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Dicing Onions WITHOUT The Tears!


Martha Stewart says “light a candle when chopping onions to help with the evaporation of the onion vapors”.  Don’t get me wrong, this method does help diminish some of those horrible vapors that make you cry.  But, knowing simply how to cut an onion without releasing those vapors is key.   You see, if you do not penetrate or cut the root of the onion and make all of your slices while keeping the onion intact, than those tear causing vapors will stay contained and will not be released causing you to cry.  Most of the tear causing vapors are released when the root of the onion is exposed while cutting the onion, which is the part that most of us tend to cut off first. :0

Below is a step by step method that will have you dicing even the largest onion tear free! 🙂

Here we go:

A sharp knife is very important!

Also, your knife should be longer than the girth of your onion.

First cut onion in half like I have shown below, and place cut side down on your cutting board.


Next, cut onion in length slices, making sure not to cut all the way to the root.  Leave the root intact.



Now, make three or four slices sideways, again making sure not to cut all the way thru the onion so that the onion is still in one piece as shown below.


Next, slice onion crossway and that’s it.  Finely chopped onions without crying.


All you should be left with is the root.


If done properly guaranteed to be tear free and very quick.


Happy dicing! 🙂


7 comments on “Dicing Onions WITHOUT The Tears!

  1. Kevin Kaatz
    October 8, 2013

    I have to chop an onion tonight, so I will try this! Thanks!


    • Nini
      October 8, 2013

      The key is to hold the onion and keep it intact so the vapors cannot escape. :0 Let me know how it works out Kevin. It is also super fast!


  2. LFFL
    October 9, 2013

    I always wondered what the best and quickest way to chop an onion was.


  3. Ingrid
    October 9, 2013

    Ah….I did not know this. I’ll give it a try tomorrow when I will once again be cutting up an onion. 🙂


  4. Kathy
    October 14, 2013

    Reblogged this on Kathy's Blog.


  5. Kathy
    October 14, 2013

    Thank you! I’ll try this the next time I cook with onions in my recipes. D


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