Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Even Better Onion Chopping Tip


I have had a breakthrough in my neverending quest for a way to cut onions without ending up in major pain with tears streaming down my face! I got an onion chopper for Hannukah, and you know what? It really DOES work!


You just quickly peel and half (or quarter if they're big) the onions (even I can manage that), stick them on the cutting grid, press down and voila - chopped onions. Because the chopped onion remains in the storage part of the chopper there is almost no odor either, and thus NO TEARS. It's even got measurement lines up to two cups so you know how much you've got without taking it out and fiddling with it.

The night we first tried it my husband and I were both cooking. I chopped up the onions then took what I needed. The rest stayed in the chopper until dh was ready. They were right out on the counter for nearly an hour and never bothered me at all. The chopper is a built bulky and you need a fair amount of force to close it, but those minor disadvantages pale in the face of tear-free onions.

I suppose those silly looking onion glasses (or even just swim goggles) would work too, but when you're done cutting you'd have to remove them and you'd have all the onion odor in the air, which seems like it would just postpone the crying.

(This is not a paid post, I just love this thing and wanted to share my find with everyone who posted on the last thread looking for solutions.)

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Onion image courtesy of StockFood. Onion chopper image from Amazon.

10 comments:

Just Jen said...

I desperately want one!
LOL, at the onion glasses!

Head Gaggler said...

You know, I looked at that onion chopper and thought - No Way, but really? It works? I may need one now!

Robin said...

It definitely works. It's a bit messier (i.e. more juice) than just cutting, and you need a fair amount of brute force to push it down in the onion is big (or maybe less fresh?), but the no tears part absolutely positively works. Pasta with caramelized onion sauce may very well return to my repertoire now.

Janet said...

it looks like it dices them? Can we get a picture of what the onion looks like after it's chopped?

Robin said...

It dices them quite small. I'll take a picture for you next time I use it.

Mel said...

It may just be me but onions rarely make me cry LOL. i am glad it works for you though - I couldn't imagine not cooking with onions!

Jen said...

Glad it works. I had one once that didn't...it just made onion pulp. Ick. I'll have to check into this. :)

Robin said...

Oh how I wish they didn't make me cry, because I cook with onions all the time. I have extremely dry eyes though (that's the main reason I'm banned from wearing contacts) and I'm horribly horribly sensitive to onions.

sandierpastures said...

I need (not WANT) one!! It's better than opening my mouth all throughout the cutting session! Though opening mouth really works too.

Lea said...

Now that is a handy dandy that I could use... but I think I might now be immune, come to think of it... onions haven't made me cry in ever so long and I just realized this now... thanks Robin!