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The Secret To Cutting Onions Without Crying

We've all been there: unable to control our watery, stinging eyes when chopping up an onion for a recipe. Very uncomfortable and unideal, onions cause teary eyes because of the lachrymator compounds that are released when they are cut. These compounds stimulate the eyes' lachrymal glands so they release tears.


Person cutting onions

Greatist.com conducted tests to determine the most effective methods to avoid the dreaded teary onion eyes. The best methods were freezing the onion prior to chopping and biting a piece of bread. Another great option is wearing goggles so that the lachrymator compounds are unable to reach your eyes.

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