Facts About the Crying Game

Food/Cooking - Cooking
By: Wordsmith    
19-Feb-2013

Introduction:The Crying Game with Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson and Forest Whitaker was a great movie, but that is not the crying game that I will be talking about in this list. I will be talking about the crying game that takes place in the kitchen when working with onions and about the ways you can prevent the waterworks from starting. All of these tips came from friends or from some newspaper or magazine article. I had my significant other kitchen test them after I learned of them because I wanted to be sure they actually worked before I shared them with anyone else.

  • 01

    Wear Eye Protection

    This one was given to me by a dear friend who recently went from wearing regular eyeglasses to wearing contact lenses. She had a real problem with onions, especially white onions (if you read my list on onions, you know how juicy and pungent they are), but the problem evaporated when she started wearing contact lenses. Apparently the contact lenses protected the most sensitive parts of her eyes from the gasses given off by the onions. To test that theory, I asked my significant other, who is also a weeper, to wear goggles while chopping up a very large white onion. No waterfall. So if you want to stop your waterfall, but do not wear contact lenses, wear safety goggles.

  • 02

    Light a Candle

    I read about this one in an old issue of Readers Digest. Thinking about it for a while, it made sense because an open flame sucks in the surrounding air, so it would also suck in some of the gasses being emitted by the onion. Cathy tested that one for me too and the end results was that although she did not start weeping a tear or two did form in the corner of her eyes and she confessed to a stinging sensation in her eyes.

  • 03

    Chewing Gum and Blowing Bubbles

    I read about this one in the same Readers Digest story. This one made sense to me because people normally breathe through their noses and their nasal passages are direct paths to their tear ducts. Chewing gum prevents people from breathing through their noses. Apparently the majority of the gasses given off by onions traveled the nasal route because, like with the candle lighting trick, Cathy developed moist eyes, but she did not actually cry.

  • 04

    Hold a Chunk of Bread Between Your Teeth

    One of the female interns at the hospital where Cathy works told her about this one. I asked her to give it a test drive for me. I think that it worked for the same reason as chewing gum did, by making her more prone to breath through her mouth instead of her nose, but not quite as effective as chewing gum. When chomping on gum or blowing bubble as in the case of bubble gum, her mouth was open most of the time. With the bread trick it was just her teeth that were parted. The end results was that her face glistened brightly with her tears.

  • 05

    Refrigerate the Onion First

    A biochemist friend shared this one with me. She told me that if you refrigerate an onion for at least thirty minutes before peeling it and chopping it up, the sulfuric compounds would be kept in check. Sounded logical, but it does not work. Cathy was shedding tears like water cascading over Niagara Falls by the time she finished slicing up two large white onions that I could have cooked them without adding any water to the onions.




Final Thoughts

The moral of this story is that if you hate crying in your onions and do not wear contact lenses, go out and by safety goggles.


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