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I cry so much when I cut onions and it's not only that but my eyes burn and I want to scratch them out. I know that's the natural reaction but does anyone have any suggestions to stop it, I love my onions but I can't take this. Right now I've resorted to wearing a pair of swimming goggles while cutting onions which works but is super uncomfortable and looks really weird.
 

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Wow- when I read that title, I thought you meant that you felt bad/sad when you cut veggies, like bc you didn't want to hurt them- I was expecting a conversion to fruitarianism. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
Sorry- I don't have any suggestions for the onion cutting, but good luck!
 

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I always peel the onion, and put it in a bowl of cold water for a couple mins, then chop it...no tears. Or if you're in a hurry you can take it after its peeled and run it under a faucet for a few seconds. It works for me.
 

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I used to have to chop lots of onions in one of my jobs. I found the best way to deal with it was with positioning in relation to the exaust fan -- so that the fan sucked the onion fumes away from me. If you don't have an exaust fan, putting a fan in the window might help.<br><br><br><br>
I didn't know about refrigerating them, though, or the cold water thing -- I'd give those a try first.
 

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Kpickell is right. If you refridgerate your onions they shouldn't burn as bad. RUnning them under a cool faucet should also help
 

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The title of this topic and the first sentence made me laugh out loud <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> Hehe, thanks.<br><br><br><br>
I've never heard about the cold water/refrigeration thing, although rinsing the onion and my hands off has helped me a few times. What works for me is to just not breathe through my nose... sounds simplistic but it works for a lot of people I assume, since they recomended it in my cooking class. Between that and cold water I think you'll be all set.
 

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This probably doesn't help since you are someone who wears glasses (or so I guess from your current cartoon avatar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">) but if you wear contacts while you chop they don't sting your eyes nearly so much.
 

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i have the same exact problem ! i love onions but my eyes are WAAAY too sensative to chop them, so when i'm cooking for other people i make someone else do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> i think that is the best way of dealing with the problem. i've tried cold water, and it doesn't work for me, haven't tried refrigerating yet but it sounds like i'd work better.<br><br>
and when i need onions for soup or w/e i cut them in a few pieces and put them in a blender with a little bit of water.
 

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I used to put a lit candle by the onion, and that seemed to help a bit.<br><br><br><br>
The other option (which I've been meaning to do), is to buy one of those mini-choppers. They're really cheap and they would be perfect for chopping onions.
 

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yeah, only onions stick to the sides of the dish and the blades don't cut all of them, that's why i add water
 

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On Martha Stewart's show once she said it helped to cut an onion near an open flame, but I can't remember the reasoning behind that theory. She demonstrated cutting the onion near a gas stove, with one of the burners on. A lit candle nearby sounds a lot safer to me, though.
 

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I too laughed at the title. I was like, geez. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I quick run mine under cold water and don't have any problems. Viva la onion!
 

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I don't know why a lit candle works, but I found this on the cook's illustrated site:<br><br><br><br>
Tear-free chopping?<br><br><br><br>
We tested over 20 methods for reducing the number of tears shed while chopping onions. If you wear contact lenses youre in luck theyre one of the surefire methods of preventing tears. The only other thing thats as good as wearing contacts is to sport swimming or skiing goggles, which may make you look like a kitchen terrorist, but is extremely effective. The next best thing is to keep a lit candle beside your cutting board, or if you have a gas stove and counter space beside it, do your onion chopping near a lit burner.
 

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A lot of people used to chop onions with a lit match in their mouth-- (not that I recommend that) supposedly the sulfur burns off the chemical which makes you cry.<br><br>
I usually just buy the frozen chopped onions and use those, or if I want something special like vidalias, I chop up a bunch at once and then freeze the rest.
 

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Chew gum while you cut onions. For some reason it works. I know there's a scientific reason because I heard it on Bill Nye the Science Guy one morning...just can't remember it.
 
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