Even the biggest pros can’t hold back tears while cutting onions. “Some people are more sensitive to it than others, which may mean they produce more tears,” he says for the portal Insider chef Julie Andrews.
The good news is that they exist verified feintswhich minimize eye irritation.
1) Use a sharp knife
Always keeping sharp knives in the kitchen is the basis of trouble-free cooking. But it is especially important when working with onions. “A sharp knife will damage the onion less, thereby releasing less volatile components into the air,” the chef explains.
A dull knife makes cutting difficult. You won’t stop the tears even if you start dicing her: “The time you spend around the volatile gas will increase,” emphasizes the chef.
2) Place the onion in the refrigerator in advance
According to the chef, this is probably the best method you can try – at lower temperatures, the chemical reactions slow down. How to do it?
Place the onion in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes before slicing. If you start cutting it, work quickly.
3) Use eye protection
Did you know there are special glasses for cutting onions? You can get them from just a few euros. Prevent the spread of sulfur compounds.
4) Kitchen utensils
You can also invest in kitchen appliances that have slicers. “Buy a good food processor that has a dicing or slicing attachment,” recommends expert chef Julie Andrews.
Why do onions make us cry?
“All foods have some sort of defense mechanism,” explains scientist and food systems analyst Brian Chaun for the Insider portal.
Slicing onions releases essential oils, which subsequently irritate the eyes. These are sulfur compounds that react in the onion with amino acids and subsequently turn into an irritating gas.
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