You would be hard pressed to find someone who cries more than I do while chopping onions.


We’re talking buckets – burning eyes, smudged mascara – the whole package.

Short of goggles, I’ve tried every trick in the book – freezing the onion, chopping it under running water – and nothing worked.

Till now!

how to chop an onion without tears

To chop an onion without crying, simply put a couple of matches (unlit!!!) between your lips.

Needless to say I was as skeptical as ever but this really truly worked. No tears.

I don’t understand the science behind the “why”, but who cares – my make-up is saved!

how to chop an onion without tears

How about you? Any surefire no-tears methods that have worked for you?


  1. Margaret Vira on January 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    just when I think I couldn’t love you any more…
    thank you!!!

  2. annie on January 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I just tried it and not a single tear was shed! You are so good! How do you think of this stuff! I searched all over until I found a matchbook with paper matches (like yours)
    ….I wonder if that makes a difference?

    • sherisilver on January 13, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Annie you KNOW it wasn’t my idea – it NEVER is my idea! 🙂 I don’t think it matters if you use wood or paper – I’m so glad it worked!

  3. Peg on January 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    you are my hero! Thank you so much for posting this. I am going to think of you for the rest of my onion chopping LIFE!!!

    • sherisilver on January 15, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Did you try it? Did it work? Tell me, tell me!!!

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