Food Odors: A Closer Look at Onions’ Less Attractive Side

Aaaah the tasty, versatile onion! It’s full of fiber, Vitamin C and flavor. Of course that’s just half of the vegetable’s story. Depending on what you do with them, they can also create food odors and bring a grown adult to tears. What follows is a closer look at those less attractive features and how to deal with them:

Onions, regardless of the variety, have cells that inherently contain sulphuric compounds and lachrymatory factor synthase. Thus, when we cut into the onion, we release those organic chemicals into our environment. As a result of that release, we frequently end up with watery eyes, stinky hands and wooden cutting boards that just smell awful.

Because the chemicals are a natural part of the onion, there are only a handful of things that can be done about it. The National Onion Associationrecommends that consumers use either a refrigerator or ice water bath to help minimize the chemicals’ release. They also suggest using salt or lemon juice to remove the smell from one’s hands and kitchen equipment. What the association’s guidelines don’t address is how to completely remove the smell from the air.

For that, we’d suggest that you try ozone. Like the chemicals found in onions, ozone is an organic substance. It has also been recognized as safe for food service use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. So many people have been using it to combat a whole host of food odor issues for years. The way that the onion odor fighting, organic substance works is simple. It naturally hunts for and completely eradicates the lachrymatory factor as well as the other synthase sulphuric compounds found in onions. In addition, it works in conjunction with ions to remove other foul-smelling, food odors from the air too. To speak with an expert and learn more about this process, please contact us toll-free at (866) 676-9663.

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