I Always Wear My Contacts When Chopping Onions



It seems to help protect my eyes from the burning fumes.

But perhaps nothing would have kept me from tearing up if I’d been at the Kid’s B.A.S.E. & The Little School in Mamaroneck today. Did you see <a href=”http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070206/UPDATE/702060424″ target=”_blank”> my colleague Bill Hughes’ story? </a> The building had to be evacuated because of mysterious fumes that officials now believe came from chopped onions.

Dude! Get a sharper knife! It’ll keep those cell walls in tact and help keep down the smell.

What do you do to keep from crying while chopping?


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Simone Revland on

    Light a beeswax candle to elimate the vapor from the onions, which makes your eyes water.

  2. i like cutlery. i have a lamsonsharp myself., and a full sized butcher block i bought in boston.
    i drive my wife nuts when it comes to kitchen supplies.

  3. “wear swim goggles” – LOL!

    my friends at the Food Network say a sharp knife helps to keep the eyes from watering. all mine are dull, so i don’t know if that actually works… Liz, do you know (or could you find out) the proper way to sharpen a knife? i don’t want to ruin the blade. thanks.

  4. My stepdaughter got onion goggles for a shower gift. They look insane, but they really do work!

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