Discovering the perfect onion 鈥 one that鈥檚 just the right size, perfectly ripe, and not strong enough to make you cry 鈥 is like winning the lottery. Suffice it to say that it鈥檚 almost never going to happen. Sadly, that means that every time you need onions to flavor your pasta, pizza, or casserole, you鈥檒l have to prepare for some serious waterworks. If you鈥檙e like me, you probably always assumed that tears were simply the price to pay for enjoying onion-y deliciousness. Or at least that鈥檚 what I thought until my mom gave me her signature eye roll when she discovered that I chopped an onion every time I needed one. Unbeknownst to me, there was apparently a way to circumvent those teary-eyed evenings.

First, store the onions in the fridge and get them nice and cold. This halts some of the chemical gas from releasing into the air and irritating your eyes. Next, pre-cut the onions, and then put them into Ziploc baggies to freeze. That鈥檚 it. Once stashed in the freezer, all you need to do is reach in any time a recipe calls for onions and toss them frozen directly into a hot, oiled pan. The freezer will have neutralized the chemical gas naturally occurring in onions so you won鈥檛 tear up. Plus, you鈥檒l save so much time not having to chop an onion every time you cook.

This is a great, budget-friendly hack, especially if you buy onions in bulk (e.g. a five- or 10-pound bag) and want to chop up about a month鈥檚 worth of onions. Also, don鈥檛 forget to store different cuts in different baggies. Small-dice some. Large-dice others. Cut some into half-moons for saut茅ing and others finely minced.

This simple method is life-changing, TBH. Take it from my mother and try this trick.

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