Tearing up or even crying is inevitable when you chop an onion. A chemical reaction takes place when they are cut, and the fumes cause many people to tear.
To prevent it, some wear goggles, while others cut onions under water. There are those who also swear by clipping your nostrils shut with a clothes peg.
But there’s another simple tip which not many people know about: The secret to not crying during the chopping process is using a sharp knife and keeping the root of the onion intact; don’t chop it off. Watch the following video to see how it’s done:
Text: Rebecca Lynne Tan/The Straits Times / Photo: Pexels