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    ffu Guest

    Default Cut onions left in refrigirator dangerous ???

    I received an email yesterday that stated cut onions left in the refrigerator
    in a ziplock baggy were dangerous and could make you sick. So I decided to find
    out the source of the email as it was non descript with no links to provide
    proof.

    First stop Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/cutonions.asp ,
    where I found that the email has been circulating since March 2008. According
    to Snopes.com it was penned by Sarah McCann, who writes
    http://www.dinnerwithzola.com/

    Ms. McCann should know that onions are very acidic and the cutting of an onion
    causes enzymes they contain to generate sulphenic acid
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfenic_acid , so it's hard to understand how
    cut onions could be a place for germs or bacteria to take up residence.

    I think she should stick with what she does best, and not write erroneous
    articles. As well she should have someone fix her website as there is coding
    clearly showing on the page which is considered very unprofessional.

  2. #2
    Becca Guest

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    ffu wrote:

    snip...
    > First stop Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/cutonions.asp ,
    > where I found that the email has been circulating since March 2008. According
    > to Snopes.com it was penned by Sarah McCann, who writes
    > http://www.dinnerwithzola.com/
    >
    > Ms. McCann should know that onions are very acidic and the cutting of an onion
    > causes enzymes they contain to generate sulphenic acid
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfenic_acid , so it's hard to understand how
    > cut onions could be a place for germs or bacteria to take up residence.


    Thanks for posting this. They say if you cut an onion from pole to
    pole, it releases less sulfenic acid. That helps when you have to cut
    up a lot of onions.


    Becca

  3. #3
    Debbie Guest

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    "Becca" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > ffu wrote:
    >
    > snip...
    >> First stop Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/cutonions.asp ,
    >> where I found that the email has been circulating since March 2008.
    >> According
    >> to Snopes.com it was penned by Sarah McCann, who writes
    >> http://www.dinnerwithzola.com/
    >>
    >> Ms. McCann should know that onions are very acidic and the cutting of an
    >> onion
    >> causes enzymes they contain to generate sulphenic acid
    >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfenic_acid , so it's hard to understand
    >> how
    >> cut onions could be a place for germs or bacteria to take up residence.

    >
    > Thanks for posting this. They say if you cut an onion from pole to pole,
    > it releases less sulfenic acid. That helps when you have to cut up a lot
    > of onions.
    >
    >

    I'd have been long dead if this were the case. I do this routinely. lol

    Debbie


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    Chemo the Clown Guest

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    On Dec 30, 4:13*pm, "Debbie" <MollyMoll...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > "Becca" <be...@hal-pc.org> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]..
    >
    > > ffu wrote:

    >
    > > snip...
    > >> First stop Snopes.com *http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/cutonions.asp,
    > >> where I found that the email has been circulating since March 2008.
    > >> According
    > >> to Snopes.com it was penned by Sarah McCann, who writes
    > >>http://www.dinnerwithzola.com/

    >
    > >> Ms. McCann should know that onions are very acidic and the cutting of an
    > >> onion
    > >> causes enzymes they contain to generate sulphenic acid
    > >>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfenic_acid, *so it's hard to understand
    > >> how
    > >> cut onions could be a place for germs or bacteria to take up residence..

    >
    > > Thanks for posting this. *They say if you cut an onion from pole to pole,
    > > it releases less sulfenic acid. *That helps when you have to cut up alot
    > > of onions.

    >
    > I'd have been long dead if this were the case. *I do this routinely. lol
    >
    > Debbie


    Same here.....been doing it for over 40 years. I also climb trees and
    run with scissors.

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    Brawny Guest

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    On Dec 30, 7:15*pm, Chemo the Clown <an...@peak.org> wrote:
    > On Dec 30, 4:13*pm, "Debbie" <MollyMoll...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > "Becca" <be...@hal-pc.org> wrote in message


    > Same here.....been doing it for over 40 years. I also climb trees and
    > run with scissors.


