That is the $50 million question. I have heard so many tips on ways to keep the onion fumes from stinging my eyes, because I have nice watery tear ducts. I did finally find something that works, thanks to The Food Network!
A few tips to keep onions from stinging your eyes:
- Have a Sharp Knife: The sharper the knife, the less tearing on the flesh, which means less of the gases that make your eyes burn. Trust me on this one, I don’t need to get technical!
- Turn on an Open Flame: I have a gas stovetop and I cut the onion beside an open flame, and guess what? It actually works.
- Pop it in the Freezer: If you can stick it in the freezer for about 20 minutes that helps to prevent the gases from getting out so quickly.
- Do it Quickly: The quicker, the better!
How To Cut an Onion
Take a whole onion and cut it longwise, so you slice right through the roots at each end. Keeping the roots intact makes it easier to cut, because it stays intact.