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Is There Really a Remedy to Avoid Crying Whilst Chopping Onions?

16 Aug

Chopping Onions…tears…me…NEVER!

I put a metal spoon (dipped side) on my tongue, and chop away (and I’ll let you in on a lil secret), till this day not one tear.

It’s quite amazing how a small innocent looking vegetable that is used to flavor so many dishes, can have such a powerful effect on our eyes (and nose for some).

Just one slice of an onion can send even the bravest of souls, running from the kitchen to the bathroom, to wash their hands and face because the Scent is just so strong.

So I guess my question is, is there really a remedy that prevents our eyes from watering when cutting onions?

Are all those remedies we hear about such as hold a wooden matchstick between your teeth,  use a sharp knife, hold a piece of bread in your mouth etc just plain ole wives tales?

What do you think…

 

Editor Sherene – West Indian groceries online

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3 Comments

Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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3 responses to “Is There Really a Remedy to Avoid Crying Whilst Chopping Onions?

  1. bostonmountainchef

    August 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Plying my trade as a chef for over 30 years, I can tell you there is no way to avoid the airborne mist from cutting an onion. You can place a small fan near your work station to reduce the effects. You could also don a space helmet to avoid the atmosphere around you. The only “trick” that actually works is to refrigerate the onions prior to cutting them. This will reduce the “crying” effect somewhat. For the benefits we receive from the onion, it is a small price to pay, in my opinion.

     
    • caribbeanrecipekits

      August 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      @ bostonmountainchef “ refrigerate the onions prior to cutting them” great remedy, a must try for sure!

       
    • caribbeanrecipekits

      August 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Does anyone have any more remedies to banish the tears whilst cutting onions??

       

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