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November 12th, 2003, 5:04pm
i'm sure you all can come up with some great home remedies to keep onions from killing me when i have to chop them. I have a food concession stand at our local market and i make homemade soups. I make 3 soups each week and they all have onions. I just got thru dicing up 4 onions and i am a mess! LOL! i have a small food processor but it seems to just mush everything up and i prefer them chopped by hand. I remember hearing about something you smear above your upper lip but i can't remember what it was.
thanks in advance :gvibes:
November 12th, 2003, 5:11pm
This works for me somtimes
when u cut the onion
Don't breath in with your mouth or nose, try to hold your breath.
November 12th, 2003, 5:13pm
Wear swimming goggles.
November 12th, 2003, 5:13pm
My brother and sis-in-law own a cafe and he swears that if you throw them in the freezer for about 10 minutes before cutting it helps a lot. Haven't tried it yet myself.
November 12th, 2003, 5:16pm
A friend of mine told me if you burn a candle next to where you are cutting it, for some reason it takes the sting out of it. As with other's, I have not tried it yet.
November 12th, 2003, 5:20pm
I've been told that if you cut the onion without chopping off the root end will help. It seems to work for me! Happy chopping! :sob:
November 12th, 2003, 5:21pm
I run cold water while I'm cutting onions and I don't "cry". Turn cold water on and cut onion near the running water not in it.
November 12th, 2003, 5:22pm
Some say to cut it under water but I haven't figured out how to do that successfully.
November 12th, 2003, 5:23pm
I put mine in the freezer for 30 monutes..trust me it really works
November 12th, 2003, 5:26pm
I've always been taught to chew on a toothpick, while cutting the the onion. However, it doesn't work for everyone ):
November 12th, 2003, 5:28pm
This probably is NOT an option, if you are not eye-sight impaired, but I have NEVER met an onion I can't 'take' when I have my contacts in!
November 12th, 2003, 5:28pm
My mom taught me to hold a couple of matches in your mouth if the onions bother you. I do it sometimes but they dont bother me too much. They have to be the kitchen match type.
November 12th, 2003, 5:34pm
I ran a concessions for years. I put a match stick in my mouth. Has something to do with the sulfer in the match stick that keeps you from crying. It worked great.
November 12th, 2003, 6:54pm
Thanks everyone! lots of great ideas that i will try tomorrow. i had heard of the match stick thing but i wasn't sure if it was supposed to be lit or not! LOL! what are kitchen matches?i do run them under cold water after i peel them but as southflgirl said you can't keep them under there if you are going to chop them. I am going to try the freezer and the goggles. Hubby uses safety goggles when he cuts up my 50 lbs a week for my Philly sandwiches.
i wore contacts for 13 years and you are right! never had a problem when i was wearing them.
The Seahorse Lady
November 12th, 2003, 7:00pm
My Grandmother taught me this trick many years ago - get a kitchen match and put the sulphur end in your mouth between your teeth and then cut up your onion and no more tears. You may look a little silly with a match stick in your mouth but it does work.
A friend of mine puts swimmer's goggles on and states that it works. I haven't tried that one yet since it sounded alot crazier than my match trick.
November 12th, 2003, 7:13pm
Check your grocery store bagged salads section.
My store sells onions already chopped in a bag.
They only cost about a buck a bag. So worth it to
not cry or get that smell on your hands.
November 12th, 2003, 7:14pm
You can also hold a piece of bread in your mouth while you are cutting. Seems to absorb the fumes I guess. It works anyway.
November 12th, 2003, 8:46pm
I have been doing this for more years then I care to remember. My Grandma taught me this. Put two matches between your teeth (wooden kitchen matches or the regular matchbook kind, doesn't matter), matchhead side out (in other words, the part you light is outside of your of your mouth). Don't light them, just hold them in between your lips (mouth closed), while you are cutting the onions.
This has never failed for me.
November 12th, 2003, 8:50pm
I either run cold water over the onion briefly after the first cut (seems to keep the fumes down), or I work on the stove top with the vent fan running to draw the fumes away. We have a ceramic top stove, which makes it easier to do this.
November 12th, 2003, 8:53pm
I read a magazine article once about this issue....one idea was to stick your tounge out while cutting the onion!! I'm not sure if it works though, but it sounds funny! :laugh:
November 13th, 2003, 1:14am
I just do it with a food processor. It's the only way to go! :) :laugh:
November 13th, 2003, 3:08am
putting a piece of bread in your mouth works....of course, you look like an idiot but it beats tears :clap:
November 14th, 2003, 9:20pm
The easiest way is to just keep your mouth closed. Works everytime.
November 25th, 2003, 8:42pm
Did you ever see a onion chopper called "tap n chop"? You could look online or at SEEN ON SCREEN. I don't do onions because they make me ill--I hate it when (about 2 times a year) I really need an onion. I would use this thing if I had to do lots of onions. More likely I would PAY someone to do them for me!
November 25th, 2003, 9:32pm
put the end of a piece of italian bread in your mouth or
chew gum both work
November 25th, 2003, 9:57pm
I love onions and use them all the time. I love my food chopper! It is a godsend. I got mine from Pampered Chef and I absolutely love it. I use it to chop onions, herbs, boiled egg, tomatoes for salsa, bell pepper, etc. You can also buy one at bed bath and beyond. I highly recommend this to everyone. It is great.
November 25th, 2003, 11:00pm
I chopped onions tonight and tried the match trick that several members suggested - it worked!
November 25th, 2003, 11:13pm
The gas from the onion combines with your tears to produce an acid in your eyes. To reduce the effect, either chilling the onions, or a fan to blow the fumes away from your face should be the best bet.
November 25th, 2003, 11:46pm
Just recently my 14 yr old son had to make dinner for the family (family living class assignment). He wanted to make my goulash, which calls for onions. He started cutting and was dieing, begging me to help him. I told him to use the bread idea, but by this time it was to late. He was "complaining" "begging" "joking" and Crying. He had me laughing so hard.. I almost peed my pants. At this point the UPS guy came to the door (no not a win, Christmas presents I ordered). He had to think I was nuts, there were tears running down MY face, from laughing so hard. :laugh:
To top it off, and I was ROFLMAO when I came back in the kitchen. He had run out to the garage and got his mask for PaintBall and was wearing it while he chopped. Seriously stopped the tearing up...but I don't know if I will do this..probably scare off my cute UPS guy with my next win, just because I forgot to take it off before I answered the door. :laugh: Atleast won't have raccoon eyes I would get from the kids swimming goggles.
I am sitting here typing this and laughing my butt off remembering him. This is scarey as everyone is long in bed...and if they wake up will KNOW that Mom has FINALLY completely lost it....
November 25th, 2003, 11:50pm
Heres what i do. Get someone else to cut it.