    Don't you come running to me if you fall out of that tree!!

    Feliz Aņo Nuevo!

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    gloria.p Guest

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    Brawny wrote:
    > On Dec 30, 7:15 pm, Chemo the Clown <an...@peak.org> wrote:
    >> On Dec 30, 4:13 pm, "Debbie" <MollyMoll...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> "Becca" <be...@hal-pc.org> wrote in message

    >
    >> Same here.....been doing it for over 40 years. I also climb trees and
    >> run with scissors.

    >
    > Don't you come running to me if you fall out of that tree!!
    >
    > Feliz Aņo Nuevo!



    Shouldn't that be "Don't come running to me if you fall out of
    the tree and break both legs." ?

    gloria p

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    isw Guest

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    In article <hhh2l2$cd9$[email protected]>,
    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Brawny wrote:
    > > On Dec 30, 7:15 pm, Chemo the Clown <an...@peak.org> wrote:
    > >> On Dec 30, 4:13 pm, "Debbie" <MollyMoll...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> "Becca" <be...@hal-pc.org> wrote in message

    > >
    > >> Same here.....been doing it for over 40 years. I also climb trees and
    > >> run with scissors.

    > >
    > > Don't you come running to me if you fall out of that tree!!
    > >
    > > Feliz Aņo Nuevo!

    >
    >
    > Shouldn't that be "Don't come running to me if you fall out of
    > the tree and break both legs." ?
    >


    No. It should be

    "Don't come running to me if you fall out of the tree onto those
    scissors."

    Isaac

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    Becca Guest

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    gloria.p wrote:

    > Shouldn't that be "Don't come running to me if you fall out of the
    > tree and break both legs." ?
    >
    > gloria p


    My mother used to say, "Don't come running to me if you fall and break a
    leg!", so I said the same thing to my children. I should ask her if she
    learned that from her mother.


    Becca

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    --Bryan Guest

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    On Dec 31, 7:55*am, Becca <be...@hal-pc.org> wrote:
    > gloria.p wrote:
    > > Shouldn't that be "Don't come running to me if you fall out of the
    > > tree and break both legs." *?

    >
    > > gloria p

    >
    > My mother used to say, "Don't come running to me if you fall and break a
    > leg!", so I said the same thing to my children. *I should ask her if she
    > learned that from her mother.


    It'd be nigh on impossible to run on a broken leg.
    >
    > Becca


    --Bryan

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    Becca Guest

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    --Bryan wrote:
    > On Dec 31, 7:55 am, Becca <be...@hal-pc.org> wrote:
    >
    >> My mother used to say, "Don't come running to me if you fall and break a leg!", so I said the same thing to my children. I should ask her if she learned that from her mother.
    >>

    >
    > It'd be nigh on impossible to run on a broken leg.
    > --Bryan


    Yep, that is what made it so amusing. :-)


    Becca

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    Chemo the Clown Guest

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    On Dec 30, 6:35*pm, "gloria.p" <gpues...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Brawny wrote:
    > > On Dec 30, 7:15 pm, Chemo the Clown <an...@peak.org> wrote:
    > >> On Dec 30, 4:13 pm, "Debbie" <MollyMoll...@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >
    > >>> "Becca" <be...@hal-pc.org> wrote in message

    >
    > >> Same here.....been doing it for over 40 years. I also climb trees and
    > >> run with scissors.

    >
    > > Don't you come running to me if you fall out of that tree!!

    >
    > > Feliz Aņo Nuevo!

    >
    > Shouldn't that be "Don't come running to me if you fall out of
    > the tree and break both legs." *?
    >
    > gloria p


    Well, my mom always said, "don't fall out of that tree and break your
    neck".

  12. #12
    Cindy Fuller Guest

    Default Re: Cut onions left in refrigirator dangerous ???

