Check out these snazzy spectacles!! I wish I knew about these goggles years ago, but just recently picked up a pair after a recommendation from a friend (thanks S.C!), and have been enjoying tear-free cooking ever since!
Here is the science behind it all: When onions are cut, an enzyme called sulfoxide lyase and sulfuric compounds are released from the broken cells. When exposed to air, they react with one another to form a vapour. As this vapour evaporates, it irritates our eyes (and causes me to cry). Chemical weaponry at its best!! Before these goggles, as soon as I sliced into an onion, the vicious army of vapours would enact their powerful defense mechanism, seeping out of the onion with the sole mission to find the shortest possible route to my eyes and attack. Since using these, I haven't shed a tear! The foam seal on the frames protects your eyes from the vapours sneaking in.
I picked up my pair for $29.95 at Cookworks...I know, a little on the steep side, but in my opinion you can't put a price on the pleasure of an onion slicing and dicing experience, all while wearing an accessory that is both extremely comfortable, and obviously very stylish. They are also available at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Megan's Review: Get these!! (Or if you want to save the money, apparently the same goal can be achieved by putting an onion in the freezer for 15 minutes before slicing it.) These are also a great gift idea for the chef who has everything. Life changing!