon juice to remove  onion smells

How to use lemon juice to remove onion smells

The Health Benefits of Eating Onions

  • Onions are low in calories but packed with vitamins and minerals. They have a high content of antioxidants and sulphur compounds.
  • If you eat regularly it helps to lower cholesterol.
  • There is also evidence that onions can thin the blood vessels which can stop the hardening of the arteries.
  • It also helps to maintain healthy blood pressure.
  • Onions have 40 calories per 100 grams.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin C, B9and B6 are abundant. Also Potassium which helps to lower blood pressure.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 07, 2020:

Hello Iris, did not know of that method. I must try that next time, thanks

Irisleggett on January 31, 2020:

I hold a crust of my mouth @ and I find it works for me

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L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 14, 2015:

Yes Thelma peeling onions is messy but the flavour they add to the dish is well worth the trouble.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 07, 2015:

Great tips. I peel off the onions under running cold water and cut it away far from my body. It helps to not to cry. Thanks for sharing your method. Well done!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 07, 2014:

Yes I love to have fried onions with almost everything too.

Thank you Kasman for taking the time to leave a comment and your shares and votes

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on January 20, 2013:

Onions are one of my favorite veggies to use for almost anything. I have wondered before some of the best ways to get rid of the smell though. You did a great job in putting together this information along with great pictures. Voting this one up and very useful to me! Sharing this one to Facebook.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 14, 2012:

Thank you everyone for reading and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on February 13, 2012:

Great information! I didn't know this. I use a lot of onions when I cook. I will definitely try this right away. Thanks for SHARING! Voted up and useful! :)

Trudy Chappell from Gloucestershire UK on November 27, 2011:

Excellent tips Viking. Thank you. Voted up because it's so useful.

Admiral_Joraxx from Philippines on November 25, 2011:

Wow!, great discussion about peeling onions Viking305. I just want to add, how about wearing sunglasses or goggles while peeling onions Viking305? It would feel funny and adventurous. =) 1 vote up and useful for this!

Ole Number One from Louisiana on November 24, 2011:

The whole key to this is really, buy sweet onions from Vidalia, Ga. and you won't have any of these problems.

lady rain from Australia on November 24, 2011:

I have cut onions the way you did, and other times I cut them differently. That explains why I sometimes get tears and sometimes I don't. Thanks!

Shasta Matova from USA on November 24, 2011:

I use a lot of onions in cooking too.

Rinita Sen on November 24, 2011:

Great tips! I knew the running the onions under water part but didn't know that its good to cut off the edges before you peel. Thanks!

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