Onion powder is made from finely ground, dehydrated onions, mainly the pungent varieties of bulb onions, which causes the powder to have a very strong odor. Onion powder comes in a few varieties: white, yellow, red and toasted.
Eye irritation, as onions are sliced or eaten, cells are broken, allowing enzymes called alliinases to break down amino acid sulfoxides and generate sulfenic acids. A specific sulfenic acid, 1-propenesulfenic acid, formed when onions are cut, is rapidly rearranged by a second enzyme, called the lachrymatory factor synthase or LFS, giving syn-propanethial-S-oxide, a volatile gas known as the onion lachrymatory factor or LF. The LF gas diffuses through the air and eventually reaches the eye, where it activates sensory neurons, creating a stinging sensation. Tear glands produce tears to dilute and flush out the irritant. Chemicals that exhibit such an effect on the eyes are known as lachrymatory agents.
I got a high five from my family on this tasty side dish. Try this easy dish, you will have your family guessing what's in the potatoes.
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2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of potato soup
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon onion powder
4 tablespoons butter
Place potatoes in a pot, cover with water. Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and return potatoes back to the pot. Add butter, onion powder, salt, pepper and cream of potato soup, mash. Transfer to dish. Sprinkle with black pepper, if desired. Enjoy!
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