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Tips to assure you won’t cry anymore when cutting onions

Delicious in pasta, wraps, quiche, or something as simple as soup: onion is one of those vegetables that can be found in every kitchen. But then, what do you do against those watery eyes when you’re cutting onions? Let me tell you!

  1. Remove the core

One of the most useful tricks is to first remove the core of the onion: that’s the culprit after all. Remove the core by cutting a slice from the bottom of the onion. You can then use the knife to remove the core (the harder part of the root). And if the middle part is big, you can cut it out too. Throw away the core and you’re all set.

2. Wear ‘onion goggles’

Yes, this invention truly exists. If you don’t want to remove the core, you can also wear onion goggles. They’re not very charming, but it’s handy if you don’t want a vale of tears on your cutting board. These goggles protect your eyes against the gas from the sulfur, but can also be used when barbecuing, for example. This way you’re less bothered by the smoke.

3. Cool them

Putting the onions in the fridge for thirty minutes to two hours beforehand will reduce the risk of eyes tearing up. If an onion is at room temperature, the gas is released faster.

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4. Ventilate

Open the window or even better: set the extractor hood to the turbo setting. Anything to get the sulfur off your eyes. By circulating the air, you’re less likely to suffer from tearing eyes.

5. Don’t rub

Sulfur is released when you cut an onion. The trick is to get as little sulfur as possible near your eyes. The more you rub, the more you feel like you’re blinded for a moment. So, whatever you do: keep your fingers away from your eyes.

Love, Skye Lewis ❀

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