How to avoid tears when cutting Onions

We all love Onions. An onion makes your food even tastier. Salads, curries, sandwiches or just about anything else. You can imagine your favorite dish without (of course I am not counting sweets and other things here).

But cutting an Onion is one of the most painful things that you can indulge into and that too in your own personal kitchen. It’s like punishing yourself for the taste. Many people just avoid cutting onions and all they do is peel them off and then grind them.

Some even buy readymade pastes of the same which are available in the supermarkets.

But what if you want to get fine chopped or cut onions for yourself. See, crying is optional here. Yes. That’s right. Follow these steps and you won’t be crying, at least while cutting the onions.

Follow these 10 steps and don’t forget them…

  1. The best way to avoid crying when dicing an onion is to use a very sharp knife and to move as quickly as safety permits.
  2. Cut off the end of the onion end with the small roots sticking out. Cut it in half lengthwise so that the end that is still together is cut in half.
  3. Now remove the skin and one of the layers underneath it to clean the onion.
  4. Holding your knife parallel to the cutting surface slice the onion parallel to the cutting surface so that you are making slices that are 1/4 inch from each other.
  5. Remember to never make a cut that would break through the end of the onion. The onion will come apart if you slice through the bottom end.
  6. Turn the onion.
  7. Make lengthwise slices remembering not to cut all the way to the end. The onion will still be in one piece and look like half an onion.
  8. Turn the onion and chop the onion all the way to the back of the part that is still together.
  9. You will have perfect small dices of onion.
  10. Now chop the other part of the onion the same way.

One more thing. If you are like me then you can also take a bowl of water, cold if you can, and dip the skinned onions into it for some time, say 5 minutes. This will also decrease the sharpness of the onion. This also leads to lesser watery eyes.

So what’s cooking tonight?


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