(Closed) Tips to avoid that awful onion smell that burn my pretty brown eyes? (:

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I don’t have any tips.  But I do have a funny story.

SOs best mate was chopping an onion, as you do and asks the same question as you “how do I stop the crying?” SO says: “the trick is to take a bit of onion and rub it under your eyes”.  Well, SOs mate fell for it.  And you can imagine the pain.  The thinks boys do to each other lol.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Mrsgurzakovic: Biggest thing would be using a sharp knife. It will cause the least amount of damage to the onion. I’ve also hard cutting an onion by an open flame helps. The flame will burn of the smell (gas/chemical?) the onion releases.

Here’s a really good video from Alton Brown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU-gfFzC6Uw

Post # 5
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper

A few things you can do:

1). Chill onion before cutting (15-20 mins) in the refrigerator

2). When you cut the onion make sure to not cut the bulb end that has the “cells” as our family calls it. Cutting this side will release the chemicals that cause your eyes to tear.

3). Use the sharpest knife possible.

4). For added protection turn a spoon over and place it on your tongue while cutting. I have NO idea why this works but it does for me everytime.

5). To lessen the smell have an open flame going (candle, match, gas burner) near your cutting board. It will suck up the odors.

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Get some goggles (either the full on science kind from chem lab) or those “onion goggles” eye glasses that conform to your face. Burning candles is good for reducing the cooking onion smell later on.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

wear contact lenses.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

so, i was watching “The Help” and they said to hold a matchstick in between your teeth. 

idk if that works, i haven’t tried it… 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I second @joy2011! I’ve never had a problem with onions but then I always were contacts… but using a super sharp knife helps a lot or tossing it into a food processor.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Don’t dilly dally. Cut it quick and get outta there!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Chill the onion first. Or clench an old-fashioned kitchen match (the wooden kind) in your teeth while chopping – it really works!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

My eyes are green, but this trick might help yours from watering. Put a piece of bread or a cracker in your mouth while you are chopping. Do not chew or swallow until you are done. If you can’t help yourself, be sure to keep some bread or more crackers handy to replace the original.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My first job was at a Subway (yay high school minimum wage jobs!) and our manager always had us cut the tips off the onions, peel them and at least rinse them with cold water for a while/soak them to keep our eyes from watering. That’s what I tend to do at home now and it works for me. 

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Freeze them!  Toss the onion in the freezer for 15 minutes then quickly chop away!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Run cold water while you’re chopping it! No idea why it would work, but my neighbor’s grandmother suggested it and it really does keep me from crying!

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