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Best Way to Peel and Cut Onions Without Crying

Updated on December 22, 2016
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L.M.Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She has a keen interest in creating delicious recipes

How to Chop up an Onion Without Crying

I will also show you how to remove the taste of onions from your hands, chopping board and frying pan.

Onions are one of the best vegetables around for adding flavour and taste to your food.

How to Chop Onions
How to Chop Onions

But if you peel and cut them up the wrong way they can cause painful tears

I finally hit on the way to peel onions without the odour getting into my eyes and causing painful tears and have used the method ever since.

It was a relief to finally find out the best way to do this. I cook just about all my own meals from scratch so use onions a lot. Below I have outlined some great tips on how to peel and chop onions without tears.

I have included my own photos as well.

Once you use this step by step method you will be able to peel and cut up onions the easy and painless way. .

Chopping Onions without Tears

  • The trick is to peel the onion in a certain way.
  • Place the onion on its side and cut off the edge.
  • Turn the onion around and do the same on the other side.
  • Then peel the onion of its skin.
  • Make sure you do this by moving your hands away from your body.
  • This will let any onion vapours rise away from your face.
  • Once the onions is peeled you need to put them under running water from the tap for a few seconds

Peeling Onions Without Tears
Peeling Onions Without Tears

The Onions are Now Ready to Cut

They will now be ready to chop up as you wish.

But remember to cut them up slightly away from your body.

This will stop any lingering vapours rising into your eyes.

A common mistake people make when cutting and chopping up onions.

This is to safely get them into the pot and then to touch their face before washing their hands.

This is more painful because the onion has been put directly onto the eyes from the hands.

Always wash your hands immediately after peeling and chopping up onions.

Cutting the Onion

Getting the smell and taste of onions off your chopping board and frying pan

The smell of onions tends to linger on the chopping board and frying pan even when these have been cleaned.

There is a quick and easy way to get rid of onion tastes from your kitchen implements.

Lemon juice is an excellent way to dispel all lingering odours. Wash your pan and chopping board as usual.

Then add a few squirts of the lemon juice, rub in to the surface. Wait a few seconds and wash again with just hot water.

If you have a fresh lemon then use this but those small bottles of concentrated lemon juice work just as well.

Using Onions in your Recipes

Lemon Removes Onion Smells
Lemon Removes Onion Smells

Peeling an Onion

This is the best and easiest way to peel onions without tears. By using this method above you can peel and chop onions in your recipes with ease. Get the smell and taste of onions off your hands, chopping board and frying pan.

The tip about washing your chopping board and frying pan with some lemon juice will also make cleaning up after using onions quick and easy.

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How to Chop an Onion without Crying

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Great tips! I knew the running the onions under water part but didn't know that its good to cut off the edges before you peel. Thanks!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I use a lot of onions in cooking too.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      I have cut onions the way you did, and other times I cut them differently. That explains why I sometimes get tears and sometimes I don't. Thanks!

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      Tim Hyde 5 years ago from Louisiana

      The whole key to this is really, buy sweet onions from Vidalia, Ga. and you won't have any of these problems.

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      Admiral_Joraxx 5 years ago from Philippines

      Wow!, great discussion about peeling onions Viking305. I just want to add, how about wearing sunglasses or goggles while peeling onions Viking305? It would feel funny and adventurous. =) 1 vote up and useful for this!

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      Trudy Chappell 5 years ago from Gloucestershire UK

      Excellent tips Viking. Thank you. Voted up because it's so useful.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great information! I didn't know this. I use a lot of onions when I cook. I will definitely try this right away. Thanks for SHARING! Voted up and useful! :)

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you everyone for reading and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Onions are one of my favorite veggies to use for almost anything. I have wondered before some of the best ways to get rid of the smell though. You did a great job in putting together this information along with great pictures. Voting this one up and very useful to me! Sharing this one to Facebook.

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Yes I love to have fried onions with almost everything too.

      Thank you Kasman for taking the time to leave a comment and your shares and votes

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      Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany

      Great tips. I peel off the onions under running cold water and cut it away far from my body. It helps to not to cry. Thanks for sharing your method. Well done!

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      L M Reid 18 months ago from Ireland

      Yes Thelma peeling onions is messy but the flavour they add to the dish is well worth the trouble.

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