Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Laughing Onion

Introducing The Laughing Onion – Your Secret to Tear-Free Onion Cutting!

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Why Do I Cry Tears When I Cut, Chop or Slice Onions?

Cutting, chopping, or slicing onions can bring tears to your eyes - a common culinary conundrum that many of us have experienced. The science behind those onion-induced tears is interesting and there are a few ways to minimize the tears during your kitchen adventures. At least until you get your hands on The Laughing Onion

The Culprit: Sulphur Compounds:
Onions contain volatile sulphur compounds, which are responsible for their distinct flavor and aroma. When you cut, chop, or slice an onion, you rupture its cells, releasing these sulphur compounds into the air.

The Role of Enzymes:
Onions contain enzymes that, when exposed to air, facilitate the conversion of sulphur compounds into a gas called syn-propanethial-S-oxide. This gas is highly volatile and travels upwards, reaching your eyes and intensifying the irritation.

Irritating the Eyes:
Here's where the tears come into play. When the sulphur compounds from the onion mix with the natural moisture in your eyes, they create a mild form of sulfuric acid. This acid irritates your eyes, triggering your tear ducts to produce tears as a protective mechanism.

Do Onion Goggles Work?

Before we embarked on the relentless, tearful journey to create and perfect The Laughing Onion, we asked ourselves the same question - Do onion goggles really work?

We bought a pair of the "best onion goggles" on amazon, only to be disappointed by them not fitting properly, misting up and ultimately not preventing onion tears. They did not work 100% and we wanted perfection, otherwise there is no point!

We knew that thousands of other people had the same teary issues with their onion goggles by reading even the best reviews on Amazon and seeing that the average star ratings for the best onion goggles were below 4 stars.

Onion Goggles were just not good enough for us, we wanted perfection. So we came up with the Laughing Onion.

Which Onions Make You Cry The Most When You Cut Them?

When it comes to making you cry while cutting them, not all onions are created equal. The onions that tend to make you cry the most when you cut them are typically the yellow or brown onions. These onions are known for their strong flavor and pungent aroma, which are directly related to the compounds that can irritate your eyes, making you cry.

Yellow or brown onions contain higher levels of sulphur compounds, which are released into the air when you cut into them. These compounds can react with the natural moisture in your eyes, creating a mild form of sulfuric acid and causing irritation, leading to tears.

While all onions can make you cry to some extent, yellow or brown onions are often considered the chief culprits in the "cut onions cry" phenomenon. If you're looking to reduce tear-inducing moments in the kitchen, you might consider using milder onion varieties like sweet onions or red onions, as they contain fewer of these eye-irritating compounds.

Check out detailed blog post on Which onion makes you cry the most?

Which Onions Make You Cry the Least When You Chop Them?

If you want to minimize tears while cutting onions, opt for sweet onions or red onions. These varieties are known for making you cry the least when you cut them compared to their stronger counterparts, such as yellow or brown onions.

Sweet onions, like Vidalia, Walla Walla, or Maui onions, have a milder flavor and lower levels of the eye-irritating sulphur compounds found in other onions. Red onions, while slightly stronger in flavor than sweet onions, still tend to be gentler on the eyes than yellow or brown onions.

The reduced potency of these onions makes them a popular choice in recipes when you want to enjoy the taste and texture of onions without the excessive tears. So, when you're looking for an onion that won't make you cry as much during prep, consider reaching for a sweet onion or a red onion to keep those tears at bay.

What to do if my eyes are burning for hours after cutting onions?

See our blog post about The Persistent Sting: Eyes Burning for Hours After Cutting onions

Here are a few quick steps incase you don't have time:

1) Wash your hands after cutting onions

2) Avoid touching your eyes while cutting onions as this will certainly make you cry

3)Use an eye rinse or cool water if your eyes are more irritated and burning more than usual.

4) Consult your eye doctor if the burning persists for longer than a few minutes after cutting onions or if you experience severe discomfort. They can assess your eyes and provide appropriate treatment.

Why Don't Onion Goggles Work?

There are two main anatomical reasons why onion goggles don't work when you are cutting onions:
1) All people have different facial features so it is impossible to have a comforable perfect seal without using something uncomfortable and tight fitting like swimming goggles.

2) The Nasolacrimal Duct - The tear duct connects through this passage to your nose. It is the reason why your nose runs when you cry. The result is onion tears despite onion goggles.

What Part of An Onion Makes You Cry The Most?

The part of an onion that makes you cry the most when you cut it is the root or basal plate. This portion of the onion contains a higher concentration of the enzymes and sulphur compounds responsible for inducing tears when exposed to the air. When you slice into the root or basal plate, these compounds are released more rapidly, increasing the likelihood of eye irritation and tears. It is important to note that these compounds are still present in the other parts of the onion, just not as much as the root.

To minimize tearing while cutting onions, it's helpful to minimize contact with the root or basal plate and work efficiently with clean, sharp knives.

What Else Can The Laughing Onion Do Besides prevent Tears When Cutting Onions?

The Laughing Onion, not only prevents tears while you cut,chop or slice onions....

When not in use it can be stored in your fruit bowl where it helps prolong the life of your fruit and vegetables. Freshness guarenteed!

Why Does Fruit Ripen So Fast And Go Bad or Brown So Quickly?

