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    Default No more crying while chopping onions

    Does cutting onions make you cry? Well I have good news for you! A team of agricultural scientists from Japan and New Zealand has created a tear-free onion. Through genetical engineering, not only did they turn off the gene that induces the tears in humans, but they created a more flavorful onion too.

    Spearheading the study is Dr. Colin Eady, a professor at the University of Wisconsin. He states:
    By shutting down the lachrymatory factor synthase gene, we have stopped valuable sulphur compounds being converted to the tearing agent, and instead made them available for redirection into compounds, some of which are known for their flavour and health properties.
    The scientists are hoping the tear free onions will become a kitchen staple across the globe. Of course, this will take time; the onions aren't expected to hit the market for another ten years or so. Still it's something to look forward to!

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    Or, just put them in the freezer for 20 minutes or so before you chop them.

    Vidalia onions don't make tear as well.
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    i always cry when i cut them

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    ^ I used to wear my swim goggles it got so bad.
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    I wear my swimming goggles when i cut onions and it works

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    I don't cry as much if I'm wearing contacts. Hmm, might invent in some swimming goggles until the tear free ones come out.

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    I never knew about the freezer tip, thanks suede. I find that the organic ones are especially strong for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze View Post
    I never knew about the freezer tip, thanks suede. I find that the organic ones are especially strong for some reason.

    If the 20 doesn't work try 30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanna View Post
    I don't cry as much if I'm wearing contacts. Hmm, might invent in some swimming goggles until the tear free ones come out.

    Yea there's a huge difference when I'm wearing lenses vs wearing glasses in chopping onions. No need for genetical engineering.

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    i totally notice that i tear less when i'm wearing my contacts while chopping onions! i thought it was all in my imagination.
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    I'm always slightly wary of genetically modified food like this. I'd rather just run the onion under cold water before cutting it - I find that works fairly well, that and a good fast cut.

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    ^ ITA, I'd rather researchers spent money on things that can change the world for the better, and not just to make a quick buck off of teary cooks.
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    I always do the freezer trick too.

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    Love the freezer trick. Some onions are killers! I'll try that next time.

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    I never cry when I chop onions. Maybe it's because I wear contacts...
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