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Old 07-27-2009, 01:27 PM   #11
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I give the bitter strong smelling onions to the produce guy as I think all of us should. Nothing worse than getting ready to prepare a meal, only to discover rotten ingredients. I have found that all varieties of onions can get too strong to tolerate raw, just wondered if anyone new a hint.
I'd be pretty miffed if I saw someone peeling an onion's skin away in the store.

Heat and oxydation can make onions bitter but you can't tell by their smell.

More importantly, what your palate calls "strong" or even "bitter" someone else will call "delicious."

Rotten onions are easy to spot. They are soft. THEY should be given over to the produce employees. By peeling away the skin of the onion you are ruining perfectly good food. Which raises the cost to everyone if it's thrown away.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:31 PM   #12
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White are mild, red sweeter, yellow strongest.
I think this differs by region. The yellow onions I get are generally much sweeter than white or red. I would say, on average, the white onions I get are the strongest then red then yellow.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:36 PM   #13
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:54 PM   #14
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:04 PM   #15
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Does anyone know the secret to buying onions?
Buy the sweet varieties when available...Always buy the flattest onions on the display.

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Always check the ends of the onion -- both the root end and especially the stem end. If it's not firm, put it back. I've found that onions with soft or squishy ends are far more apt to be partially rotten inside, even if they feel firm around the middle.
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I wish I could take many of you with me when I go shopping for fruits & vegetables!!!
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Always buy the flattest onions on the display.
If there is a secret then this is it. The flatter the onion the sweeter it is.
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