    In article <[email protected]>,
    ffu <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I received an email yesterday that stated cut onions left in the refrigerator
    > in a ziplock baggy were dangerous and could make you sick. So I decided to
    > find
    > out the source of the email as it was non descript with no links to provide
    > proof.
    >
    > First stop Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/cutonions.asp ,
    > where I found that the email has been circulating since March 2008. According
    > to Snopes.com it was penned by Sarah McCann, who writes
    > http://www.dinnerwithzola.com/
    >
    > Ms. McCann should know that onions are very acidic and the cutting of an
    > onion
    > causes enzymes they contain to generate sulphenic acid
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfenic_acid , so it's hard to understand how
    > cut onions could be a place for germs or bacteria to take up residence.
    >
    > I think she should stick with what she does best, and not write erroneous
    > articles. As well she should have someone fix her website as there is coding
    > clearly showing on the page which is considered very unprofessional.


    Moral of story: Do not believe everything you read on the internet.
    And I'd believe even less posted on "sci.medicine.nutrition" (quotes
    there on purpose).

    Cindy

    --
    C.J. Fuller

    Delete the obvious to email me

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    phaeton Guest

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    Don't come running with scissors to me if you fall out of that leg
    tree and break both of your necks...


    How does the cutting from pole to pole release less acid?

    Also, this is a relief. I routinely cut onions up and put them in the
    fridge for later. It seems to make them 'stronger' and more 'oniony'
    when I do that.

    Onions are a few of my favourite things.

    -J

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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    phaeton wrote:
    >
    > Also, this is a relief. I routinely cut onions up and put them in the
    > fridge for later. It seems to make them 'stronger' and more 'oniony'
    > when I do that.


    I refrigerate onions, but only because I'm a little anal
    about food safety. I refrigerate potatoes too, even though
    Lidia warns that can make them mealy.

    I've noticed, however, that cold onions do not cause
    the familiar tearing phenomenon. That only happens
    with room-temperature onions.

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    phaeton Guest

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    On Jan 1, 2:36*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > phaeton wrote:
    >
    > > Also, this is a relief. *I routinely cut onions up and put them in the
    > > fridge for later. *It seems to make them 'stronger' and more 'oniony'
    > > when I do that.

    >
    > I refrigerate onions, but only because I'm a little anal
    > about food safety. *I refrigerate potatoes too, even though
    > Lidia warns that can make them mealy.
    >
    > I've noticed, however, that cold onions do not cause
    > the familiar tearing phenomenon. *That only happens
    > with room-temperature onions.


    Hmm... I'll have to try slicing one cold.

    I too am anal about food safety. I'm getting better about it, but for
    some things I guess I'm pretty lax. With potatoes, as long as they're
    not green or squishy I don't worry about them much. My #1 use for
    them is to make mashed, so I figure the boiling for 20 minutes will
    certainly take care of any bacteria issues.

    Speaking of which, this thread reminds me of when Rachel Ray was
    telling a call-in-questioner that "eating green potatoes is fine, it
    just makes them a little bitter".

    -J

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    James Silverton Guest

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    phaeton wrote on Fri, 1 Jan 2010 12:40:43 -0800 (PST):

    > On Jan 1, 2:36 pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    >> phaeton wrote:
    >>
    > >> Also, this is a relief. I routinely cut onions up and put
    > >> them in the fridge for later. It seems to make them
    > >> 'stronger' and more 'oniony' when I do that.

    >>
    >> I refrigerate onions, but only because I'm a little anal
    >> about food safety. I refrigerate potatoes too, even though
    >> Lidia warns that can make them mealy.
    >>
    >> I've noticed, however, that cold onions do not cause
    >> the familiar tearing phenomenon. That only happens
    >> with room-temperature onions.


    > Hmm... I'll have to try slicing one cold.


