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Old 02-16-2006, 06:01 PM   #1
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Peeling onions and crying

Does anyone know how to peel onions without crying? they are always required in a recipe and I have no choice but to use them when a recipe will be no good without them. I am talking about yellow onions. I don't think the red onions make me cry. I used to hold them under running water but that doesn't seem to work.

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Old 02-16-2006, 06:06 PM   #2
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good ventilation helps...turn on your fan or hood vent and chop near it.
a potato sliced in half at the edge of your cutting board is said to help...never bothered to try it myself. SKi gogles!
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:08 PM   #3
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under cold water it helps some,or try a sweet onion you don't cry at all
"the only onion not to make you cry"which works just as well as yellow onions...
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:08 PM   #4
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You can stick them in the fridge before you peel/chop them. Or this works best, but sometimes I don't have the space: put your chopping board (wooden) on the front part of your stove. Of course, make sure that it is firmly in place! Now, turn on one of the BACK burners to medium or so. Let it heat up, and peel/chop away! Somehow the heat takes whatever it is in onions away from the air around you; I know, sounds really scientific, huh? But it works!
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:18 PM   #5
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The best, simplest and no gimmick trick that, while not getting rid of the watery eyes, certainly does reduce it is to breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose while you are preparing them.

Largely the effect that an onion has on your eyes is actually through your nasal cavity.
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:22 PM   #6
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The best, simplest and no gimmick trick that, while not getting rid of the watery eyes, certainly does reduce it is to breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose while you are preparing them.

Largely the effect that an onion has on your eyes is actually through your nasal cavity.
LOL The way that works best for me is to keep my mouth shut the whole time. I heard that tip years ago, and it works for me.

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Old 02-16-2006, 06:23 PM   #7
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Sulfuric acid forms in your eye from the chemicals released when the cells of the onion are crushed. So a sharp knife helps a lot. The sharper the knife, the less chemical is released.
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I once read somewhere that lighting a scented candle nearby to where you're peeling the onions helps. I've never tried this, but I wonder if my candle will smell like onions after that?
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:48 PM   #9
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I am with Jenny on this. A sharp knife is the way to do. The duller the knife, the more of a chance you will be crying. Also a cold onion will help too.
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:54 PM   #10
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My friends, I have solved the problem. Put lemon juiced (bottled or fresh) on your cutting board and cut sides of lemon. You will not cry, nor will you notice any different taste of the onion.
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