Posts Tagged ‘Smell’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Six!

August 11, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about smell.  Did you know that . . .

  • an ant’s sense of smell is stronger than a dog’s? (Real Fact #39)
  • the average smell weighs 760 nanograms? (Real Fact #54)
  • smelling apples and/or bananas can help you lose weight?  (Real Fact #109)
  • bloodhounds can track a man by smell for up to 100 miles? (Real Fact #435)
  • polar bears can smell a seal from up to 20 miles away? (Real Fact #744)
  • dolphins are unable to smell? (Real Fact #970)
  • Chicago is named after smelly garlic that once grew in the area? (Real Fact #990)
  • elepohants can smell water up to 3 miles away? (Real Fact #1390)



Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Thirty-Eight!

May 2, 2015

Every cook knows that slicing an onion stings your eyes and makes you cry.  Cutting an onion breaks open the onion’s cells, which allows enzymes to escape, forming a volatile gas compound that may cause your eyes to water.  So, what steps can you take to avoid this?  Wear goggles (they must be able to create a tight seal around your eyes), freeze the onion ahead of time, slice the onion under running water (or underwater) or slice the onion under your running vent hood.  The same compound that causes our eyes to water, curiously enough, produces the pleasant aroma of onions cooking.

Here are some fun facts about onions:

  • Over 9,000,000 acres of onions are grown around the world each year.
  • About 170 countries cultivate onions for domestic use.
  • About eight percent of the global production is traded internationally.
  • The United States was the third largest producer of onions in 2012 (3.3 million metric tons) behind India (13.4 million metric tons) and China (20.5 million metric tons).

The aromas emanating from our kitchens are half the fun of cooking!  What food smells do you enjoy?  Which do you dislike?   Smells I enjoy: bacon and homemade bread.  Smells I dislike: sauerkraut. Happy cooking!