My Genius Idea: How To Stop Crying When Cutting Onions

I wanted to redeem myself after my Birthday Cake Disaster. And this is it. I figured out the best way to chop onions. This is something that has bothered me for decades. Maybe I have sensitive eyes or something. They just burn and burn and burn.

I have heard that you can cut them while sticking your tongue out, so the vapors hit your tongue first. But have you ever tried it? You look ridiculous (even more so than I do with my brilliant discovery below), plus, I’m not kidding: Your tongue gets tired. I’ve heard you can freeze them first. But that would require planning ahead. When it comes to cooking, I’m not good at that.

So the other night I was determined not to have my eyes burn. I saw Fia’s swim goggles on the counter and boom! Lightbulb. It obviously works or else I wouldn’t be putting such an absurd picture of myself up here.

While I’m at it, my other favorite kitchen tip is how to get rid of the fresh garlic smell on your hands after chopping. You simply rub your hands on anything that is stainless steel. Whether it’s the inside of your sink, a steel spatula…hell, I even do it with my butcher knife. Though I wouldn’t recommend that to most people. Somehow the stainless steel neutralizes the odors. It’s like magic.

I got a few other tips emailed to me the other day.

–The inside of a banana peel will whiten your teeth. Just rub it on. (I’m so trying that.)

–A Tulsi leaf everyday keeps cancer away. (But I need to figure out what a Tulsi leaf is and where I can find one.)

–Chop up fresh mint leaves and apply under eyes for 20 minutes to get rid of bags/dark circles.

–Dates basically cure anything. A hangover, abdominal cancer, you name it.

I haven’t verified any of these, but once I try them, I will let you know what I think.  Any good tips you care to share?

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  1. by Cindy

    On January 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Just wanted to pipe up to say that I tried your absurd tongue tip (that sounds bad) which you told me about who knows how long ago and, yes, besides feeling and looking ridiculous and tiring out my tongue, I ended up drooling all over the onions. That so does not work. Swim goggles? I’ll give you that they may work but have you tried a mild onion! :)