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How to Cut Onions Without Crying

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Onions are found in a variety of recipes, and you’ll find yourself chopping them often. And anyone who has cut an onion knows that this simple act might make you cry. Thanks to a chemical irritant released by onions, our eyes water with each slice.

In this segment of In the Kitchen, NC State Extension Nutrition Specialist Carolyn Dunn shows us the secret to cutting onions without tearing up.

This segment of Homegrown In the Kitchen was filmed in the Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens at NC State University. The state-of-the-art kitchen complex was designed to enhance and extend our work in teaching, research and Extension.

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