This happened to me over the weekend actually. I was cutting onions when all of the sudden… here come the tears. But why does this happen and how can you stop it?!
The part of the onion that makes you cry is the chemical gas that gets released from the juices of the onion. One trick you can try to avoid this or at least delay it is to put the onions in the freezer for ten minutes before you chop them. They’re less likely to make you cry that way, because it takes longer for the juices to release the chemical gas that makes you tear up.
Definitely trying this next time.
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