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August 18, 2006

Onions without tears!

Food and cooking

I can't be the first one to think of this, but I've never heard it anywhere, so I thought I'd share. I usually have a horrible time chopping onions. I don't just tear up: I sob. I've tried most of the remedies I've heard, and none of them do much.

But today I was washing an onion, because it seemed a little dirty, and I decided to cut it down the middle to make sure that the dirt was just on the outside rather than related to some sort of internal rotting or something. And I realized that I wasn't feeling the slightest bit teary. So I went ahead and cut the whole onion up while holding it under the cold running water, and I was totally fine. Sheesh. Why isn't this standard practice? Does it do something horrible to the onion's flavor that I don't know about?

Posted by Kat at August 18, 2006 06:44 PM

How did you manage to not wash it down the sink? I've heard hold a piece of bread in your mouth too, but evidently it's only the occasional onion that gets to me, so I just soldier through.

Posted by: Carrie K at August 18, 2006 07:11 PM

I often cut my onion in half and rinse before chopping. Afaik all this will do is create a milder flavor. I've often read to rinse the chopped onion or even soak in cold water half an hour before using it raw for this very purpose.

Posted by: Julie at August 18, 2006 09:07 PM

I've heard that just running water while cutting it nearby can stave off tears, but as I don't cook, I have no evidence of this...

Posted by: Lauren at August 19, 2006 12:41 PM

I've heard of that before. I'm surprised you haven't run across it anywhere.

Posted by: Kristy at August 19, 2006 02:28 PM

Usually when I'm cutting onions, I'm chopping them up finely -- which would be awfully difficult under running water :)
I do find that storing them in the fridge helps, however. That way I can get through *half* of an onion without crying, at least...

Posted by: Tracy at August 19, 2006 10:35 PM

i'd hurt myself if i did that. someone told me burning a candle helps, but it didn't help me this weekend. but starting with them cold helps a little.

Posted by: kate at August 21, 2006 03:35 PM
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