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Onions: Preventing the tears I Chef Dez


October 25, 2017

Probably the most frequent question I get asked is "how do I prevent crying when cutting onions?" No one enjoys this eye burning sensation followed by what seems to be an emotional breakdown. A chemical gas that is released from the onion as it is damaged by cutting causes the watery eyes.

This chemical gas then reacts with the natural tears in our eyes and turns into a mild form of sulfuric acid which our eyes then water more to flush away the irritant.

In my many years of cooking I have heard numerous ways to help prevent this reaction... some more effective than others and it i...

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