We love fresh onions in our daily meals, but cutting them can be a major pain in the butt. If the fumes from cutting raw onions has you bawling so much you can’t even see what you’re chopping, try these quick home tips for safely cutting onions without making you cry like a baby.
To lessen the fumes of an onion while you’re cutting it, soak it in water prior to cutting to dilute the fumes that fill the air and make you cry.
Light a candle, any candle, and have it close enough to burn off the sulfuric fumes that onions set off to set your tears running, but not close enough to catch your hair or clothing on fire.
Chewing gum or munching on bread while cutting onions helps you ward off the inhalation of the fumes and cause you to cry less with the motion of chewing.
Have the room well ventilated; have a fan on or an open window to help the fumes find elsewhere to go other than your face.
Leave the root (the stringy bulby part) of the onion on while chopping. This lessens the sulfuric fumes in the air and helps you tear up less.
For some odd reason, sticking your head in the freezer works instantly when you’re bawling so badly it’s running down your shirt. By shoving your face in the freezer, the tears somehow stop. I can only assume it has the same effect as cutting frozen onions in dissipating the sulfuric fumes that wreak havoc on your senses. All that matters though is that it works.
One of the best methods in preventing onion fumes is cutting a cold or frozen onion. So prior to cutting, get that onion in the fridge for a few hours, as the colder it is the less fumes it lets off, without compromising taste. I would only freeze an onion if it was going to be cooked in a soup or casserole as it doesn’t have as fresh a texture as a
Yellow onions are more sulfuric than white or red onions, so if you can substitute a recipe to either use white or red onion, your eyes will thank you.
Soaking your onions in salt water before cutting, or cutting the onions IN a bowl of regular water helps keep the fumes at bay.
You can suck on an unlit match while cutting onions. I know someone who does this and they swear it works. Perhaps the chemicals in the match avert the sulfuric acid? Don’t know about y’all, but I’d rather have onion fumes than match chemicals, but try it by all means as I have heard it works if you’d like.
Of course, you don’t want to touch your eyes during and after cutting onions to avoid hurting your eyes even more. To get rid of the stubborn onion smell and juices that linger on your hands and disturb your eyes, rub your hands with raw potato. Voila- clean smelling hands!
Whatever method you choose to use to stop from crying, even breathing out of your mouth while cutting as opposed to your nose can keep the tears at bay. Who knew it was so simple to stop crying?