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Are you an onion crier?

Do you cry when chopping onions? How bad is it? Anything that helps you not cry?

I'm a terrible crier when it comes to peeling and cutting onions. Sometimes I even cry when I'm sauteeing them. Sometimes I cry when I'm in the same kitchen as someone slicing an onion.

My mom always takes over onion duty when we cook together, and she's a beast. No tears, no stinging, only the occasional remark about a strong onion.

I peel my onions under cold running water, which does help.

I cook with yellow onions almost exclusively. The small ones seem to be the most potent.

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