How to Cut An Onion Without Crying

how to cut onions without crying

People cry when they cut onions because the onion gives off enzymes that causes irritation to the eyes, causing them to tear up and leave you crying. A sharp knife can help, but it’s not the answer and will still leave you crying.

You may have peeled the onion and soaked it in water and found that created a relatively painless method of onion chopping but there’s an even better way that is as tear-free as baby shampoo. It doesn’t require hardly any extra work, but does require you to plan ahead a bit, luckily not too long and can even be used without much preplanning. This technique doesn’t require any swim or motorcycle goggles either.

About 15 minutes before you cut the onion, put it in the freezer. That’s it. I told you it was simple. Chilling the onion cools the enzymes in it and they release slower so it doesn’t irritate your eyes. Haven’t you ever noticed how much less irritating an onion is when you use it for the second time, after it spent time in the refrigerator? It’s the same principle, a cold onion emits less enzyme.

You don’t have to peel it before you put it in the freezer, so aside from remembering to do this, there’s no extra work. Crying while cutting onions will be a thing of the past and you’ll finish your dinner with all your makeup in tact. It’s easy and far better than any other technique.