    > I too am anal about food safety. I'm getting better about it,
    > but for some things I guess I'm pretty lax. With potatoes, as
    > long as they're not green or squishy I don't worry about them
    > much. My #1 use for them is to make mashed, so I figure the
    > boiling for 20 minutes will certainly take care of any
    > bacteria issues.


    > Speaking of which, this thread reminds me of when Rachel Ray
    > was telling a call-in-questioner that "eating green potatoes
    > is fine, it just makes them a little bitter".


    The green is actually chlorophyll but it does indicate that the
    poisonous alkaloid solanine will be present. It is unlikely that you
    will ingest enough for it to be dangerous but the potatoes don't taste
    very good.

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Felice Guest

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    "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > phaeton wrote:
    >>
    >> Also, this is a relief. I routinely cut onions up and put them in the
    >> fridge for later. It seems to make them 'stronger' and more 'oniony'
    >> when I do that.

    >
    > I refrigerate onions, but only because I'm a little anal
    > about food safety. I refrigerate potatoes too, even though
    > Lidia warns that can make them mealy.
    >
    > I've noticed, however, that cold onions do not cause
    > the familiar tearing phenomenon. That only happens
    > with room-temperature onions.


    Well, if we're going to talk tearing, I swear that singing loudly and
    continuously while chopping prevents tears. YMMV.

    Felice



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    ffu Guest

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    On Fri, 01 Jan 2010 12:36:45 -0800, Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    >phaeton wrote:
    >>
    >> Also, this is a relief. I routinely cut onions up and put them in the
    >> fridge for later. It seems to make them 'stronger' and more 'oniony'
    >> when I do that.

    >
    >I refrigerate onions, but only because I'm a little anal
    >about food safety. I refrigerate potatoes too, even though
    >Lidia warns that can make them mealy.
    >
    >I've noticed, however, that cold onions do not cause
    >the familiar tearing phenomenon. That only happens
    >with room-temperature onions.


    That's why I put onions in the freezer half an hour before I need to cut them.

  19. #19
    brooklyn1 Guest

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    On Fri, 01 Jan 2010 16:07:11 -0600, ffu <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Fri, 01 Jan 2010 12:36:45 -0800, Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>phaeton wrote:
    >>>
    >>> Also, this is a relief. I routinely cut onions up and put them in the
    >>> fridge for later. It seems to make them 'stronger' and more 'oniony'
    >>> when I do that.

    >>
    >>I refrigerate onions, but only because I'm a little anal
    >>about food safety. I refrigerate potatoes too, even though
    >>Lidia warns that can make them mealy.
    >>
    >>I've noticed, however, that cold onions do not cause
    >>the familiar tearing phenomenon. That only happens
    >>with room-temperature onions.

    >
    >That's why I put onions in the freezer half an hour before I need to cut them.


    I've always kept onions in the fridge... potatoes too. Cold makes
    potatoes turn sweet, but I don't buy so many that I have that problem,
    I rarely have any more than a week. I buy produce in small
    quantities, they sell it all the time. It's cheaper to buy smaller
    quantities then larger and have a bunch go bad before you get to use
    them.



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    blake murphy Guest

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    On Fri, 1 Jan 2010 16:00:27 -0500, Felice wrote:

    > "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> phaeton wrote:
    >>>
    >>> Also, this is a relief. I routinely cut onions up and put them in the
    >>> fridge for later. It seems to make them 'stronger' and more 'oniony'
    >>> when I do that.

    >>
    >> I refrigerate onions, but only because I'm a little anal
    >> about food safety. I refrigerate potatoes too, even though
    >> Lidia warns that can make them mealy.
    >>
    >> I've noticed, however, that cold onions do not cause
    >> the familiar tearing phenomenon. That only happens
    >> with room-temperature onions.

    >
    > Well, if we're going to talk tearing, I swear that singing loudly and
    > continuously while chopping prevents tears. YMMV.
    >
    > Felice


    the mental image this evokes is delightful. is there a recommended tune?

    your pal,
    blake

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