Cutting Onions

In this post we’re going to give you a number of quick tips for cutting onions in lots of different ways. Firstly there is no magic cure, some onions will make you cry when you cut them no matter what, but there are a few things that you can do to minimise the effects.

  1. Breath through your mouth
  2. Do not lean your head in over the onion as you cut it
  3. Smaller onions tend to make you cry quicker, so use larger onions if possible
  4. Turn on the extractor fan and cut the onions near it

Unfortunately, I have yet to come across a “secret” trick that works every time, once those vapours get you, you’re gone. Thankfully the tips listed above do help.

Now onto the cutting, the video below shows my limited knife skills doing onion rings, half moons, chunks and lastly diced onion.

These techniques also work well with Shallots, after all they are a type of small onion as well 😉

4 thoughts on “Cutting Onions”

  1. Some people say leave the end of the onion on until last, but I find no difference. George, when Miss Elly was at school at Cooking… SHE SAID having spectacles on helped prevent the crying bit! She traded that job for the dishes! [Don;t tell her I said that. 😉 ]

    1. well, I’m not going to say on the spectacles thing, I daren’t try to cut anything without mine unless I want less fingers :)

  2. Breathing through your mouth is definitely the best advice. I actually had no problems with onions at all until I stopped wearing contact lenses and switched to glasses.

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