To Prevent Crying While Cutting Onions
So what causes the onion to act as a tear-gas bomb?
There is a compound called propanethial-S-oxide in the tissue of the onion, which is a type of sulfoxide. When the misty droplets come in contact with a wet surface (such as your eyes or nose membranes) it reacts to form of mild type of sulphuric / sulfuric acid, which is understandably irritating to your sensitive organs.
This does not work for me and I find it quite silly
This may not be completely inaffective. It does seem to delay the process.
Did not work. It may reduce sensitivity to your nose.
This is just plain ridiculous!
Since the root end of the onion has a higher concentration of these chemicals.
Keeping in mind that the tears are caused by the SULPHUR compounds in the onion that combine with the water in our eyes to form a mild sulphuric acid! These sulphur compounds are most concentrated in the root portion(bottom) of the onion. Therefore, keeping this part intact (UN SLICED) till the end, helps to reduce the ‘ONION TEARS’ drastically. TRY IT!
Okay this is suggested by many, however chopping onions underwater seems very difficult to do with pieces floating away everywhere.
- Next chopping under running water. Again not so easy to do as you’ll have to place the onions in the sink! Also not a fan of running water needlessly.
- Chopping water next to running water. The water is supposed to distract the vapors away. Okay so try this if someone is washing dishes next to you . It may be slightly affective but again not completely appropriate.
This is far too uncomfortable even though it works.
If you can get a small table fan in your kitchen to blow away the fumes it is helpful.
This is a popular suggestion but I dont find it to work.
This works for the most part . However not a pleasant smell and it may mess up your onions if used in frying as they tend to absorb moisture and also the flavour may spoil some dishes.
This rarely-known technique is based on the fact that the candle flame pulls air from around it and sends it up the smoke fume. This is surprisingly effective if you not using a huge amount of onions. I use this method the most on those sensitive days.