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Enjoy Onion Flavor Without the Tears!

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Enjoy Onion Flavor Without the Tears!

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Onions add lots of flavor to foods but does cutting an onion make you cry? Try these tips to help prevent the sulfur compounds from irritating your eyes:

  • Chill onions in your freezer for about 10 minutes before you cut them.
  • Cut off the top and peel the outer layers, but leave the root end intact.

Remember to use low or medium heat when sauteing onions to prevent them from becoming bitter-tasting. You can remove the smell of onions from your hands by rubbing them with lemon juice. How about onion breath? Try chewing on fresh parsley.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise October 2015 newsletter (PDF)

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