@arieltf When I was a kid I had a toy pair of night vision goggles. They weren’t real, they simply had lenses to tint your vision green and leds on the side. Here’s a picture ( https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41E8PrimJHL.SL500_AC_SS350.jpg ) They were bulky and less useful than just a regular flashlight. We did find it was incredibly helpful for cutting onions. In the end my mother elected to cut onions without them because crying is not worse than looking that ridiculous.
Onion goggles. Works for me 100%. I’m coming out of months (years?)-long forum lurking to post about onion goggles…that’s how much i love onion goggles. I have these:
RSVP International (TEAR-BK) Black Onion Goggles, 6" | Safely Prepare Foods Without Tears | Remove Smoke, Steam, Vegetable Irritations | Fog-Free Lenses for Cooking, Skiing, Biking, & Dry Eye https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0014SQU1A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_qwz6EbJNW0V9G
@katbyter I normally buy sweet onions. When the shit hit the fan I decided to buy a bag of yellow onions… What a mistake. The last onion I cut, I could barely finish cutting the thing. I had to leave the kitchen and go to the bathroom to wash my hands and rinse my eyes out. I was in excruciating pain.
-Cut them in a baby incubator (remove baby first),
or a sand-blasting cabinet (make sure it’s off).
-Wear a full-face respirator.
-Buy plastic onions.
-Buy a trick coin and “flip for it”, so your spouse always gets the honors.
Seriously though, as a free solution… I’ve heard freezing the onions for a bit helps.
If you have some money… Fog-free goggles are fantastic, but you have to remember where you put them.
i voted no but actually, since i started using vidalia onions several years ago (or comparable large, sweet, flattened looking onion) they don’t bother me at all.
red onions which i do still buy for certain things are hit or miss, but in general having a good knife & decent knife skills will help (so you can chop faster before the tears start), and the fewer cells you break the less tears you’ll be prone to. so if you need slices, slice pole to pole (root to tip vs across the “equator”) and you’ll bust less cells. this also makes for a less pungent tasting onion. (read more about this by kenji lopez-alt on serious eats.)
the only thing that consistently gets me, and bad too, is shallots. like, to the point i usually have to stop and wash my hands and rinse my face because it burns and i can’t see. it’s weird. (and annoying!)
Tried and true reason for not crying while cutting n onion, don’t touch your face with the onion. JK don’t touch your face with your hands. Works too. Apparently same with covid sigh don’t touch your face, and seems for 63 years that is all i have done.