How to Cut an Onion Without Shedding a Tear

Sophie Miura

We've encountered some quirky suggestions about how cooks can avoid the age-old dilemma of tearing up when cutting onions. From mad scientist–like onion goggles to old wives' tales about lighting a candle before you chop, each solution seems more outlandish than the last—yet none have actually solved the problem.

If you avoid dicing onions for fear of stinging eyes, Thrive Market might have the answer. The foodies behind the grocery delivery service suggest a surprisingly simple solution. The best part? It doesn't require purchasing gadgets or wearing weird goggles—it uses an item that's already in your freezer: ice.

According to their team, ice could be the key to preventing onion tears. "Hold an ice cube in your mouth while chopping onions to keep your eyes from watering," they suggest. "Biting into a piece of bread also works for some people."

So does it actually work? "Some say that having something in your mouth encourages you to breathe through your mouth," writes Thrive Market, "sucking in the gasses from the onion that irritate your eyes."

If you're not convinced, multiple cooking forums suggest another easy method. Simply chill onions in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting them to reduce the amount of acid enzyme released into the air.

Have you tried either of these cooking hacks before? Tell us if it put an end to onion tears.

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