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Old 06-19-2010, 06:05 AM   #1
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Onion Tears

What is your method of chopping, dicing, mincing onions with the least amount of tears??? Mine is that I wear contacts and it never affects me... Just realized this the other night when I had taken out my contacts and put on my glasses... I then went in to make dinner and when chopping the onion, I was crying like a baby... Anybody out there have a TNT way to handle the almighty tear maker???

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Old 06-19-2010, 06:15 AM   #2
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Now that you mention it, I don't really have too much trouble with onion tears. I don't wear contacts, but I do wear glasses.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:31 AM   #3
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1. The best prevention is using a very sharp knife! The sharper the blade, the fewer onion cells are ruptured and less sulfur dioxide released - the stuff that mixes with your eye moisture to create sulfuric acid.

2. Work quickly.

3. One person I know uses a small desk fan to blow away the fumes while chopping.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:14 AM   #4
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I refrigerate my onions, no tears. I only tear up when the onion has been sitting out at room temperature.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:57 AM   #5
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What Selkie said.

Sharp knife minimizes fumes.

Then, keep the fumes away from your eyes by wearing swim goggles or by using a fan, or both.

Also, fresher onions tear less.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:06 AM   #6
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Then, keep the fumes away from your eyes by wearing swim goggles... .
That would be an awsome pic! The kids wear the ones that reflect and look silver, they are actually pretty cool. Most of their swim team has them.

I've heard of that, but it's still funny.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:16 AM   #7
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That would be an awsome pic! The kids wear the ones that reflect and look silver, they are actually pretty cool. Most of their swim team has them.

I've heard of that, but it's still funny.
I don't bother with that. I have learned to chop fast. Once in a while I tear but it doesn't really bother me.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:18 AM   #8
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Yes contact lenses are great protection from onion tears.

Another effective solution is to have an electric fan (even a small one) blowing the onion fumes away from you while you're chopping.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:36 AM   #9
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Ha Ha Andy, They actually sell onion goggles I just googled it but don't know how to link the picture to this post... Where is Mollyanne when I need her...
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:39 PM   #10
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The tip I learned only works if you aren't chatting with someone as you chop onions. Keep your mouth closed.

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