While most savory dishes and recipes are made better with the addition of onions (looking at you spaghetti sauce, grilled cheese, and a good old-fashioned cheeseburger), they’re not the most amicable vegetable. Dice them up, and you’ll likely shed a tear or two in the process; handle them for just a few minutes, and their odoriferous quality lingers all day, no matter how much you scrub with soap, or dishwashing liquid, or whatever other scent-laden cleanser you use to try chase the onion stench away. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Prepare to have your life changed … at least in the cooking department.
Next time you’re rocking that eau du onion, put down the soap, and pick up a spoon or fork instead. Turn on the sink and rub the spoon or fork under cold running water for several seconds. Voila! The smell will virtually disappear right off your hands.
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It’s all about the metals invovled, so make sure you go with stainless steel utensils, rather than your grandmother’s sterling silver. You can credit it to a little kitchen wizardry, or hand this one to science: The sulfur that gives onions their unpleasant odor binds with the metals in stainless steel, leaving your hands stank-free.
And the trick isn’t limited to utensils: If your sink is stainless steel, you can wipe your hands all over it while the water runs, instead. It’ll get the job done more quickly than massaging a small spoon or fork.
But whether you use utensils or your sink, the stainless steel trick means you can make all your favorite onion dishes, from Vidalia onion soufflé to French onion soup, and still shake everyone’s hands at the dinner party later, no lingering odors involved. We’ll call that a win-win.
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