I’ve read a LOT of tips for not crying while cutting onions.
When I used to stock my freezer regularly with diced onions, I cut a bunch at a time using a little chopper. Believe me, folks, the tears were flowing!
Could I find a way to cut onions without crying?
- I tried doing the right breathing. I never actually remember if you’re supposed to breathe through your mouth or through your nose to make the onion bite more tolerable, but you know what? Neither one works, so it doesn’t really matter.
- I rarely remember to put my onions in the fridge before dicing (nor do I have room in the fridge) but I’ve often heard claim – and made the claim! – that chilled onions are easier on the eyes.
- And I took the free Craftsy class on knife skills and was delighted to hear the chef say that slicing with the grain also cuts down on the tears. Of course, that ceases to be so helpful when you dice the onion and have to go the other way.
- A reader on Facebook just this weekend said that a super sharp knife with a little bit of oil on it would also do the trick.
But they all seem to be a halfway (or less) solution.
When I was preparing to have my 10-year-old son and his 8-year-old friend cutting onions on camera for the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, I totally remembered. The onions were in the fridge overnight. I said on camera that chilling them cuts the tears.
And then there was a lot of blinking, tearing, and boys trying to get away from the onions…on camera.
We had a lot of learning happening on the set of the eCourse. including one of the cameramen admitting that he was using our “Up and Over Soldier” technique for cutting vegetables at home in between shoots. The other cameraman taught us something.
Something about onions.
He used to work at a pizza place, and he told us a story about his job interview. When he arrived, he laughed at his future boss because the man was wearing safety goggles. Mr. Boss Man invited him to come stand nearby as he was running onions through the slicing machine, with a fine mist of onion juice beginning to make a cloud.
And that is how we learned this truly fool-roof trick:
We may look a little foolish in the kitchen wearing swim (or ski) goggles, but they truly lock out the onion offenders. They’re my new favorite kitchen tool, because they enable my kids to make dinner, without me, and without crying.
Now I’m going to have to get Paul his own Wusthof chef’s knife, because he’s always stealing mine. Or I could just sit down and rest.
A 10-year-old with a Knife?
Does it surprise you that my 10-year-old is using a great big chef’s knife? Or that my 7-year-old also uses sharp knives already? If your kids want to learn some knife skills too, check out our free knife skills class for kids!
Our online cooking classes in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse have been a hit from the beginning, and with thousands of members we’re really picking up steam.
Take the My Kid Made This Photo Challenge!
To motivate us parents and celebrate a month of welcoming our kids into the kitchen, I’ve put together 9 easy-to-make recipes that are available through your Plan to Eat account. Make any one of these recipes with your child, post it to the PTE photo contest, and you could win a $259 prize package!
Before September 30th, take a photo of the recipe you make with your child and post it on Plan To Eat. Starting October 1st get everyone you know to vote for your photo. On October 13th the two entries with the most votes will be announced. Prizes include a $100 Amazon gift card!!
Are you ready for the challenge?
Why is this Special for Kids?
There are plenty of online and in-person cooking classes out there. I even mentioned Craftsy above. But this one is different.
Everything is completely geared for developmental readiness, and the terminology and demonstrations are created especially for kids, to be fun, memorable, and an easy part of their daily lives. Reviewing families have been pouring forth with compliments, and my favorite ones are when the moms tell me how much their kids are using the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse phrases and getting excited about cooking class:
“We cooked dinner together right after our lesson and I heard little phases and “fun language” from the lesson repeated often. I actually told somebody to sandcastle pack something and he knew exactly what I meant. They were recalling and processing what they had learned and applied it in a new situation. I was very pleased.”
“As soon as I started [the adult info video], I don’t even know how the kids knew, but they were swarming like bees. They love this cooking class!”
That’s me…your favorite might be what moms are having time to do while their kids are cooking dinner – like finally getting to that Bible study before you’re bleary-eyed the night before your meeting:
Kids Teaching Kids
I am also tickled when moms tell me their kids love seeing my kids and our friends working! Here’s another one:
It’s really making a difference for kids to see other kids doing the skills. They feel like the kids on screen are their little friends, and they know that they can do it too. You won’t find that positive peer pressure in other cooking classes!
“I have tried, unsuccessfully, to get my kids interested in ants on a log for years. Who knew I just had to show them a video of other kids doing it?”
The best way for you to see what I mean, of course, is watch some of the lessons – you can get a little preview in the promo video, but really, I hope you’ll just jump right in (that’s what the 30-day money-back guarantee is for!).
One dad friend of mine watched a lesson and said the best quote ever: