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Don't cry while peeling onion!

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:18 am    Post subject: Don't cry while peeling onion! Reply with quote

Here's the solution if you don't want to "cry" while peeling the onion: about half an hour before peeling it, close the onion in a small plastic bag and put it in the freezer.
So you won't cry anymore while peeling it!
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Di troppe cose non so cosa farne, per me che avrei bisogno di poche immagini ma eterne. (G. Gaber)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done this and I have also peeled it under cold water. That helps too. Of course, your hand freeze if you're not quick.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the chef's solution to peeling an onion while minimizing tears.
Have really sharp knives.
The less sharp a knife is the more resistance the onion gives when cutting through it thereby "squirting" out the tear jerking juices.

I've tried the freezer thing, the underwater idea, wearing goggles, holding a slice of bread in your mouth......you name it - I've tried it.

The only thing I found that works "almost" every time is a really sharp knife.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never known about the solution of the really sharp knife. I'll try it!
Thanks Torile! (and welcome back! Little Kiss )

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holding a slice of bread in your mouth......

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This is very original... I've never heard of it! Think


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer using a really sharp knife because it's faster -- though when I slice my finger, it's not so good.

After I cut off the ends and peel the top skins off, then I run it under cold water for a minute or two. Doesn't take away the sting entirely, but enough so that I can dice the onion without my eyes and nose burning too much.

It works well enough that I chop an onion for most dinners - but I also chop lots of garlic cloves with most dinners, so maybe I am used to it? Think

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes, Kim, maybe you are used to it!
I also like both onion and garlic. And it seems they are also very healthy. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love onions and garlic but boy oh boy can the taste of it make your breath really bad after eating it. Can't kiss anyone after you eat that stuff unless you've both eaten together.

I've tried everything and I still get huge tears running down my cheeks when slicing onions. Green onions aren't as bad in causing irritation.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my simple solution to this question - and I haven't 'cried over an onion 'for years... Big Sad

Skin your onion to look like these..


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Then with a SHARP -POINTED KNIFE carefully cut out the small root base. in a cone shape like this

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and discard it.

There's no need to go too deep, as I am convinced that it is just this small piece of root remaining when you slice any onion that causes your eyes to water.

Oh and Rosie..."Yes - you did!"

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't really cried much when cutting onions but thats probably because I have used a combination of all the methods posted most of the time. And I do love garlic too. I'm not so worried about my breath, but the smell on your hands, even the next day sometimes is brutal.

But I'll keep using these foods because I love the taste it brings to my dishes.

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