What Causes Onions To Make You Cry?


How come some onions make you "cry" more than others?

It seems certain onions cause "waterworks" and others don't make you shed a tear...

because some people have sensitive eyes

What happens to onions in a food processor?

When I dice onions and put them in a food processor to get a smooth paste to use in cooking, the onions turn bitter. Can anybody explain why this happens and how to avoid it?

Onions contain a lot of a sulfur containing compound in them (that's what makes some people "cry" when cutting onions) and it's quite possible that processing them that fine is releasing that chemical and causing the bitterness.

Try dicing the onions, slowly cooking them with a bit of salt and pepper and then running them through the food processor. The sulfur containing compound is destroyed by the heat of cooking and in theory, shouldn't be a problem once the onions are cooked.

Whats the best way to not cry when your cutting onions?

Every time I cut onions my eyes sting and I cry alot! Is there any way to fix this?

How to avoid crying when chopping onions

Lifehacker reader and foodie Ian Beyer offers a helpful tip for how to avoid onion-slicing-induced tears:

Using a knife, cut a cone out of the bottom of the onion (where the roots come out). The diameter of this cone should be about a third of the diameter of the onion, and about 1/3 deep. Take this piece and throw it away (don't put it down the disposal!). This piece contains the part/gland that makes baby Jesus and everyone else in the room cry when you're chopping it up. Once you've gotten that piece out, chop off the top, peel, and slice the onion.

Been doing it for years, and it works like a charm. You know your cone is too small if it doesn't work, because you've cut into that teargas grenade.


There are alot of ways to prevent tears here is a link!!

What makes you cry?

Seriously, I want to know. I cry when I'm stressed out.

i cry when im so angry... i dnt scream or throw things when im angry.. i keep it 2 myself & i release it thru crying

i cry over sad movies

i cry whenever i wake up fr a dream abt my mom

i cry when im homesick

i cry when im sick & i miss mom takin care of me

i cry when nobody listens 2 me

i cry w/my frends when they share me their problems

im such a cry baby!!!

What are scallions. ?

Scallions (also known as green onions, spring onions, salad onions, green shallots, onion sticks, long onions, baby onions, precious onions, yard onions, gibbons, or syboes) are the edible plants of various Allium species, all of which are "onion-like", having hollow green leaves and lacking a fully developed root bulb

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