How To Chop Onions (Without Shedding A Tear)

by Vanessa Luis

Onions make for a versatile ingredient, used in every kind of cuisine. Whether you add them to your scrambled eggs or layer them on a sandwich, they bring a peculiar flavor and crunch to the dish. They also contain a whole bunch of nutrients including flavonoids, sulphuric compounds, and vitamins B6 and C, all beneficial for your health.

So there you have it, onions are flavorful and healthy, and there’s no reason to shy away from them, except maybe when it comes to cooking with them. If you’ve cut up a batch of onions before, you know there’s going to be tears involved, but have you ever wondered why?

When you cut an onion, it releases a fine spray of droplets. These droplets contain a compound that causes the lachrymal glands in the eyes to get irritated, thus releasing tears.

Luckily, there are quite a few tried and tested remedies to prevent it. One such solution is to freeze them. Keep the onions in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before chopping or peeling them. Once the cells freeze, they are slow to react and emit these tear-inducing droplets. You can quickly chop up an entire batch before they return to normal temperature and begin releasing the fumes again.

This brings us to the next big problem—how do you quickly chop a couple of onions? To help you do so, here’s an amazing video that will solve all your onion woes. Here are seven cool (and rather unconventional) ways to chop onions within seconds. We hope you enjoy the video!

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