Why does Onion Love to See you Cry?
What really happens behind-the-scenes of when you cut an onion is the release of a gas called syn-propanethial-S-oxide. When this reaches your eyes, it bonds with natural moisture, creating sulphuric acid. And the burning acid is what causes the tears.
Common Myths to Spare the tears When you Cut Open an Onion
Some of these can be quite funny. Like burning a wooden match, blowing it out and placing it between your teeth and breathing through your nose as you slice the onion. Or to bite a toothpick, place an ice cube in your mouth or chewing gum while you go chop chop. Or the one that asks you to keep a candle lit near the chopping board or run a small fan to blow away the gas that is released and run cold water in the sink while you slice them. Outta of the window! Please.
Follow these top five and you can feel and tell the magic! They’re all winners!
If you place the onion in a freezer for about 10 minutes or just 30 minutes before cutting it helps the cells from releasing in the atmosphere when compared to what is capable of onion at room temperature.
Place your cutting board on your front stovetop burner. Ensure it's not on and cool, then turn on the ventilation fan on high. This will help redirect the gases away from the eyes.
Don’t cut the Root End
Most of the sulphur compounds are concentrated in here and that’s why when you cut into the root - there is a strong waft that can turn you tear-jerky.
Use a Sharp Knife, As a Rule of Thumb
Not only would a sharp knife get the job done quicker, but it’ll also help you avoid breaking or damaging the cells of the onion. Hence, no more tears!
There is such a thing as Safety Goggles for the experience!
Turning all techie will sure win you some brownie points! These are gadgets for your pretty eyes to steer clear of any harmful gases from entering them. A huge collection varying in style and colours is available on Amazon.