Saturday, October 31, 2009

Weekend Kitchen Gadget

Cutting onions can be scary. All that sulfuric acid released, the tears running down your face and the smell that lingers in the air. I recently saw the Movie "Julie& Julia". Julia was cutting onion when her hubby came home. The cut onions were piled high and the fumes were so great that he could not even enter the kitchen. Julia was crying while saying she was going to learn how the chop these faster. We all just had to laugh at the scene. Although is it no Laughing matter..rather a crying one. Today's gadget is the tools I use to cut them faster and get the crying over with.

First one: The Chopper
This is fast and hardly any crying.
You can chop, dice, or mince.

Second one: The Mandolin
Slices the onion in rings thin or thick.

Here is a smaller one I use:
Cuts going both directions.
Keeps the onion contained.
I like that.Less crying.

Third the Food Processor
This really cuts the time and the crying.
However, you can not cut rings with this one.

How to stop the tears?
  • A burning candle some say...I have tried it. Sometimes it works.
  • Put the onions in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before cutting. Yeah, sometimes this works.
  • Cut the blossom end first. This one does seem to work when chopping a little bit.
I'm sure there are many more solutions. My thought is as long as we have been cutting onion our tears have flowed. Need a good cry, let's get cutting.


  1. Hi Auntie E! I love this post. I am getting married next year and soon will be registering for gifts. I love onions. I'm just not good at chopping onions, actually I'm not good at chopping anything really. This post is really helpful in helping me choose which items to put on my list. If you had to recommend one or the other, should I get the mini chopper or the food processor? I already know that I want to get the mandolin also because I want to make onion rings, but I'm not sure about the other two. Any help would be great. Thanks! And I love your site, btw.


  2. We have the top one from Pampered Chef and we love it. I don't have any of the others.

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