Did you know…? | How to stop crying when cutting onions

So, hey! Happy December! I want to commit to writing more blog posts because I love it and I love the blogging community. I start, stop, start, stop and want to finally get back to posting regularly. I decided to keep myself accountable by starting this ‘did you know’ series (a bit like my ‘life tips‘ and ‘good to know‘ past posts). And hopefully it helps me improve my finger writing and drawing skills, haha!

If you struggle with cutting onions because they always make you tear up to the point where you have to stop what you’re doing and run to get a tissue (this has happened to me… a lot), hopefully this will be your solution like it has been mine. I went my entire life not knowing this until a few years ago when I heard it in a movie. I tried it and it worked! And I’ve been using this method ever since. Placing onions in the fridge helps stop the enzymes from seeping out of the onion as quickly as a fresh, non-refrigerated onion would, which leads to our tears.

I usually have at least one onion in the fridge and just remember to put in a couple more once I use them up, but sometimes I forget. This method usually still works pretty well if you put in your onion first thing when you start cooking and get to the onion fairly late in the game (doing a little search online tells me that 20-30 mins is all that you really need).

I’ve read that it can possibly affect the texture of your onions and/or affect the other produce you have in the fridge, but I’ve never found this to be the case for me. However, if you want to be on the safe side, maybe stick to the 20-30 minute rule or try it out once to see what happens.

Do you tear up when you cut onions? Do you use the fridge method? Another method? What other kitchen tips do you have? Please, do tell!

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Christina Richards
4 December 2015 - 10:38 am

I love that tip! I’m pretty sure my boyfriend does that. Another method I have is, have someone else cut the onion. πŸ˜‰ I notice when I wear my glasses it somewhat protects my eyes.


Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
5 December 2015 - 12:37 am

Haha, thanks Christina! I know this was kind of a silly post so I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting πŸ˜€ I actually volunteer to help others cut onions because I would feel so bad when others would cry cutting them (I use onions a LOT so maybe I’m more immune?… who knows!), but this method has been a life saver (or an eye saver, really)!

7 December 2015 - 12:57 pm

This is a good tip! I hadn’t thought about the fact that the un-cut onions from the counter make me teary sometimes, but the stored & partially used ones from the refrigerator never do. I’m going to remember this!

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
7 December 2015 - 10:46 pm

I use onions a LOT so this little tip made my life a lot easier, haha! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! πŸ˜€

Roxanne Mosby
12 December 2015 - 1:49 am

Haven’t heard of this tip. I will definitely apply this as I cook my next meal!

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
13 December 2015 - 12:28 am

I hope it works as well for you as it does for me! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! πŸ˜€

Amanda Freerksen
19 December 2015 - 12:13 am

I am giggling at some of the comments your received. When my husband comes home and asks if I need help getting dinner ready, I usually say, “yes — your favorite task…” which means cutting the onions! I saw a friend cutting onions wearing swim goggles. She looked pretty silly, but it worked!

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
23 December 2015 - 1:00 am

Who knew cutting onions was such a hot topic?! Hahah! The pain is worth the delicious outcome, I think πŸ™‚ You know what? I saw your comment and then watched a video where someone wore goggles to cut onions and I’d never heard of that before! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Do you have a blog?

Amanda Freerksen
25 December 2015 - 3:21 am

yes, you’ve commented before! It’s Queso Suizo!

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
25 December 2015 - 9:43 pm

Oh, of course… I’m sorry! I couldn’t find a link back and I didn’t recognize your last name or picture!

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