10 Tips For Chopping Onions Without Shedding A Tear

Have a big batch of onions to chop and not looking forward to the crying session ahead? Here are 10 tips and tricks that just may help you avoid those tears and enjoy cooking!


1. Put onion into fridge

The cells from a cold onion react slower when cut, refrigerate onion for at least 30 minutes before chopping & peeling or try freezing for about 10 to 15 minutes (depending on size) before slicing into it.

2. Cut onion under water


Cut onion under water (either under a running tap or in a sinkful of water). The water will dissolve the sulfur compounds before they can reach your eyes.

3. Chop with a very sharp

Chop with a very sharp, stainless steel knife that has been run under water before starting to slice. If cutting a lot of onions or even a single large one, run knife frequently under water.

4. Light a candle


Light a candle or votive near the cutting board or if you have a gas stove, light a burner. Cut onions as close to flame as possible without danger of being burned. The heat will draw the sulfur to it and away from your eyes.

5. Have a fan blowing

Have a fan blowing the droplets away from your face while cutting onions.

6. Chew gum


Chew gum, have a piece  any food in your mouth. Why does this work? The theory is that having something in your mouth encourages you to breathe through your mouth, sucking in the droplets before they hit your eyes.

7. Leaving on the onion root end


Do you trim both ends off the onion before peeling & chopping? Stop! Try leaving on the root end until the very last since the sulfur compounds are more concentrated near the root

8. Try cutting off both ends of an onion under water

Contrary to the tip above, try cutting off both ends of an onion under water then bring up to the cutting board and chop away. Since the root end is removed, the thought is that the worst is behind you.

9. Use vinegar

Lightly spray the cutting board with a 50/50 vinegar and water mix, vinegar apparently halts the sulfur reaction. If a 50/50 mix doesn’t do the trick, try full strength vinegar. This may affect the flavor of the cooked onions.

10. Chop onion in well-ventilated area

Do not cut onion in an airtight kitchen but choose well-ventilated area, for example, near windows or air vents, so that the air can escape easier. Also, after  cutting onion, you can wash out the smell of onion by rubbing your hands with dry salt, lemon juice or with a stainless steel spoon or washing hands with water before using soap.