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Old 06-07-2006, 03:14 PM   #11
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There was a thread about that not so long ago.

Sharp clean knife, running water, that's all.
Running water option is out here in South East England.....we have a very serious water shortage. Here in London they are talking about having standpipes in the street and have sent letters to us all asking us to forgo baths, turn the tap off hen be bruh our teeth and only flush if we really need to!!!
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Old 06-07-2006, 04:10 PM   #12
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Seriously now... wear goggles if it is that big of a problem.... that's what Alton Brown does.

Another old wives tale is to hold a stick match or two in your mouth while chopping, or you could get a blitzhacker and do it under plastic, etc.

The tears come from the sulpheric acid formed when the moisture in your eyes reacts with the sulphur in the onions. Get low sulphur onions.
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Old 06-07-2006, 04:34 PM   #13
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I've tried the match in the teeth thing...worked pretty well (if I lit the match and blew it out first, of course).

Didn't eliminate, but certainly reduced.
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Also, don't inhale through your nose. That speeds up the tearing process.
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Old 06-07-2006, 04:58 PM   #15
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SUCK IT UP!!!

That's what I say to do when cutting onions! Less talk, less cry, more cut! Get on with it and get it over with.

I just cut a yellow onion this morning that was fairly strong. It didn't bring me to tears, but it was strong enough that I know people that it would have sent to tears. Doesn't help that the knives in my kitchen are older and not well sharpened. See my posts elsewhere about desiring new cultlery.
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:19 PM   #16
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Dog, forget new cutlery, you'll ruin it; start with sharpening the one you have now. When we see that you take good care of your existing cutlery then maybe will give you permission to get the new one
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Old 06-07-2006, 06:28 PM   #17
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Seriously now... wear goggles if it is that big of a problem.... that's what Alton Brown does.

Another old wives tale is to hold a stick match or two in your mouth while chopping, or you could get a blitzhacker and do it under plastic, etc.

The tears come from the sulpheric acid formed when the moisture in your eyes reacts with the sulphur in the onions. Get low sulphur onions.
Yup... the googles thing is the only "trick" that works because it totally prevents the sulphur from getting in your eyes and creating that acid burn.

I've heard of so many "tricks", from holding a slice of frozen bread in your teeth (haha!), to having a lit candle nearby, and so forth.

If I'm in a hurry I've chopped them under water before. Thats another sure way to prevent onions tears. I only do this when I'm using your basic white/yellow onion and dont mind if a bit of the strong flavour is washed away.
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Old 06-07-2006, 06:48 PM   #18
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Yep I've heard to run the onion under water before slicing, which seems to work for me.
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Old 06-07-2006, 08:06 PM   #19
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have a good ventilator fan...no more tears
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Old 06-08-2006, 03:24 PM   #20
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COld onion sharp knife.

A sharp knife is the most important as it causes the least damage to the cells, allowing the least sulfuric compounds to leach out.
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