Does Waitrose’s New ‘Onions Without Tears’ Really Work?

We wanted to see if those claims were true (Image: Sunion)

Are the stinging eyes of onions making you teary-eyed and crying?

Waitrose said no more, because from Tuesday they will be in stock dry onion have been specially developed to make cutting them a little easier.

Hailing from the US, Sunion is a natural hybrid with a lower concentration of stinging chemicals.

The brand calls the onion a ‘game changer’.

Brown onions are said to be sweet, easy to cook, suitable for many meals from curries to salads, and essentially the same as your regular brown onion – except without the smell.

Some people are more sensitive than others to Onions release chemicals when chopped.

That’s a defense mechanism that natural onions have, and it’s aimed at our eyes.

On a scale of one to 10 for the potency of the chemical causing this reaction, Sunion is a three.

As someone who will cry without fail when it comes to cooking with onions, I put them to the test.

Finely chopping an onion, I sliced ​​it thinly and whipped it with the usual broth from an onion, and braced myself for the stinging stings in my eyes.

Surprisingly, no one came.

Giving an onion to my mother to cook with her, she also found them true to her tearless claims, saying that her eyes felt fine when they would normally water.

Adding onions to Waitrose’s suggested meal mixes, we found them to be indistinguishable in taste and texture from our regular onions.

According to Sunion, the tearless varieties are taste tested three times to confirm they are sweet enough.

Perhaps someone with a stronger palette for onions can notice the difference – but for the average consumer, it’s regular onions.

Despite my skepticism, Sunion Tearsless Onions live up to their name.

Will this make me use more onions in my meals? Potential.

But likely not – a pack of three will set you back £1.50, while Waitrose’s own brand onions cost 14p each.

Those with sensitive eyes may find it a worthwhile spend – and I can see why.

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