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ONIONs MAKE ME CRY! WHY..?! :'(

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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
Hey guys. Id like to know why do onions make us cry when we cut them. How can we put a stop to the crying when we cut them... Other than putting goggles on i cant see a resolution...! :( please help...! Ur suggestions will be great..! Thanks. X :)
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#1
It is the milky juice in the onions that makes you cry. So to reduce the effect, always make sure the onions are well refrigerated and very cold when you cut them, it makes a big difference. If you have time to put the onion from the fridge into the freezer for ten mins before you cut it, it should work even better. I've found that to be the main thing that works, whilst also being convenient. My friend chops onions on her cooker hob with the extractor hood on above it and says that works too. I can't comment either way as I don't have one. I just know the "spoon in the mouth" and all that, doesn't work! Good luck.
#2
Cut them underwater.
#3
breathe through your mouth and open all nearby windows / doors

works every time
#4
I feel your pain....absolutely hate anything to do with onions....i find some onion is stronger than others nonetheless they al make me cry....i dread the day im ha recipe that requires a lot of onion in it...
#5
I do find if I peel them and then soak in water kinda reduces the fumes so to speak and that they aren't as bad to chop....i also use a nicer dicer or vee slicer to speed up the cutting process.
#6
Wear contact lenses, i have no issues at all. Of course, i would prefer to be able to see more than a foot away without assistance, but hey we all work with what we're given!
#7
wear some goggles
#8
Thanks guys ^^ ill have to try every single method mentioned and will let u knw which one worked for me..! Wish me luck...! X :)
#9
Nad_84
wear some goggles
the only thing with goggles is when ur hosting a dinner party and the guests arrive warly and see u with goggles on what r u supposed to say :p lol
#10
annie_21
Nad_84
wear some goggles
the only thing with goggles is when ur hosting a dinner party and the guests arrive warly and see u with goggles on what r u supposed to say :p lol
*early
#11
whatsThePoint
When you cut an onion, you break cells, releasing their contents. Amino acid sulfoxides form sulfenic acids. Enzymes that were kept separate now are free to mix with the sulfenic acids to produce propanethiol S-oxide, a volatile sulfur compound that wafts upward toward your eyes. This gas reacts with the water in your tears to form sulfuric acid. The sulfuric acid burns, stimulating your eyes to release more tears to wash the irritant away
wow. Lots of scientific terminology...! Thanks for explaining. :) must i add love your username :p x
#12
samzam
I feel your pain....absolutely hate anything to do with onions....i find some onion is stronger than others nonetheless they al make me cry....i dread the day im ha recipe that requires a lot of onion in it...
will give it a go..! Im glad im not the only one who feels this way. :p x
#13
slimy31
Wear contact lenses, i have no issues at all. Of course, i would prefer to be able to see more than a foot away without assistance, but hey we all work with what we're given!
cant get the damn lenses in my eye..! :( x
#14
chocci
breathe through your mouth and open all nearby windows / doors

works every time
will bear that in mind. Thanks :) x
banned#15
Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. It stimulates the eyes' lachrymal glands so they release tears. Scientists used to blame the enzyme allinase for the instability of substances in a cut onion.

information from google not me, im not mega nerdy
#16
ismail12321
Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. It stimulates the eyes' lachrymal glands so they release tears. Scientists used to blame the enzyme allinase for the instability of substances in a cut onion.

information from google not me, im not mega nerdy
lol thanks..! :p x
banned#17
lol i sent u a pm
banned#18
did u get my message
#19
Remember, if you're a gullible idiot, you should always throw any unused onion away, as they absorb bacteria and become toxic.
banned#20
dont call annie a gullible idiot
ur a gullible idiot
#21
craigstephens
Remember, if you're a gullible idiot, you should always throw any unused onion away, as they absorb bacteria and become toxic.
nah mate aint a gullible idiot. Far from it :p
banned#22
annie just ignore him
banned#23
did u get my pm
banned#24
annie did u get my pm
#25
Onions, like any other vegetable, feel pain when you cut them.

When the onions 'cry' and release their vapours, they are making you aware that you are causing them distress.

My advice is not to use knives on these poor defenseless vegetables.

Edited By: weekender on Jul 15, 2014 19:21
#26
Leave the bottom (root) of the onion on till last, simply peel the rest and chop it down to the root then bin the root bit.

The reason being is it is the base of the onion that releases the enzymes that cause the tears so if you leave this still last you can quickly bin it once you get to that part, hence no released enzymes and no tears.

Edited By: NEtech on Jul 15, 2014 19:21
#27
NEtech
Leave the bottom (root) of the onion on till last, simply peel the rest and chop it down to the root then bin the root bit.

How do you know if you're cutting off the onion's bottom or it's face?

Either way I feel bad for Mr Onion.
#28
weekender
Onions, like any other vegetable, feel pain when you cut them.

When the onions 'cry' and release their vapours, they are making you aware that you are causing them distress.

My advice is not to use knives on these poor defenseless vegetables.
lmao..! Thanks for the info. X :)
#29
use a sharp quality knife with no ridges. Ripping the onions with a blunt knife releases more of the juices.
banned#30
annie r u ok from that guy
#31
Alternatively buy ready chopped onions from the chiller cabinet. Problem solved.
#32
ismail12321
annie r u ok from that guy
dude what r u on..? Lol
#33
whatsThePoint
annie_21
whatsThePoint
When you cut an onion, you break cells, releasing their contents. Amino acid sulfoxides form sulfenic acids. Enzymes that were kept separate now are free to mix with the sulfenic acids to produce propanethiol S-oxide, a volatile sulfur compound that wafts upward toward your eyes. This gas reacts with the water in your tears to form sulfuric acid. The sulfuric acid burns, stimulating your eyes to release more tears to wash the irritant away
wow. Lots of scientific terminology...! Thanks for explaining. :) must i add love your username :p x

that was the simplest explanation I could find in a 5 sec search of google :p
theres me thinking u r sum sort of genius :p x
banned#34
annie do u have kik
#35
ismail12321
annie do u have kik

annie, onions are the least of your troubles....
#36
slimy31
Wear contact lenses, i have no issues at all. Of course, i would prefer to be able to see more than a foot away without assistance, but hey we all work with what we're given!


Me too. I never realised that was why I don't cry when cutting onions. I just thought I had supwr human powers.
#37
brilly
ismail12321
annie do u have kik

annie, onions are the least of your troubles....
lmaooo..! Trust me. I have a stalker
#38
weekender
Onions, like any other vegetable, feel pain when you cut them.

When the onions 'cry' and release their vapours, they are making you aware that you are causing them distress.

My advice is not to use knives on these poor defenseless vegetables.


Hahaha!
#39
ismail12321
annie do u have kik
r u really that bored...? Lol
#40
I always wear sunglasses (not dark lensed ones) I swear by it! I've been doing it for years! :)

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