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I went to buy an itty bitty bag of frozen chopped onions yesterday and they were a little over $2! I can't chop onions myself because it gives me a migraine. Any tips of how to get them for less? I couldn't even do coupons because there was only one brand, with no coupons available for it.

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Could you use a food processor combined with child labor to get them chopped? (You put them in food processor and child scoops them out)

No ideas for buying pre-chopped, sorry. ETA: I assume they are considered convenience items and that is why they are so expensive.
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Yeah, prepared produce is expensive. Same for shredded cheese.
Since you can obviously handle the onions enough to dump from bag to food, perhaps you could invest in an inexpensive chopper that would contain the onion and chop it for you. Just dump to pan.

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I have a food processor, but I've assumed there still would be a smell? Which would still leave me with the migraine.

Maybe I could suck it up and sacrifice a migraine in return for chopping a years' worth and freezing them. Would I need to do anything to them to freeze them?

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Yeah, prepared produce is expensive. Same for shredded cheese.
Since you can obviously handle the onions enough to dump from bag to food, perhaps you could invest in an inexpensive chopper that would contain the onion and chop it for you. Just dump to pan.
I don't know why, but frozen onion doesn't bug me. But fresh onions give me a migraine. It stinks at potlucks. People put raw onion in the weirdest things.

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Can you chop frozen onions? I've never tried it. Oh and when I use the food processor, the only smell comes after I open the lid.
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Can anyone in your family/friends do a bag of onions for you? If you got someone to chop up a bunch you could store it in freezer bags or tupperware type containers. I imagine someone would be happy to do this for you. Maybe you could have them for dinner after or something

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We don't have family in the area, but I have a friend down the street. Maybe I'll bribe her with brownies. Thanks, I didn't even think of that!

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I can't vouch for it, but one tip I've often seen for chopping onions is to stick the whole onion in the freezer for 10-20 minutes before you chop it. Supposedly that suppresses the fumes. Maybe that would work?

I guess a migraine is a pretty high price to pay if the experiment fails, though. I don't blame you for being leery!
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if no one can chop onions for you could you chop them while wearing a mask so you don't smell them?

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Yeah, I was gonna say, have somebody do it for you! I totally would if we lived close enough
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Thanks!

I'll try freezing them. If I get a whiff of onion juice, I'll beg my friend down the street.

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I have the pampered chef chopper thing and one thing I really like about it is that you can chop the onions really fast and then just dump it straight from the thing into the pan. Also... lemon juice on the cutting board is supposed to stop the eye-burning-watering thing... maybe it'd help you w/the onion fumes, too? It really does make a difference, when i'm chopping onions the regular way, and my eyes start watering, I dump some lemon juice on the board and it gets better right away. May be worth a try if you get desperate...

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Could you use a food processor combined with child labor to get them chopped?
First of all

What about dry chopped onions that you can reconstitute?

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I would try a mask if you can't get your friend down the street. I spread them out on a cookie sheet and stick in the deep freezer for a few hours to flash freeze them, that way it isn't just a "blob" of frozen onions, and do 10# at a time. I just scoop out a cup at a time. Love it and it costs me around $6.00

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I bought some dried onion flakes before. They work OK in soups and stews, not good for frying, of course. Maybe you can keep a jar on hand.

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I really react to onions, too, though not with migraines, which must suck. IF you're feeling adventurous, you could try my trick.

I place the cutting board on the stove over the front burner. Then I turn on the BACK burner and run the fan overhead as I chop. The heat carries those awful onion gases up, up, and away!

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Go swimming.

How about swim goggles (if they eye thing still bothers you), nose clips and medical gloves?

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All this equipment is going to cost me a lot more than the frozen chopped onions.

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I would just buy the frozen chopped onions and call it a day. After all, you have a medical condition!

I've never even seen frozen chopped onions anywhere I shop, but I've heard tell of them in other locales.
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All this equipment is going to cost me a lot more than the frozen chopped onions.
I'm sorry but I had to LOL. I buy the frozen ones. I can't stand the scent and they make my eyes water something fierce. I just get one of the kids to do it for me. Hope you find something that works for you.

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Can anyone in your family/friends do a bag of onions for you? If you got someone to chop up a bunch you could store it in freezer bags or tupperware type containers. I imagine someone would be happy to do this for you. Maybe you could have them for dinner after or something
My suggestion too. I would offer up to do it if you were local, I do this for others to the point a friend of mine wants me to host cooking classes in my home to teach others. A friend of mine takes a large container of my chicken stock when I make it.

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I say talk to your friend down the street to chop them for you!!!!

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If you open a window and run a fan to blow the fumes out (stand between the fan and the window), would that help? Maybe that coupled with the freezer trick would be enough. Worst case scenario, I'd chop enough for a year with a food processor before going to bed (so I don't have to put up with the migraine for too long).

I chop onions and freeze them in big zippered plastic bags - I usually chop 3 or so at a time, but you could totally do more. It really is very convenient (aside from the migraine thing which must totally suck all on it's own). What I do is kind of squish the closed bag before I put it in the freezer so the layer of onions isn't too thick. Once they're frozen it's easy to squish it all around so they're not a big frozen blob.
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Can you chop frozen onions? I've never tried it. Oh and when I use the food processor, the only smell comes after I open the lid.
I unplug it and take it on the porch to open it. Seems to help the smell not be so overwhelming. Quickly dump into the pan and cook them with a lid on.
Cooking releases the oils in the steam, which really bothers my eyes. It seems to hang around the kitchen for an hour if I don't do the most of the prep outside and cook with a lid. I love the taste but the prep kills me!
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Migraines are awful, horrendous, miserable things.

I think I would just live without onions. Or buy the bags. Don't hurt yourself for onions.

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If chopping by hand I usually burn a candle where I am chopping. The flame eats up the fumes before they can affect me too badly.

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Migraines are awful, horrendous, miserable things.

I think I would just live without onions. Or buy the bags. Don't hurt yourself for onions.
I agree (or have your friend chop & freeze a bunch for you), but in case anyone is reading who is less sensitive but looking for onion advice, here's what I do:

Rinse the knife in cold water. Cut the onion into quarters. Rinse the quarters in cold water. Rinse the knife again. Choppity chop. This really seems to reduce the onion-gasses alot!
Also, I've never tried onion goggles, but I think they would help immensely - I know that onions don't bother me at all when I am wearing my contact lenses.

Again, I am not suggesting any of this will help the OP. If it's so bad it causes you migraines, these little measures probably aren't enough!

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I would try a mask if you can't get your friend down the street. I spread them out on a cookie sheet and stick in the deep freezer for a few hours to flash freeze them, that way it isn't just a "blob" of frozen onions, and do 10# at a time. I just scoop out a cup at a time. Love it and it costs me around $6.00
Sorry to hijack, but I'd like to know more about this. Can you use frozen chopped onions the same as fresh ones to cook with? Do you need to thaw them first?

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Sorry to hijack, but I'd like to know more about this. Can you use frozen chopped onions the same as fresh ones to cook with? Do you need to thaw them first?
If you're cooking them anyway there isn't really a difference. I just open the plastic bag, scoop out some onions, and stick the bag back in the freezer. Because the onion pieces are quite small, the thawing time while you cook them doesn't affect the actual cooking time much.
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