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Why do some onions make you cry?

When you cut an onion you break cells releasing their contents. Amino acid sulfoxides form sulfenic acids. Enzymes that were kept separate now are free to mix with the sulfenic acids to produce propanethiol S-oxide, a volatile sulfur compound that wafts upward toward your eyes. This gas reacts with the water in your tears to form sulfuric acid. The sulfuric acid burns, stimulating your eyes to release more tears to wash the irritant away.

How can I keep from crying when I chop onions?

Buy Texas 1015 onions and you won't have a crying problem. But for those times of the year when our sweet onions are not available, we have put together several suggestions to keep your eyes tear free.

Chill the onion and the knife before cutting

Wear goggles

Light a candle

Open a window or turn on an exhaust fan

Cut them under running water

Cut the root end last

Can I buy Texas 1015 onions online?
Yes, you can. Sweet Onion Express specializes in mail order onions. They are top notch.Just click the link and you will be taken to their website.

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