No More Tears….
Almost every Indian savory dish begins with sautéing onions. Needless to say, I had to find the most effective method to reduce my crying. I have heard and and read many…many tricks over the years – some are effective to a certain extent while others aren’t even worth experimenting.
Some of the common ones are–
Cut onion under water – certainly not practical
Freeze the onion before cutting – requires planning ahead and much harder to cut, if frozen longer
Refrigerate the onion – did reduce the tears to a certain extent
Cut while holding your tongue to the roof of your mouth – tried it for the sake of fun
Wear goggles – one of the effective methods but, I wanted to cook and not go scuba diving
After trying many more, I landed on one and find it the most effective of all –
Turn one of your gas burner on and cut the onion standing close to it. Many suggest lighting a candle, but a candle flame was just too small to have any effect. This works for me due to all the practical reasons – I don’t have to plan ahead and I’m gonna turn on the stove anyways couple of minutes later. I’ve been using this trick as long as I can remember and it is hands down the best one for me!!
Please follow all basic precautions when dealing with open flame!
Do you have a favorite method that works for you? I would love to hear….