|Tasty tear gas
Kleenex's favorite veggie
"Onions make me cry" (sung by Rowlf the Dog of The Muppet Show)
Spoken: You may not know this, but I'm really a very sentimental dog. I cry easily. Onions, for instance, always make me cry.Why do onions make you cry?
Cutting into an onion will break open its' cells releasing noxious sulfur fumes. When this gas hits your eyes *KABOOM*, the tears start flowing. This is due to the mild sulfuric acid that is produced when the gas dissolves in the watery tears. You react to this eye stinging by blinking and producing even more tears which will eventually flush out the irritating acid. Please resist the urge to rub your eyes, especially if you have onion juices all over them.
Avoiding the tears:
Cut under cold running water.
Hot n' Cold
Peel and then chill the onions in the refrigerator (1 hour) or freezer (15 minutes) before chopping.
Turn your head away while chopping (watch those fingers!!).
Breath with your mouth open exhaling through your nose.
Cut with a very sharp knife.
Cut near the bottom of the onion last.
Hold a lemon, piece of bread or a sugar cube in your mouth, the food will absorb the gas before it reaches your eyes.
Movies to chop by: Shrek
Shrek: Ogres are like onions.
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