Onions Harvested

Sunday, July 29, 2007
Most of the onions I'm growing are pass-along plants, so I'm not sure what's what here. I suspect the white ones might be scallions I left in the ground since last fall. Regardless of what kind they are, they all make me cry equally as hard when I chop them. I've tried all the tricks in the book to keep myself from crying a rainstorm when I cut onions: drink water, eat bread, use a refrigerated onion, etc. I've even thought about getting a pair of onion goggles. Nothing seems to work. I still cry until those chopped onions hit the pan.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your onion harvest. My onions were flooded and have rotted away unfortunately.
Sara from farmingfriends

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your onions made me cry, too.
With envy. Like Sara (see above), I lost almost my whole crop. I'm enjoying your success by proxy!!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Celia Hart said...

A bad year for onions on my plot - the damp and warm weather turned a fantastic looking crop into a mouldy mess in the space of a week in June!

A tip from a college friends french mother to stop the tears when chopping onions is to hold the insides of both your wrists under running cold water. Instant relief - it works for me (and for generations of french pastry chefs apparently)


1:09 PM  
Blogger Aiyana said...

I've heard that cutting the tops off first helps. There are millions of remedies, so who knows? Your crop looks great.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Onion goggles that has got to be the best, i find the best way is to get my wife to cut them or a slightly less sexist way is to stick a spoon in your mouth...Lol

Cheers Mark

3:22 PM  
Blogger RUTH said...

A lot of onions have rotted this year in the UK. Well done on your crop; worth the tears to grow your own :o) Happy GTS

3:51 PM  
Blogger Tira said...

Well done on your harvest, My grandmother said in traditional folk medicine onion juice was used for eye diseases, so crying while peeling onions is supposed to be healthy for ones eyes!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

these look very yummy! i hope mine turn out this well.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hooray! Another harvest. They sound very pungent--are they more so than "grocery store" onions?

I finally got around to the "7 Things" you tagged me for. It's up on my site if you want to take a look.

Happy day!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Rowena said...

I followed your link from Christina @ A Thinking Stomach and have to tell you what a fantastic blog you have here! I'm trying to get beyond food (blogging) and into food (growing). Thanks for the tip on the onion goggles...I was debating whether I should purchase them or not!

3:20 AM  
Blogger Matron said...

That's the unique thing about growing your own onions. Supermarket bought onions are never that strong to make you cry! I remember lots of old wives' tales on what to do while chopping onions to stop making you cry. One of which was to hold a wet teaspoon in your mouth while you were chopping! It didn't work - but anything was worth trying to stop the pain!!

7:15 AM  
Blogger raine studios said...

I always wondered about this, because while I do get a leetle teary eyed, it is never very bad.

Until one day I didn't put in my contacts (soft), chopped some onions, and thought perhaps my entire body had decided to evacuate it's liquids through my tear ducts.

Contacts - very good protection, it seems!

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!! They look fab. When did u plant them? I pulled a few yesterday which looked nice, but not sure how much longer i should leave em (planted april). On the onion front, i chop it in half, then run it under the tap. It then cuts no problem, no watery eyes!

6:46 AM  
Blogger Muum said...

I wear glasses, and don't have much problem with the crying. ? maybe that helps

4:34 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

You all have me curious now. I'm going to try the spoon-in-the-mouth and wrists-under-cold-water tricks.

These do seem stronger than store-bought onions. There's more moisture in them and I think whatever is in the juice is what makes me cry...even with contacts or glasses on. Maybe I'm just very sensitive. Sniffle, sniffle...

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use actual chemistry-lab goggles, and they work great. Good luck with the cheaper remedies!

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The onion fumes - the ones that are released when onions are cut and the "juice" is exposed to air - combine with air and the normal moisture in your eyes to form a sulfuric acid compound. This is what makes your eyes burn. It won't stop until you make enough tears to dilute the sulfuric acid compound and wash it out of your eyes.

What I usually do is this: as soon as I realize my eyes are burning, I stop chopping and splash my eyes (keeping them wide open) several times with cold running water from the sink. Then dry my face and continue. Works pretty well.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

My favorite rememdy for onions is to light a candle next to the cutting board.

Love your blog.

8:25 AM  

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