Fruit ripens quickly and can go bad or brown rapidly due to several factors:

  1. Ethylene Gas: Many fruits release ethylene gas as they ripen. This gas can trigger the ripening process in nearby fruits, causing them to mature faster. It's why storing ethylene-producing fruits like apples or bananas with other fruits can lead to quicker ripening and potential spoilage.
  2. Moisture and Humidity: Fruits contain moisture, and high humidity levels can accelerate mold and bacterial growth, leading to spoilage. Properly storing fruits in a dry environment can help extend their freshness.
  3. Temperature: Fruits are sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Storing them at room temperature or in warm environments can speed up ripening and spoilage. On the other hand, storing fruits in a cooler environment can slow down the ripening process.
  4. Bruising and Damage: Physical damage or bruising to fruit can provide entry points for bacteria and mold, hastening the spoiling process. Handle fruits gently to prevent bruising.
  5. Microorganisms: Microorganisms like bacteria and fungi are naturally present on the surface of fruits. When conditions are favorable (e.g., high humidity, warm temperatures), these microorganisms can proliferate and cause fruit to deteriorate.
  6. Enzymatic Browning: Browning in fruits like apples, pears, and bananas occurs due to enzymatic reactions when their cells are exposed to oxygen. This process can be slowed by using lemon juice or other anti-browning agents.

To prolong the freshness of your fruits, store them appropriately, avoid mixing ethylene-producing fruits with others, and consume them before they become overripe. Proper storage, handling, and temperature control can significantly extend the shelf life of your fruits and reduce waste.

If I still believe that onion goggles may work, where can I purchase them?

If you still want to try out onion goggles, no hard feelings or tears from us! Here are our top recommendations:

For convenience and the most comprehensive range:

  • Search Amazon for "Best Onion Goggles" - Beware, not all onion goggles are created equal.

For specific styles:

  • Search Amazon for "Pink Onion Goggles" or "Onion Goggles for Women"

For the most premium onion goggles:

  • Look for RSVP Onion Goggles
  • Shop in person or online at Sur La Table and browse for onion goggles
  • Bed Bath And Beyond seems to even have pairs of pink RSVP onion goggles.

For the most budget onion goggles:

  • Search amazon for "Onion Goggles"
  • Browse your local Walmart in the cooking section for onion goggles.
  • Use a pair of your old swim goggles if you have some already.

What Are The Most Common Hacks People Use to Try and Stop Crying When They Cut Onions?

These are the most common futile ways people chop onions to reduce tears or crying in the kitchen:

  1. Chill the Onion: Refrigerate the onion for about 30 minutes before cutting. This can help reduce the release of irritant compounds.
  2. Use a Sharp Knife: A sharp knife creates cleaner cuts, which release fewer irritants. Dull knives can crush the onion cells, releasing more tear-inducing chemicals.
  3. Cut Under Running Water: Slice the onion under a stream of cold running water to wash away irritants and disperse the fumes.
  4. Freeze the Onion: Freeze the onion for a short time before cutting. It will be easier to handle, and the cold can reduce the release of irritants.
  5. Chew Gum or Breathe Through Your Mouth: Chewing gum or breathing through your mouth instead of your nose can help reduce the chance of onion fumes reaching your eyes.
  6. Use Onion Goggles: Specialized onion goggles create a seal around your eyes to protect them from onion vapors.
  7. Light a Candle: Place a lit candle near the cutting board to burn off some of the onion's volatile compounds. Be careful!
  8. Soak in Water: Submerge the onion in water for a few minutes before chopping. This can help dilute the irritants.
  9. Cut Near a Ventilation Fan: Position your cutting board near a kitchen exhaust fan to direct the onion fumes away from your eyes.
  10. Wear Contact Lenses: If you wear contact lenses, they can act as a barrier, protecting your eyes from onion fumes.

We do cover this topic extensively in our blog post and explain how these methods are not effective at preventing onion tears.

How to Cut Onions Like a Pro

Step 1: Prepping Your Onion
1.1. Choose the Right Onion: Pick a fresh, firm onion with no soft spots or sprouting. The onion type affects flavor, so choose wisely.
1.2. Washing and Peeling: Rinse the onion, trim both ends, and peel while keeping inner layers intact.

Step 2: Halving the Onion
2.1. Cutting Lengthwise: Cut the onion in half lengthwise, leaving the root end as a handle.

Step 3: Making Horizontal Cuts
3.1. Slicing Horizontally: Lay one half flat, slice horizontally without cutting through, leaving a quarter-inch at the root.

Step 4: Creating Vertical Cuts
4.1. Dicing the Onion: Rotate the half, slice vertically, and let it fall apart into small, even pieces.

Step 5: Repeat for the Other Half
5.1. Mirror the Process: Repeat steps for the other half, ensuring consistent dice size.

Step 6: Storing or Using Your Diced Onion
6.1. Storage Tips: Store leftovers in an airtight container. Diced onions stay fresh for several days when stored properly.

Tips for a Tear-Free Onion Cutting Experience

  • The Laughing Onion: Prevents onion tears and preserves produce.
  • Chill the Onion: Refrigerate for 30 minutes to reduce tear-inducing compounds.
  • Use a Sharp Knife: Minimizes cell damage and tears compared to a dull knife.
  • Cut Under Running Water: Cut under water to wash away irritants.
  • Light a Candle: Lighting a candle nearby can help burn off irritants.
  • Ventilation: Use a range hood or fan to disperse fumes.
  • Research Onion Goggles: Debunked myth; they are unnecessary with The Laughing Onion.
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