Introduction: How to Take the Bite Out of Onions

Onions and I have a complicated relationship. We get along great when they're grilled or sautéed, but not when they're raw... These simple tricks for how to take the bite out of onions have brought harmony back to our friendship and helped us to get along in all situations!

Step 1: Slice or Dice

Chop or slice or dice your onion(s) into whatever final shape you want for your recipe/dish.

Step 2: How to Soften & Sweeten Raw Onions

If you are making a dish that requires a slightly softer onion (like a kale salad), bury your raw slices in salt and let sit for at least 10 minutes, can be more.

Pour salt and onions into a colander and shake off the salt and then rinse with water.

Step 3: How to Remove the Bite From Raw Onions

To remove the bite and bad breath associated with eating raw onions, while still keeping them crispy, place the slices in a bowl of ice water for at least 10 minutes. (Can be left up to a few hours)

Drain and use.

Your tummy, and everyone you come in contact with that day will thank you!! :)

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jawzy (author)2017-04-19

For me, when slicing onions to stop the tears, I put them in the freezer for a few minutes before slicing! No more tears!!

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megaman616. (author)2017-02-26

to make them less strong and a little sweet, put them in white vinegar, they taste delicious and are good for salad too

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pbranje made it! (author)2016-12-06

...good idea for these! =)

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grannyjones (author)2016-10-19

My eyes BURN so painfully when cutting onions that I keep a pair of swim goggles in the kitchen--just for cutting onions. NO MORE TEARS !

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cowgirlgail (author)2015-09-18

I'll have to try this

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dmwatkins (author)2015-09-16

Have to try this! Onions and peppers are my favorite veggies, but guaranteed acid reflux.

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KiraKazantsev (author)2015-09-16

I wll have a try.

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Attmos (author)2015-09-15

I love the bite of a good onion bite. :)

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Cyndal (author)2015-09-15

I'll have to try this. My boyfriend hates onions, yet I love them.

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jessyratfink (author)2015-09-15

I've never tried using salt before. Gonna have to give that a go :D

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