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How to Peel and Cut Onions Without Crying

Updated on August 31, 2020
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many recipe articles. She has a keen interest in creating delicious recipes and dinner ideas.

How to get rid of the smell of onions on your chopping board.
How to get rid of the smell of onions on your chopping board. | Source

The Correct Way Cut Onions Without Tears

The best way to peel and chop onions without shedding tears. This is an easy solution that stops the vapours getting into your eyes. I also show you how to remove the taste of onions from your hands, chopping board and frying pan.

  1. Place the onion on its side and cut off the root edge.
  2. Turn the onion around and do the same on the other side.
  3. Then peel the onion of its skin.
  4. Make sure you do this by moving your hands away from your body.
  5. This will let any onion vapours rise away from your face.
  6. Once the onions are peeled you need to put them under running water from the tap for a few seconds.

When cutting onions we cry because a gas called Lachrymatory is released. This activates neurons in your eyes so you feel a stinging sensation, The tears that come next do the job of flushing out the irritant.

When you cut off the root end of the onion it helps to avoid irritation of the eyes because this part has the higher concentration of these irritants.

How to cut and chop onions without crying tears
How to cut and chop onions without crying tears | Source

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 is 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.

How to use lemon juice to remove  onion smells
How to use lemon juice to remove onion smells | Source

The Onion Smell

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 these from your kitchen implements.

  1. Lemon juice is an excellent way to dispel all lingering odours.
  2. Wash your pan and chopping board as usual.
  3. Then add a few squirts of the lemon juice, rub in to the surface.
  4. Wait a few seconds and wash again with just hot water.
  5. If you have a fresh lemon then use this but those small bottles of concentrated lemon juice work just as well.

Different Ways to Eat Onions

  • Fried onions are used to flavour steak and hamburgers.
  • Onions are boiled in stews. soups and casseroles with other vegetables to add flavour.
  • Raw onions can be chopped and added to potato salad, egg mayonnaise and other sandwiches.

The Health Benefits of Eating Onions

  • Onions are low in calories but packed with vitamins and minerals. They have a high content of antioxidants and sulphur compounds.
  • If you eat regularly it helps to lower cholesterol.
  • There is also evidence that onions can thin the blood vessels which can stop the hardening of the arteries.
  • It also helps to maintain healthy blood pressure.
  • Onions have 40 calories per 100 grams.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin C, B9and B6 are abundant. Also Potassium which helps to lower blood pressure.


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    • viking305 profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      7 months ago from Ireland

      Hello Iris, did not know of that method. I must try that next time, thanks

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      7 months ago

      I hold a crust of my mouth @ and I find it works for me

    • viking305 profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      4 years 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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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      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!

    • viking305 profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      6 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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      7 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.

    • viking305 profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

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

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      Sheila Brown 

      8 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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      Trudy Chappell 

      8 years ago from Gloucestershire UK

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

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      8 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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      Ole Number One 

      8 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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      lady rain 

      8 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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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      I use a lot of onions in cooking too.

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      Rinita Sen 

      8 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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