How to Chop Onions Without Crying

The other week, I decided to make caramelized onion dip to bring to a ladies’ night, but I was not excited to weep over 5 pounds of yellow onions. And then my friend told me a little trick: put a few matches in between your lips, match head out (unlit, ha!) and carry on with your chopping. Apparently, the sulfur at the end of the matches absorbs all the acid from the onions. I tried it that afternoon and barely shed a tear. Afterwards, I had to go around telling everybody, and I found that about 50% of people already knew this trick (the response was either, you didn’t know that? or WHAT, COOL!) So just in case you’re the latter : )

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15 thoughts on “How to Chop Onions Without Crying

  1. I happened upon a trick while chopping onions during the summertime. I had a little desk fan blowing in my direction, and it seemed the fan blew whatever onions out of the upwards direction they’d usually travel in. No tears whatsoever!

  2. You can cut it up next to running water, too. The compounds in the onion that make you cry are attracted to moisture, so they’ll head over to the faucet and not up to your peepers. 🙂

  3. Even easier, wear swim goggles! For reals. It works every time – and it makes chopping onions more fun because you look completely ridiculous and no-one can resist a cheap laugh.

  4. Oh, wow! I don’t know about that! I will try it next time I am chopping a lot of onions. Hahaha I usually pour running water for a second onto them right after peeling. :p

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