Onions - those crying eyes
|By MYRON HEUER|
There's nothing that smells more appetizing than onions cooking in a frying pan. But, getting the onion to the skillet can be a tearful experience. There are many old wives tales on how to peel an onion without getting tears in your eyes.
Here are some of the myths:
I'm sure some of these methods work for some cooks some of the time. I've always wondered why do onions make you cry while slicing or chopping them? From what I've found, a knife ruptures an onions cell, throwing together sulphur compounds and enzymes, which go straight to the eyeball. About the only sure-fire method to keep from crying is to avoid cutting the onion . . . hard to do when the recipe calls for chopped onion.
Here are some other food half-truths.
So there you have it. The latest on food half-truths. Eat your veggies and quit your bellyachin'.
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