Wednesday, February 28, 2007

WFMW: Tear-free Onion Cutting

Gram was never without the big red bag of onions in her pantry but I quickly found that, not having a cool place to keep them, that big red bag of onions turned into a bag of rotting onions. So I've resorted to buying 1-2 large Spanish or Vidalia onions every week, and keeping them in my fridge (I use a lot of onions!). I didn't realize it, but I haven't shed a single tear over cutting onions in years now and apparently this is why. At colder temps, whatever it is in onions that make us cry is lessened considerably. So before you cut up all those onions for French onion soup or whatever else you're making, toss them in the fridge for a day! No more tears!

There's lots more great tips over at Shannon's place today.

10 comments:

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Very simple, very helpful. Thanks! Who wants stinky rotting onions in their house?!

Susanne said...

Well, who knew. I heading right now to put my onions into the fridge.

lizzykristine said...

Now I know why I keep onions in the fridge! Must be one of those homemaking traditions that has been passed down with the reason behind it forgotten along the way. :)

Barb said...

I keep onions in the fridge, too, but sometimes I get one so powerful it still makes my eyes water and sting. Two things my mil taught me - cut the onion near running water, as in turn on the faucet in your kitchen sink OR burn a candle right near where you're cutting the onion. The candle seems to work best if an onion is still making me cry even when it's chilled.

Boy - you said French onion soup. Haven't made that in ages but I'm going to make it soon. We love it!

GiBee said...

MAN!! You took one of my tips! Daggone!

My mom taught me this, too, and it really works! Refrigerating the onion works better than running water, a candle, a piece of bread, etc.!!!

Katrina said...

Wow, I must be smarter than I thought. :) I've always kept onions in the fridge, but I don't know why or what started that... But it's true, I very rarely cry when I cut them (although once in a while one gets me anyway). Interesting.

Jennifer said...

Yea! Thank you, thank you!

gail said...

Wow, good tip! I'll have to try it.

Photo Buffet said...

Dianne, y'know, I didn't really think about it until I read your post. I use red onions and my eyes never water when I chop them. I keep them in my fridge.

Blessed Assurances said...

Bless you, I needed this the other night when the onions got to me and my husband thought I was crying over something he may have done. Silly men, just the onion