Sadness, depression, catastrophe? NO! Illness, despair? No! Onions? YES!
I had about 12 pounds of onions to dehydrate, and may not make it. I have cut, sliced, and roughly diced, and put six pounds in the dehydrator. But, the last six pounds may just kill me. This is two 3-lb bags, a different type onion. The first six pounds were a different variety
My nose is running. Tears are flowing. My ears hurt less. I think I heard about onion reducing ear congestion, something about putting a piece of onion in the ear or onion oil. I can see where this might work.
When I dehydrated Vidalia onions, it was a pleasant experience. This is painful. Never mind all the remedies to stop the crying that involve water. I must sit at the little table with a chair.
However, I may just take these six pounds outdoors tomorrow to sit and dice. It's after 3 am and I am done dicing indoors.
There is no outdoor porch to run the dehydrator, so my whole house may smell strongly of onion. Oh well! My sinuses are draining, so maybe inhaling onion odor for another twelve hours will prove healthful.
I may just start on my celery instead of suffering more. There are two heads--a free one and one I paid $0.69. It won't hurt to have them both in the dehydrator with onion since I will most likely use both in the same dish. Plus, the celery juice will erase the onion smell from my hands.
This batch of onions better last until I can get Vidalias next spring. This spring/summer I did not feel well enough to get enough dehydrated to last very long.
Tonight, I did manage to almost slice off a very long thumbnail. Since it is painted pink, there was never a chance I could lose it amongst white onions and dehydrate it.
I know you are dying to tell me all the ways you avoid crying while cutting onions. Go ahead. I am all ears and teary eyes and stinky fingers. However, I won't be using any method unless it involves eating chocolate. I won't be slicing under running water or holding a match in my mouth!
Have you ever cut so many onions and suffered?