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Old 09-13-2004, 05:09 PM   #11
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I learned this trick years ago, and it really works. Keep your mouth closed the whole time you are chopping onions.

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That might work for the guys, but let's face it ladies, mouth closing goes against our womenly oath as does not shopping. :D


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Old 09-13-2004, 05:11 PM   #12
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That might work for the guys, but let's face it ladies, mouth closing goes against our womenly oath as does not shopping. :D


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Old 09-13-2004, 05:32 PM   #13
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Re: onion tears

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I used my daughter's swim goggles. But lately I just cut and wipe the eyes. The tears are an indication that the onion will be a good one.

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Old 09-13-2004, 05:55 PM   #14
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i say grow immune to it lol i think i did sinece i don't cry nemore when cuttin onions i've been cuttin them for like 3 years almost every day
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Old 09-13-2004, 09:08 PM   #15
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I go 1 better than cold water or refidgerate - I toss 'em in the freezer for a bit and that really seems to do the trick.
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Old 09-13-2004, 09:43 PM   #16
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I always store my onions in the frige. Also, I completely agree on keeping your knife sharp when cutting onions (or cutting anything, for that matter). Another one, is that the more you practice cutting onions, the faster you become, and less actual time you'll spend cutting onions thereby minimizing irritation to your eyes.

IMHO, room-temp red onions are the worst.
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Old 09-14-2004, 09:00 AM   #17
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That might work for the guys, but let's face it ladies, mouth closing goes against our womenly oath as does not shopping. :D


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rofl mj, you must be related to my wife. i was resisting making blond jokes to cookinblondie about that one.
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Old 09-14-2004, 09:40 AM   #18
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I will mirror what a few others have said here. A sharp knife and a cold onion will go a long way in reducing the eye irritating effect of cutting onions.
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Old 09-14-2004, 10:53 AM   #19
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I'm participating in a United Way chili cookoff today. I had to slice five onions yesterday to add to my chili. I never shed a tear. The only thing I did then, and the only things I ever do to prevent tears is to use a ver sharb knife with a flat, no hollow ground edge, and slice the root end off first. We never have tears in our household. And I know that its not because my eyes are any more resistant to tearing.

When I used to use very sharp-hollow-ground knives, such as Chicago Cutlery or this monter sized 10" chef's knife I have, it teared up a lot. The problem with the hollow grind is that the blade rapidly thickens as you move away from the cutting edge. The blade acts like a wedge, pushig the Pieces apart, rather than slicing through them. This crusshes the onion cells, causing the juices to enter the air and iritate your eyes.

Also, with a flat grind, the flat edge of the blade sits agaist the onion and keeps the juices from spraying away from the veggie.

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I keep mine in the fridge.
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