Onion and Tears

I am no crybaby, but onions really make me cry.

Almost all of us have to deal with crying while mincing onions. Maybe some of us have tried soaking the knife to be used, soaking the onion itself or both.

But based on my experience, lighting a candle nearby is the trick. From what I read, "the sulfur compounds released when you cut an onion needs oxygen to make sulfuric acid. This explains why your eyes tear up! Burning a candle would use up the O2 and prevent the sulfuric acid from getting into your eyes."
Works for me.
Side dish: Word for the day
zerkleinern: cut up

Gita Asuncion  – (November 15, 2007 at 2:37 AM)  

uy! great tip! ill definitely try this one! been trying all kinds of techniques to solve this problem pero so far, nothing has worked. i hope this does. ;-)

g_mirage  – (November 15, 2007 at 4:20 AM)  

Yep Doc, I lit the candle and leave it there in less than a minute before I start the chopping...So far, hindi na ko umiiyak =D

JW  – (April 18, 2008 at 2:29 PM)  

Didn't know you had a food blog, too! I'll have to try this lighting candle trick sometime. I usually stick my head in the freezer when my eyes hurt, but somehow that doesn't seem to work too well... :)

mirage2g  – (April 18, 2008 at 11:15 PM)  

yes, JW this is effective for me...just leave the candle on for a few minutes before starting to chop...=)

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