Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Onion Goggles!

Here's a helpful hint that is definitely worth sharing!
A while ago, I did a video with Kristin and Daniel about How to Cut an Onion. In the video, Kristin asked me if there's anything to be done to stop the onions from making you cry. Lets first explain why this happens:
When you slice through an onion, you break open a number of onion cells. Some of these cells have enzymes inside of them, and when they are sliced open, the enzymes escape. The enzymes then decompose some of the other substances that have escaped from sliced cells. Some of these substances form sulfenic acids, which then quickly rearrange themselves into a volatile gas. The gas reaches your eyes and reacts with the water that keeps them moist. This changes the chemical's form again, producing, among other things, a mild sulfuric acid, which irritates the eyes.

Well, Kristin, here's your answer! Onion Goggles!
They're quite fashionable, aren't they? And quite functional too! The thing that makes them different from regular glasses is the seal around the eddge that blocks out the enzyme gas that irritates your eyes, much like swimming goggles keep water out. As soon as I saw these goggles, I immediately thought of Daniel sticking his head in the freezer to stop his eyes from burning. hehehehe Problem solved, Daniel Boone!
My friend, Nancy, left a comment under the onion video about wearing swimming goggles.
Well, Nancy, now you don't have to wear swimming goggles anymore. You can wear Onion Goggles which are much more streamlined and less clunky.

So, there you have it!


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Nancy Cecilio said...

LOL! Hey thanks for the mention in your blog! Damn, if I had only invented these onion goggles.. I'd be a millionaire!!