Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Home Cooking

Don't laugh: best strategy for chopping onions


Home Cooking 29

Don't laugh: best strategy for chopping onions

The Dairy Queen | Aug 26, 2007 08:47 AM

Okay, go ahead and laugh, but I've gotten way more onions than I can use from my CSA. Unfortunately, they have big thick, green stalks and I understand they won't store well. So, I'm going to chop them up (in various ways--diced, sliced, chopped etc.) and freeze them in 1/2 cup-sized portions so I can use them in cooking all year long.

Here's the question part that I don't want you to laugh at:

if I wore swimming goggles while chopping them, would that prevent the tears? I'm so sensitive to onions to begin with, these onions are super hot, and I'm going to be working with such a huge quanity that I fear it will take me all day if I have to take constant and frequent breaks due to crying. (I'm clumsy with a knife to begin with...) I can use the food processor for some, but not all, chopping, I suppose.

I did some reading on chowhound and there are folks who swear that wearing contacts while chopping onions prevents the tears. Since I don't have/wear contacts, that's not an option. I also read someone who said if you put a fan next to you, that will blow away the fumes. So, I'm going to try that, in addition to the goggles.

Or, is that just stupid?


Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound