No more tears ?

Do you cry when you cut onions? Doesn’t everyone?

You could use dehydrated onions as a substitute (*truth be told, I do add in some dishes just because PapaS doesn’t mind a little flavor but doesn’t like onions)

Dehydrated aside I also heard you can cut the onion under water.  I haven’t tried this because, well it makes me nervous.  The idea of water and a knife seems slippery and easy to have a mishap.

Years ago I started helping at a dinner fundraiser for the Auxiliary I belong to.  The ladies would spend days prepping for this dinner, part of which include chopping veggies.  As the newest helper I jumped in with a sweet lady Harriett.  She was as you guessed, cutting onion and no one else was helping saying their eyes teared to badly.  Harriett was sitting in a chair with an onion in one hand, pairing knife in the other and a pile of onions on the table.  From Harriett I learned the secret~

For fresh chopped onions with no tears follow these simple steps…

  • using a paring knife cut a cone out of the bottom of the onion (be careful) ~ you’re trying to get the center bulb out of the onion. Without getting too scientific, this contains the part with the most “oils” which contain the enzymes that are released and cause the tears.

no tears cutting this onion              the secret to no tears with an onion


  • after removing the bulb cut off the top, and now it’s easy to peel off the outer layer of papery skin
  • cut slices starting at the end and working to the top

no tears cutting this onion

  • hold the slices together, place the onion on end, slice again making chunks

chopping an onion with no tears

Done! Quick and should be no tears ?

chopped onion no tears



Food eruption in the microwave?

Does the inside of your microwave look like something from a science fiction movie with crusty globs, comprised of layers from each of the last few meals?

A free and easy way to clean without all the chemicals, water.  How?

Easy ~ fill a small microwave safe dish (I like glass)  with a cup or two of water.  Place in the microwave and cook until boiling and then a little more.  About 3 – 4 minutes, although microwave times do vary.  Let it sit for a minute or two so the steam soaks the globs.

small water dish in microwave

Carefully remove the dish using a hot pad or oven mitt.  Air can be trapped and bubble when you move the dish, I’ve had it happen.

With a damp sponge or cloth wipe down the inside of the microwave.  If it cools down or you have some stubborn spots just heat the water again.

You can also spray and wipe down with white vinegar along with the water technique for an added boost.




Kitchen substitutions

There’s always that time when your full steam in the kitchen and out of a staple ingredient.  Although best to use what is recommended this list has been a go to for years~

Substitutions in the Kitchen


Measurement conversions

So you’re in the kitchen doubling a recipe or the garage mixing fuel and oil, wherever you are doing whatever you may be doing and you need to convert a measurement.  More than likely your hands are such that touching your phone, tablet or computer to look up the conversion would mean a $500+ trip to the store.

Have this handy ~

measurement conversions