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entropygirl Sun 23-Oct-11 19:24:40

AIBU to chop onions for dinner?

blackeyedsusan Sun 23-Oct-11 19:26:34

<passes tissues>

livinonaprayer Sun 23-Oct-11 19:34:59

Safety goggles in future?! smile

usualsuspect Sun 23-Oct-11 19:35:44

Buy ready chopped grin

cookcleanerchaufferetc Sun 23-Oct-11 19:36:55

Wear sunglasses!

thousandDenier Sun 23-Oct-11 19:39:20

Bite on wooden spoon? Or is it metal? confused

Try both!

Cheeseandseveredfingersarnie Sun 23-Oct-11 19:41:31

i keep a bowl of cold water nearby and keep dipping the onion in it,seems to work.
ds1 said he hates onions because they make mummy crygrin

Ria28 Sun 23-Oct-11 19:42:40

I learned a good tip recently - the oils that hurt your eyes are all in the bottom of the onion, if you cut that last you should be ok.

youcantparkthatthere Sun 23-Oct-11 19:47:44

chop top and bottom off, peel, wash ubder cold running tap for 10-15 secs, no more watery eyes!

crazynannawitchbitch Sun 23-Oct-11 19:47:45

Peel under running water wink

TheyCallMeKipper Sun 23-Oct-11 19:52:59

Put wrists under water and then chop the onion while they are still wet. If they dry, wet them again. Hands can be wet too, but wrists must be - not hands only.

It really works for me.

PigletJohn Sun 23-Oct-11 19:53:36

if you put them in a sink of cold water, peel them and cut the top and bottom off underwater, you can then take them out for chopping with no ill effects

(or at least, I can)

entropygirl Sun 23-Oct-11 20:11:18

nom nom its worth it for fajetas!!

unpa1dcar3r Sun 23-Oct-11 22:03:52



cairnterrier Sun 23-Oct-11 22:07:46

If you have an extractor fan, then peel them on the counter as close to the fan as you can do. Put the fan on as high as it will go and the vapours which irritate your eyes get sucked away.


BOOareHaunting Sun 23-Oct-11 22:07:48

metal spoon! grin

contact lenses help according to my friend! and my glasses do help a little.

beanandspud Sun 23-Oct-11 22:16:56

Put a piece of kitchen roll in your mouth. The kitchen roll acts like a shield and catches the onion 'fumes' before they reach your eyes unfortunately you also look like a bit of a muppet.

entropygirl Sun 23-Oct-11 22:44:15

bean let me guess - to get the full effect you also have to take a picture and post it on the interwebs?

SirHumphreyAppleby Sun 23-Oct-11 22:45:10


springydaffs Sun 23-Oct-11 22:50:19

I've been putting a tea towel on my head for years (when I'm chopping onions, obvoiusly)

it doesn't really work

SirHumphreyAppleby Sun 23-Oct-11 22:53:15

Really? It doesn't work, you say, springy?

DeepPurple Sun 23-Oct-11 22:55:09

Wearing contact lenses really helps. Sadly, you get used to wearing them and the one time you chop onions without them confused

40notTrendy Sun 23-Oct-11 22:56:35

Yanbu. My DH does them coz he wears contacts grin

BistoBear Sun 23-Oct-11 22:56:42

Contact lenses work smile I thought onions had been genetically modified to not make our eyes water any more blush Then I chopped onions wearing glasses and my eyes were streaming....

BistoBear Sun 23-Oct-11 22:57:21

Lots of crossed posts! smile

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