Onions and Crying
Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding.
I've tried everything. Cutting them in water, holding my breath, squinting (not advisable with a sharp knife in your hand) and standing as far away as I can from the chopping board while I cut. I've even tried Jamie Oliver's way of trying to keep the root intact until the last minute and positioning the cut halves white-side down on the board, which they reckon reduces tear-jerking. Except it doesn't, at least with me. I've even started chopping them in a processor, but as soon as I lift the lid and the kitchen's full of that pungent smell, I'm off again.