Those damned onions! Love to eat them, hate to chop ‘em. I always get so damned weepy. After posting my family’s recipe for our Thanksgiving Onion Casserole last year, the comments have been flooded with great ideas on how to stem the tide (or flood) of ocular moisture. Since this info is so great, I’ve compiled it in one post so this holiday season, you can keep the tears out of the kitchen and save them for those awkward family table conversations.
1) Put onions in the freezer for 20 minutes before you cut ‘em. Not only has this worked time and time again for me, but friends who love to cook have tested the theory as well…it has yet to fail. Good luck!
2) DON’T cut off the root end of the onion or through it! I peal the onion, cut off a small slice from the side (so there’s a level sitting area). Then make a horizontal cut down the center toward the root end – set on flat side and cut away – tear free half circle onion slices! It’s all in the root!
3) I light a candle near my cutting board. I think I read that in a Martha Stewart column. It seems to work.
4) Swimming googles make working with onions a tear-free experience. It also entertains any witnesses.
5) Slice them underwater, but that’s a bit of a pain. I just cry and let it happen.
Thanks guys for the great ideas. Feel free to add any more you all might know of.