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This Instructable is about how to cut and chop an onion without crying.  I have always used one method when chopping or cutting an onion until last summer; when my son took a cooking class.  I was so excited he was taking these classes because I knew he would have a lot to share.  Not only did he learn how to cut an onion but how to cut an onion without crying! 

Step 1: Why Does Cutting An Onion Make You Cry?

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When you cut into the root of the onion it releases gasses that make you cry.  

tvazquez22 months ago

I work in a restaurant as a Dishwasher, but sometimes I also have to help

prep food and cut onions...

...so This tutorial is a MAJOR help! Thanks! :-D

kcli3 years ago
Can't wait to try...thanks for sharing!
sunshiine (author)  kcli3 years ago
Thank you for commenting! Have a nice day!
blossom92833 years ago
I have used this method and it works great!
sunshiine (author)  blossom92833 years ago
Thanks for commenting blossom9283! Your support is appreciated.
SIRJAMES093 years ago
you're on a roll girl!!!

That's 2 things you've taught me today!!! I love it!

TY for sharing Sunshiine!!
sunshiine (author)  SIRJAMES093 years ago
Thank you SIRJAMES09! Hope your doing awesome!
bajablue3 years ago
Great tip!

I always just breathe through my mouth when cutting onions, but this sounds much easier.

Thanks for sharing!
sunshiine (author)  bajablue3 years ago
Thanks for sharing bajablue!
canucksgirl3 years ago
Interesting tips sunshiine. My mom taught me to put the onion in the freezer for a few minutes before cutting and it works! Its not in there long enough to freeze, but it stops the crying.
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
Thanks for sharing canucksgirl! I have not tried that method but I read it works. It probably would not hurt to do that as well as the water. Who wants to cry. Have a great day!
And thank you for sharing! By the way, did your son happen to mention how the water method works? Does it just absorb the onion fumes from the air? I will definitely give it a try though the next time I have to chop an onion.
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
That was my old method. I included it with his method because it works pretty good by itself. Yes the water absorbs the fumes. I have used the bowl of water for years. I forgot to add the link where I learned how to cut the bulb out. I revised my ible. That method worked great but with a lot of waste. There are a lot of tips there and they mentioned to breathe through your mouth the whole time you are cutting the onion. Thanks for commenting!