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10 Tips For Chopping Onions Without Shedding A Tear
Posted By Tipnut On August 3, 2011 @ 12:35 pm In Food Tips | 13 Comments
Have a big batch of onions to chop and not looking forward to the crying session ahead? Here are a few tips and tricks that just may help you avoid those tears. First, why do onions make us cry? Science Focus shares this tidbit  of info:
The action of cutting an onion releases a fine spray of droplets. Recent Japanese research has shown that these droplets contain an enzyme called lachrymatory-factor synthase and sulphur-containing compounds, which react to produce a powerful irritant called Syn-propanethial-S-oxide. When a droplet strikes your eye, you respond by producing a copious flow of tears to try and wash the irritant away.
We cry because our eyes are irritated by droplets the onion releases when we chop them. Now that we understand the reason why tears + onions are a duo, here are a few ways we can help prevent that from happening…
A few of these are vintage or old wives tales and results will vary for each person, one person will swear a method works while another finds they still cry a bucketful. Could it be that each person has a different tolerance level? Or maybe the type of onion being cut makes a difference? Maybe it’s how fresh or aged an onion is. Who knows! Try the tips below until you find the best fit for you. Good luck!
Debatable: Wear contact lenses if you have them, the theory is that they’ll protect your eyes from the droplets. Others say no, no, no…the contacts will only trap the droplets between your eyes and the contacts.
Did you know: Strong onion odor can be removed from hands by rubbing them with dry salt? You can also try rubbing lemon juice over hands or running your hands over a stainless steel tap or spoon before washing with soapy water.
Have I missed your tried-and-true method? Please share with us in the comments below :).
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